Virtual Storage Integrator Short Videos

I have taken a long hiatus from blogging of late and am jumping back into the fold with a simple but important addition to the blogosphere. A few weeks ago Chad Sakac announced a new video showing the awesome vCenter plugin, the Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI). In this case the VSI was being used to demonstrate the capabilities of EMC’s new VNX array.

The VNX is awesome. The VSI is awesome. And the video is a potent demonstration of the combination of these two EMC products. But I firmly believe that most people consume internet content in 1-5 minute chunks. Weighing in at a hefty 16:50, I find this video a little cumbersome.

To that end, I broke up the video into a series of smaller parts and am presenting them here for anyone interested in these products.

VNX Compression

This tiny video shows how dead simple it is to save over 20% of your disks using VNX compression.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.

LUN Migration

This video walks the viewer through a short sequence of steps that can be used to do array-based LUN migration which can improve performance and capacity of VMFS volumes.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.

Path Management

In this section the VSI’s storage path management capabilities are displayed. Note that you do not need to own a single EMC product to enjoy from this feature.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.

Block and NFS Provisioning

This mini-video shows how easily VNX block and file storage can be provided to a vSphere cluster using the VSI.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.

Storage IO Control

This is a very short but powerful demonstration of storage IO control (SIOC) benefits.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.

vStorage APIs for Array Integration

While the vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) can speed up many storage operations, this video shows the efficiency gains that storage offloading offers.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.

Storage Visibility and Unisphere

Updating an older video, this section shows how VSI improves the VMware administrator’s view into his EMC storage. It also contains a short overview of Unisphere (the EMC storage management software) and its visibility into the VMware environment.

I have also provided the high-resolution version of this video for off-line viewing.