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The Use of Erasure Coding in VMware Virtual SAN 6.2

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On February 10 2016, VMware announced the release of Virtual SAN (VSAN) v.6.2. In terms of features, this is the biggest release of the product since the initial release (v.5.5) in March 2014. One of the new features is data protection by means of erasure coding. There are two specific configurations supported in this version: Read more...

Introducing VMware Hyper-Converged Software

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VMware Hyper-Converged Software Powering the industry’s largest Hyper-Converged Infrastructure ecosystem   Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is transforming the way private datacenter infrastructure is being built – see this post for an overview of HCI.  It eliminates the traditional hardware silos of compute, storage and networking, to move all the intelligence into a single software layer running Read more...

Introducing the 4th Generation VMware Virtual SAN

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As we enter 2016, I am very proud of the leadership position VMware has established in software that powers Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).  I’m also very excited to continue that momentum with today’s launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2.  Virtual SAN is the software-defined storage component in our Hyper-Converged Software (VMware HCS) stack—a single software stack Read more...

How to Prepare for Data Growth in Today’s Changing IT Environment

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By Jason Massae, VMware Architect at Micron Technology As a VMware architect at Micron Technology, I know the crucial importance of virtualization in an enterprise environment. I am also witnessing first-hand the explosive growth of data and storage in the enterprise. In this blog post, I will discuss the storage challenges of performance, scalability and manageability Read more...
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Oracle U2VL with Virtual SAN and the batch processing use case

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Unix to Virtualized Linux (U2VL) is a critical step towards SDDC, it targets to migrate applications and data from physical Unix servers to Linux virtual machines running on x86 virtualized infrastructure. These applications are typically business critical, therefore, customers normally take a very cautious approach by doing a carefully planned and executed Proof-of-Concept (POC) in Read more...

Increase Performance with the Dell PowerEdge FX2 and VMware Virtual SAN

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The Dell FX2 converged 2U rack chassis allows customers to incrementally add or swap compact modular building blocks including servers, storage and IO to fit any Virtual SAN environment. Much like Virtual SAN, Dell’s FX2 is designed to deliver more choice, less complexity, and simplify building and management by bringing advanced management technologies to converged infrastructure. Customers Read more...
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U.S. Government Agency Deploys Virtual SAN to Prepare IT Storage for Cloud Service Delivery

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A departmental headquarters of a U.S. government agency needed to evolve its partially virtualized IT environment into an efficient, low cost, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. The agency was in the midst of transforming the headquarters into an IT consolidation point that would provide centralized hosting, IaaS, and ongoing support services for applications and developers. This was Read more...

Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters – Real World Design Practices (Part 2)

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By Jonathan McDonald Jonathan McDonald is a Technical Solutions Architect for the Professional Services Engineering team. He currently specializes in developing architecture designs for core Virtualization, and Software-Defined Storage, as well as providing best practices for upgrading and health checks for vSphere environments. This is the second part of a two-part blog series. Click here to Read more...