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VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN HCL Component Updates

The Virtual SAN Configuration Guide has been updated with new components. We recently certified 12 SSDs, updated 4 existing SSD certifications, and updated firmware information for 2 HDDs. Make sure to visit the VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN for more details!

Here is a list of changes:

New SSDs
•  HGST HUSML4040ASS600
•  HGST HUSML4020ASS600
•  HGST HUSML4040ASS601
•  HGST HUSML4020ASS601
•  HGST HUSSL4040BSS600
•  HGST HUSSL4020BSS600
•  HGST HUSSL4010BSS600
•  HGST HUSSL4040BSS601
•  HGST HUSSL4020BSS601
•  HGST HUSSL4010BSS601
•  NEC S3700 400GB SATA 2.5 MLC RPQ
•  NEC N8150-712

Updated SSD Certifications
• Samsung SM1625 800GB SAS SSD1
• Cisco UCS-SD800G0KS2-EP
• EMC XtremSF1400 PCIEHHM-1400M
• EMC XtremSF700 PCIEHHM-700M

Updated Diskful Writes per Day (DWPD) for Samsung and Cisco drives
A new firmware, B210.06.04, was certified for EMC PCI-E SSDs

HDD Firmware Information Updates
•  Fujitsu HD SAS 6G 1.2TB 10K HOT PL 2.5” EP
•  Hitachi 6Gbps,900GB,10000r/min,2.5in.

 

Automatic Backup of VMs Migrated by SRM

A question came across my desk a few days ago around being able to automatically back up VMs that have been migrated by vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). After a bit of thought, it seems this is fairly simple to solve. With SRM, I migrate VMs to a resource pool at my recovery site. Why you might ask? This resource pool is configured with shares set to “High”. This has no impact during normal operations, but when I migrate or fail over important workloads, I want to be sure these workloads have priority if there is contention for CPU and memory. However, this also creates a secondary benefit when it comes to backing up migrated VMs…

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VMworld US 2014 in San Fransisco Panel Discussion “Applications on Oracle on vSphere” Panel

Mike Adams and Don Sullivan conducted a panel discussion at VMworld in San Francisco in August which highlighted a group of very successful VMware customers. The panelists answered questions pertaining to their varied application implementations running on Oracle on vSphere.  Their applications stories varied from SAP to Homegrown travel applications and from Oracle Identity Management to a broad sampling of Higher Education Applications.  The commonality was that they were all spectacularly successful.

Dan Young represented Indiana University when receiving the “VMware Innovation Award” rushed over from the Marriott Marquis to join the panel and highlighted the day with entertaining commentary of how he was sitting on the panel and receiving the award the same week that 128,000 Indiana University students were registering for classes.   He explained to the crowd how the virtualized database services model and the stability that the architecture provided was responsible for affording him this opportunity.  Jon Tucker from First National Bank of Nebraska in Omaha talked glowingly of the success of the bank’s Oracle Identity Management system and Kris Cook of SITA described how virtualization enhanced their homegrown travel applications environment.  Finally Mike Peter’s of Conagra got a big laugh when he described how their 20vCPU virtualized SAP Supply Chain system running on an Oracle DB was responsible for delivering all the frozen foods that the audience might consume that evening.

Each of these customers brings a unique experience with a common story.  “This is my application and it is very important and it runs better because it runs on vSphere”

For the first time VMware also conducted an Oracle customer panel at VMworld Europe in Barcelona but no video was produced of that event.  The event in Europe featured Eric Mealy CIO or Societe Generale bank of Luxembourg and Tobias Appelo of Cap Gemini who discussed their implementation at Centrica Energy in the UK.

Below is the YouTube link for the video from the San Francisco event.

VMworld US (SF) 2014 – Applications on Oracle on vSphere Customer Success Stories (Conagra, SITA, IU, FBNO)

http://youtu.be/B7QPvTjnNgo

Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN: How to configure alarms

VMware Virtual SAN has received amazing response from the virtualization community. Now as more and more customers are completing the acquisition and implementation processes, we are receiving more requests for operational guidance. Day 2 operations is perhaps my favorite topic to explore. Essentially the questions asked can be summed up as “Ok, I have done the research, proved the concept, and now have this great new product. Help me know the recommended practices to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot the inevitable issues that pop up with any software”. This question is the driver behind our new blog series, “Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN“.

In this series, our aim is to take your most frequently asked questions around Virtual SAN Operations and provide detailed recommendations and guidance. In our first article in this series we look to answer the question “How do I configure vCenter Alarms for Virtual SAN?

(Many thanks to Christian Dickmann (@cdickmann), Rawlinson Rivera (@PunchingClouds), and Ken Werneburg (@vmKen) for their much appreciated interest and contribution to this series): [Joe Cook: @CloudAnimal]

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Getting Started with VMware Virtual SAN – Join the Inaugural #VSANchat on 12/2!

By now, you’ve probably heard about VMware Virtual SAN – the industry leader in hyper-converged software defined storage for virtual environments. You’ve probably also heard how VMware Virtual SAN can lower TCO by up to 50%, or how it is the first policy-driven storage product designed for vSphere environments that simplifies and streamlines storage provisioning and management.

But in case you haven’t heard, we’d like to invite you to #VSANchat – our inaugural Twitter chat, where our experts and the larger Storage community will be discussing how to get started with Virtual SAN and things to consider. On December 2nd, 2014, at 11am PT, we invite you to discuss tips, best practices and insight on everything VMware Virtual SAN.

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vSphere Data Protection Replication Target White Paper

With the release of VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 5.8, a new type or “identity” of VDP appliance was introduced. It is called VDP Replication Target. When deploying previous versions of VDP, you were presented with the option to deploy VDP, which does not require a license key, or VDP Advanced, which requires a license key. A question commonly asked is “Do I have to deploy and license VDP Advanced at the replication target location even though I do not intend to perform backups there?” With VDP Advanced 5.5, you do have to deploy a VDP Advanced appliance to serve as a replication target, but VMware provides a “zero-CPU” license at no additional charge to enable an appliance to serve as a replication target for VDP Advanced. More details can be found in this blog article. While this was a pretty good workaround, the process for deploying an appliance as a replication target has been improved with the introduction of the VDP Replication Target identity in VDP 5.8. Naturally, you can find more information on the new VDP appliance identity in the VDP Administrator Guide, but Mohan Amarnath and Suraj Vithalkar from EMC have provided an excellent white paper that covers VDP Replication Target in detail including use cases and best practices. Click here to download the VDP Replication Target white paper.

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SAP SD Benchmark Results on vSphere Shows Near Native Performance

I wanted to highlight some recent work done using a 3rd party benchmark and audited certification process that helps to address concerns that virtual overhead is still unacceptable for enterprise applications.

Many of our customers are no longer focused on this negligible consumption by virtualization as VMware software defined infrastructures have continued to demonstrate they can meet all their application needs, but yet some people still ask for this information.

SAP provides a test and certification methodology known as the Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark which provides several units of measurement, including Users and SAPS, that determines a hardware-independent score. This benchmark is run on both virtual and physical platforms and is well scrutinized before a certification number is issued.

There are two results I’d like to draw attention to:

  • Certification Number 2014043 (11/7/2014) by Dell/VMware – 9400 Users, 51400 SAPS
  • Certification number 2014017 (5/5/2014) by Dell – 10,253 Users, 55970 SAPS

These two benchmarks were performed on the exact same hardware and application stacks with the only exception being that VMware ESXi 5.5 was used on the most recent test. From this we can easily demonstrate that this comprehensive application and database benchmark shows only a 8.3% difference in virtual versus physical performance.

Additionally it’s worth noting, for Monster VM fans, that the virtual machine was configured with 48x vCPU’s and 256GB of RAM.

The message here is that virtual performance of an enterprise’s most demanding applications is near that of physical and that the value provided from the virtual platform more than exceeds the minute cost. Be confident – virtualize everything!

Special thanks to our partner Dell and our performance gurus (Erik, Sebastian & Louis) at VMware for these efforts.

Hear the Complete Software-Defined Hyper-Convergence Storage Story with VMware and Nexenta on 11/19

Get your notepads and pens ready, because we’re co-hosting a webinar with Nexenta, on November 19, at 8 a.m. PST detailing our complete, software-defined, hyper-convergence infrastructure offering. Join this webinar to learn how Virtual SAN and file services will fit in your environment, what Software-Defined Storage has to offer your organization and how your business can benefit. Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 2.10.35 PM

VMware’s own Rawlinson Rivera, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, will co-host the webinar with Nexenta’s Michael Letschin, Director, Product Management, Solutions. During this webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • Storage provisioning and management of VMware Virtual SAN’s hypervisor-converged storage
  • Merging VMware Virtual SAN with VMware EVO: RAIL into a hyper-converged infrastructure that combines compute, networking and storage resources
  • How NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN enables better file services, snapshot and self-service file recovery
  • How Nexenta can support a variety of workloads and business-critical situations through its Software-Defined Storage solutions

Register for this webinar and learn how to build on your VMware Virtual SAN instance with Nexenta!

For more updates on VMware Virtual SAN and Software-Defined Storage, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @VMwareVSAN and ‘like’ us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vmwarevsan!

SQL Pass Conference completed

The vSphere PMM team in collaboration with the GTS team successfully completed VMware’s participation in the 3-day SQL Passs Summit conference at  the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle today.  We met with hundreds of successful SQL Server on vSphere customers to deliver the overall VMW message through the innovative use of the “Recharge Lounge”.  415 total attendees of the conference received a 5-min massage while they recharged their devices after they discussed their present or future success with SQL Server on vSphere.SQLPass1

VMware Sponsors “Recharge Lounge” at SQL Pass Conference

Following up on the momentum gained in the SQL Server on vSphere space last month as a result of the Elite SQL Server workshop, the vSphere PMM team arranged the sponsorship of the “Recharge Lounge” at the SQL Pass Conference in Seattle this week.  This specialized lounge not only allows conference attendees to recharge their devices but when they individually present a coupon, which they can only get from the VMware booth, the attendee will receive a 5 minute professional massage.   Not exactly what we do regularly but amazing effective in drawing in attendees to the VMW booth.  The stories are typical “We use vSphere for everything and it all works great” was a common theme.   We are on track to pass out 500 massage coupons in the 3 days of the conference.  This is fun!

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