A New Chapter Begins!

I am happy to announce that I'll be joining the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability group at VMware. That's right! I have landed my dream job.On day 1 I'm flying out to Palo Alto to meet with my new boss, Christos Karamanolis, and the extended team in Product Management, Marketing, Tech Marketing, Engineering and many others I'll be working with on a daily basis. As part of my role I will get to work with all of these folks to help shape where our storage and availability products are headed in the future. I can't…

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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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Hitachi has gone 3D and it's good!

As many of you have already heard this morning, Hitachi has announced their new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and the software that goes along with it.  It's a pretty exciting time for the Hitachi folks as most new product launches are.  Having seen and actually used the new box and software, I'm pretty excited too!   3D Baby! One of the coolest things that I think they have designed into the latest product is the ability to manage your storage across three different axis in your data center.  You can go wide by…

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USP-V and Hitachi High Availability Manager

Well there has been a lot of confusion the past couple days about the latest announcement from HDS about clustering of the USP-V.  I hope to clear up some of the technical details with this post, but I'm sure there will be some questions that remain.First, lets talk about why someone would want to cluster the USP-V.  For me there are only two reasons to do this.First, if I have a box that has been on the floor for 3+ years and I'm having to pay maintenance on it, it might make more sense for me to buy…

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Storage VMotion GUI

I ran across this sweet Virtual Center plugin while doing some VMware work the other day.  It's very simple to use and I didn't have any problems or bugs with it. The link to the SVMotion plugin: Clicky The link to the author's website: Clicky…

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