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Rubrik CDM

Rubrik and vSAN – Better Together

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Written by: Ben Meadowcroft, Principal Product Manager at Rubrik   As enterprises undergo digital transformation, it’s clear that IT solutions must transform with them to keep up with the demands of modern businesses. This change has led IT teams to reevaluate their technology choices, as traditional IT silos and legacy approaches are adding more and more complexity Read more...
vSAN Encryption

Understanding vSAN Encryption – KMS Profile Addressing

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When using vSAN Encryption, one of the vSAN Health Check tests will show the health of the connection between the vSAN Hosts and the KMS Cluster as well as vCenter and the KMS Cluster. One scenario came up a few weeks ago where the vSAN Health Check indicated that the vSAN Hosts could properly communicate Read more...
Encrypted VMs

Backing Up And Replicating Encrypted VMs

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Introduction I got a question from a customer a while back about backing up and replicating encrypted VMs – it’s a fair question, “if they’re encrypted, how can I backup and restore”? This was particularly pertinent as the customer in question was a service provider – so it wasn’t as clean cut and straightforward as Read more...
expansion costs

Cost of maintenance with HCI powered by vSAN

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Part of the reality of changing consumption models of infrastructure understands the cost model that existed before you moved, and is involved afterward. When looking for a car to commute there are a lot of ways to consume transportation. The cost of maintenance is an interesting one that multiple options can shift the cost, or Read more...
InterSystems Caché

VMware Announces InterSystems Caché and IRIS Support of vSAN

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VMware further extends the market for HCI to a broader set of mission-critical applications by announcing vSAN support of InterSystems Caché and IRIS® Data Platform, key database platforms used extensively in healthcare and financial services by customers like Quest, Labcorp, Credit Suisse and others. VMware’s leading, software-first approach to HCI provides the availability, agility and Read more...

Top 10 Sessions at VMworld

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The VMworld 2018 Content Catalog is now live! We’re not biased, but the HCI and vSAN sessions are going to be some of the hottest seats of the week, and space is filling up fast. If you’re sitting on the fence about hyper-converged infrastructure, looking to deploy the latest applications on cost-efficient infrastructure, or wanting Read more...
traditional datastores

Understanding vSAN – Can it be used with Traditional or VVol Storage?

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On a call today this question came up: “Can vSAN be used with other storage?” This is a very common question, covered in the vSAN FAQ on storagehub.vmware.com, as well in other publicly facing VMware.com documentation. The answer is an absolute YES! A vSAN Cluster can also use traditional datastores and/or use VVols. Why wouldn’t this be supported? Read more...
Virtually Speaking

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 85: Network Support Troubleshooting

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This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome VMware GSS Escalation Engineer, Broc Yanda to walk us through the top networking issues seen from VMware Global Support Services and what you can do to troubleshoot or even prevent these issues. Links Mentioned Training Video VMware vSphere Networking | Pluralsight Training Video VMware vSphere Advanced Read more...

Using Tag-Based SPBM Policies to Manage Your Storage

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In this series about SPBM, (Storage Policy Based Management), we will review and explore the many options in using SPBM to manage your virtual storage environment. SPBM policies are categorized into three main areas; Storage Capabilities and Services, Data Services and Tags. Storage Capabilities and Services SPBM policies are used when datastores, such as vSAN Read more...
VVols

Backing Up Virtual Volumes (VVols)

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As the end of general support for vSphere 5.5 approaches and customers plan their migrations, the amount of customer VVol conversations I’m having has significantly increased.  As a fair portion of these conversations involves data protection, I thought it would be appropriate to update my previous post on Backing up VVols. Does migrating to VVols affect Read more...