When is a Backup Not a Backup (and When is it)

There’s been a lot of debate regarding backups vs. snapshots lately, and this is a common conversation we have with customers and prospects. This debate usually either directly or obliquely claims that SimpliVity doesn’t have “true” backups. I’m going to spend a bit of time discussing SimpliVity’s own technology — which is what matters to our customers — not any of our competitors’ technology. Let’s start by defining why backups are necessary in every IT shop. This one should be fairly obvious, but backups make it possible to replace lost or damaged data. This loss or damage…

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NFS Large Disk Support in vSphere

I've run into this issue with a couple customers the past couple weeks, and there isn't anything definitive out there that I could find, so I thought I'd write about it.  These customers have a need for disks in a VM larger than the 2TB - 512 bytes that is currently supported.  They have a couple options to get around this limitation but these solutions cause a tad bit more complexity in their environments.   One nugget of knowledge that I confirmed with @VMwareStorage last week was that an NFS volume size…

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