3PAR 3.2.2 software update overview
Jun09

3PAR 3.2.2 software update overview

At HP Discover in Las Vegas there was not only the announcement of the 3PAR 20000 hardware based on the Gen5 ASIC, there were also quite some software announcements on the 3PAR platform as well. An overview below: Persistent Checksum With Persistent Checksum, HP can now deliver end-to-end data protection based on industry standards based on T10 DIF (Data Integrity Field) This solution is completely agentless and application agnostic...

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HP releases new SPP Service Pack for Proliant 2015.04
Apr14

HP releases new SPP Service Pack for Proliant 2015.04

HP released recently the next version of its Software Update bundle called SPP Service Pack for Proliant. This new release is versioned 2015.04. This is 8 months after the previous version 2014.09. Most important feature in the list is the official support for VMware 6.0…   The complete list: Support for new HP ProLiant servers: HP ML10 v2 HP XL730f Gen9 HP XL740f Gen9 HP XL750f Gen9 HP ML110 Gen9 HP XL170r Gen9 HP XL190r...

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HowTo: enabling LefthandOS 12.0 & intelligent VMware MultiPathing Extension Module
Mar09

HowTo: enabling LefthandOS 12.0 & intelligent VMware MultiPathing Extension Module

With the release of the 12.0 version of LefthandOS on the StoreVirtual platform, one of the long attended features was the intelligent MPIO which was already available for Windows (DSM MPIO) but not for VMware. Currently the Manager function on the storage nodes in the cluster owns the knowledge of which data block is placed on which node (see my article on Network RAID to understand better). By enabling the MEM module this ‘map’ is...

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Lefthand OS 12.0 released including space reclamation and MPIO enhancements for VMware
Feb25

Lefthand OS 12.0 released including space reclamation and MPIO enhancements for VMware

Finally! That’s the least you can say about the availability of Lefthand OS 12.0. Why? Well there are some features that were announced quite some time ago and which become finally available. What are these new features: Space Reclamation – StoreVirtual Storage can now reclaim space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP. HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) for VMware vSphere...

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Time to renew your VMware VCP certification before it expires
Feb20

Time to renew your VMware VCP certification before it expires

Some time ago VMware decided to put an expiration date on their certifications, being 2 years… This means for most VCP certified people that their VCP4 and VCP5 certification expires in March (mine was the 15th). With vSphere 6 announced I thought I would go directly for VCP6 right? Well not really… Since the certification for version 6 is not there yet, this would mean that I would lose my certification in March and so would need to...

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