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HP announces OneView integration with vCenter Server

Today at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX), HP announced vCenter Server integration for its HP OneView systems management package.  Using REST API calls to HP OneView, the vCenter plugin is now able to initiate actions in HP OneView directly from the vSphere Web Client.  HP OneView, introduced last September, is a central platform of the Converged […]

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VMware releases VSAN and the power of policies

VMware is pushing back on storage vendors as it seeks to show the world the full power of software-defined storage.  A couple weeks ago, VMware announced the VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), a new software-defined storage platform tightly coupled with vCenter server.   The new platform requires both hard disks and solid state disks to create […]

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VMware unwraps vSphere 5.5 – What’s in it for your Datacenter?

Almost two weeks ago now, VMware unwrapped vSphere 5.5 to the public.  The release, which ships later this year, includes a lot of enhancements and some new features for the datacenter.  I won’t lie – 5.5 has a lot more in it for the datacenter than 5.1 enhancements.  And I left VMworld 2013 much more […]

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vSphere 5.5 introduces new, simpler UNMAP command

Welcome news for anyone using array-based thin provisioning with vSphere, VMware has introduced a new and simpler UNMAP command that can be invoke from esxcli with vSphere Platform 5.5.  This will help 3PAR customers more easily perform the UNMAP process to free space on LUNs so that the array can discover and free the space […]

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Keeping VMFS datastores thin on 3PAR StoreServ

Earlier this year, I moved a large part of my infrastructure onto HP’s 3PAR StoreServ 7400.  As promised, our initial migration netted us over 50% savings through the thin technologies baked into the 3PAR StoreServ platform.  But one my biggest concerns was how well could 3PAR maintain its lean status over months of operation with […]

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3PAR StorServ 7000 series best practices for vSphere 5.1

This is part 4 in a multi-part series about 3PAR arrays from an EVA Administrator’s point of view – and specifically here, for the VMware Administrator, too. Running 3PAR StorServ with vSphere 5.1 comes with a short list of best practices from HP, which is great since VMware ESXi does most of the work for […]

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vSphere 4.1 to 5.1 lessons learned

For the last two years, I’ve been behind the curve with VMware vSphere. My deployment has continued to run at vSphere 4.1 while the rest of the world ticked along with 5.0 and 5.1. We were stuck because we relied on VMware’s Update Manager product to handle guest OS patching in our environment and we […]

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The week ahead > VMworld 2011

The upcoming week is another exciting one with VMworld on the horizon.  I will be on site at VMworld thanks to Thomas Jones’ Bloggers Reality Contest, just one of the perks of participating in the competition. VMworld 2011 will have a lot of new information to share about the newly released vSphere 5, which went […]

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VMware PowerCLI rocks

Its pretty easy to see where I stand on PowerCLI from the headline on this entry.  Disclaimer, I haven’t used it extensively, but I can already see the why VMware has chosen to embrace PowerCLI for scripting.  These are some of my initial thoughts after some light usage — in short, I think PowerCLI is […]

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Lessons learned from initial rollout of ESX4

Following my November upgrade of Flex-10 VirtualConnect on my blade enclosure, I have begun my rollout and upgrades to ESX4 on a new blade cluster as well as one existing cluster.  There are quite a few lessons that I’ve learned on my roll-out. 

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