A primer on First Class Disks/Improved Virtual Disks

A First Class Disk (FCD), also referred to as Improved Virtual Disk (IVDs), is one of the more recent features in vSphere that may have escaped your notice. FCDs were created to address a particular gap that we have in vSphere at this time. We are well aware that within a vSphere environment, it is currently very difficult to manage virtual disks unless [...]

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VSA Cluster Service Considerations

Some changes have been made to the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Cluster Service in version 5.1. Previously, the VSA Cluster Service was installed on the vCenter Server - [...]

Boot from Software FCoE – Detailed

For those of you who have been following my new vSphere 5.1 storage features series of blog posts, in part 5 I called out that we have a new Boot from Software FCoE feature. [...]

Heads Up! VSA 5.1 Upgrade Issues

For those of you who are already using VSA 1.0, and are considering an upgrade to VSA 5.1, the following information will be of interest to you. [...]

The requested operation will exceed the VDC’s storage quota

vSphere 5.1 introduced a number of vCloud Director (vCD) interoperability features from a storage perspective, namely ability to take VM snapshots from within the vCD UI, [...]

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 [...]