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vSAN Design Considerations – Deduplication and Compression

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The post "Write Buffer Sizing in vSAN when Using the Very Latest Hardware" described many of the basics around vSAN's implementation of a two-tier storage system, and how hardware can change the performance of the system. How do software-related settings such as deduplication and compression impact performance? Let's step through what it is, how it Read more...

vSAN VCG Notification Service – Protecting vSAN Hardware Investments

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The VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) plays a critical role in helping customers understand compatible hardware for VMware's solutions. Sometimes referred to as a hardware compatibility list (HCL), the VCG is the source of truth for our partners and customers, helping them sort through the myriad of hardware offerings against VMware's vast software release catalog. The Read more...

Continuous Improvement in Simplicity and Resilience with vSAN

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When thinking about operations and complexity, look no further than the cockpit of a commercial jetliner. Modern commercial aircraft strive to simplify the operational experience while guarding against a countless number of environmental conditions and errors. When done well, the payoff is simpler experience that accommodates the underlying complexity of the operations. The outcome is Read more...
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Revisiting vSAN’s Free Capacity Recommendations

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Among the types of resources that administrators manage, storage may be the most challenging. The demand often increases beyond forecasted levels and addressing the matter with older architectures typically meant adding large capital costs and complexity. Space efficiency and storage reclamation techniques can potentially delay when capacity thresholds are met, but eventually, storage capacity concerns Read more...

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...