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...]

Storage Basics – Part III: RAID

This is the third in a multi-part series on storage basics.  I've had some good feedback from folks in the SMB space saying that the first couple posts in this series have been beneficial, so we'll be sticking with some basic concepts for another post or two before we dive into some nitty-gritty details and practical applications of these concepts in a VMware environment.  In the second post of this series I introduced the concept of IOPS and explained how the physical characteristics of a hard disk drive determine the theoretical IOPS capability of a disk.  I then noted that you can aggregate … [Read more...]