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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 114: Performance Testing

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Performance testing (benchmarking) has been a fairly standard practice for years when evaluating external storage, but HCI presents new testing challenges. In a hyper-converged architecture, each server is intended to support many application VMs, as well as contribute to the pool of storage available to applications. Unfortunately, traditional tools for testing storage don’t consider all the Read more...
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Quantifying vSAN performance

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Overview One of the common asks prior to deploying or migrating workloads to an environment, is to know and understand the capabilities of the environment. After the initial deployment and configuration, we may also require reference metrics when all of the configuration is in a healthy state. The objective of this blog post is to Read more...
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VMware Validated Design – vSAN Management Domain Design

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I recently had some discussions with a customer trying to decide on some design decisions for a VMware Validated Design (VVD) being deployed. While a lot of design decisions are fairly straight forward, (The Distributed Switch is arguably superior to the standard switch) a lot of vSAN data services decisions require some nuance and understanding Read more...

#vSANChat: Dell + vSAN Product Experts Unite

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In preparation for Dell Tech World, we hosted a vSAN Chat with product experts from team vSAN and team Dell. Representing Dell, we had Aaron Buley, Global Director of HCI Engineering DellEMC for VxRail. On the VMware side, Rob Commins, Director of Strategic Marketing joined us for the hour. We discussed the integration between the Read more...

vSAN and vR Ops 7.5 – VM Mobility Across Clusters

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The newest release of vRealize Operations (vR Ops) is packed with new features that can benefit any vSphere environment. vSAN is the storage system that turns the SDDC into a reality, and the emphasis on enhancing vR Ops for our vSAN customers is a clear indicator of vSAN’s success at the edge, the core data Read more...
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vSpeaking Podcast: VMware Skyline

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VMware Skyline is an automated, proactive support technology that helps customers avoid problems before they occur and reduce time to resolution of active support requests. For customers, VMware Skyline can increase team productivity and overall reliability of VMware environments. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome Josh Lory to walk us through the Read more...
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Tactical Use Cases – Why choose VMware HCI?

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VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a great fit for tactical use cases, just ask our friends over at Cubic Solutions. To meet the needs of today’s warfighters, Cubic looked at VMware HCI, comprised of VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN. Tactical solutions typically have maximum allowable design parameters that revolve around Size, Weight, and Power or Read more...

Understanding vSAN Architecture: Disk Groups

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Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip once said: “Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.” As a fan of both Dilbert and informed decisions, the goal of the post is to aid in the design decisions of any vSAN Architecture. As we all know, Read more...
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vSpeaking Podcast: Back to Basics – Core Services

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A few weeks back we invited Jeff Hunter to join us in a “Back to Basics” episode where we covered vCenter settings and how they pertain to vSAN. The feedback from this episode was clear: more like this. Message received. This week we welcome VMware security gurus Mike Foley and Bob Plankers to continue the Read more...

vSphere Enterprise ROBO – Even better for vSAN ROBO

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vSphere and vSAN now have more flexibility in ROBO use cases. Last week, vSphere 6.7 Update 2 was announced. ROBO Licensing Considerations Remember that vSAN licensing is separate from vSphere licensing. When deciding which licensing option to use for Remote Office/Branch Office locations several items must be considered: Number of virtual machines Number of sites Read more...