Virtual Volumes now supports WSFC

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One of the announcements in the vSphere 6.7 launch that caught my attention was VVol support for WSFC (Windows Server Failover Clustering) using SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations. This is great news for customers still working with RDMs. WSFC clustering solutions use SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations which enables access for multiple nodes to a device (VVol disk) and simultaneously blocks Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 78: vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

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The vSphere 6.7 release offers several new features and enhancements to further the advancement of storage functionality. This week we welcome VMware Core Storage expert Jason Massae to walk us through various features and enhancements. Sitting in for John this week is VMware Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO and good friend of the Virtually Read more...

What’s new with vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

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  Announced today, vSphere 6.7, and several new features and enhancements to further the advancement of storage functionality are included. Centralized, shared storage remains the most common storage architecture used with VMware installations despite the incredible adoption rate of HCI and vSAN. As such, VMware remains committed to the continued development of core storage and Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 70: Why VVols is Pure Genius

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  Virtual Volumes (VVols) was designed to solve a lot of the pain points VMware and/or storage admins face today.  VMware partners with various storage partners to provide the management component of VVols, the VASA Provider. Recently Pure Storage introduced VVols support for their FlashArray All-Flash-Array with its Purity 5.0.0 operating environment. This highly anticipated addition to the Read more...

Virtual Volumes on Pure Storage FlashArray

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Pure Storage recently introduced VVols support for their FlashArray All-Flash-Array with its Purity 5.0.0 operating environment. This highly anticipated addition to the Virtual Volumes partner program includes the latest VASA certification providing support for array-based replication. A few important things to note: The FlashArray supports VASA 3.0–this means array-based replication support with Virtual Volumes. The Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 62: Virtualizing SQL Server

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It wasn’t that long ago that SQL Server was considered too resource-intensive to successfully virtualize. A new generation of hardware and advances in vSphere have made it much more common however it’s still easy to make mistakes that can result in poorly performing SQL Server VMs. This week we discuss SQL Server with Argenis Fernandez Read more...

VVol Replication Test-Failover with Power CLI 6.5.1

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I recently had the opportunity to work with one of our valued VVol Partners, HPE, on automating VVol replication workflows.  HPE is a VVol design partner and one of the few partners to deliver Day 1 support for VASA 3, including array-based replication. Today I’m very pleased to offer a guest article from Eric Siebert, Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 49: Host Resources Deep Dive

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The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts, This book was written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This week we discuss this new book with Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 48: VMworld 2017 Preview

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The industry’s top cloud infrastructure and digital workspace event is only 60 days away.  This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we bring Duncan Epping back to share some of his favorite VMworld sessions and some helpful tips to make the best out of your VMworld 2017 experience. Show Related Links VMworld Main Page VMworld Read more...