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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...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 82: Modern Backup Strategy

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The digital revolution is upon us. It’s a revolution that impacts every company in every industry. As companies look to begin their digital transformation journey this presents challenges to traditional backup infrastructure. Clearly, there’s a need for new strategies. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome IBM’s Narayan Kumar to discuss what makes up Read more...
Digital Transformation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 81: Digital Transformation

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Seven technology leaders, all in one place. Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and of course VMware.  With a line up like that its no wonder Dell Technologies is among Fortune’s most admired companies. A few weeks back we had the opportunity to sit down with the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies Michael Dell to hear his thoughts Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 80: Site Recovery Manager

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VMware’s Disaster Recovery software, Site Recovery Manager recently released its latest version 8.1 and what a release it was. New interface, enhanced features and several long awaited key features.  This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome VMware Disaster Recovery expert GS Khalsa to walk us through whats new with SRM and vSphere Replication. Read more...

Virtual Volumes now supports WSFC

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One of the announcements in the vSphere 6.7 launch that caught my attention was VVol support for WSFC (Windows Server Failover Clustering) using SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations. This is great news for customers still working with RDMs. WSFC clustering solutions use SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations which enables access for multiple nodes to a device (VVol disk) and simultaneously blocks Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

Designing for Performance

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Customers often times want a fast system, and rightfully so.  But what is fast anyway?  How do you define it, and how do you measure it?  “Performance” is a term that is quite subjective if not properly defined, and appropriately measured. When it comes to performance expectations what defines success?  This week on the Virtually Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 78: vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

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The vSphere 6.7 release offers several new features and enhancements to further the advancement of storage functionality. This week we welcome VMware Core Storage expert Jason Massae to walk us through various features and enhancements. Sitting in for John this week is VMware Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO and good friend of the Virtually Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 77: vSphere 6.7 Security

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VMware recently announced vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. VMware Security expert Mike Foley recently wrote a blog sharing the new security features available now in vSphere 6.7. In the post he explains “the goals of security in 6.7 are twofold. Introduce more easy to use security features and meet Read more...