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Data Placement Optimization

Data Placement Optimizations in vSAN 6.7

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A primary responsibility of storage is to make data requested readily available for access. While this may seem obvious, storage systems go to great lengths to accomplish this clear, but challenging objective. Hyper-converged infrastructures factor in additional considerations for data placement and resilience, as the storage is distributed across hosts. Considerations include, but not limited Read more...
Performance Service

Changes in the Performance Service for vSAN 6.7

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The new Clarity based HTML5 user interface (UI) that VMware has adopted across its product portfolio has been a big win for new and existing customers. Since the debut of the new vCenter client in vSphere and vSAN 6.7, it has been quite common to hear from users who have made the transition on how Read more...

MySQL on VMware vSAN 6.7 All-Flash

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One measurement of success for an infrastructure design is if the platform used can meet the demands of various applications and workloads that help drive a business. Performance, scalability, resilience, and operational agility are all top of mind considerations for infrastructure architects. Application owners, and consumers of those applications share some of the same considerations, Read more...
vSAN 6.7, and vRealize Operations within vCenter

vSAN 6.7, and vRealize Operations within vCenter

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With the introduction of the new HTLM5 user interface for vCenter and vSAN in vSphere 6.7, VMware has taken a major step forward in improving the operations of an infrastructure to be a more intuitive and productive experience. The HTML 5 interface, built off the Clarity framework, allows VMware to not only take a fresh Read more...

Powering a Management Cluster with vSAN

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It is fair to say that VMware vSphere’s clustering technology introduced the concept, and the common practice of the management cluster. Now a staple of data centers large and small, most administrators have experience with running some form of a management cluster. While management clusters come in all shapes and sizes, the intention is largely Read more...

Reliable Network Connectivity in Hyper-Converged Environments

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VMware vSAN has had a profound impact on the design, operation, and optimization of the modern data center. The shift to hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) not only changes how data centers are designed, it naturally shifts importance from the discrete elements that make up the architecture. By eliminating a shared storage device found in traditional three-tier Read more...

Operations guidance for vSAN administrators using vRealize Operations and Log Insight

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In the data center, “integration” is more than just an advertised feature of a solution. Integration between solutions can help solve real problems, and streamline day-to-day operations for the teams responsible for the environment. VMware vSAN users have benefited from the capabilities of integration, with ongoing improvements to its collection of APIs that allow other Read more...

Replacing a vCenter server for existing vSAN hosts

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Since VMware vCenter is used as a common control and management plane for a vSphere cluster, questions may arise when determining how a vSAN cluster reacts when a vCenter server must be rebuilt from a new installation, or restored from a backup. Accounting for unplanned events is always a top-of-mind concern for data center administrators. Read more...

vSAN Operations: Storage Policy Naming Considerations

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The use of naming conventions in the data center can play an important part in operational efficiency. Naming conventions are most often used for devices such as hosts and switches, along with other entities such as VMs, virtual switches, and Microsoft Group Policy Objects. Choosing a consistent approach to naming can reduce time for change Read more...