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vSAN Deployment Considerations

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Now more than ever, vSAN deployments are quickly growing in number. There are many vSAN documents available on StorageHub with great content; from design guides to day 2 operations, but a common ask from the field relates to vSAN deployment considerations. While there are many areas we can explore, some of them vary based on Read more...
vSAN and VxRail Take Center Stage at Dell Technology World

vSAN and VxRail Take Center Stage at Dell Technology World

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In case you missed Dell Technology World the other week, it was clear that Dell EMC VxRail, the market-leading HCI appliance, and VMware vSAN, the market-leading HCI software, took center stage throughout the week. The 14,000 customers and industry people in attendance enjoyed a front row seat to the evolution from traditional storage to hyper-converged Read more...

Understanding vSAN Encryption – KMS Server Accessibility

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vSAN 6.6 introduced data at rest encryption as a new feature that provides another choice (in addition to VM Encryption introduced in vSphere 6.5) for customers to secure data in vSphere. Despite the fact that these technologies work a bit differently (per datastore for vSAN Encryption or per VM for VM Encryption) these technologies still Read more...

Understanding the vSAN Witness Host – Traffic Tagging

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With 2 Node and Stretched Cluster vSAN, a vSAN Witness Host is used. This can be a physical vSphere host or a  VMware provided virtual appliance. Using the vSAN Witness Appliance is easy, does not require any additional licensing, and has much of the configuration standardized (sizing, disks, tagged ports). A second VMkernel port (vmk1) Read more...
vSAN ReadyCare

vSAN ReadyCare: Your World-Class HCI Support System

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  Due to increasing IT operational complexity and stagnant budgets, organizations depend on their vendors to provide timely, innovative support. As part of VMware’s commitment to world class support, VMware recently introduced vSAN ReadyCare, which is an overall description of the significant vSAN support investments VMware has made across three key areas: innovative technology, efficient Read more...
Modern Backup Strategy

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 78: vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

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The vSphere 6.7 release offers several new features and enhancements to further the advancement of storage functionality. This week we welcome VMware Core Storage expert Jason Massae to walk us through various features and enhancements. Sitting in for John this week is VMware Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO and good friend of the Virtually Read more...

KB for vSAN Support Insight

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vSAN Support Insight is a next-generation platform for analytics of health, configuration, and performance telemetry. Its purpose is to help vSAN users maintain reliable and consistent computing, storage and network environment. New KB’s have come out outlining how to work with vSAN Support Insight. vSAN Analytics for Skyline – How to locate vCenter UUID (51121) The Read more...
Modern Backup Strategy

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 77: vSphere 6.7 Security

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VMware recently announced vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. VMware Security expert Mike Foley recently wrote a blog sharing the new security features available now in vSphere 6.7. In the post he explains “the goals of security in 6.7 are twofold. Introduce more easy to use security features and meet Read more...