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Availability within VMware Cloud on AWS

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One of the more common questions we receive regarding the Service is around data availability; specifically, how does VMware Cloud on AWS protect from failure and deliver its stated guarantee. The answer is relatively simple; the Service assumes loss and plans accordingly. All of the minutiae that goes into running a production-grade environment within the Read more...

Improved Storage Policy Capacity Management

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Hidden within the 1.12 update is a significant change in the vSAN object layout that will reduce capacity consumption when changing the Storage Policy configuration.  While this change is entirely transparent for most of our customers, we’d still like to discuss what’s happening and why it matters. Background vSAN has a series of interlocking systems Read more...
i3en Compression Only vSAN 7 U1

i3en.metal Compression Only

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With the VMConAWS 1.12 rollout came a significant enhancement to the already impressive i3en.metal host. With this latest update, we have increased the usable capacity for any i3en clusters by enabling Compression-Only within vSAN. Existing customers will see improvements in real-time as SRE upgrades existing deployments. New Clusters will have the feature enabled by default. With Read more...

2-node vSAN within VMware Cloud on AWS

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The release of 2-node cluster support within VMware Cloud on AWS lowered the entry point for the service, allowing customers to stand up a production-ready presence within the AWS cloud using a pair of vSphere hosts. While 2-node vSAN has been available on-premises for a few years, the VMC on AWS implementation builds upon that Read more...

VMware acquires Datrium for DRaaS

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The ink is still drying, but VMware has officially acquired Datrium to expand the current VMware Site Recovery disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering with Datrium’s world-class cost-optimized DRaaS solution. This is a significant move forward to help customers build hybrid clouds by combining the consistent infrastructure and operations of VMware Cloud with Datrium Read more...

i3en.metal – Enhanced Capacity Uncompromising Performance

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The release of the i3en.metal instance contained a small but significant shift in the storage architecture used within VMware Cloud on AWS. With the launch of this new instance we have added NVMe Namespaces support exclusively to VMware Cloud on AWS. NVMe Namespaces For the uninitiated, the NVMe interface and protocol were built from the Read more...

VMware Site Recovery Testing Network Options

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Why should you test your DR plan? I’m regularly surprised at the number of customers I talk to that don’t routinely test their recovery plans. Testing a recovery plan goes a long way to reducing the risk of problems, increasing the comfort with and confidence in the recovery plan. For details about how the recovery Read more...
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Introducing Managed Storage Policy Profiles

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The VMware Cloud on AWS service continues to simplify operations, allowing customers to focus on value-generating work. Enthused by the service’s ability to deliver a production-ready vSphere environment, we’ve had some customers challenging us to do even more. They are demanding that VMware simplify the stack further so that teams can continue to shift into Read more...

VMware Cloud on AWS Stretched Clusters SLA Update

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We recently updated the SLA requirements for Stretched Clusters in VMware Cloud on AWS as part of our more substantial optimizations that began with the previously announced price reduction. After monitoring the deployed fleet, observed failure rates and our time to recovery are well within tolerances. Therefore, we have decided to remove the 2 Failure Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 143: A VMC Cloud Migration Story

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VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise-class SDDC software to the AWS Cloud with optimized access to native AWS services. Even with all the benefits of the cloud, transitioning existing infrastructure can seem a bit scary for some. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome cloud migration experts Adam Fisher and Paul Cradduck Read more...