Like clockwork, VMware has cranked out another update to their flagship enterprise product, ESX 3.5. The last update came out in early November, 2008, and included some major new functionality. What's in store this time to intrigue storage folks? Not much. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4
As I expected, EMC's Iomega subsidiary today rolled out the StorCenter Pro ix4-100 a big brother to the popular but plain StorCenter ix2 NAS device. This new model add hot-swappable drives (there are four now), RAID-5, and a longer warranty to make it suitable for small office use. It uses a blacked-out version of the chassis from the non-LifeLine StorCenter Pro 150d. … [Read more...] about EMC LifeLine Spreads To The Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-100
Update: Check out the latest multi-vendor iSCSI post! I usually don't write about other peoples' articles on this blog, preferring to stick to my own independent work. But this time I'm making an exception. If you use or are interested in VMware ESX 3.x and iSCSI, you simply must go read Chad Sakac's post on the topic. Co-written with just about everyone in the industry … [Read more...] about Essential Reading for VMware ESX iSCSI Users!
Pity poor old Iomega. The company responsible for hot products like the Zip drive and coulda-beens like the Clik drive was stumbling in the early part of this decade, unable to distinguish itself from all of the other providers of commodity external storage devices for consumers. Although the company had built the Zip into a viable floppy drive successor, USB "thumb drives" … [Read more...] about EMC Makes Iomega Relevant Again
Just over three months after releasing Update 2 for ESX 3.5, VMware has released Update 3. That last Update brought major storage changes like VSS support, hot VMFS extension, Storage VMotion across Fibre Channel and iSCSI, and support for 10 Gb Ethernet and 8 Gb FC support. For more information on Update 2, see my article, Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3