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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 50: vSAN Off-Road

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vSAN ReadyNode provides the most flexible hardware options to build Hyper-Converged Infrastructure based on VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Software. However, occasionally we get the question about vSAN designs that are slightly outside the standard vSAN ReadyNode configuration. This week we invite VMware SE Manager James LeFort to go off-road with us and share some of the Read more...

vSAN Hits Another Gear with New Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

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Do you still need that extra push to join the thousands of organizations adopting hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)? Looking for one more reason to convince your management team to modernize your data center? We are here to help you “hit the refresh!” Today Intel revealed the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. We are excited to announce Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 49: Host Resources Deep Dive

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The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts, This book was written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This week we discuss this new book with Read more...

VMware Tackles HCI Security with Unique Software-Defined Encryption

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Building a Secure Private Cloud with VMware vSAN Hyper Converged Architecture A financial firm recently shared with us that it was fending off 10,000 unauthorized hacking attempts per day.  A hospital shared their need to comply with the latest privacy regulations, and a transportation firm explained how decommissioned hard disk drives needed to be physically Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 48: VMworld 2017 Preview

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The industry’s top cloud infrastructure and digital workspace event is only 60 days away.  This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we bring Duncan Epping back to share some of his favorite VMworld sessions and some helpful tips to make the best out of your VMworld 2017 experience. Show Related Links VMworld Main Page VMworld Read more...

VMware vSAN 6.6 Deploy and Manage Training Class

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VMware Education has just released a new training class titled VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.6]. I had the opportunity to attend the beta version of this class and help shape the content that is delivered. The class is a 3-day, instructor-led technical training course that features an excellent balance of lecture and hands-on lab time. It is Read more...

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...