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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...

Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management for Databases

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By Sudhir Balasubramanian (Senior Solutions Architect – Data Platforms) and Mohan Potheri (Senior Solutions Architect) In the first part of this series, we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In the second part of this series, we examined in more detail how Virtual Volumes Read more...

Software-Defined Infrastructure Summit: Changes in Storage Favor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

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At the new Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Summit in Santa Clara, California, enterprise IT leaders gathered to discuss new technologies and solutions to enable business benefits from big data and cloud computing. The conference ran for three days (December 1-3) at the Santa Clara Convention Center and focused on software-defined storage (SDS), software-defined data center (SDDC), Read more...

Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware Virtual SAN

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By Palanivenkatesan Murugan (Senior Member of Technical Staff – Storage Product Marketing) VMware Virtual SAN VMware Virtual SAN is VMware’s software-defined storage solution for hyper-converged infrastructure, a software-driven architecture that delivers tightly integrated computing, and shared storage from a single virtualized x86 server. Virtual SAN delivers high performance, highly resilient shared storage by clustering server-attached Read more...

Top 4 Benefits of VMware Virtual SAN (As Told By Customers)

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  VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is radically simple, hyper-converged storage for virtualized environments. Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) leverages the hypervisor to deliver compute, networking and shared storage from a single x86 platform. In addition to being incredibly simple to deploy and provision, Virtual SAN allows you to scale storage and compute resources, eliminating costly forklift upgrades. Read more...