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How to Prepare for Data Growth in Today’s Changing IT Environment

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By Jason Massae, VMware Architect at Micron Technology As a VMware architect at Micron Technology, I know the crucial importance of virtualization in an enterprise environment. I am also witnessing first-hand the explosive growth of data and storage in the enterprise. In this blog post, I will discuss the storage challenges of performance, scalability and manageability Read more...

Oracle U2VL with Virtual SAN and the batch processing use case

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Unix to Virtualized Linux (U2VL) is a critical step towards SDDC, it targets to migrate applications and data from physical Unix servers to Linux virtual machines running on x86 virtualized infrastructure. These applications are typically business critical, therefore, customers normally take a very cautious approach by doing a carefully planned and executed Proof-of-Concept (POC) in Read more...

Increase Performance with the Dell PowerEdge FX2 and VMware Virtual SAN

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The Dell FX2 converged 2U rack chassis allows customers to incrementally add or swap compact modular building blocks including servers, storage and IO to fit any Virtual SAN environment. Much like Virtual SAN, Dell’s FX2 is designed to deliver more choice, less complexity, and simplify building and management by bringing advanced management technologies to converged infrastructure. Customers Read more...

U.S. Government Agency Deploys Virtual SAN to Prepare IT Storage for Cloud Service Delivery

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A departmental headquarters of a U.S. government agency needed to evolve its partially virtualized IT environment into an efficient, low cost, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. The agency was in the midst of transforming the headquarters into an IT consolidation point that would provide centralized hosting, IaaS, and ongoing support services for applications and developers. This was Read more...

Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters – Real World Design Practices (Part 2)

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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 the second part of a two-part blog series. Click here to Read more...

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...
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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...