I’ve just attended the VMware Online Technology Forum (#VMwareOTF) and thought I’d share few really interesting announcements I noticed from there around the future of VSAN in 2016.
Good news, some really great enterprise scale features are being added to VSAN which is aimed for release in Q1 FY16 (along with the next vSphere upgrade release). Really good news… Beta is now live (Apply at http://vmware.com/go/vsan6beta) but unless you have All Flash VSAN hardware, unlikely to qualify.
Given below are the key highlight features likely going to be available with the next release
- RAID-5 and RAID-6 over the network – Cool….!!
- Inline De-duplication / Compression along with Checksum capabilities coming
- VSAN for Object Storage (read more on Duncan Epping’s page here)
- VSAN for External Storage – Virtual Disks natively presented on external Storage
Great news. Looks like an already great product is going to get even greater…!!
Slide credits go to VMware & the legendary Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB)…..
During attending the NetApp Insight 2015 in Berlin this week, I was reminded of the monumental growth in the number of customers who has been deploying FlexPods as their preferred converged solutions platform, which now celebrates its 5th year in operation. So I thought I’d do a very short post on it to give you my personal take of it and highlight some key materials.
FlexPod has been gaining lots of market traction as the preferred converged solution platform of choice for many customers of over the last 4 years. This has been due to the solid hardware technologies that underpins the solution offering (Cisco UCS compute + Cisco Nexus unified networking + NetApp FAS range of Clustered ONTAP SAN). Often, customers deploy FlexPod solutions together with VMware vSphere or MS Hyper-V on top (other hypervisors are also supported) which together, provide a complete, ready to go live, private and hybrid cloud platform that has been pre-validated to run most if not all typical enterprise data center workloads. I have been a strong advocate of FlexPod (simply due its technical superiority as a converged platform) for many of my customers since it’s inception.
Given below are some of the interesting FlexPod validated designs from Cisco & NetApp for Application performance, Cloud and automation, all in one place.
There are over 100+ FlexPod validated designs available in addition to the above, and they can all be found below
There is a certified, pre-validated, detailed FlexPod design and deployment guide for almost every datacentre workload and based on my 1st hand experience, FlexPod with VMware vSphere has always been a very popular choice amongst most customers as things just work together beautifully. Given the joint vendor support available, sourcing support from a single vendor for all tech in the solution is easy too. I also think customers prefer FlexPod over other similar converged solutions, say VBLOCK for example, due to the non prescriptive nature of FlexPod whereby you can tailor make a FlexPod solution that meet your need (a FlexPod partner can do this for a customer) which keeps the costs down too.
There are many FlexPod certified partners available who can size, design, sell and implement a FlexPod solution for a customer and my employer Insight is also one of them (in fact we were amongst the first few partners to get FlexPod partnership in the UK). So if you have any questions around the potential use of a FlexPod system, feel free to get in touch directly with me (contact details on the About Me section of this site) or through the Flexpod section of the Insight Direct UK web site.