VMWorld vendor update: Infinio 2.0

Infinio is just one of those small startups you just cannot love enough. Most of that is actually due to their great choice of people. From CEO down to localised sales engineers or one of my personal best friends in this industry Matthew Brender (@mjbrender)  Infinio 2.0 Infinio launched last year with a storage accelerator product. The short elevator pitch is basically that you’d deploy one small appliance per VMware host that uses 8GB of your RAM to offload NFS-read requests, through a distributed caching pool. Today Infinio is announcing Infinio Accelerator v2.0. You can follow a deepdive about the

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my VVols vendor info landing page

After almost two years of teasing the audience we finally can start getting a grip on VMware VVols. Why so long you ask? If you ask VMware they’ll probably point you at how slow the vendors are and if you ask the vendors they’ll probably tell you VMware is not the fastest in providing finished API’s 🙂 Nevertheless it’s a very interesting next step in handling virtual storage. Finally we will no longer have the need for buckets of storage (datastores) where we will dump a pack of VMDKs in. No, finally we are going to treat every ESX file

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VSAN Clustering – FactCheck update!

When I don’t have everything by hand, I need the support of people who do, to do some FactChecking on my posts. Therefor; thank you Duncan for the feedback. But actually I should have been smarter in the first place. It’s not because I no longer have a homelab that I can’t play with VSAN. So I enrolled the VSAN Hands-On-Lab session again and looked specifically at a few things that were either wrong in my previous post or need elaboration. Basic Facts VSAN maximum cluster size: 32 hosts, which is the same as the maximum vSphere Cluster 1SSD per

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VSAN: the performance impact of extra nodes versus failure

This post makes more sense if you know the background. Therefore please read this Reddit post where an early adopter had an issue with VSAN. Basically after a node failure in a 3-node configuration, the rebuild to a 4th node brought the whole cluster to its knees. Important to note: there was absolutely no data loss, just a whole environment that went down while rebuilding. For my take on the reasons and a few design tips, go to end of post 🙂 One of the comments I and a lot of other people had was that a 4-node cluster would

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Why Windows Scale Out File Server is not Scale Out

At the E2EVC convention – by the way the best geek convention for virtualization people – Aidan Finn (@joe_elway) gave a great presentation on how to design and implement a Windows Scale Out File Server (SOFS) with Windows Storage Spaces. I have already acknowledged in the past that I do love what Microsoft is doing in this space and I would definitely have this in my mind if I was designing a storage system in the field! I’ve said it before – Microsoft Storage Spaces & Scale Out File Server looks awesome @joe_elway #E2EVC pic.twitter.com/VxmgkkUCTp — Hans De Leenheer (@HansDeLeenheer)

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CARINGO resurrects?

[WARNING] Long read but probably worth it 🙂 It’s been a while since we heard something from Caringo, let alone being it good news … Apparently they know! Which is a good sign to start with. Two weeks ago I got a call that they were launching their 7nd edition of CAStor but it would be seriously rebranded. From now on, CAStor will be SWARM. To reassure you that it’s not just something brand new, they did keep the iteration number. What you may not know is that CARINGO is branded after it’s Belgian founder Paul Carpentier (CTO) and his two partners Jonathan Ring

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