A first look at vFile – Sharing a persistent volume between containers

Regular readers will have noticed that I have been doing a bit of work recently with docker swarm, and what you need to do to get it to work on VMs running on vSphere. The reason why I had taken such an interest is because I wanted to look at a new product that our Project Hatchway team have been cooking up, namely vFile. In a nutshell, vFile provides [...]

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Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Deep-Dive – Part 4

In this post, I want to look at some fail-over and load balancing specific to ALUA (Asymmetric Logical Unit Access) arrays. In PSA part 3, we took a look at the different Path [...]

Heads Up! NetApp NFS Disconnects

I just received notification about KB article 2016122 which VMware has just published. It deals with a topic that I've seen discussed recently on the community forums. The [...]

Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Deep-Dive – Part 3

So far in this series, we have looked at the Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) and MPPs (Multipath Plugins). We have delved into the Native Multipath Plugin (NMP), and had [...]

Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Deep-Dive – Part 2

As I highlighted in the PSA part 1 post, NMP, short for Native Multipath Plugin, is the default Multipath Plugin shipped with ESXi hosts. Once the PSA has associated the NMP [...]

Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Deep-Dive – Part 1

In this next series of blog articles, I am going to take a look at VMware's Pluggable Storage Architecture, more commonly referred to as the PSA. The PSA was first introduced [...]

Heads Up! Nutanix NOS v2.6.4 now available

Nutanix have informed me that they have a new release available - Nutanix OS 2.6.4 (NOS is the new name for the previously named Nutanix Complete Cluster). They are looking [...]

Does Software iSCSI on vSphere support IPsec?

This came up in a conversation today. Does VMware's Software iSCSI implementation support Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) in vSphere 5.1? Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) [...]