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Virtual SAN 6.2 & PowerCLI – Sparse Virtual Swap files

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One of the Space Efficiency features of Virtual SAN 6.2 that is available for both All-Flash and Hybrid configurations, is the introduction of Sparse Virtual Swap files. Swap files on Virtual SAN by default, are created with the .vswp 100% reserved. In a thin provisioned/guaranteed capacity perspective, it could be said that they are effectively Read more...

Join #VSANchat on 3/1 to Discuss Virtual SAN 6.2 with the Experts

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In early February, VMware announced Virtual SAN 6.2, the 4th generation of its radically simple, enterprise-class native storage offering.   With a slew of new features, including deduplication, compression, erasure coding, and checksum, VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 is paving the way for modern all-flash storage.   In keeping with the launch, the VMware Storage & Read more...

HCI for Healthcare: A Snapshot of Virtual SAN Customers

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  The IT demands of the modern healthcare industry can be challenging. From HIPPA, to the digitization of patient health records, IT professionals constantly find themselves juggling scalability, availability, performance and security of apps and data. Increasingly, more healthcare organizations have started looking at simpler and more efficient approaches to the datacenter – Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Read more...

2/25 Experts Roundtable: What the Heck is Hyperconvergence?

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  You’ve probably been hearing the term hyperconvergence a lot in 2016, especially with the recent launch of Virtual SAN 6.2 – but what benefits can a hyperconverged solution offer you and your business? By converging compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources into a single box, you can shrink your time to deployment and reduce Read more...
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New VMware.com Tools and Page Updates on Virtual SAN

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Have you watched the launch event, checked out Rawlinson's latest webinar and reviewed many of the Virtual SAN 6.2 blog posts like this one, this one and this one? Fantastic! Now, let me take you back home to VMware.com.  For our Virtual SAN 6.2 launch, the team has made some very useful new tools and page updates Read more...

SAP on Virtual SAN

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This blog is co-authored by my colleague Erik Rieger. Erik is a Global Solutions Architect in SI/SO and ISV technical alliance, specifically SAP. There is no doubt that Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) based on VMware Virtual SAN provides a great platform for running Business Critical Applications (BCAs). A recent customer survey found that more than 60% of our Read more...

Considerations on Virtual SAN Maintenance Mode and Disk Operations

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With the recent launch announcement for Virtual SAN 6.2, we have been revisiting some of our previous guidance and best practices around Virtual SAN operations. Possibly the most important of these is disk device handling and replacement procedures. This has historically been tied to host maintenance mode for reasons that I shall explain shortly. Those Read more...

New VxRail HCI Appliance from VCE Offers the Fastest and Easiest Adoption of VMware Hyper-Converged Software

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EMC and VMware announced today VCE VxRail, a new industry leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA).  Developed jointly by EMC and VMware, VxRail is a fully integrated, preconfigured and tested HCI appliance powered by VMware Hyper-Converged Software and is one of the easiest ways to stand up a hyper-converged infrastructure environment. According to IDC, hyper-converged infrastructure Read more...

VMware, EMC and VxRail Working Together For Our Customers

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By Loretta Brown, Vice President Federation, VMware I am very happy to share that today EMC and VMware jointly announced the availability of the new VCE VxRail™ Appliance - a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance exclusively from EMC, VMware and our partners, and the easiest and fastest way to stand up a fully virtualized VMware SDDC Read more...