Datrium DVX 101 – Adding Hosts

After covering the NetShelf setup in Datrium DVX 101 – NetShelf Setup a few weeks back, it is time to cover the host setup.

In order to add an ESXi host to a Datrium DVX, it has to meet the following requirements:

  • ESXi 5.5 U2 or later
  • Minimum of 2 cores for the Datrium Hyperdriver
  • Minimum of 7.5 GiB memory for the Datrium Hyperdriver
    • ~2.5 GiB memory for each additional terabyte of flash
  • At least one 800 GB SSD or 2x 400 GB SSDs

The actual process of adding a host to the Datrium DVX is easy and only a few mouse-clicks away.

  1. Open the Datrium GUI within the vSphere Web-Client
  2. Browse to Hosts and Clusters and select the host you would like to set up
  3. Go to Monitor -> Datrium DVX and hit Install
    Datrium Host Setup 1

    Datrium Host Setup 1
    This will take about 2 minutes
  4. Once the Hyperdriver has been installed, you need to select your SSDs and click on Configure host to finish the setup
    Datrium Host Setup 3

    Datrium Host Setup 4
    depending on the number of SSDs and size, this might take a few minutes

    Datrium Host Setup 5

  5. After the successful configuration of the SSDs and the mounting of the DVX datastore, the main GUI is going to load and you can start to use your new host
    Datrium Host Setup 6

Recap of VMworld 2016

We have survived VMworld 2016 and it was  a blast!!!

It was great to meet many old friends and make some new friends.

Overall, the show was great even tho I am  not a big fan of the location at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Moscone Center became familiar over the past years and I feel it is easier to navigate through.

Since I have been mainly busy at the Datrium booth, I haven’t seen much else of VMworld. For the folks who didn’t get a chance to take a look at the our booth, below are some pictures of what you have missed out on.


Datrium VMworld 2016


Datrium DVX 101 – NetShelf Setup

For the NetShelf Setup, make sure you allocate a minimum of 3 IPs (floating, controller 1 & controller 2) for the data network or a total of 6 IPs if you plan to separate the management and data networks. The actual setup is very simple and takes only 2-3 minutes.

Serial port settings

Serial port speed: 115200
Data bits: 8
Spot bit: 1
Parity: None

Datrium NetShelf Controller
Datrium NetShelf Controller

Upon successful connection via serial cable, you will be presented with the Datrium DVX Setup Wizard. The wizard will guide you through the following areas:

DVX settings – 15 seconds

Network configuration – 1:45 minutes

After the network settings have been set, the setup wizard will move on to

vCenter Server Registration – 21 seconds

The NetShelf is now set up and ready to be used in under 3 minutes.

In the next post, I will go over adding hosts to the Datrium DVX.

Datrium DVX Introduces Insane Performance

Datrium just announced a brand new feature of the Datrium DVX – Insane Mode for Insane Performance.

The Datrium DVX Insane Mode allows VMware admins to quickly increase the storage performance by up to 2x, without any storage controller upgrade… I know it sounds too good to be true but the Datrium DVX is truly INSANE!

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The time has come – Datrium DVX Is GA

Today, Datrium Storage announced general availability for their Datrium DVX. In a previous blog post, I covered What Makes The Datrium DVX Unique

If you remember previous articles, Datrium Storage is the first company to split performance and capacity in an inexpensive and manageable way.
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