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20+ Common vSAN Questions

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VMware’s Virtual SAN radically simplifies storage in vSphere clusters. Even though the product has been available for about a year, we still continue to get all sorts of interesting questions. What follows are the list of interesting questions we encounter most often, along with quick answers. Read more...

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...