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Site Recovery Manager 8.3 with vVols and Automatic Protection

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VMware released Virtual Volumes in 2015. Since then, and especially since Virtual Volumes 2.0, with its support for replication, the question has been “When will this integrate with SRM?” I’m thrilled to say, the answer to that question is “Now!” As of Site Recovery Manager 8.3, now there is support for doing everything that SRM Read more...

Breaking: VMware Announces Intent to Acquire Datrium to Provide Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service for Hybrid Cloud Environments

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Hybrid cloud has emerged as the most common cloud strategy for our customers. With organizations sometimes having thousands of applications – both existing legacy apps and new cloud microservices – securing and maintaining those apps in hybrid cloud environments is critical to success for many of our customers. With this in mind, VMware has announced Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 161: Dynamic Memory Management

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VMware vSphere is designed to efficiently manage hardware resources including CPU, memory, storage, and network, but VMkernel memory management is one of those topics that is rarely understood by most. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome Frank Denneman to break down the dynamic memory mangement and reclamation tequniques. Links Mentioned frankdenneman.dl vSphere Read more...

vSAN Design Considerations – Deduplication and Compression

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The post "Write Buffer Sizing in vSAN when Using the Very Latest Hardware" described many of the basics around vSAN's implementation of a two-tier storage system, and how hardware can change the performance of the system. How do software-related settings such as deduplication and compression impact performance? Let's step through what it is, how it Read more...
VMware Horizon VDI on vSAN

Announcing Intel Select Solution for VMware Horizon VDI on vSAN

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VMware is excited to announce a new solution from Intel that brings together VMware's superior software and Intel's cutting-edge technology through the Intel Select Solutions Brand. Intel Select Solutions for VMware Horizon VDI on vSAN can help simplify your VDI deployment while employing a best-in-class hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) experience. In today's environment, the sudden increase Read more...

Using vVols with CNS

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Virtual Volumes or vVols enables your existing storage array capabilities to be managed via SPBM policies and applied at a VM or VM disk level, all while existing in a single vVols datastore that correlates to a storage container on the array. The Guest OS file system is the native FS on the vVol itself. Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 159: vSphere Lifecycle Manager

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vSphere and vSAN 7 introduced an entirely new solution for unified software and firmware management that is native to vSphere. vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) is the next-generation replacement to vSphere Update Manager (VUM), and is built off of a desired-state, or declarative model that provides lifecycle management for the hypervisor and the full stack of Read more...

Hardware Compatibility Checks in vLCM

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vSphere/vSAN 7 introduced a few new enhancements to hardware compatibility for VMware customers, vSAN VCG Notification Services, and integrated hardware compatibility checks with vSphere Lifecycle Manager vLCM. Pete Koehler recently wrote an article discussing the new vSAN VCG Notification Services. This article will discuss the integrated vSAN hardware compatibility checks in vSphere Lifecycle Manager vLCM. Read more...

HCI as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

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Working remotely through the use of virtual desktops is more prevalent than ever before. As an example, I just saw my daughter writing SQL queries for a class she is taking online at Ohio University. She is logging on to a VMware Horizon virtual desktop from her MacBook Pro to securely access a Windows desktop Read more...