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Virtual SAN Partner Whitepapers

VSANAs Virtual SAN continues to gain adoption within the industry, VMware is partnering with technology partners to develop and expand Virtual SAN solution guidance on differing platforms. A couple of key Virtual SAN whitepapers have been developed in conjunction with our flash vendor partners Fusion-io and SanDisk.

  • VMware Virtual SAN and Fusion-io Reference Architecture

This provides a step-by-step reference architecture to simplify the process to deploy VMware’s Virtual SAN  technology using Fusion-io as the flash acceleration layer.

http://www.fusionio.com/white-papers/vmware-virtual-san-and-fusion-io-reference-architecture

  • High Performance VDI using SanDisk SSDs, VMware’s Horizon View, and Virtual SAN: A Deployment and Technical Considerations Guide

This whitepaper demonstrates a VMware Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) on Virtual SAN, and provides View Planner performance metrics in a 100 desktop per node environment.

http://www.sandisk.com/assets/docs/high-performance-vdi-using-sandisk-ssds-vmware-horizon-view-and-virtual-san.pdf

 

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b released

Today VMware released an update to its virtualization management solution, vCenter Server. The update brings several fixes as documented in the release notes which can be reviewed in full here.

The new versions are as follows:

  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b | 12 JUN 2014 | Build 1891313
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b Installation Package | 12 JUN 2014 | Build 1891310
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1b | 12 JUN 2014 | Build 1891314
    downloaded now from vmware.com

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Virtual SAN availability on IBM’s OEM pricebook

Starting April 18, IBM has included the Virtual SAN SKU on their OEM price book. Now IBM’s Worldwide Sales (field and channel partners) has the ability to resell Virtual SAN through IBM’s ordering system.

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How to Supercharge your Virtual SAN Cluster (2 Million IOPS!!!)

2 Million IOps!So by now most of you are aware that Virtual SAN 5.5 was released last week, and it came in with a bang. During the launch event, we announced some impressive performance numbers, detailing 2 Million IOPS achieved in a 32-node Virtual SAN cluster. One of the most frequent questions since the launch has been what are the details of the configuration we used to achieve this monumental task. Well wait no longer, this is the post that will reveal the details in all their magnificent glory! Continue reading

Virtual SAN™ Ready Nodes from Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, and Supermicro are now available

With the Launch of Virtual SAN™ (see www.vmware.com/now for replay if you missed it), VMware announced two ways that customers can build and deploy a Virtual SAN™ node:

1) Choose from recommended list of Ready Node configurations

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US$4,500 promo discount on Fusion-io ioMemory for Virtual SAN™ deployment

VMware is excited to collaborate with Fusion-io, a leader in flash solutions with deployments by more than 6,000 customers, to provide customers a range of 15 enterprise-class PCI-E SSDs certified for Virtual SAN™   (see the VSAN Compatibility Guide). Virtual SAN™ leverages the speed and power of server-side flash to deliver a high-performance cache in front of direct-attached disks to provide scalable and cost-effective shared storage solutions.

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SanDisk flash storage available for Virtual SAN™

SanDisk is actively supporting VMware in our Virtual SAN™ launch, providing high-performing, high-endurance flash drives that enable enterprise-class scalability while minimizing IO storage latency for read and write operations.

The partnership of VMware and SanDisk on Virtual SAN™ was announced in a December press release, and discussed again at the VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in February.

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Virtual SAN in Action – The DOE Fund

The Virtual SAN team has been running a public beta program for the past six months with more than 12,000 people registering online. We have received a lot of feedback during that period and wanted to share with you the experience of a few of them.

This is the first post of a series of customers talking about their experience with Virtual SAN.

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Virtual SAN Special Promotion for Beta Users

VMware offering an exclusive 20% discount on Virtual SAN for Beta users

To reward Virtual SAN beta participants and coming on the heels of a successful public beta, VMware is offering beta customers a 20% discount on Virtual SAN purchases.  The discount is available to those beta participants who have joined and downloaded the Virtual SAN beta product.

Positive Market Feedback for Virtual SAN

Since VMware launched the Virtual SAN public beta at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco, we have seen overwhelming interest from customer, partners and analysts.  As the general availability for the product nears, VMware wants to reward the Virtual SAN beta participants in offering a limited time discount on any product purchase of 10 licenses or more.  Virtual SAN is VMware’s first product in the Software-Defined Storage category and wants to make it easy and simple for customers to stand-up within their data centers.

How can I get the Virtual SAN discount?

Simply sign-up for the beta, download the bits, install Virtual SAN and VMware will send you an email with a unique discount code that you can redeem upon purchase of Virtual SAN.  The unique discount code will be valid through VMware’s direct Field team and its Partner network.  The offer has a minimum purchase of 10 licenses and is valid through June 15, 2014.

Come join the Virtual SAN beta today and take advantage of this discount by visiting www.vsanbeta.com

NEW CONTEST! Deploy the Highest number of VMs on a VSAN datastore and WIN a $500 Amazon Gift Card

Task Intro

Create a Virtual SAN datastore on a cluster with three hosts and deploy as many running VMs (of any size) as possible.

Task Description

Create a Virtual SAN datastore using three hosts, with as much capacity as you can.  Then, deploy as many running virtual machines (of any size) as you can onto the Virtual SAN datastore. The VMs must be powered on.

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