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StarWind VVols for VMware vSphere Environment
Posted by Dmytro Malynka on June 16, 2017
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Introduction

VMDK file to LUN storage architecture has been the most usable scenario for years until VMware released Virtual Volumes in vSphere 6.0. In the case of an array with block access, own VMware file system – VMFS  – was used -, and NFS was used for file storage. The array capacity was divided into LUNs or NFS-shares and presented ESXi hosts in the datastore form. Frequently, datastore is a large capacity storage housing numerous VMs. In fact, allocating a separate datastore for each VM is quite inconvenient and time-consuming in terms of administration.

With this approach, the VM storage maintenance operations are at the datastore level, and not at the Virtual Machine level. The operations like snapshots, replication, deduplication, encryption, etc. are performed at the storage level, thus being implemented faster with no use of compute and networking resources. The traditional VM storage technology described in vSphere is still supported. At once, Virtual Volumes (VVols) is an object containing VM files virtual disks and their derivatives.

This handy and at the same time advanced technology was integrated with StarWind Products, that I am about to implement.

StarWind Virtual SAN setup window

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Design a ROBO infrastructure. Part 4: HCI solutions
Posted by Andrea Mauro on June 7, 2017
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2-nodes hyperconverged solution

As written in the previous post, for ROBO scenario the most interesting HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) configuration is a two nodes configuration, considering that two nodes could be enough to run dozen VMs (or also more).

For this reason, not all hyperconverged solutions could be suitable for this case (for example Nutanix or Simplivity need at least 3 nodes). And is not simple scale down an enterprise solution to a small size, due to the architecture constraints.

Actually, there are some interesting products specific for HCI in ROBO scenario:

StarWind Virtual SAN overall architecture

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StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance Linux edition
Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on May 5, 2017
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Introduction

This article describes the new StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance, which was released on 26th of April. StarWind has always been a Windows native solution. However, due to market trends and the huge interest of our customers, we have decided to work in Linux direction. The main goal of the article is to show what StarWind VSA can do for clients and how you can work with it.

StarWind Linux-based VSA

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The Virtualization Review Editor’s Choice Awards 2016
Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on December 26, 2016
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awards

The Virtualization Review Editor’s Choice is a selection of the most outstanding virtualization products of 2016. It is based on the opinions and overlooks by the trusted experts in the fields of virtualization and cloud computing. This is not the “best of the best rating”. No criteria were applied to make the list. This is just the collection of individual choices of writers, who deal with the industry daily, so they have pointed out virtualization solutions they found especially interesting and useful.

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VMworld Europe 2016 main announcements – all you need to know about new versions of VMware products in just one article
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on November 1, 2016
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Just recently one of the main virtualization conferences VMworld Europe 2016 has finished. Traditionally, it has been held a while after the main VMworld in the USA. While in the USA VMware was speaking about the new technologies and the future of datacenters, in Europe much more attention was paid to the new features of updated VMware products. The main of them is, of course, VMware vSphere 6.5 server virtualization platform. We’ll start our overview with it.

vSphere 6.5 introducing

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How VMware sees IT future. VMworld 2016. Day 1.
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on September 1, 2016
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As you know, the main virtualization conference VMworld 2016 arranged by VMware is now being held in Las Vegas. On the first day of the conference several interesting announcements were made. For example, VMware Cloud Foundation, which soon will be available on the IBM platform and later with other vendors, as well, was presented. It allows to get a ready-made infrastructure at customer’s site with both necessary software and hardware components and ready, configured and integrated control and automation tools like NSX, Virtual SAN and vRealize:

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Preview of VMware Products and Technologies for 2016. Here is what you need to know
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on March 7, 2016
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In early February on the Enabling the Digital Enterprise online-event, VMware announced the new versions of its products and technologies planned for release in 2016:
• VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode – Enterprise VM management via VMware public cloud
• Change in licensing for VMware vSphere, effective from June 30, 2016
• VMware Horizon 7 – countless new opportunities
• New capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2
• Workspace ONE solution announcement
• New versions of VMware vCloud Suite 7 and VMware vRealize Suite 7

Below is all the main info from the latest news on future VMware releases and its technology development vector.

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode service web console

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Here is the winner of our Hyperconverged Stories Contest
Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 4, 2016
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Hyper-Converged Hyper-V solution using Starwind across two buildings

When I first started working for my current employer back in 2013 one of the first projects was to address business continuity concerns. The Brief was very… brief… no details other than “we have another building on the site which is linked by fibre optic, if our current physical servers had a problem we want to be back up and running in under 4 hours”. No guidance on what we should use or how to accomplish this, so off I went in search for solutions.

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Log-Structured File Systems: Overview
Posted by Anton Kolomyeytsev on October 26, 2015
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Log-Structured File System is obviously effective, but not for everyone. As the “benefits vs. drawbacks” list shows, Log-Structuring is oriented on virtualization workload with lots of random writes, where it performs like a marvel. It won’t work out as a common file system for everyday tasks. Check out this overview and see what LSFS is all about.

LSFS

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