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Rebuilding From the Ground Up: Tribune Media Uses VMware to Keep Costs Low, Savings High

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  The opportunity to rebuild a $2 billion company’s IT infrastructure doesn’t come around often. Tribune Media’s CIO David Giamburno met that opportunity, and modernized one of the nation’s largest independent broadcasting and print companies, while the company was splitting in two. In an interview with Network World, Giamburno detailed his biggest challenge: Keeping the Read more...

VMware VSAN Assessment: Properly Designed HCI Deployments in a Snap!

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Since we launched the vSAN Assessment last fall, over 300 customers have ran a free, one-week comprehensive analysis of their vSphere environments to see where and how Virtual SAN can save them money and time. Results include information on all aspects of Virtual SAN, ranging from environmental infrastructure analysis to financial estimates of overall storage CAPEX Read more...
VSAN now with more blinking lights!

The Road to All-Flash VMware Virtual SAN

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A quick post here today to talk about why I think 2016 will see all flash VSAN overtake 10K RPM drive based hybrid VSAN as the most popular deployment choice. Remember when predictions were made in that 15K RPM drives would loose their relevance to flash? 10K RPM drives are next up to be displaced. Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX Compatibility

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Virtual SAN and VMware NSX have been a topic of discussion in many of the customer meetings I participated in 2015 and already in 2016. Questions and concerns about compatibility and interoperability have been at the forefront of all of those discussions. I have noticed that there is a bit of confusion and misunderstanding with Read more...

Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters – Real World Design Practices (Part 1)

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By Jonathan McDonald Jonathan McDonald is a Technical Solutions Architect for the Professional Services Engineering team. He currently specializes in developing architecture designs for core Virtualization, and Software-Defined Storage, as well as providing best practices for upgrading and health checks for vSphere environments. This is part one of a two blog series as there was Read more...

Virtual SAN for Security Zones

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A security zone, which is also referred to as a “DMZ”, is a sub-network that is designed to provide tightly-controlled connectivity to an organization’s internal IT infrastructure and applications. Security zones are commonly used to bridge and control access to an organization’s external-facing applications from untrusted networks such as the Internet. Security zones are also Read more...

A Hyper-Converged Year: 2015 Virtual SAN Highlights

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As 2015 comes to an end, we cannot help but look back to see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve accomplished: from relaunching Virtual Blocks to launching Virtual SAN 6.1, it’s been an exciting year as we continue to strive towards providing the best hyper-converged solution in the market. In the holiday spirit, Read more...

Virtual SAN, SPBM Compliance, & PowerCLI

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I very often tear down/distress my “lab” environment while working on docs/testing code/trying to replicate issues/etc. I was trying to recreate an issue the other day and decided to replace my vCenter Appliance. I deleted the VCSA, but left some of the other VMs, as they had some services I needed like DNS. After deploying Read more...

ROI Networks vPack: A Hyper-Converged Solution with Virtual SAN for Unified Communications & VDI

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ROI Networks is a systems integrator focused on the delivery of business collaboration solutions that enable customers to optimize enterprise communication regardless of deployment model, network, or device utilized for each interaction. These solutions include the underlying network infrastructure, virtualization, cloud, communications, audio, video, web conferencing and contact center components. Regardless whether employees work in the office, Read more...

EVO SDDC Workload Domains

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Among EVO SDDC’s many capabilities are provisioning and lifecycle management. While working through the design of these features, we determined that a new abstraction would be useful in simplifying both the implementation and user workflows. This abstraction has come to be called a Workload Domain. A Workload Domain is a generic abstraction that can be Read more...