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What Are Real Users Saying About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure In 2016?

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  By Russell Rothstein - CEO, IT Central Station Russell Rothstein has spent his 20+ year career in the enterprise technology industry at the crossroads between technology and business. Before founding IT Central Station, Russell worked in senior product marketing and product management roles at enterprise tech vendors OpTier and OPNET Technologies (Nasdaq:OPNT). Russell was co-founder Read more...

VSAN Error Handling – APD vs. PDL failures explained

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VMware Virtual SAN is a highly resilient storage platform.  Part of this resiliency is its distributed architecture that allows for rebuilds that leverage the full performance of the cluster to complete quickly. One interesting piece is how it intelligently handles different failure conditions. In some cases VSAN will delay the start of a rebuild to Read more...

3 Reasons Why Storage Field Day 9 Was the Best One Yet!

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On March 18th, the Virtual SAN team had the pleasure of hosting 12 delegates at the VMware campus for Storage Field Day (SFD) 9. This 2-hour event was live streamed to an audience of more than 280 individuals from 10 countries with United States having the highest representation of 78.6% followed by UK with 6.8%. Believe it Read more...

Virtual Volumes at EMC World

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EMC world is coming up quickly and will be held in Las Vegas from May 2nd to May 5th. This year there will be plenty to talk about for Virtual Volumes. In December 2015, the EMC VMAX team became the first EMC array to deliver certified support for vVols and the VNX team have also launched their Read more...

Wachter Inc. – A VSAN Customer Story of Cost-Savings, Performance Improvements and Infrastructure Simplification

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  Wachter is the leading national solution and service provider of electrical, data, communications, automation, and other complex building systems. Wachter provides turnkey services including analysis, design, engineering, installation, and maintenance in the United States and the United Kingdom across clients in retail, finance, healthcare, manufacturing etc. The company operates a highly virtualized IT environment across Read more...

Virtual SAN Considerations When Booting from a Flash Device

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Overview We have several Virtual SAN customers who are interested in using a flash device not only for ESXi boot but also for persisting logs, traces and core dumps. Virtual SAN provides a number of flash options that can be used for boot. viz. USB, SD card, SATADOM and SSD.  Each of these devices has its own pros and cons. In this blog, Read more...

Simulate a Delay to Test and Validate VSAN Stretched Cluster

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This blog was co-authored by Palanivenkatesan Murugan Since the inception of Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster many current and potential Virtual SAN users have grappled with how to validate Stretched Cluster given the high cost and difficulty with setting multiple networks across geographically distributed sites without impacting production environments. The purpose of this blog is to Read more...

NSX and Healthcare Data Centers are Ready for Virtual SAN – Are You?

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  It’s been over a month since the release of Virtual SAN 6.2, and many of our customers are wondering how they can implement VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) to experience industry leading hyper-converged infrastructure for themselves. To answer this question, two upcoming webcasts will teach you how to leverage Virtual SAN at your healthcare organization Read more...