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New architectures challenge traditional views of data locality

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There’s been a fair amount of digital ink spilled lately over the topic of “data locality”. If you missed the discussion, you can read a detailed analysis by DeepStorage.net in their published report. But to save you some time, here’s the quick recap: Data Locality (DL) in the context of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) refers to Read more...

Delphix Dynamic Data Platform on VMware vSAN

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In today’s digital economy, data is the essential ingredient to a company’s success and competitive advantage. From the bottom-line efficiency to the top-line growth and innovation, turning data into action requires fast and secure access across the company. Companies can accelerate their infrastructure modernization with VMware vSAN and Delphix Dynamic Data Platform providing a comprehensive Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 62: Virtualizing SQL Server

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It wasn’t that long ago that SQL Server was considered too resource-intensive to successfully virtualize. A new generation of hardware and advances in vSphere have made it much more common however it’s still easy to make mistakes that can result in poorly performing SQL Server VMs. This week we discuss SQL Server with Argenis Fernandez Read more...
vSAN Adaptive Resync and Capacity Reporting I

vSAN Adaptive Resync and Capacity Reporting Improvements

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With the release of vSAN 6.2 Patch 06, there are a few new features and bug fixes that you can take advantage of to simplify and automate operations. I am going to talk about two of those elements below: Adaptive Resync and Capacity Reporting improvements. Adaptive Resync: A new adaptive resync throttling mechanism has been Read more...

Understanding vSAN Rebuilds and Repairs

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Recently a customer shared a story with me about a routine patch upgrade that resulted in several production VMs becoming inaccessible. The only way to bring them back online was to get the host out of maintenance mode. This was very confusing for him because DRS safely migrated the VMs to other hosts so the Read more...
vSphere 6.5 Core Storage

What about vSphere 6.5 Core Storage?

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Both Cormac Hogan and I have been asked this question many times: You guys write a lot about vSAN, but what about Core Storage? And it is a very valid question to be honest, it just happens that for the past 2-3 years our primary focus has been, and will be, vSAN. That doesn’t mean Read more...

Celebrating 10,000 Businesses Powered by VMware vSAN

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Companies like Uber, AirBnB, Amazon, Alibaba and Facebook have completely changed consumer expectations and created an on-demand economy where goods are purchased at the push of a button. The digital systems powering these major industry shifts must be reliable, secure, and scalable in order to keep up with the new expectations of our digital world. Read more...
Modern Infrastructure

Optimize, Manage, & Scale a Modern Infrastructure: A Crash Course in Four Parts

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The journey to infrastructure modernization can take different paths. For some, it means moving workloads from the data center to a hybrid cloud. For others, it means migrating from a hardware-centric infrastructure to a software-centric infrastructure. And for many, a modern infrastructure means transitioning to a software-defined data center with hybrid cloud capabilities. If you need Read more...
vSAN Operations: Add a Host or Fault Domain for Maintenance

vSAN Operations: Add a Host or Fault Domain for Maintenance

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Preparing a host for maintenance is quite simple in a vSphere cluster. With vSphere DRS enabled, you click a host in the vSphere Web Client, select Maintenance Mode, and click Enter Maintenance Mode. vSphere automatically migrates running virtual machines off of the host and places the host in maintenance mode. This effectively removes access to Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 61: Storage Networking Futures

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The benefits of NVME over SSD are pretty compelling. Not only do NVMe drives offer more bandwidth, but the updated interface and protocols improve latency and better handle heavy workloads . Now, as NVMe approaches price parity with SATA SSDs organizations are making the switch, but what about the storage fabric? Are we just shifting Read more...