Year: 2014

Opinion Piece: The truth about Converged Systems

Disclaimer: I work for Hitachi Data Systems. This post is not authorised or approved by my company and is based on my personal opinions. I hope you read on. A couple of weeks back Pure Storage announced their converged stack called the Flashstack. So now Hitachi has UCP Director, VCE has Vblock, Netapp has Flexpod. Now Pure […]

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Hitachi HDLM Multipathing for vSphere Latest Docs

HDLM HDLM stands for Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager which is our multi-pathing software for regular OSes such as Windows, Linux etc but also for vSphere. You can install a VIB and use this to optimise storage performance in Hitachi storage environments. I came across these documents yesterday as part of something I was doing. I thought […]

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VCAP-DCA Lab Talk Part 3: Homelab Physical Networking

It’s been a real long time since I wrote one of these posts concerning home labs. I’ve been using work labs for a while now but need to start working on the gathering rust at home too. I’ve kind of neglected the homelab of late but just did a refurb on the office so now it’s […]

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Hitachi Blades …. Have your cake and eat it. Part 1: The introduction

At the Hitachi Data Systems Community Website you will find some posts that are related to my role at HDS. Several people have asked me about our blades. I plan to write the second in a number of articles shortly but wanted to link across to give people an introduction. The original article is posted here:   […]

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It’s all about the Community: Let’s talk storage at UK VMUG [minus Koolaid]

Next week I’ve been asked to run a Community round table session at the UK VMUG. Not a word of a lie when I say this is a real honour for me. I haven’t done many of these so to be able to get involved and help out at this is a real pleasure. This is in […]

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Hitachi at VMworld 2014: Introduction

Looking forward to meeting many VMware community peers and friends next week at VMworld in Barcelona. As always it promises to be an awesome week. This year I’m working for Hitachi Data Systems so without being too pushy I want to increase awareness of our  fantastic integration with VMware Solutions as well as our partnership with VMware. VMware and SAP […]

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Some new Study resources for VCP

Part of my remit in HDS is to help my colleagues within the EMEA region to focus more on being Virtualisation Architects, and less on being Storage Architects, and to advise and assist based on my own experience. I am a big advocate of VMware’s certification model and the whole ecosystem, so it makes sense to borrow and […]

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vMSC and GAD : Rise of HDS Virtual Storage Machine

Sometime around August HDS will launch what is called Global Active Device, also known as GAD. This is part of the new Virtual Storage Platform G1000. What is a G1000? The VSP G1000 is the latest variant of HDS high-end Tier-1 array that scales to thousands of drives and millions of IOPS (if you’re into just counting millions […]

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