Eager Zeroed Thick Requirement for Multi-Writer Disks is Now Removed for vSAN Datastore

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One of the popular use cases for VMware vSAN is Business-Critical Applications (BCA). BCA have frequently deployed on cluster aware filesystems that use shared virtual disks (vmdk). Some of these clustered filesystems use multi-writer for shared disks. Popular use cases using this feature are Oracle RAC, Redhat Clustering and Veritas Infoscale. The multi-writer option enables Read more...

AZ Failure Recovery Within VMware Cloud on AWS

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Occasionally a customer will ask if there is any risk of losing data in the event of a transient AZ failure. The short answer is no; there is no need to worry. Temporary failures such as a power outage are not terminal.   A source of this confusion is a mix of terminology. VMware and Read more...

2 Failure Toleration Requirements within VMware Cloud on AWS

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Recently an account manager reached out and asked. Why are customers required to use a policy that can survive 2 Failures (FTT2) when a cluster has six or more hosts? It comes down to maintaining the highest level of availability for the appropriately sized cloud SDDC.  Let’s look at this in more detail –  To understand Read more...

Changing Storage Policy settings within VMware Cloud

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Policy-based management is the enabling technology behind storage management inside the VMware Cloud on AWS Service. By empowering customers to easily align the availability and performance configuration on a per workload basis. This declarative framework is incredibly powerful, but when making changes that impact a large number of objects, we need to consider transition space. Read more...

Customer Responsibility within VMware Cloud on AWS (Storage)

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One of the primary appeals of the VMware Cloud on AWS service is the ability to focus on value-generating work, leaving the mundane day-to-day to VMware. Delivering on this promise requires a thoughtful segmentation of duties. This pattern is repeated throughout the stack to include one of the more dominant disciplines within the datacenter, storage. Read more...
Elastic vSAN

Elastic vSAN Scale-Up Storage

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The march of progress continues within the VMware Cloud on AWS service. With the 1.8 release introducing the ability to dynamically scale-up storage capacity with any Elastic vSAN SDDCs. This new capability further empowers customers to right-size their SDDC by leaning into the elasticity of the AWS cloud. How does it work? When a cluster Read more...
VMworld 2019 US

Storage and Availability at VMworld

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I would like to draw your attention to a few sessions at VMworld 2019 that will be particularly exciting, by some of the leaders in the Hyperconverged Infrastructure Business Unit. vSAN and the VMware Cloud Foundation are seeing unprecedented adoption, and these sessions by our business leaders help you understand not just how they work, Read more...
A bucket labled "Default Datastore Policy" full of VMs with different requirements

How Storage Policies influence usable capacity in VMware Cloud on AWS

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Usable capacity inside the VMware Cloud on AWS service depends upon the VM storage policy configuration.   This flexibility, while undoubtedly powerful, presents a challenge when answering the otherwise straight forward question of usable capacity. Traditionally the overhead associated with a particular parity scheme or data protection methodology is configured upfront on a container or volume Read more...

#StorageMinute: Data-at-Rest Encryption within VMware Cloud on AWS

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Welcome to the StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we will demonstrate how vSAN Data-at-Rest Encryption is used to provide compliance ready encryption within the VMware Cloud on AWS Service. Security has been paramount since the introduction of the VMware Cloud on AWS Service. VMware vSAN fulfills a Read more...