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vSAN Space Reclamation

#StorageMinute: vSAN Space Reclamation

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we’ll show you to how to maximize vSAN TCO by making space usage more efficient. vSAN Space Reclamation   How does it work? VMware vSAN 6.7U1 supports SCSI UNMAP/TRIM for space reclamation from guest Virtual machines. This feature helps improve the TCO Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast

vSpeaking Podcast: Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 U4 for VMware

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Today, at their Sales Kickoff event, Veeam is announcing key updates to Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 U4, Veeam Availability for AWS and Veeam Availability Console.  As many VMware customers protect their virtual infrastructure using Veeam, I thought it made sense to bring in the experts to share the details. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome Read more...

vSAN Capacity Management and Monitoring Part 2

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This article picks up where Part 1 of this series left off. We will discuss the alarms and notifications in vSAN Health and vCenter Server that can be used to keep an eye on vSAN datastore capacity usage. vSAN Health As mentioned in the previous article, vSAN Health monitors the capacity of the physical drives Read more...

Can I use vSAN for both VMs and containers?

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With containers, and Kubernetes in particular, becoming more prevalent as time goes on, we are seeing more questions revolving around their use with vSAN. We all know that vSAN can be used to host VM storage, iSCSI LUNs for physical machines, and more recently, container volumes for Docker and Kubernetes via the open-source Project Hatchway Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 102: ESXi on ARM

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One of the many things at VMworld 2018 that generated a significant buzz was the demonstration of ESXi running on a 64-bit Arm Cortex-A72-powered host. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stressed that this is targeted at edge boxes and gateways. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome VMware ARM Teach Lead, Andrei Warkentin and William Lam to discuss Read more...
Operationalizing VMware vSAN

Operationalizing VMware vSAN: A New E-Book from VMware

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By KEVIN LEES – Chief Technologist, IT Operations Transformation   Download Now: Operationalizing VMware vSAN I’m pleased to announce the release of my second book: Operationalizing VMware vSAN (download here) co-authored with Paul Wiggett, a Senior Technical Operations Architect at VMware.   Like my first book, Operationalizing VMware NSX (download here), Operationalizing VMware vSAN addresses what happens after you’ve Read more...

VMware vSAN A Finalist for Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year

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VMware is pleased to announce that vSAN, the only vSphere-native storage software, is a finalist in Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year competition for the Cloud and Software-defined Storage Products category. We believe vSAN’s selection is significant, as it is the only hyperconverged infrastructure software in the running, highlighting VMware’s notable investments in innovation. According Read more...
vSAN Chat

vSAN Deep Dive – #vSANChat Q&A

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In our Twitter vSAN Chat with Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan, we covered the A to Z of their newly published “vSAN 6.7 Deep Dive” book. If you’ve ever wondered “What exactly is vSAN?”, everything to know about Stretched Clusters, or the vSAN 6.7 Deep Dive dedication song “Turn the Page” written by Bob Seger Read more...

vSAN Stretched Cluster for everybody

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I have always been a fan of stretched cluster solutions since VMware introduced the certification program vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) back in 2016. Who doesn’t want the ability to balance VMs synchronously between datacenters for site resilience or even site maintenance?  In my previous life working for a storage vendor, I had many conversations Read more...
vSAN Capacity Management

vSAN Capacity Management and Monitoring Part 1

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vSAN Capacity Management and Monitoring Series VMware vSAN provides a few dashboards for tracking capacity utilization, free space remaining, deduplication and compression efficiency, and more. There are also the classic vCenter Server alarms that provide various alerts for vSAN just like other datastores types (VVols, VMFS, NFS). Last, but not least, vSAN Health includes capacity-related Read more...