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Why Virtual Volumes Matters to You


  VMware announced the release of Virtual Volumes 1.0 with the release of vSphere 6.0 late in 2015.  Since then, there have been have been numerous blogs and other sources about the benefits.  Many of these cover the obvious storage-related problems Virtual Volumes is intended to fix. These changes have been downplayed by some storage […]

NetApp SolidFire invades VMworld US


NetApp SolidFire is back at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas next week, August 28 through September 1, with a vengeance. Booth demos, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and our own NetApp SolidFire conference suite (plus more Elio than you can shake a stick at) means you’ll get a much needed break from hyperconverged and SDN discussions. […]

Why SolidFire Uses iSCSI Storage Protocol


Why SolidFire uses iSCSI From the beginning, SolidFire storage clusters were designed to be used with the Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) storage protocol. iSCSI is a standards-based method of communicating between computing equipment, such as hosts and servers, and storage equipment, like SolidFire. It was standardized between 2002 and 2004 and is supported […]

Musings on VMware ESX Quality of Service


Hypervisors, and VMware’s ESX in particular, offer a variety of Quality of Service (QoS) features and adjustments for storage. They were designed and added in a world where the storage itself might not offer any QoS capabilities, and the tasks of ensuring fair access, prioritizing access for critical workloads, and making best use of the […]