Storage vMotion

Storage for containers with VMware? You got it!

Last week during a visit to VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, I had the opportunity to catch up with our engineering team who are responsible for developing [...]

vSphere 6.5 Core Storage White Paper Now Available

I'm delighted to announce the availability of a new vSphere 6.5 core storage white paper. The paper covers new features such as VMFS-6 enhancements, policy [...]

Snapshot Consolidation changes in vSphere 6.0

This is something I only learnt about very recently, and something I was unaware of. It seems that we have made a major improvement to the way we do snapshot [...]

Migrating a VM with snapshots to/from VSAN

In Virtual SAN 6.0, a new snapshot format was introduced called vsanSparse. This improves snapshot functionality by leveraging the new VirstoFS on-disk format [...]

VAAI now available with vSphere Standard Edition

A short post today, but it highlights what I feel is an important enhancement to vSphere licensing. I've had lots of questions recently about why VAAI (Storage [...]

When and why do we “stun” a virtual machine?

This is a question that seems to come up regularly, but I don't think it appears in any great detail in external facing documentation. The question is "when do [...]

Migrations and Virtual Volumes – Deep Dive

Recently I published an article on Virtual Volumes (VVols) where I touched on a comparison between how migrations typically worked with VAAI and how they now [...]