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The Prize of the IT Generalist

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A lot was written last year about the rise of the IT generalist who can bridge the isolated worlds of servers, storage, networks, and even applications. Generalists help companies respond quickly to IT needs that span disciplines. And for companies looking to digitally transform their business, the IT generalist offers a new path to agile Read more...
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Understanding Storage Policy-Based Management

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“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” Steve Jobs Last night while tearing our living room apart looking for the ROKU remote (that apparently grew legs and left our house forever) my daughter asked “why don’t you just download the ROKU remote control app to your phone?” Read more...
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Introducing HCIBench 1.6

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Happy 2017! We just released version 1.6.0.0 of HCIBench. You can find the appliance and the change log HERE. In the past couple of months, the focus has been adding new features and bug fixes. This version contains the following new features: HCIBench Authentication Clear Read Cache and Write Buffer before Testing Easy Run Re-Use Read more...
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The Stars Align For 2017 HCI Hardware

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HCI is Not Just About Software-Defined When we talk about hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), we often focus on how this new model of IT infrastructure simplifies operations by uniting compute, storage, and networking under a single management interface. An aspect that’s occasionally overlooked, however, is how HCI’s hardware model also directly improves IT agility and cost-effectiveness Read more...
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Getting More Out of vSAN Online Series: Deploy & Operate

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It’s 2017 and your company is preparing to deploy your new hyper-converged infrastructure powered by vSAN. You have questions about the best approach to ensure that you fully realize your goals of spending less time, money and frustration on your infrastructure in the new year. That’s why this month VMware is kicking off an ongoing Read more...

5 Data Center Trends to Look for in 2017

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As modern demands overwhelm hardware-centric infrastructure, traditional data centers are shrinking. Amid the upheaval, there’s a huge opportunity for IT organizations to find an approach that benefits the entire business. If your IT team is like most, you need an infrastructure that’s agile enough to keep up with swiftly moving technology and growing user demands, Read more...
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Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 34: Core Storage

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vSphere 6.5 introduces several new features such as VMFS-6 enhancements, policy driven Storage I/O Control, policy driven VM Encryption, NFS and iSCSI improvements and of course new limit increases. This week on the vSpeaking Podcast we wrap up our vSphere 6.5 coverage with a discussion on core storage with Cody Hosterman from Pure and our second Read more...
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Backup or Recover SPBM Profiles with PowerCLI

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I work in the lab a lot. One of the tasks that I often perform is: Blowing away my VCSA (or Windows vCenter Server), Redeploying it, and Reattaching it to a cluster that is running vSAN. As a result of a new VCSA deployment, only a few SPBM policies will be present. Any previously available Read more...
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Good News!!!! VMware vSphere 6.5 Now Supports 512e Drives

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This blog was co-authored by Sumit Lahiri VMware vSphere 6.5 along with vSAN 6.5 now support 512e format. It is a feature that would allow customers to use large capacity drives with vSAN. This helps with density optimized vSAN clusters if the customer so chooses. 512e drives are only supported starting with VMFS6 and vSAN Read more...