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VeeamLive – VSAN 6.2 What’s new!

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April 13 Wednesday 12:00 PM (UTC -05:00) John Nicholson live discussed VSAN 6.2 with Jose Mendoza and Shawn Lieu. In the session he went over the new features, how they impact design decisions, and how they work. They discussed how storage efficiency is enabling all flash to displace 10K and 15K RPM drives. They explained how new features Read more...

VSAN Error Handling – APD vs. PDL failures explained

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VMware Virtual SAN is a highly resilient storage platform.  Part of this resiliency is its distributed architecture that allows for rebuilds that leverage the full performance of the cluster to complete quickly. One interesting piece is how it intelligently handles different failure conditions. In some cases VSAN will delay the start of a rebuild to Read more...

What’s New – VMware Virtual SAN 6.2

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Today we are officially announcing the launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2. Virtual SAN is the foundation of VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) that enables customers to experience industry leading  hyper-converged infrastructure. Customers are finding VMware HCS key in adopting a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach of streamlining and automating storage, networking and compute. Learn more about Read more...
VSAN now with more blinking lights!

The Road to All-Flash VMware Virtual SAN

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A quick post here today to talk about why I think 2016 will see all flash VSAN overtake 10K RPM drive based hybrid VSAN as the most popular deployment choice. Remember when predictions were made in that 15K RPM drives would loose their relevance to flash? 10K RPM drives are next up to be displaced. Read more...

VSAN now supporting NVMe devices

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  The first NVMe drive is on the VSAN HCL and customers are already adopting it! Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is a specification for attaching and accessing flash storage devices to the PCI Express (PCIE). Intel has demonstrated that with NVMe VSAN clusters can easily scale into the millions of IOPS. Another Intel blog goes Read more...

Criteria for supported magnetic drives with VSAN

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I have been talking with VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) customers who are enjoying great success. Customers have asked questions regarding why specific components are or are not on the hardware compatibility list (HCL) or chosen for ready nodes. I wanted to provide some insight into component selection for customers choosing VSAN hybrid configurations that leverage Read more...