EMC ViPR Overview

EMC showed off ViPR (previously known as Project Bourne) at EMC World 2013. ViPR is EMC’s solution for Software Defined Storage (SDS), helping to round out the EMC² family’s (EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA) Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) vision. Dave provided our introductory coverage of ViPR here. Since being unveiled at EMC World, I’ve heard some confusion in social media circles over what exactly ViPR is – along the lines of ‘ask 10 people what ViPR is and get 10 different answers’. To try to clear up some confusion, here is a brief overview of ViPR. First, keep in mind that ViPR is not … [Read more...]

Pivotal Announcements

At EMC World yesterday, the newly formed joint venture between EMC and VMware, along with a strategic investment by General Electric (GE) was discussed by Paul Maritz (former VMware CEO) in the morning’s keynote address.  Pivotal combines intellectual property and engineering resources (1200 employees) from both EMC and VMware to focus on solving big and fast data problems.  Pivotal combines solutions such as EMC Greenplum and VMware Cetas to serve and analyze ‘Big Data’, VMware Gemfire to rapidly ingest ‘Fast Data’, VMware’s Spring and vFabric technologies, and Pivotal Labs software for rapid … [Read more...]

EMC Elect Shirts!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - it's awesome working for an awesome company that supports the greater EMC, VMware and Cisco communities.  The inaugural class of EMC Elect are finding the custom shirts that Clearpath had made for them at EMC World.  The shirts are just one of our ways of saying thanks to the EMC Elect for their contributions to the EMC community.  If you are one of the EMC Elect, make sure you stop by the Bloggers area at EMC World to pick up your custom shirt! … [Read more...]

EMC DataDomain DDOS 5.3 Released

The Clearpath team is attending EMC's EMCworld event in Las Vegas this week.  EMC is announcing new products and solutions, and we'll be covering those announcements in a series of posts on the Clearpath Blog.   If you're not already following Clearpath, feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed or fill out the form for email updates on our site.  The first update of the week is from Ted Evans, our Baltimore area pre-sales technical consultant.  Ted writes about EMC's DataDomain OS upgrade (DDOS) to version 5.3.  5.3 includes a host of improvements that will improve backup performance using … [Read more...]

Configuring VMware VASA for EMC VNX

vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) are one of several VMware vSphere Storage APIs.  VASA, new in vSphere 5.0, provides vCenter with a way of interrogating storage array LUNs and associated datastores to gain visibility into the underlying hardware and configuration of the storage layer.  Storage capabilities, such as RAID level, thin or thick LUN provisioning, replication state, caching mechanisms, and auto-tiering are presented through VASA to vCenter (a unidirectional read operation by vCenter against the array).  With VASA, vCenter can identify which datastores possess … [Read more...]

EMC Releases VNXe Update with SRM, Writeable Snapshots, Encryption and More!

EMC released VNXe Operating Environment MR4 (version 2.4.20932) on January 7th.  The upgrade brings a few significant enhancements to the VNXe platform.  Before I cover the new features, let’s have a quick look at the VNXe series for those not familiar with it.   The EMC VNXe Series, a part of EMC’s VNX family, is an affordable unified storage platform designed for smaller businesses.  The unified platform provides both file and block services – iSCSI on block, and CIFS and NFS on file, with a nice base feature set including File Dedupe, Block Compression, Thin Provisioning, and Snapshots, … [Read more...]

EMC Elect 2013 Awardees Announced

EMC announced today the inaugural 2013 class of EMC Elect.  The EMC Elect program, announced in November, recognizes EMC community including customers, partners, EMC employees, analysts and independent voices for going above and beyond to share their knowledge, collaborate, communicate (on social media, the EMC Community Network, at events like EMC World, etc.), and for being generally awesome in their EMC area of expertise. A panel of highly respected foundering members of the EMC Elect were chosen for their extensive participation with EMC as a brand. Their leadership, commitment and … [Read more...]

Storage Basics – Part IX: Alternate IOPS Formula

It's been a long time since I published an article in my Storage Basics series - the series has been some of the top content on my site to date.  I sat for a beta version of the VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD) test today and was reminded by the test of a post I had in waiting about an alternate way to calculate IOPS (hint hint - memorize these formulas).  I have several more articles sitting in draft form, but a new job, crazy kids, home improvement projects, and a wife with chronic cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leaks (it sounds bad - and it is - but look on … [Read more...]