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In our ongoing efforts to provide you with the industry’s most current and “always-online” product evaluations for your technology decisions, the online SDS & HCI comparison has been updated with a number of recent product releases. In addition category consultant Herman Rutten has expanded the comparison with a new evaluation criteria “Stretched Cluster Data Redundancy” and introduced “HPE Simplivity” as vendor name to reflect the recent acquisition.https://weedy.com


VMware vSAN – updated to version v6.6

  • vSAN Encryption – Datastore level encryption (dedupe/compression efficient)
  • Local Protection for Stretched Clusters
  • Removal of Multicast
  • ESXi Host Client (HTML-5) management and monitoring functionality
  • Enhanced rebalancing
  • Enhanced repairs
  • Enhanced resync
  • Maintenance Pre-Check
  • Stretched Cluster Witness Replacement UI
  • vSAN included in “Phone Home / Customer Experience Improvement Program”
  • API enhancements
  • vSAN Easy Install
  • vSAN Config Assist / Firmware Update
  • Enhanced Performance and Health Monitoring

For details and further insight see e.g. Duncan Epping’s blog here


SimpliVity HPE additional hardware option (HPE ProLiant DL380) > HPE SimpliVity 380 Release Notes – HPE HC 380 1.1 Update 2 includes the following enhancements:

  • The HC 380 Management UI supports VMs created in VMware vCenter.
  • VMware vSphere ESXi Life Cycle Management software updates.
  • Enhanced vMotion compatibility (EVC) support.
  • Support of Virtual Distributed Switches (vDS) for customer production networks.
For a good overview see this video from HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito or read the announcement.


Cisco – HyperFlex updated to v2.1:
  • Support for Self Encrypting Drives
  • Enhanced Call Home Function (added option to collect support logs through https)
  • Support for Hyperflex Edge – See this for details on Hyperflex Edge
  • Ability to add Cluster To Existing Fabric Interconnects
  • Cluster Scaling to 32 Nodes (32 node support only for HXAF220 and HXAF240 nodes)
 Download and release notes here
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Herman Rutten

Technical consultant and Solutions architect with 20 years of field experience. At first focused on on-premises IT Infrastructure including enterprise servers, storage, virtualization, backup/restore and disaster recovery. Following evolutionary industry changes the scope has gradually broadened to public cloud, data security, hybrid connectivity and advanced analytics. Category Lead for the independent WhatMatrix Analyst community since 2015.

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