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Join Us for Storage Field Day 9 Live Event on March 18

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The VMware Virtual SAN team is excited to be participating in this year’s Storage Field Day 9 event. Storage Field Day (SFD) brings together the best independent thought leaders in data storage to discuss pressing issues and technology advancements with key companies in the space.   This year we’re excited to be hosting 12 delegates Read more...

Get Smart About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in 20-Minute Episodes

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Spring into all things hyper-converged infrastructure with our upcoming Virtual SAN Take 20 Webcast Series this March! Don’t miss out on our next two virtual events on March 10th and March 16th, where you’ll discover how HCI solutions powered by VMware Hyper-Converged Software automate data center management and deliver exceptional performance at the lowest cost Read more...

7 Reasons VMware Virtual SAN is Radically Simple

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It is often that we hear technology solutions described as “revolutionary”, “incredible”, or “game-changing” and that list of adjectives could certainly go on. In some cases, those descriptions are fairly accurate while at other times, they tend to be a bit overstated. We here at VMware often use the term “radically simple” to describe Virtual Read more...

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 2 – Virtual Volumes

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 Virtual Volumes (VVol) is a framework developed by VMware and partners in the storage industry to transform the way VMs are stored by enabling VM-awareness on arrays.  VVol eliminates static storage constraints by removing LUNs, filesystems and volumes, and giving the array direct visibility and understanding of the VM objects they store.  This enables Read more...

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 3 – VSAN 6.2

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A few weeks ago VMware announced the release of Virtual SAN v6.2  In terms of features, this is the biggest release of the product since the initial release.  The list of new features is impressive and makes Virtual SAN very competitive against the most sophisticated storage platforms in the market today. This week on the Virtually Read more...

Virtual SAN Deployments Over L2/L3 Networks

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A new VMware Virtual SAN networking paper is now available. This paper focuses on the physical network and vSphere related technologies that are required to deploy Virtual SAN across Layer 2 and Layer 3 topologies. The paper design to help virtualization, network, and storage implementation engineers, administrators, and architects interested in deploying Virtual SAN on Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN: The Technology and Its Future

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As discussed in earlier posts, the latest version of Virtual SAN (v.6.2) announced on February 10, 2016 is the biggest release of the product since its debut in March 2014. The list of new features is impressive and makes Virtual SAN very competitive against the most sophisticated storage platforms in the market today. Indeed, with Read more...

Virtual SAN 6.2 Space Efficiency Technologies White Paper

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We’re happy to announce the Virtual SAN 6.2 Space Efficiency Technologies White Paper. I was fortunate to work on this along with Jeff Hunter and John Nicholson on this document. We cover some of the new additions to Virtual SAN in version 6.2 specifically around space efficiency. A couple of the new features that we Read more...

Evolution of HCI Part 2: Future of All Flash Virtual SAN

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Overview In his last blog post, Vijay Ramachandran described Virtual SAN’s biggest and most awaited edition till date – Virtual SAN 6.2.   He also discussed the rationale behind why we invested in developing space efficiency features on All Flash only.  Coincidentally, there was also a very good blog post from Howard Marks where he discussed the economics Read more...

Experts Weigh In on Virtual SAN 6.2 Features & Performance

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  It’s been two weeks since the launch of Virtual SAN 6.2 and the tech community has been buzzing about its new features and capabilities. VMware significantly expanded the capabilities of the 4th generation Virtual SAN by introducing deduplication & compression, erasure coding, QoS, updated performance management, and much more. Read more about these new Read more...