Category Archives: vSphere 6

The VVols Rabbit Hole

Recently, I was surprised to learn that you cannot create a Veeam replication job to VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols). This highlights that we always need to be thorough when performing one of the most difficult tasks in the design process. That task is confirming compatibility of all components in a virtualized infrastructure.

In these times of “get it done quickly” IT, people tend to have a ready – shoot – aim methodology. Following a proper methodology, including assessment and design, will keep you out of trouble in these situations.

Because of the surprise with Veeam, I did a little digging to see what is and is not compatible with VVols. This was not an easy task. Read more »

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 2015: New Stuff With vSphere 6

With version 6.0 of VMware’s flagship product comes plenty of enhancements. According to VMware’s press release, there are more than 650 improvements, but I have not seen a master list yet. The maximums of vSphere are leapfrogging the maximums of Hyper-V. Unless you are planning on running SAP HANA in a virtualized environment, you could probably not give a crap about some of the scalability enhancements. They may be nice to have but how often will you use them. Here are some of the improvements to vSphere 6.0:

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VMware PEX 2015: The Big Announcements

As expected, several announcements were made at VMware Partner Exchange 2015. The most anticipated announcements involved vSphere 6, VSAN 6 and EVO:RAIL. As an old dog I’ve become fairly jaded in reaction to many of these announcements. However there are some significant features in vSphere 6 and VSAN 6. There are’s also some interesting things surrounding EVO:RAIL.
The message from VMware to its 4000 attending Partners was  “One Cloud, Any application, Any Device.” Oh, and no more PEX in the future. The plan is to have all technical sessions available at VMworld, which is a horrible idea. EMC does this at EMC World and all of the technical people are shuffling back and forth between SE-focused sessions and customer-focused sessions.

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