Category Archives: Converged Infrastructure

VSAN 6.0 – What’s New

Among other things, VMware released Virtual SAN 6.0 earlier this month, in conjunction with vSphere 6.0. Realistically, this is a “2.0” release, but I am guessing they are calling it “6.0” to conform with the vSphere releases. I think that is a bad idea because it can put undue pressure on the developers to keep with the cadence of vSphere, vRealize and everything else that is taking on the “6.0” versioning. But the marketing people feel it is easier to manage compatibility questions.
Let’s face it, whether it is is called 2.0 or 6.0, it is still a “.0” release with plenty of new things to go awry.

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VMware PEX 2014 – Notes Part 2 – The Good

The most significant part of VMware PEX, for me this year, was the Solutions Exchange floor and the rather small number of vendors. My focus was on convergence of compute and storage resources. This appears to be a popular path. There were a few things along the way, other than cheap swag, that caught my eye. One interesting conversation involved FusionIO. They validated that many customers concentrate more on storage space instead of performance and that this is not good. Some more progressive enterprises are very focused on performance. For instance, eBay actually measures costs based on url per kilowatt. Read more »