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New Guidance on vSAN Operations

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A vSAN powered environment ushers in unprecedented levels of flexibility across a variety of topologies. This flexibility leads to inevitable questions around recommended practices and guidance. These are questions that may come up prior to or during the time of installation, configuration, and operation, but the answers may not be found in step-by-step guides or Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 140: Back to Basics vSphere Networking

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Continuing the “Back to Basics” series, this week we welcome back GSS Escalation Engineer Broc Yanda to discuss vSphere networking. Broc explains how to get the best performance out of vSphere hosts networking, failover, and other common networking misconceptions. Follow Broc on twitter. Check out John and Broc’s VMworld session Top 10 things to know Read more...
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VMware vSAN a Finalist for Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year Award

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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 newly created Hyper-converged and composable infrastructure category. We believe vSAN was chosen in part because of our significant investments in supporting cloud-native applications, enhancing vSAN performance and intelligent operations. According to Read more...

What is the Maximum vSAN VMDK Size?

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How big should my VMDKs be on vSAN? I recently was asked about VMDK size best practices with vSAN. The maximum supported VMDK size is 62TB. Much like discussions around the largest size for a vSAN or vSphere cluster (Check out this post!), this is very much a nuanced operational discussion with a lot of Read more...

iSCSI Port Binding: To Use or Not to Use

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As GSS’ most common storage issue, iSCSI Port Binding seems to be a pain point for many customers. Why is this— why so many calls and misconfigurations? I did a test session breaking out the iSCSI section from Cody Hosterman and my Core Storage Best practices session from VMworld, and I was amazed at the attendance! Read more...
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Revisiting vSAN’s Free Capacity Recommendations

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Among the types of resources that administrators manage, storage may be the most challenging. The demand often increases beyond forecasted levels and addressing the matter with older architectures typically meant adding large capital costs and complexity. Space efficiency and storage reclamation techniques can potentially delay when capacity thresholds are met, but eventually, storage capacity concerns Read more...
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#StorageMinute – Data Migration Pre-Check in vSAN 6.7 U3

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series, where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we look at a new feature enhancement to vSAN Maintenance Mode workflow called Data Migration Pre-Check. This feature performs a cluster-wide impact assessment of a host entering maintenance mode. This assessment dramatically helps an administrator make informed decisions while planning Read more...
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#vSANChat Wrap-Up: vSAN Specialist Certification

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Last month, we gathered on Twitter for our monthly #vSANChat event! What’s a #vSANChat, you ask? It is Tweet Chat – basically an “Ask Me Anything” or typed Q&A session on Twitter. Every month we cover a new topic related to vSAN with our subject matter experts. During the hour of the #vSANChat, we ask a Read more...

Microsoft SQL Server on VMware Cloud Foundation Powered by Dell EMC VxRail

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VMware Cloud Foundation is built on VMware’s leading hyperconverged architecture, VMware vSAN™, with all-flash performance and enterprise-class storage services including deduplication, compression and erasure coding. vSAN implements hyperconverged storage architecture, by delivering an elastic storage and simplifying the storage management. VMware Cloud Foundation™ accelerates infrastructure provisioning with full stack consisting of compute, storage, networking, and Read more...
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#EmpoweredbyvSAN: Wesley Milliron Soars with Giant Eagle’s Adoption of HCI

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Introducing: A Blog Series on Career Success with VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure Starting this week, VMware will release a series of blogs on career success stories of people just like you that have adopted hyperconverged infrastructure. While companies are often quick to point to business success stories – ABC Company grew revenue or reduced costs due Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast ep 139: The Best of 2019

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This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we look back on the best of 2019 and present the first annual SpeakEasy Awards. A few of the SpeakEasy winners are listed below: Best sound byte of 2019 It was no surprise that “LUNs Suck” was a crowd favorite. We brought Ken Werneburg on to discuss his Read more...