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VMware introduces new version of Virtual SAN, renames EVO: RACK Tweet This

August 31, 2015

VMware on Monday announced a new version of its VSAN technology, which now includes a Stretched Cluster Feature and enhanced replication. The company also renamed its EVO: RACK hyper-converged infrastructure platform VMware EVO SDDC (Software Defined Data Center).

VMware VSAN 6.1 now includes the ability to implement Stretched Clusters. Stretched clusters offer the ability to balance workloads between two datacenters, with non-disruptive workload mobility enabling migration of services between geographically close sites without the need for sustaining an outage.

The new version of VSAN also enhances the capabilities of VMware vSphere Replication, and adds a five-minute Recovery Point Objective.

In addition, VSAN now integrates with VMware vRealize Operations and includes a new Health Check Plug-In for performance monitoring, root cause analysis and capacity planning.

VMware EVO SDDC is expected to ship from partners in the first half of 2016. VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 is expected to be available in Q3 2015.



VMware debuts vSphere Integrated Containers, Photon Platform Tweet This

August 31, 2015

VMware on Monday launched a pre-emptive strike against the Docker revolution by introducing VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the VMware Photon Platform.

Designed to keep users with the VMware platform and its associated networking, storage and security services, VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon platform allow IT ops teams to deliver production containers on-premises and in VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud

Introduced as a technology preview, VMware vSphere Containers allows the integration of CoreOS Tectonic, Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating System and Cloud Foundry, enabling IT teams to support any application on a VMware infrastructure.

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers features cloud-native technologies, such as Project BonnevilleProject Photon OS (formerly Project Photon) and VMware’s Instant Clone technology and builds out existing infrastructure services for security, storage, data persistence, networking, SLAs and management that many container technologies do not yet support in their infrastructures.

Project Bonneville assures the integrity and authenticity of containers and isolates and starts up each container in a virtual machine using the Instant Clone feature.

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers will also allow the provisioning of persistent data volumes for containers in vSphere environments and make use of VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols).

As for networking, VMware offers NSX, which supports container deployments now. With NSX, IT can micro-segment the network and apply policies for security to cloud-native applications. NSX can also integrate containers with the rest of the data center and be connected to quarantine, forensics and monitoring products and services.

Service Level Agreements can be maintained for container workloads via the VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler, VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere vMotion.

Further, vAdmins can use the VMware vCenter Server to manage containers and vRealize Suite.

In related news, VMware also previewed The VMware Photon Platform, which is designed to run cloud-native applications in green-field environments, and the Photon Controller, which the company will open source.

Designed for DevOps teams that are planning to build out pools of commodity computing capacity that run only cloud-native applications, the Photon Platform makes use of container orchestration frameworks including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Mesos and Cloud Foundry.

VMware Photon Platform will include future integrations with VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Suite and features the VMware Photon Controller and the Photon Machine. The controller is a multi-tenant API-driven control plane that allows the creation of thousands of new containers per minute and a massive number of workloads. It will also incorporate Project Lightwave, which provides trust and security for containers.

The VMware Photon Machine will include an ESX Microvisor based on VMware ESXi that supports the Project Photon OS, a lightweight Linux OS.

Finally, VMware and Pivotal will offer joint solutions that incorporate VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon platform.

Project Lightwave is available now. Project Photon OS is also available now. The VMware Photon Controller is expected to be made available as a private beta in Q4 2015. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon Platform are expected to be in private beta in Q4 of this year, with availability in 2016.



SanDisk, Nexenta partner for all-Flash array Tweet This

September 2, 2015

SanDisk and Nexenta on Wednesday announced that NexentaStor has been integrated with SanDisk’s all-Flash InfiniFlash IF100 system. The IF100 is capable of scaling from 64TB to as much as 2PB and is built on ZFS to deliver a unified block and file storage system that supports Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NFS and SMB.

The IF100 also includes inline data reduction, dual-parity RAID, as well as low power and cooling requirements. It has sub-millisecond response times and delivers more than eight million IOPS in a single rack configuration.

Integrated system monitoring and event management capabilities are included.

The system is expected to be available for $1.5 per raw GB.



PrimaryIO announces application performance for vSphere Tweet This

August 31, 2015

PrimaryIO on Monday announced Application Performance technology that accelerates the performance of databases running on VMware vSphere. The PrimaryIO APA technology with VMware vSphere through the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering provides acceleration of primary application data on solid state storage.

The PrimaryIO APA technology provides both read- and write-caching of frequently-accessed data to increase IO performance.



HP rolls out new converged infrastructure system, VDI solutions Tweet This

August 31, 2015

HP on Monday announced a new converged infrastructure system and a new VDI solution. The Converged Architecture 700 (CA700) consists of an HP BladeSystem, HP 3PAR Storage, HP OneView and integration with VMware vSphere and VMware vRealize Operations.

The HP VDI solution includes VMware Horizon 6.1 and NVIDIA GRID and is powered by HP OneView. It supports as many as 3,500 users.

The VDI solution with VMware Horizon 6.1 and NVIDIA GRID and the new HP Converged Architecture 700 are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year.



Atlantis enhances USX software, add VVols, expands data protection Tweet This

September 1, 2015

Atlantis Computing on Tuesday announced version 3.0 of its Atlantis USX software defined storage platform.

The new release has expanded data protection and data mobility and supports provisioning, cloning, snapshotting, replicating and teleporting of virtual machines and data.

Version 3.x also is now VVol certified and the integration improves performance and the efficiency of provisioning, snapshots, clones and storage vMotion. A new feature, Atlantis Insight provides proactive software updates, real-time monitoring and alerts.




CloudPhysics enhances its VMware analytics offering Tweet This

August 31, 2015

CloudPhysics on Monday announced a new release of its SaaS-based analytics solution that allows vAdmins to preempt and eliminate operational hazards that might disrupt IT operations and applications.

CloudPhysics now reduces disruption and incidents with always-on diagnostics that surface hot spots and emerging problems, enabling admins to get ahead of nascent performance problems, improves mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) with directed exploration, enabling admins to zero in on root cause and resolve application disruptions more quickly, and generates insights for realigning misconfigured infrastructure to prevent future performance and availability issues and improve efficiency

Also included in the new release are always-on diagnostics, which continuously diagnose infrastructure changes, configurable dashboards that allow IT to expose hot spots and potential risks before problems form, exploration capabilities that allow the analysis of changes over time and 20+ new profiles (called cards) that provide pre-configured analytics.

CloudPhysics is available on a subscription basis. All the new features are included in the CloudPhysics Premium Edition.


Earl Follis

Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

Logan Harbaugh

Logan Harbaugh
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer

Doug Spindler

Doug Spindler

John Blackman

John Blackman
Analyst and Validation Engineer