Category Archives: Storage

EMC VSPEX Blue powered by VMware EVO:RAIL - Overview.

Yesterday (3rd February) EMC announced the GA of VSPEX Blue. This is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (like Nutanix) that uses a software-defined building block approach combining compute, storage, network and management components into a single solution. EMC VSPEX BLUE runs the VMware EVO: RAIL software - which is built on: VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter Server, VMware Virtual SAN… Read More »

What is EMC ScaleIO? Architecture overview.

EMC ScaleIO is a software-only server-based storage area network (SAN) that converges storage and compute resources to form a single-layer. It uses existing local disks and LANs so that the host can realize a virtual SAN with all the benefits of external storage. The ScaleIO software consists of three software components: Meta Data Manager (MDM) - Configures and… Read More »

How to deploy and configure EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines 4.2? Part 1: Set up environment.

As I described in the previous article, EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines allows replicating virtual machines with virtual machine level granularity. This solution runs in VMware virtual environments and does not depend on any specific hardware. We need to prepare VMware environment before installing Recover Point. The prerequisites are as follows: Installing the RecoverPoint for VMs splitter on… Read More »

EMC VPLEX: Architecture Overview

In this article we talk about storage virtualization solution - EMC VPLEX. VPLEX supports both EMC storage arrays from other storage vendors, such as HDS, HP, and IBM. VPLEX supports operating systems including both physical and virtual server environments with VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V. VPLEX supports network fabrics from Brocade and Cisco, including legacy McData SANs. VPLEX… Read More »