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The Code Keepers: vSAN Native Encryption – Part 1

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Overview vSAN 6.6 introduces encryption for data at rest. This is industry’s first native Hyper-converged-infrastucture security solution and fundamentally game changing because all the crypto operations happen at the hypervisor layer. This vastly simplifies planning, procurement, provisioning and management of encrypted clusters while minimizing performance penalty. More about this later in the blog. Given the Read more...

The Code Keepers: vSAN Native Encryption – Part 2

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This blog is continuation from part-1.Part-1 provided an overview on vSAN Native Encryption. In this part, we will discuss use cases in context to managing encrypted vSAN cluster. Setting up domain of trust There are three parties involved in vSAN encryption – (1) Key Management Server or the KMS server (this is the entity that Read more...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when implementing SRM is which technology to use and for what VMs. The two technologies can be used together in an SRM environment though not to protect the same VM. Given that, what are the differences Read more...

Cut Storage Administration Time by 40% with vSAN!

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Capital costs (CAPEX) contribute significantly to any purchasing decision related to enterprise storage, but over the life of the asset, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is dominated by ongoing operational costs (OPEX) – both management administration and maintenance of the device. This study focuses on the Management OPEX savings with vSAN, VMware’s market leading solution Read more...

HCI Management at Scale is Now A Click Away

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As customers deploy vSAN on a larger scale, they have asked for native HCI and vSAN support in their existing enterprise grade management solutions. They want unified management that provides rapid health and capacity checks, intelligent troubleshooting, and a holistic view of their software-defined data center—including local and remote resources. We are excited that the Read more...

A Sneak Peek into vForum Online 2017

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Looking to see how your legacy infrastructure can evolve to meet today’s business needs? Smart move. But how do you actually gain the agility needed to speed IT response times, as well as the flexibility to scale into the future — all while staying within budget and investment constraints? For the answer you seek, join us Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 47: vRealize Automation Use Cases

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This week VMware released the latest version of vRealize Automation – 7.3, the next iteration of our industry-leading cloud automation platform. In a future episode we are bringing in the vRA team to walk us through this feature packed release, but thought it might be interesting to start by walking through some vRA basics and use cases. Read more...

Enhanced Resynchronization Metrics in vSAN 6.6

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The introduction of the vSAN performance service gave administrators an easy way to view key performance metrics related to vSAN. First introduced in vSAN 6.2, and built right into the vSphere web client, the performance service provides, a simple, integrated way to look at current and historical metrics of all vSAN related activities. This continuous Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 46: NVMe

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If you’re listening to this podcast you’ve probably heard it said that Nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) is the future of storage. The goal is to give flash drives in a storage network the same I/O speed as one connected directly to a computer via PCIe. This week John and I bring on Flash expert Dave Read more...