What most of you don’t know is that I was on a holiday for 3.5 weeks in China (beautiful country!)and just got back, hence the delay, I did not bring a laptop and tried to avoid doing any work (enforced by my kids). I had a huge backlog of articles to read so I figured I would start with creating this list based on those articles. I may (and probably will) have missed some gems, do share them with me in the comments.
- New Leading IOmark-VM-HC results for Intel server with NVMe with VSAN
Talking about a compelling story, all-flash with NVMe definitely delivers the goods! What interested me the most: NVMe storage delivered 3 times better performance and nearly 3 times better price-performance than the previous leading results
- VSAN upgrading from 6.1 to 6.2 Hybrid to All-Flash – PART 2 by Anthony Spiteri
When there is a Part 2 there also is a Part 1 so read that first. Great two part series that explains how to go from 6.1 hybrid to 6.2 all-flash VSAN. I think this is one of those advantages of a solution which is not tied to hardware. If there is a change of requirement and you want to upgrade to all-flash you can simply do that. No need to replace the full cluster or replace hosts, simply swap out HDDs with SSDs and follow the steps described by Anthony.
- Bandwidth reduction for erasure coded storage by Robin Harris
Interesting post about erasure coding and bandwidth reduction. It is a follow up to an earlier post, also read the comments and the mentioned paper!
- Announcing Open Hardware Management Services by T. Sridhar
SDDC doesn’t stop at the virtualization layer. It will need a way to manage the hardware as well, and the SDDC team within VMware just announced their open initiative around it. Working closely with partners like Intel to ensure deep integration. Great to see that this is being open-sourced and hoping we will see many partners contribute!
- VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 2.0 Poster by Ryan Johnson
Not an article or a video, but a poster, and a great one if you ask me. A lot of detail in there around SDDC validated designs, and it just looks nice and crisp. Can I get a printed copy please? Thanks!
- Big news for VSAN and VVol customers by Infinio
Small article, but interesting as the first VSAN and VVol certified VAIO filter (caching solution by Infinio) was announced. Can’t wait for replication filters to show up as well on this list.
- VSAN 6.2 All Flash Review by Storage Review
Personally I am a bit surprised about the outcome, especially as I’ve seen numbers that differ a lot from what is shown by Storage Review (where all-flash performance much better than hybrid), not sure why this is to be honest, still a very thorough and in-depth review which is worth reading.
- Sweating Springpath fails to defuse SimpliVity’s patent bomb by The Register
Not sure what to think here to be honest… It is a strange situation with Cisco sitting in the middle.
And as a bonus, nothing to do with virtualization, but I read this one during my holiday and found it interesting as I could relate to it very much. I stopped drinking a long time ago for a couple of years and can definitely agree with these “findings”.