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Discover Software-Defined Storage & VMware Virtual SAN at PEX 2015!

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Are you a VMware partner? Come learn more about VMware Virtual SAN — our software-defined storage solution designed for vSphere environments — at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015. The sessions, like the rest of PEX 2015, will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, February 3 – 5th. Depending on your needs, Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN and Scale IO: Fundamentally Two Different Approaches to Software-Defined Storage

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There’ s a lot of buzz and excitement around Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and hyper-converged storage solutions.  Particularly around VMware’s recently introduced product: VMware Virtual SAN.   VMware Virtual SAN is seeing tremendous traction in the market since its release. After only two full quarters of availability, we already have many hundreds of customers happily running a variety Read more...

Gartner Predictions: Storage Integration Leading the Way in 2015

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Rowing crews move in sync to keep their craft moving at a steady pace – but that synchronous movement would not exist without an investment in the right hardware and the right training. For businesses, that means not only investing in the right rowers, but also in the right tools to enable athletes. And for Read more...

Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN: Automating vCenter Alarm Configuration Using PowerCLI

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Welcome to the next installment in our Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN series. In our previous article we detailed “How to configure vCenter alarms for Virtual SAN”. In today’s article we will demonstrate how to automate that configuration workflow leveraging PowerCLI. The PowerCLI code required to automate the configuration of vCenter Alarms for Virtual SAN is Read more...

Tips for a Successful VMware Virtual SAN Evaluation

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One of the biggest advantages of Virtual SAN is that it is so easy to set up and use.  Out of all the evaluation options available to them, many customers have realized that trying it out in their own environment is entirely feasible. We’ve been keeping track of the many Virtual SAN evaluations to date, and Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN Operations: Replacing Disk Devices

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In my previous Virtual SAN operations article, VMware Virtual SAN Operations: Disk Group Management, I covered the configuration and management of the Virtual SAN disk groups, and in particular I described the recommended operating procedures for managing Virtual SAN disk groups. In this article, I will take a similar approach and cover the recommended operating procedures for Read more...

VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN HCL Component Updates

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The Virtual SAN Configuration Guide has been updated with new components. We recently certified 12 SSDs, updated 4 existing SSD certifications, and updated firmware information for 2 HDDs. Make sure to visit the VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN for more details!   Here is a list of changes: New SSDs •  HGST HUSML4040ASS600 • Read more...

Automatic Backup of VMs Migrated by SRM

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A question came across my desk a few days ago around being able to automatically back up VMs that have been migrated by vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). After a bit of thought, it seems this is fairly simple to solve. With SRM, I migrate VMs to a resource pool at my recovery site. Why Read more...

Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN: Configuring vCenter Alarms

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VMware Virtual SAN has received amazing response from the virtualization community. Now as more and more customers are completing the acquisition and implementation processes, we are receiving more requests for operational guidance. Day 2 operations is perhaps my favorite topic to explore. Essentially the questions asked can be summed up as “Ok, I have done Read more...

Hear the Complete Software-Defined Hyper-Convergence Storage Story with VMware and Nexenta on 11/19

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Get your notepads and pens ready, because we’re co-hosting a webinar with Nexenta, on November 19, at 8 a.m. PST detailing our complete, software-defined, hyper-convergence infrastructure offering. Join this webinar to learn how Virtual SAN and file services will fit in your environment, what Software-Defined Storage has to offer your organization and how your business Read more...