VMworld 2015 – Summary

Ready For Any was the slogan of #VMworld 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.
This was my first VMworld and I wasn’t sure what to expect besides long days and lots of events for #vExperts.

When reflecting on my first VMworld, the following comes to my mind:

Wow… This was even bigger than I envisioned it…

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VMworld 2015 – Day One

On my first day at #VMworld 2015, I spent most of the time talking to attendees at the #DatriumStorage booth. Flash got accepted as part of modern datacenters and many attendees are searching for the right solution.

The Datrium DVX is the first solution which reduces the price of flash to a level where it is affordable to everyone with a persistent storage appliance. This solution allows you to replace your expensive and rigid storage array with a solution which is affordable and you don’t have to worry about expensive controller upgrades in the future.

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Datrium Storage – Attacking Traditional Arrays And Hyperconverged Servers

Today, Datrium Storage officially emerged out of stealth mode and is presenting its Server Flash Storage System (DVX).

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Datrium Storage was founded 2012 by leading engineers from Data Domain and VMware:
Brian Biles, ex Data Domain founder / VP Product Mgmt
Hugo Patterson, ex Data Domain original Chief Architect, EMC Fellow
Sazzala Reddy, 2nd Data Domain CTO (employee #15)
Ganesh Venkitachalam, ex VMware Principal Engineer
Boris Weissman, ex VMware Principal Engineer

With such a caliber of talent, it does not come as a surprise that Datrium Storage has created a Server Flash Storage Solution (DVX), focusing on VMware ESXi.

Datrium Storage is focusing on Dev and Test as well as VDI environments.

What is a DVX?
A DVX is build out of two components:
1. ESXi servers + Datrium DVX software + BYO flash
2. Datrium NetShelf

The Datrium NetShelf is only used for HA, NVRAM and shared capacity.

The DVX software on the ESXi servers is responsible for local storage operations like RAID and dedupe.
Unlike traditional storage arrays and hyperconverged systems, performance is not limited by the CPU, memory and disks in the backend storage.

Datrium DVX software on the ESXi servers required a minimum of 2 x86 CPU cores and 5GB memory + 2.5GB per 1TB of local SSD.

This design allows you to save those $$$, which you would spend on traditional storage controller upgrades and buy some additional servers + SSDs from Amazon.

The Datrium DVX supports any server platform incl. blades on the VMware HCL.
Any flash device (PCIe, SAS, SATA) on VMware’s HCL for VSAN or vFlash, or offered for x86 by Cisco, Dell, HP or IBM as well as a selected list of MLC/TLC drives are supported.

VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 and above will be supported.

Note: The Datrium DVX is currently in limited test release and not generally available.

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