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SRM Stays Fresh and Continues to Impress

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Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is one of the most mature products in the VMware portfolio. It was first released in 2008 and, at one point in time, it was the second highest selling VMware product behind vSphere. Seriously. The reason for this resounding success is that SRM is a solution that embodies the value proposition Read more...

NEC Storage Products Released Featuring Virtual Volumes

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This post was written by Tomohiro Igakura, Lead Engineer, IT Platform Division at NEC Corporation. The VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) storage framework is becoming recognized as a landmark technology that solves the challenges virtual environments continue to face. Officially released on February 3, 2015, vVols is a new feature of VMware vSphere® 6.0 and is Read more...

How to Reduce VDI Storage Costs and Challenges

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For years we’ve watched and waited for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to ‘take off.’ The idea of having instant access to your data and personalized desktop from anywhere and any device at anytime—without today’s security risks—is a very compelling solution. In the IT industry, we find ourselves asking the same question every year: are virtual Read more...

Criteria for supported magnetic drives with VSAN

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I have been talking with VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) customers who are enjoying great success. Customers have asked questions regarding why specific components are or are not on the hardware compatibility list (HCL) or chosen for ready nodes. I wanted to provide some insight into component selection for customers choosing VSAN hybrid configurations that leverage Read more...

Trend Micro Branching Out with Virtual SAN

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  Last week I had the pleasure to talk to Arsenio Mateos who works as a Virtualization SME and architect at Trend Micro. They have an interesting environment as you can imagine and offices around the world. Arsenio had mentioned that they are looking to use VSAN in the near future for their VDI workloads Read more...

How EVO SDDC Helps VMware Customers Build a Better Private Cloud – Part 1 Design, Build, and Test Challenges

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Several years ago as a VMware Administrator for a government agency, I was tasked with replacing an aging hardware infrastructure that supported a mission critical e-mail messaging environment for 10,000 users.  The messaging infrastructure was managed internally and was referred as our Private Cloud Messaging Environment. I was responsible for overall architecture of the solution.   Read more...

Thank You for Joining Us in Barcelona!

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The Storage and Availability solutions team wanted to say a huge Thank You to you our customers and partners for making VMworld Europe another great success! The excitement, momentum, and energy was palpable. It goes without saying that we are fortunate to have the best customers and partners taking this journey with us. Virtual SAN Read more...

Hyperconvergence Webcast Series: Register Today!

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The future of storage is here. Hyperconvergence is the ideal architecture for the software-defined data center, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, networking, and storage from a single x86 server platform to create a tightly integrated, building block approach to IT infrastructure. HCI allows datacenters to operate with agility on a highly scalable, cost-effective infrastructure that Read more...

Architecting Virtual SAP HANA Using VMware Virtual Volumes & Hitachi Storage

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VMWorld Recap: SAP HANA and VMware Virtual Volumes This is a follow-up to my earlier VMWorld blog Virtualizing SAP HANA Databases Greater Than-1TB On vSphere-5-5, where I discussed SAP Multi-Temperature Data Management strategies and techniques which can significantly reduce the size and cost associated with SAP HANA’s in-memory footprint. This blog will focus on Software-Defined Storage Read more...