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Adaptive Resync

Adaptive Resync: Balancing Safety and Productivity

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Which do you choose, safety or productivity? That’s a trick question; the answer is if either wins, both lose. The balance between safety and productivity is usually referenced in the context of workplace safety. The small gains made in production by shortcutting safety seem to be worthwhile until an accident occurs. Then the gains disappear Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 90: What’s New in vSAN 6.7 U1

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VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 makes it even easier to adopt HCI and build a Digital Foundation. Key areas where vSAN 6.7 U1 provides additional benefits include the simplification of day one and two operations, lowering the total cost of ownership with more efficient infrastructure, and even more rapid support and resolution with ReadyCare. This week Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 89: VMworld Recap 2018

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VMworld 2018 US is a wrap. What a week it has been. From the announcements (see below) to great sessions, networking, and for the Virtually Speaking Podcast crew, lots of great conversations.  There is no possible way to recap everything that happened this past week in one episode but we tried our best to cram Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 87: VMworld 2018 Preview

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VMworld 2018 is upon us.  IT professionals from around the world are getting ready to converge in Las Vegas for five days of innovation, learning, networking and connecting with the community. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome Duncan Epping back to preview VMworld and share tips and suggestions to get the most Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 86: Kubernetes on VMware vSphere

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Containers have changed the way applications are packaged and deployed. Not only are they efficient from an infrastructure utilization perspective, but they also provide strong isolation between processes on the same host.  While registering for VMworld I came across a lot of sessions around Kubernetes (and cloud-native apps in general) so I thought it would make Read more...
Virtually Speaking

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 85: Network Support Troubleshooting

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This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome VMware GSS Escalation Engineer, Broc Yanda to walk us through the top networking issues seen from VMware Global Support Services and what you can do to troubleshoot or even prevent these issues. Links Mentioned Training Video VMware vSphere Networking | Pluralsight Training Video VMware vSphere Advanced Read more...
VVols

Backing Up Virtual Volumes (VVols)

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As the end of general support for vSphere 5.5 approaches and customers plan their migrations, the amount of customer VVol conversations I’m having has significantly increased.  As a fair portion of these conversations involves data protection, I thought it would be appropriate to update my previous post on Backing up VVols. Does migrating to VVols affect Read more...
Thin Swap

Swap Object Thin Provisioning in vSAN 6.7

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As of vSAN 6.7 the default behavior of the vSAN swap object is set to thin provisioned and matches the storage policy attributes assigned to the VM. As you might imagine, this has the potential to significantly decrease the effective storage capacity used in a vSAN environment. However, just the mere mention of “Swap file” triggers feelings Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 84: Pivotal Container Service (PKS)

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Last year at VMworld, Pivotal, in collaboration with VMware and Google announced the launch of Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS). A few months back they announced the launch of their initial public offering of 37,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock and recently announced PKS 1.1 is generally available. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we Read more...
Technical Writing

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 83: Technical Writing

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Technical writing is writing done for the purpose of educating, informing or directing someone on how to do something. You can find information on VMware technology on official sites like StorageHub, VirtualBlocks, or docs.vmware.com, or you can read the 100+ personal blogs. In addition, there are many publications covering the various VMware technologies. This week on Read more...