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VMware vSAN 6.6 Deploy and Manage Training Class

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VMware Education has just released a new training class titled VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.6]. I had the opportunity to attend the beta version of this class and help shape the content that is delivered. The class is a 3-day, instructor-led technical training course that features an excellent balance of lecture and hands-on lab time. It is Read more...

VMware vSAN 6.6 Licensing Guide

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VMware vSAN powers market-leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions through native integration with the industry-standard VMware vSphere hypervisor and the VMware vCenter Server unified management solution. vSAN is quite capable of running nearly any virtual server and desktop workload. These workloads run in an ever-increasing number of environments: primary data centers, disaster recovery sites, remote offices, Read more...

vSAN Storage Policy Assigned to vSphere Replication Replicas

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VMware vSphere Replication (VR) is a replication feature that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. Replication is configured on a per-VM basis with RPOs as low as five minutes. It is compatible with vSAN, as well as, other datastore types such as VMFS, NFS, and vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols). Read more...

vSAN and SRM RPO and RTO

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A question came up recently from a customer that went like this: “I am looking for an active/active configuration for disaster avoidance and disaster recovery with a recovery time objective of 0 minutes and a recovery point objective of 0 minutes. Is this something I can achieve with VMware vSAN and/or Site Recovery Manager (SRM)?” Read more...

Migrating VMs to vSAN

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A frequently asked question from customers considering vSAN is “How do I migrate virtual machines from my old storage to vSAN?” There are a few ways this can be done and a number of solutions to facilitate the migration. This blog article discusses a few of these options and concludes with a link to a Read more...

vSAN 6.5 Licensing Guide

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VMware vSAN powers market-leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions through native integration with the industry-standard VMware vSphere hypervisor and the VMware vCenter Server unified management solution. vSAN is quite capable of running nearly any virtual server and desktop workload. These workloads run in an ever-increasing number of environments: primary data centers, disaster recovery sites, remote offices, call Read more...

What’s New with VMware vSAN 6.5

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Introducing vSAN 6.5 VMware vSAN 6.5 is the latest release of the market-leading, enterprise-class storage solution for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). vSAN 6.5 builds on the existing features introduced in 6.2 by enhancing automation, further reducing total cost of ownership (TCO), and setting the stage for next-generation cloud native applications. vSAN continues to see rapid adoption Read more...

vSAN Availability Blog Series

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60 Minutes is Not Enough Availability was a very popular topic at VMworld 2016 U.S. The conference featured many breakout sessions covering VMware storage and availability solutions including vSAN, Site Recovery Manager, and Virtual Volumes. One of these sessions, STO8179 – Understanding the Availability Features of vSAN, was delivered by GS Khalsa and I. Most of the Read more...

7 Reasons VMware Virtual SAN is Radically Simple

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It is often that we hear technology solutions described as “revolutionary”, “incredible”, or “game-changing” and that list of adjectives could certainly go on. In some cases, those descriptions are fairly accurate while at other times, they tend to be a bit overstated. We here at VMware often use the term “radically simple” to describe Virtual Read more...

Virtual SAN 6.2 Licensing Guide

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VMware, the market leader in powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), enables the lowest cost and highest performance next-generation HCI solutions through proven VMware Hyper-Converged Software. The natively integrated software combines the marketing-leading VMware vSphere hypervisor, the VMware vCenter Server unified management solution, and radically simple VMware Virtual SAN storage with the broadest and deepest set of HCI Read more...