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Voting open for top VMware blogs

It's time to vote! For that last several years, has hosted voting for the best top-vblog-2015-1-smaller-300x179.jpgVMware-blogs out there. I think the first time I made the list was in 2012 when I was voted #34 overall and #3 storage.There were just under 190 blogs on the list in 2012. I got a laugh in 2013 as I ended up #26 and forgot to vote. I was told I would have been at least #25 if I had. Oh well, I lost out on the "Top 25 vBlog" sticker.


This year, there are over 400 blogs listed. That's a ton of information that you can find related to VMware and many of them are very technical and give step-by-step directions.


Here's a link where you can vote.


See the full blog post for some of my recommended blogs to add to your reading.

Labels: VMware

Revisiting VMware VVOLs and HP 3PAR integration

A few weeks ago, fellow VMware vExpert Eric Siebert had a post talking about the official announcement of VMware Virtual Volumes or VVOLs. His post gave a great introduction to some of the key VVOL terms like Protocol Endpoints, VASA Provider, Storage Container and more. If you haven't read his post, it's a "must-read" VVOLs article. Eric also used a demo video I had pulled together that showed a bit of the integration we have with VVOLs and HP 3PAR.


I had feedback from several people that there were things they would have liked to see that I didn't include in the first demo. One of the key things was creating a storage container. A storage container is a group of all virtual volumes and all VVOLs are created inside a storage container. In the first demo, the 3PAR Storage Container was already configured so I couldn't show it.This updated demo does


NOTE: For best viewing, change to 720 HD and watch full screen.

Labels: 3PAR| StoreServ| VMware

Rely on HP StoreOnce Backup and StoreOnce Catalyst to protect your SQL database backup

By Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage



Database backups provide special challenges. Ask any DBA – and they will likely tell you they want to perform daily full backups and sometimes more than one full backup every day. But what do you do when a full database backup takes over 12 hours to complete and the database keeps growing? Take for example, Microsoft SQL DBAs who rely on efficient, high-performing and reliable backup systems to protect data while keeping costs under control. StoreOnce Catalyst can help. HP StoreOnce Catalyst extends the data protection capabilities of HP StoreOnce appliances in SQL environments.


This BURA Sunday, I'm talking about the benefits of using HP StoreOnce appliances and HP Data Protector with integrated HP StoreOnce Catalyst to protect SQL databases.

New Version of LeftHand OS for HP StoreVirtual Now Available

LeftHand O/S is the name of the software OS for HP StoreVirtual. This past week, we released LeftHaHP_StoreVirtual_Storage_RGB_white.pngnd OS 12.0. Here's a list of the new features:

  • Space Reclamation - StoreVirtual Storage can now reclaim space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP.
  • HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) for VMware vSphere - Reduce latency and improve performance in VMware vSphere environments. The MEM also optimizes data-path traffic in multi-site (or stretch-cluster) configurations.
  • New REST API - Provision storage, create and modify storage pools using the all new web services based API for HP StoreVirtual.
  • Faster remote copy performance and system reboot times.

Customers Share Their Secrets - Latisys and HP 3PAR All-Flash Storage

I'm just back from spending the week in Phoenix, Arizona.  For the last 5 years, HP Storage has pulled together our marketing team from around the world to celebrate our successes, plan for the coming 12 months, and to hear from customers and partners.


The customer that joined us this year was Christian Teeft. Christian is the CTO of Latisys. Latisys is a US-based hybrid cloud services provider who has standardized on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, including the 3PAR all-flash array. I was able to get some time with Christian the night before he talked to the rest of our 200 or so marketing folks. 


In the video, Christian talks about their all-flash storage requirements and why they selected 3PAR after evaluating all-flash from several of the start-up AFA vendors (including from those start-up products that have been acquired by large storage vendors).

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