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Cache and All-Flash Virtual SAN

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Most of us are familiar with the role that flash cache plays with hybrid storage systems that are a mix of flash and traditional disk.  Cache is there as a performance accelerator: storing recent reads, and buffering writes to disk. But when VSAN 6.0 announced its new all-flash configuration, there was a still a recommendation Read more...

Virtual Volumes: VM-Centricity and Why It’s Important

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One of the key benefits of Virtual Volumes is the ability to control provisioning and data services at a VM-level. Why is VM-centricity so important and how does Virtual Volumes enable VMs to consume resources efficiently? Essentially, with VM-centricity, Virtual Volumes eliminates a costly tradeoff that our customers have faced with traditional storage for many Read more...

SRM Protection Group Design Considerations

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When designing vCenter Site Recovery Manager environments the question of how to organize Protection Groups (PG) frequently comes up. In this post we’ll review what a protection group is, where it fits in the context of SRM and the factors to keep in mind when deciding how to organize them. What is a Protection Group? Read more...

The Future Of Hyperconverged Is Already Here

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 One of my favorite William Gibson quotes is “the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet”.  That statement could easily be applied to the work Gabriel Long is doing on behalf of his employer. Here’s the story in a nutshell: he’s built a serious VSAN cluster that uses Diablo’s Memory Channel Storage™ Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin

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Introducing the Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin, a tool designed to deliver a simplified troubleshooting and monitoring experience of all things Virtual SAN for vSphere Administrators. This plugin delivers over thirty different health checks specifically for Virtual SAN ranging from hardware compatibility, networking configuration, operations, advanced configuration options, storage device, and virtual machines. The plugin Read more...