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New Guidance on vSAN Operations

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A vSAN powered environment ushers in unprecedented levels of flexibility across a variety of topologies. This flexibility leads to inevitable questions around recommended practices and guidance. These are questions that may come up prior to or during the time of installation, configuration, and operation, but the answers may not be found in step-by-step guides or Read more...

Performance Capabilities in Relation to vSAN Cluster Size

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The flexibility of cluster design and sizing is one of the key benefits with vSAN. This naturally leads to questions on the performance capabilities of vSAN relative to cluster size. Will an application run faster if the cluster consists of more hosts versus fewer hosts? The simple answer is “no” and has been covered in Read more...
Log Insight

What’s New in the vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vSAN

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VMware vRealize Log Insight is masterful in its ability to take large amounts of unstructured log data that is all too often ignored, and give it practical meaning for a data center administrator. vSAN customers benefit from this too, with a large assortment of event log dashboards that are purpose-built for vSAN. These dashboards come Read more...
Microsoft SQL Server

#StorageMinute – Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSAN

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we look at how vSAN is an ideal platform for Microsoft SQL Server. While applications are the very reason why a data center exists in the first place, the platform that makes up that data center plays a key Read more...
capacity changes

Observing Capacity Changes in vSAN

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When defining and applying storage policies to objects in a vSAN cluster, you may notice that some policy definitions will impact the amount of storage capacity consumed by the objects (VMs, VMDKs, etc.) that are assigned the given policy. Let’s explore why this happens, and what to look for in your environment. Policies and their Read more...
Upgrading Large vSAN Clusters

Upgrading Large vSAN Clusters

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The post, “Multi-Cluster Upgrading Strategies for vSAN” described an approach for upgrading vSAN in a data center comprising of several vSAN clusters. But what about environments running large vSAN clusters? How should an upgrade of a large vSAN cluster be approached? Let’s take a look at this in more detail. Standard vSAN clusters can range Read more...
Clusters

Multi-Cluster Upgrading Strategies for vSAN

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While VMware continues to introduce all new levels of performance, capabilities, robustness, and ease-of-use to vSAN, the respective vSAN clusters must be updated to benefit from these improvements. While the upgrading process continues to be streamlined, environments running multiple clusters of vSAN can benefit from specific practices that will deliver a more efficient upgrade experience. Read more...

Performance Troubleshooting – Which vSAN Performance Metrics Should be Looked at First?

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  Troubleshooting performance issues can be a complex undertaking for many administrators, regardless of the underlying infrastructure and topology. A distributed storage platform like vSAN introduces other elements that can influence performance as well, and the practices for troubleshooting should accommodate for those considerations. The guidance provided below will help an administrator use the metrics Read more...