My first look at Unikernels on vSphere

Dear reader, if you are like me, you may only be getting to grips with containers and how they compare to the virtual machine approach of running applications. While there has been a lot of buzz around containers, I've heard some rumblings around Unikernels, but to be honest, haven't really been paying too much attention to them. That was until my recent [...]

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Nimbus Data’s new Gemini Array & vSphere Integration

At VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of catching up with Scott Kline, Karthik Pinnamaneni & the rest of the team from Nimbus Data. In the weeks leading up [...]

Do RDMs still rely on LUN ID?

I had an interesting question the other day about whether Raw Device Mappings (aka RDMs) still had a reliance on the LUN ID, especially when it comes to the vMotion of Virtual [...]

Heads Up! Fibre Channel & vSphere 5.1 Web Client Users

A quick kudos to my colleague William Lam (@lamw) for bringing this to my attention. There is an issue in the new vSphere 5.1 web client when it comes to displaying Fibre [...]

Violin Memory & 1 Million IOPs from a single VM

Another Flash Array vendor that I wanted to meet with at this years VMworld in San Francisco was Violin Memory. For those of you who have been following the keynotes at [...]

Tintri adds new VM-aware features and VAAI Support

During VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, I had a chance to catch up once again with the team from Tintri. My first introduction to Tintri was at last year's VMworld, where they [...]

Pure Storage adds vCenter Web Client Plugin, VAAI, iSCSI & more to new release

Pure Storage are an all-flash enterprise storage company. I first met these guys at VMworld 2011 and was quite impressed by their product. Like many Flash Array vendors at the [...]

vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements – Part 10: 5 Node MSCS Support

This is not really a storage feature per-se, but I am including it in this series of vSphere 5.1 storage enhancements simply because most of the work to support this 5 node [...]