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vSphere Flash Read Cache – What’s New White Paper

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A new vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC) white paper is now available. In this white paper, is based on one of pillars of the software-defined datacenter of VMware® – storage. As VMware’s plans for SDDC focuses on a set of VMware initiatives around local storage, shared storage and storage/data services. In essence, we want to Read more...
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VSAN and Storage Controllers

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UPDATE: Now that Virtual SAN is officially released, the hardware compatibility list has been updated.  This list has changed considerably since the Beta of VSAN, and some devices are no longer supported.  For the latest and most up-to-date information, please check the VMware Compatibility Guide for Virtual SAN. There have been numerous questions around supported storage Read more...
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Virtual SAN Beta now available for download

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The VMware Virtual SAN™ beta is available now for download. To claim your copy, visit the VMware Virtual SAN Community page. Our VMware Virtual SAN Community is for MyVMware members only — to gain access, see steps at bottom of this email.* Webinar: How to Install, Configure and Manage VMware Virtual SAN Save time and gain Read more...
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A list of VSAN references – from VMware bloggers

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A lot of folks have been looking for VSAN reference materials now that vSphere 5.5 is available and the VSAN beta can commence in earnest. Many VMware employees, who are also bloggers, have put together quite a bit of information to get you well and truly on your way to a successful VSAN deployment. This Read more...
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vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC) In Action

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Now that vSphere 5.5 has GA, I wanted to announce the availability of a few videos that I’ve posted to the VMwareTV YouTube Channel. The videos cover a couple of the vFRC management and configuration functionalities as well as interoperability with other vSphere enterprise core features such as vMotion, HA & DRS. vSphere Flash Read Read more...
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vCenter Server 5.5 – Simple vs Custom Installations

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With the release of vSphere 5.5 now upon us, before jumping in and performing a fresh install or an upgrade I wanted to highlight the minor changes to the vCenter Server installer, specifically when to use the simple installer and when to use the individual custom install wizards. With the new release, when you attach Read more...
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vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager 5.5

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Presuming you’ve upgraded your vCenter Server to 5.5 (ahem) you can now go ahead and upgrade vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager as well.  Some very nice new features as listed earlier such as better performance, storage vMotion support for arrays and VR, and multiple point in time retention if using vSphere Replication. As always Read more...
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Virtual SAN (VSAN) Beta Community Now Live

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We are pleased to announce the availability of the VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Beta community website.  The website will be used for ongoing discussion and feedback, and we’ll have our product experts answering your questions.  You’ll also find How-To Videos, Interactive Demos, Product documentation, and FAQs.  Finally, the VSAN team will host many prize contests, Read more...