VMworld 2016 and latest news updates from VMware

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The global IT industry has witnessed several key announcements at the ongoing VMworld 2016 event in Las Vegas in the US.


Samsung Electronics has tied up with VMware to develop the operational prototype of a VMware Cloud Foundation-based software-defined data center (SDDC) rack that uses NVMe solid state drives.

The VMware Cloud Foundation-based rack was built using six Dell R730XD servers, each configured with two Samsung PM1725 NVMe solid state drives (SSDs) as the caching tier and six Samsung PM863 SATA SSDs as the capacity tier.

PM1725 SSD allows enterprise storage systems to utilize the low latency and high efficiency of the NVMe interface. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND technology and the NVMe 1.2 standard, the PM1725 features a native PCIe Gen-3 x8 interface, allowing a single drive to deliver up to one million random read IOPS and 140K random write IOPS, as well as reading sequentially at up to 6GB/s and writing sequentially at 1.9GB/s.

The PM1725 can also provide five DWPDs (drive writes per day) of write endurance for five years, allowing it to support write-intensive enterprise caching applications, as well as read-intensive primary storage.

Western Digital

Western Digital announced that its HGST-branded Ultrastar SN150 PCI Express (PCIe) NVMe solid state drive (SSD) is certified for use with VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere. Ultrastar SN150 SSD for VMware environments reduces latency, and brings hyperscale-level performance and enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) time to virtualized servers and cloud storage.

The Ultrastar SN150 is an ideal option for data center managers building or deploying systems on VMware Virtual SAN or vSphere.

For data center administrators, this helps eliminate the hassle of time-consuming downloads and configurations, and allows faster deployment. The Ultrastar SN150 drive is available in capacities ranging from 1120GB1 to 3820GBand offers speeds which exceed Virtual SAN’s highest performance class (Class F) specifications.

Compared to commonly used Virtual SAN-certified SAS products, the NVMe-based Ultrastar SN150 drive can deliver up to nearly four times the IOPS performance for 4K random reads and nearly twice the IOPS performance for 4K random writes2. Coupled with its low latency (~20 microseconds), Ultrastar SN150 SSDs are designed to give consistent, predictable performance.


Huawei announced the availability of 12 VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node configurations on Huawei FusionServer.

Huawei’s FusionServer RH2288H V3 and RH5885H V3 Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are validated server configurations for Virtual SAN deployment. VMware Virtual SAN is a hyper-converged software-defined storage solution that can be deployed on various x86 servers.

DataCore Software

DataCore Software, a provider of Virtual SAN, Software-Defined Storage and Adaptive Parallel I/O Software, announced that it will offer license keys for its Parallel I/O-powered DataCore Hyper-converged Virtual SAN software at no cost to VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX).


VMware and IBM announced the availability of cloud services that enable organizations to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. With more than 500 clients engaged, the global partnership between IBM and VMware is helping more organizations extend existing workloads to the cloud in hours. In addition to new services, IBM is training 4,000 professionals to provide clients with VMware solutions.