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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...

Scaling 2-node VSAN (ROBO) to a 3-node or more

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We recently had a question from our field staff on behalf of a customer who is considering a 2-node VSAN (remote office/branch office) deployment. The query was regarding scale out of the VSAN deployment, should they reach resource limits on the 2-node implementation. We gave this some consideration, and the following were the sequence of Read more...

Virtual SAN is On the Move – and Coming to a City Near You!

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  In case you missed it, Virtual SAN 6.2 officially launched on February 10th. VMware significantly expanded the capabilities of Virtual SAN by introducing deduplication, compression, erasure coding, QoS, updated performance management, and much more. You can read our blog post highlighting the new features of the fourth generation of Virtual SAN here.   Virtual Read more...

Virtual SAN 6.2 & PowerCLI – Sparse Virtual Swap files

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One of the Space Efficiency features of Virtual SAN 6.2 that is available for both All-Flash and Hybrid configurations, is the introduction of Sparse Virtual Swap files. Swap files on Virtual SAN by default, are created with the .vswp 100% reserved. In a thin provisioned/guaranteed capacity perspective, it could be said that they are effectively Read more...

Join #VSANchat on 3/1 to Discuss Virtual SAN 6.2 with the Experts

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In early February, VMware announced Virtual SAN 6.2, the 4th generation of its radically simple, enterprise-class native storage offering.   With a slew of new features, including deduplication, compression, erasure coding, and checksum, VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 is paving the way for modern all-flash storage.   In keeping with the launch, the VMware Storage & Read more...

HCI for Healthcare: A Snapshot of Virtual SAN Customers

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  The IT demands of the modern healthcare industry can be challenging. From HIPPA, to the digitization of patient health records, IT professionals constantly find themselves juggling scalability, availability, performance and security of apps and data. Increasingly, more healthcare organizations have started looking at simpler and more efficient approaches to the datacenter – Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Read more...

2/25 Experts Roundtable: What the Heck is Hyperconvergence?

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  You’ve probably been hearing the term hyperconvergence a lot in 2016, especially with the recent launch of Virtual SAN 6.2 – but what benefits can a hyperconverged solution offer you and your business? By converging compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources into a single box, you can shrink your time to deployment and reduce Read more...
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New VMware.com Tools and Page Updates on Virtual SAN

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Have you watched the launch event, checked out Rawlinson’s latest webinar and reviewed many of the Virtual SAN 6.2 blog posts like this one, this one and this one? Fantastic! Now, let me take you back home to VMware.com.  For our Virtual SAN 6.2 launch, the team has made some very useful new tools and page updates Read more...

SAP on Virtual SAN

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This blog is co-authored by my colleague Erik Rieger. Erik is a Global Solutions Architect in SI/SO and ISV technical alliance, specifically SAP. There is no doubt that Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) based on VMware Virtual SAN provides a great platform for running Business Critical Applications (BCAs). A recent customer survey found that more than 60% of our Read more...