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All-Flash Virtual SAN for VDI with Brocade vTM

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VMware, Brocade, and Broadcom have updated the previously published reference architecture to showcase the optimal All-Flash Virtual SAN for VDI solution using Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager. – Image courtesy of Brocade Cost-Effective Performance and High Availability In this reference architecture, we demonstrate how to design an ultra-fast, cost-effective VDI infrastructure using VMware Virtual SAN combined Read more...

Virtual SAN 6.2 Space Efficiency Technologies White Paper

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We’re happy to announce the Virtual SAN 6.2 Space Efficiency Technologies White Paper. I was fortunate to work on this along with Jeff Hunter and John Nicholson on this document. We cover some of the new additions to Virtual SAN in version 6.2 specifically around space efficiency. A couple of the new features that we Read more...

Virtual SAN 6.2 & PowerCLI – Sparse Virtual Swap files

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One of the Space Efficiency features of Virtual SAN 6.2 that is available for both All-Flash and Hybrid configurations, is the introduction of Sparse Virtual Swap files. Swap files on Virtual SAN by default, are created with the .vswp 100% reserved. In a thin provisioned/guaranteed capacity perspective, it could be said that they are effectively Read more...

Virtual SAN, SPBM Compliance, & PowerCLI

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I very often tear down/distress my “lab” environment while working on docs/testing code/trying to replicate issues/etc. I was trying to recreate an issue the other day and decided to replace my vCenter Appliance. I deleted the VCSA, but left some of the other VMs, as they had some services I needed like DNS. After deploying Read more...

VMware vSAN ROBO Licensing & vSAN 2 Node

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Since the initial release of vSAN, customers have asked for a version of vSAN for smaller environments, such as Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO). Customers want all of the benefits of traditional vSAN, without the minimum requirement of three nodes. Today, vSAN 6.1 introduces vSAN 2 Node and vSAN ROBO Licensing. Together, these provide the perfect Read more...

Put another pizza in the oven, these kids are hungry

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Youth sports are all about kids having fun. They play, they sweat, and hopefully have a great time. And boy do they build up an appetite. Choosing the right refreshments during halftime, or the right restaurant after the game can be difficult. Are a couple large pizzas going to be sufficient, would a pizza buffet Read more...