The best way to verify backup data integrity is to routinely perform restores from this backup data. For a variety of reasons, the majority of administrators do not verify backups using this method very often (if ever). Wouldn’t it be great if a backup and recovery solution provided the option to do this automatically on a regular schedule? Wouldn’t it be even better if the solution reported the results of the verification exercise? I am happy to report that is one of the new features of vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced 5.5! Keep reading for more information and to download a short white paper on the topic that includes best practices…
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With the advent of VMware Virtual SAN, there have been many questions around the type of server hardware that should be used to support and configure a Virtual SAN environment. While at GA this may be as easy as choosing the appropriate Ready Node server for your Virtual SAN environment (more information on the Virtual SAN Ready Node program can be found here), there will be many people who choose to build their own configuration from individual components within the VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG).
Virtual SAN allows the flexibility to build your own configuration based on a given vendors hardware platform, allowing one to greatly differentiate the performance of Virtual SAN clusters based on your choices. But with flexibility comes a number of decision points. This series of blog posts will provide initial guidance for the hardware design considerations one can make when choosing specific hardware components for a Virtual SAN environment.
I will presenting at a couple of upcoming VMware User Group (VMUG) meetings this week in Florida. I’ll be delivering a presentation on VMware’s Software Defined Storage Portfolio with focus on Virtual SAN (VSAN) recommended practices, use cases, and vCloud Suite interoperability capabilities.
For those interested in pursuing the VCDX Certification, I will also be participating in the delivery of a VCDX Boot Camp along with Florida’s own local VCDX, Chris McCain (VCDX#79).
On Tuesday, December 3rd, I’ll be presenting at the Tampa VMUG Meeting at the USF Marshall Student Center. Go to the Tampa VMUG Meeting site for more information about the Tampa VMUG Meeting and registration.
On Wednesday, December 4th, I’ll be presenting at the Orlando VMUG Meeting at the PUP Corporate Office. Go to the Orlando VMUG Meeting site for more information about the Orlando VMUG Meeting and registration.
Oh yeah! Last but not least, on Thursday, December 5th, I’ll be presenting at the Miami VMUG Workspace at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Go to the Miami VMUG Workspace meeting site for more information about the Miami VMUG Workspace and registration.
I hope to see and meet many of you at the events, and hopefully answer your questions with regards to VMware’s Software Defined Storage portfolio. Have your questions ready.
For future updates, be sure to following me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds
A common question that I have seen recently around Virtual SAN (VSAN) is how limits on number of components, disks, etc., translate into capacity and policy limits. I will attempt to cover some of the basics in this post. However for a deeper explanation on the various sizing and design considerations, please check out the updated Design & Sizing Guide which you can find in the VSAN beta community documents section in the POC Kit folder. If you are not yet signed up for the VSAN beta, why not? Click here to register. The beta community has a wealth of information, including documentation, hardware guidance and some great discussions with our R&D engineers. A great place to start if you just want to read up on Virtual SAN, or indeed, kick its proverbial tires.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in our surveys (see results), and we would like to announce two new surveys:
1. Fill the Virtual SAN Data Protection and Flash Survey for a chance to win an iPad Air!
2. Fill the Fusion-IO Short Survey for a chance to win a Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, iPad Air or an iPad Mini
Surveys end 1/21/2014, and the raffle result will be posted shortly after.
Thank you again for your interest and participation,
The Virtual SAN Team
As the interest for Virtual SAN (VSAN) continues to build with VMware customers and participants in the beta program, there have been several questions and requests for performance benchmarks based on the performance centric use cases VSAN is targeting. The performance team at VMware has published a VDI/VSAN benchmark blog series worth reading.
This first article “VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Part 1” is focused around the evaluation VDI performance by using the View Planner in a variety of VSAN hardware configurations.
In the second article “VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Part 2” the team presents an updated hardware configuration for and showcases the scalable capabilities of VSAN in different configurations while measuring performance with the View Planner QoS (VDImark) performance scoring utility.
In the latest article “VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Part 3” the team compares the VDI performance benchmarks of VSAN against an all flash storage array in order to demonstrate and compare VSANs ability to scale and support a variety of workload profiles while maintaining similar performance capabilities.
I highly recommend reading all three articles, as they are an excellent resource when considering VSAN for VDI use cases with different VSAN designs and VDI workloads profiles. See what VSAN can do for VDI use case from a performance and cost standpoint.
For future updates, be sure to follow me on Twitter at @PunchingClouds
There is a new beta release of Virtual SAN (VSAN) available today for those of you participating in the beta. You can download the new bits of the beta refresh by clicking here (you will need a valid MyVMware login to access it). This post covers a number of areas around the beta refresh. It will cover how to upgrade to the new release, a fix for the AHCI controller issue that we encountered in the beta testing, the new PowerCLI fling, changes to certain VSAN limits and the winners of some of our VSAN contest and surveys. Read on to learn more about the changes in the VSAN beta refresh.
One of the new 5.5 features in vSphere Replication is the ability to retain historical replications as point-in-time snapshots on the recovered virtual machines.
Using this feature is quite handy in order to recover from systems that have corrupted data or viruses or even to do auditing of system changes and the like. While VMs protected with vSphere Replication can be recovered manually, and one by one, the full automation of recovery is of course offered by Site Recovery Manager.
In this post I’ll look at how we configure these multiple points in time (MPIT) during replication, and how we interact with them after failover by SRM.
As an admin in the data center, you have to
- Ensure that your VM templates are up to date
- Maintain a set of scripts for customizing the guest OS’s, installing custom applications, etc.,
- Share all of them across sites and vCenter instances.
Therefore, we at VMware are trying hard to provide you with a simple and efficient solution to manage your VM templates, scripts, ISO images, etc. – collectively called “Content”.
We now need your input to ensure that we understand your current infrastructure, methodologies, and core use cases so that we build the right set of features and for the right scale.
We have kept this survey really short (7 questions) and we’d appreciate you taking the time to provide us your feedback. Thank you!
Survey link: http://bit.ly/vSContentMgmt (updated link)