ViPR 2.1 – Creating a Fibre Channel Network

 ViPR is a software abstraction that allows you to control multiple storage arrays from multiple vendors. ViPR acts as a control plane and abstracts the underlying array details into a common construct. For more information, or to try ViPR, go here One of the cool things about ViPR is that you can bring in your fabirc switches (ViPR calls these fabric …

XtremIO Integration with vCenter Operations

As XtremIO becomes more popular with customers, there will be a need to integrate the statistics it provides into third party monitoring systems. XtremIO has a very simple UI to work with and it shows you a decent amount of statistics already in the UI, per volume; IOPs, latency, bandwidth, etc… EMC already has a vCenter Operations adapter for the …

PernixData Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP): The best idea you never had

PernixData, who recently came out of stealth mode, has introduced a product that will change the way you think about SSDs and server-side caching. PernixData was founded by Poojan Kumar (Oracle Exadata) and Satyam Vaghani (Mr. VMFS!), so lets just say PernixData knows a thing or two about storage. What is Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP)? FVP promises to bring you, …

Possibilities of VMware HA – VM Component Protection

While at VMworld 2012 I attended a session called “vSphere HA and Datastore Access Outages – Current – Capabilities Deep-Dive and Tech Preview” also known as INF-BCO2807. The presentation was put together by Smriti Desai (@smriti_desai) and Keith Farkas, both from VMware. If you haven’t seen this session and have access to them online, you really should take a look, …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 6.4 – Troubleshoot Storage Performance and Connectivity

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 6.4 – Troubleshoot Storage Performance and Connectivity Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify logs used to troubleshoot storage issues Log files that can be used to troubleshoot storage issues on an ESXi host all reside in the /var/log folder on …

VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Complex Multipathing and PSA Plug-ins

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Complex Multipathing and PSA Plugin-ins Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Explain the Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) layout The Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) is a framework that is use for handling multipathing in a VMware environment. …

VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.2 – Manage Storage Capacity in a vSphere Environment

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 1.2 – Manage Storage Capacity in a vSphere Environment Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify storage provisioning methods There are two types of storage that can be provisioned through vSphere; block storage and NAS. Block Storage Local – any local …

VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Storage Solutions

For this objective I used the following documents: Best Practices for NFS on vSphere White Paper Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 1.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Storage Solutions Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify RAID Levels If you are looking at this blueprint and contemplating taking this exam I’m going to assume …