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Writing Performant Tagging Code: Tips and Tricks for PowerCLI

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vSphere 5.1 introduced an inventory tagging feature that has been available in all later versions of vSphere, including vSphere 6.7. Tags let datacenter administrators organize different vSphere objects like datastores, virtual machines, hosts, and so on. This makes it easier to sort and search for objects that share a tag, among other things. For example, Read more...

New Scheduler Option for vSphere 6.7 U2

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Along with the recent release of VMware vSphere 6.7 U2, we published a new whitepaper that shows the performance of a new scheduler option that was included in the 6.7 U2 update.  We referred to this new scheduler option internally as the “sibling” scheduler, but the official name is the side-channel aware scheduler version 2, Read more...
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First VMmark 3.1 Publications, Featuring New Cascade Lake Processors

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VMmark is a free tool used by hardware vendors and others to measure the performance, scalability, and power consumption of virtualization platforms.  If you’re unfamiliar with VMmark 3.x, each tile is a grouping of 19 virtual machines (VMs) simultaneously running diverse workloads commonly found in today’s data centers, including a scalable Web simulation, an E-commerce Read more...

VMmark 3.1 Released

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It is my great pleasure to announce that VMmark 3.1 is generally available as of February 7, 2019! What’s New? This release adds support for persistent memory, improves workload scalability, and better reflects secure customer environments by increasing side-channel vulnerability mitigation requirements. Visit our main VMmark HTML page for more information. Please note that VMmark 3.0 will Read more...

vMotion across hybrid cloud: performance and best practices

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VMware Cloud on AWS is a hybrid cloud service that runs the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) stack in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. The service automatically provisions and deploys a vSphere environment on a bare-metal AWS infrastructure, and lets you run your applications in a hybrid IT environment across your on-premises data Read more...

vSAN Performance Diagnostics Now Shows “Specific Issues and Recommendations” for HCIBench

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By Amitabha Banerjee and Abhishek Srivastava The vSAN Performance Diagnostics feature, which helps customers to optimize their benchmarks or their vSAN configurations to achieve the best possible performance, was first introduced in vSphere 6.5 U1. vSAN Performance Diagnostics is a “cloud connected” feature and requires participation in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). Performance metrics Read more...

Storage DRS Performance Improvements in vSphere 6.7

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Virtual machine (VM) provisioning operations such as create, clone, and relocate involve the placement of storage resources. Storage DRS (sometimes seen as “SDRS”) is the resource management component in vSphere responsible for optimal storage placement and load balancing recommendations in the datastore cluster. A key contributor to VM provisioning times in Storage DRS-enabled environments is the Read more...

SPBM compliance check just got faster in vSphere 6.7 U1!

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vSphere 6.7 U1 includes several enhancements in Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) to significantly reduce CPU use and generate a much faster response time for compliance checking operations. SPBM is a framework that allows vSphere users to translate their workload’s storage requirements into rules called storage policies. Users can apply storage policies to virtual machines (VMs) Read more...

Sharing GPU for Machine Learning/Deep Learning on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA GRID: Why is it needed? And How to share GPU?

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By Lan Vu, Uday Kurkure, and Hari Sivaraman  Data scientists may use GPUs on vSphere that are dedicated to use by one virtual machine only for their modeling work, if they need to. Certain heavier machine learning workloads may well require that dedicated approach. However, there are also many ML workloads and user types that do not use Read more...