What’s in the vSphere and vSAN 6.7 release?

Today VMware unveils vSphere version 6.7, which also includes a new version of vSAN. In this post, I am going to highlight some of the big-ticket items that are in vSphere 6.7 from a core storage perspective, and also some of the new feature that you will find in vSAN 6.7. I’ll also cover some of the new enhancements coming in Virtual Volumes (VVols).

Upcoming VMUG webinar – vSphere 6.5 Core Storage

A quick note to let you know that I am co-presenting on an upcoming VMUG webinar with my good pal, Cody Hosterman, from Pure Storage. The subject is vSphere 6.5 Core Storage, and this is very much the same topic that we presented at VMworld 2017. We will cover new limits, deed dive into VMFS-6 and VAAI enhancements (including automated UNMAP), cover what’s new in NFS and iSCSI, and then finish with an overview of what we’ve done in the NVMe space. The webinar takes place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM US Central Standard Time. Cody and…

VMworld 2017 Session on vSphere 6.5 Core Storage now on YouTube

A quick note to let you know that the session that I delivered on day 1 of VMworld 2017 is now available on YouTube. The session is entitled “A Deep Dive into vSphere 6.5 Core Storage Features and Functionality” and I delivered this with Cody Hosterman of Pure Storage. Judging by the feedback, and the number of passing comments I received in the hallways at VMworld over the past 2 days, it seems that this session was very well received indeed. Hope you like it.

ATS Miscompare revisited in vSphere 6.5

Does anyone remember the ATS Miscompare issue? This blog post from 2 years ago might jog your memory. It is basically an issue that arose when we began using ATS, the VAAI Atomic Test and Set primitive, for maintaining the ‘liveness’ of a heartbeat in vSphere 5.5U2.  After making this change, a number of customers started to see “ATS Miscompare detected between test and set HB images” messages after upgrading to vSphere 5.5U2 or later. The HB reference in the message is shorthand for heartbeat. In previous releases, we did not use ATS for maintaining the ‘liveness’ of a heartbeat.…

vSphere 6.5 p01 – Important patch for users of Automated UNMAP

VMware has just announced the release of vSphere 6.5 p01 (Patch ESXi-6.5.0-20170304001-standard). While there are a number of different issues addressed in the patch, there is one in particular that I wanted to bring to your attention. Automated UNMAP is a feature that we introduced in vSphere 6.5. This patch contains a fix for some odd behaviour seen with the new Automated UNMAP feature. The issue has only been observed with certain Guest OS, certain filesystems, and a certain block sizes format. KB article 2148987 for the patch describes it as follows: Tools in guest operating system might send unmap…

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 storage solutions for Docker and Kubernetes running on vSphere. I have written about our Docker volume driver for vSphere and Kubernetes on vSphere already, but it’s been a while since I caught up with the team, and obviously more and more enhancements are being added all the time. I thought it might be useful to share the improvements with you here. There also seems to be some concerns raised about the availability of…

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 34 – Core Storage

Many readers will be aware that John Nicholson and Pete Fletcha of the VMware Storage and Availability Tech Marketing team run a weekly podcast show called  Virtually Speaking. This week I am back as a guest on their show, alongside Cody Hosterman of Pure Storage. We discuss a lot of the new core storage features in vSphere 6.5, which were detailed in a co-produced white paper that we recently created. You can read about how to get the white paper here. You can listen to the podcast through the player below. I hope you enjoy it.