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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...

Global Customers Shift to HCI with vSAN and Hitachi

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We are pleased to offer a guest post from one of our valued vSAN partners, Hitachi Vantara. This post highlights the joint work from our two companies and showcases customers deploying hyper-converged infrastructure powered by vSAN. By: Dinesh Singh, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, Hitachi Vantara Since last year’s launch of the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 60: Partner Perspectives

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This week we continue the Partner Perspective series with three great VMware Partners. This week we continue the Partner Perspective series with three great VMware Partners. Topics discussed Cohesity’s Rawlinson Rivera shares their solution for the recovery of a datacenter’s management stack. Veeam’s Anthony Spiteri and Michael Cade update us on Veeam Powered Network, and their Read more...

New vSAN Migration Guide Available!

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Due to the number and variety of customers interested in, and indeed, deploying vSAN – questions come up all the time to do with migrations from existing infrastructures to a new one running on VMware vSAN, some of these are trivial, while others take a little planning. To make your migration journey to vSAN more 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...