CNS for vSphere Inside VMware Cloud on AWS

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Kubernetes and the version.next("cloud-native") application space is rapidly evolving. Nowhere do we see these lines blurred more than within VMware Cloud on AWS. This is because the service realizes the promise of a real Hybrid cloud. It is enabling customers to achieve solutions that utilize a combination of traditional Enterprise Software (VMs) with Next-generation Cloud Read more...
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Monitoring vSAN Performance

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Determining the root cause of performance issues in any environment can be a challenge, but with environments running dozens, if not hundreds of virtual workloads, pinpointing the exact causes, and understanding the options for mitigation can be difficult for even the experienced administrator. Since a vSAN cluster is made up of locally-attached disks, there are Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 140: Back to Basics vSphere Networking

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Continuing the "Back to Basics" series, this week we welcome back GSS Escalation Engineer Broc Yanda to discuss vSphere networking. Broc explains how to get the best performance out of vSphere hosts networking, failover, and other common networking misconceptions. Follow Broc on twitter. Check out John and Broc's VMworld session Top 10 things to know Read more...
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VMware vSAN a Finalist for Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year Award

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VMware is pleased to announce that vSAN, the only vSphere-native storage software, is a finalist in Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year competition for the newly created Hyper-converged and composable infrastructure category. We believe vSAN was chosen in part because of our significant investments in supporting cloud-native applications, enhancing vSAN performance and intelligent operations. According to Read more...

What is the Maximum vSAN VMDK Size?

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How big should my VMDKs be on vSAN? I recently was asked about VMDK size best practices with vSAN. The maximum supported VMDK size is 62TB. Much like discussions around the largest size for a vSAN or vSphere cluster (Check out this post!), this is very much a nuanced operational discussion with a lot of Read more...

iSCSI Port Binding: To Use or Not to Use

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As GSS’ most common storage issue, iSCSI Port Binding seems to be a pain point for many customers. Why is this— why so many calls and misconfigurations? I did a test session breaking out the iSCSI section from Cody Hosterman and my Core Storage Best practices session from VMworld, and I was amazed at the attendance! Read more...
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Revisiting vSAN’s Free Capacity Recommendations

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Among the types of resources that administrators manage, storage may be the most challenging. The demand often increases beyond forecasted levels and addressing the matter with older architectures typically meant adding large capital costs and complexity. Space efficiency and storage reclamation techniques can potentially delay when capacity thresholds are met, but eventually, storage capacity concerns Read more...
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#StorageMinute – Data Migration Pre-Check in vSAN 6.7 U3

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series, where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we look at a new feature enhancement to vSAN Maintenance Mode workflow called Data Migration Pre-Check. This feature performs a cluster-wide impact assessment of a host entering maintenance mode. This assessment dramatically helps an administrator make informed decisions while planning Read more...