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Stormagic Sticks to the HCI Sweet Spot

I’ve long believed that HCI was the best solution for the “small-scale” systems in remote and branch offices and SMEs. In many cases, these sites have just a handful of workloads that could easily be handled by a single modern server. A pair of servers with a decent VSA sharing out their local storage devices provides plenty of capacity, horsepower, and …

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vSAN 6.6 Matures with Encryption, Site Data Protection

VMware’s done an impressive job of bringing the Internet development cycle of incremental releases twice a year and applying it to the traditionally much stodgier world of enterprise storage where customers are used to waiting three to five years for the new features that come with an array’s generational update. The latest 6.6 release adds over 20 new features, and …

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On Calling Out and Being Called Out

It’s interesting how companies develop corporate personalities that extend not just to official communications but even to employees’ personal blogs. A few years ago, this was most apparent at NetApp and EMC. Today, the most visible example is how folks at Nutanix seem to take even the most tangential reference or minimal criticism as direct attacks that must be responded …

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VSAN 6.0 Now Ready for Prime Time

While I was glad to see VMware jump on the hyperconverged bandwagon with VSAN I must admit I wasn’t terribly impressed with the initial release of the product. Sure it took local storage from all the servers in a cluster and created a hybrid pool but it still relied on vSphere’s flawed snapshots and was profligate in its use of …

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