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NetApp and VMware: vVols Tech Preview
Graham Smith is a Senior Solutions Manager for VMware at NetApp.  While a lot of what he does falls under the hat of “Product Management,” Graham also prides himself on remaining close to the tech.  He runs Linux as his desktop of choice, and that usually tells you all you need to know.  He’s also...
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the NetApp VSC
For the longest time now, I’ve wanted to do some walkthrough videos of our Virtual Storage Console, and I finally found both the motivation, free time, and lab environment that was just right to get it all done. If you’re not familiar, the Virtual Storage Console is NetApp’s plugin for managing virtual datacenters, including both...
Where Will the Hypervisors Be in Five Years?
So I’ve been thinking a lot lately.  I keep coming back to an idea I theorized a year or so ago, where eventually, as x86 servers have now become, hypervisors themselves will eventually become a commodity.  The theory extends around the idea that as we continue to abstract further up the stack, the hypervisors get...
It’s been a long-time-coming.  Work on a level that even I cannot comprehend has led to this day:  Cluster-Mode has officially arrived. (Requires NetApp Support account) I know a lot of you are chomping at the bit for the continuation of the series I started about a month or so ago regarding Cluster-Mode, and… hang...
vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) is a set of features and primitives designed to enable vSphere to offload storage functionality to underlying intelligent storage arrays, reducing network bandwidth, and increasing the overall performance of the process by up to 10x. Traditionally, this was exclusive to block storage, but with the release of vSphere 5,...
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