Understanding vSAN Encryption – KMS Server Accessibility

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vSAN 6.6 introduced data at rest encryption as a new feature that provides another choice (in addition to VM Encryption introduced in vSphere 6.5) for customers to secure data in vSphere. Despite the fact that these technologies work a bit differently (per datastore for vSAN Encryption or per VM for VM Encryption) these technologies still Read more...

Understanding the vSAN Witness Host – Traffic Tagging

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With 2 Node and Stretched Cluster vSAN, a vSAN Witness Host is used. This can be a physical vSphere host or a  VMware provided virtual appliance. Using the vSAN Witness Appliance is easy, does not require any additional licensing, and has much of the configuration standardized (sizing, disks, tagged ports). A second VMkernel port (vmk1) Read more...

Announcing the new VMware HCI Assessment

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  New HCI Assessment powered by Live Optics     We are launching a new Assessment tool called the VMware HCI Assessment powered by the industry leading Live Optics (formerly DPACK.) Live Optics is a tool widely adopted across the industry which is used to capture workload metrics which allows customers to assess their current Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 76: EMPOWER 2018 Partner Event

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EMPOWER is the ultimate technical training event of the year for VMware partners. As the evolution of Partner Exchange at VMworld, it delivers the broadest and most-in-depth VMware technical training available. Coincidentally this event fell on the launch of 6.7 and the Virtually Speaking Podcast was on location to capture key interviews from VMware speakers Read more...
Bringing the Real-World Benefits of vSAN and HCI to Light

Bringing the Real-World Benefits of vSAN and HCI to Light

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  Recently, VMware sponsored a survey of vSAN customers to document and analyze the real-world value that HCI delivers when deployed within production environments.  We have invited the author of that study, Eric Sheppard, Research VP of Server and Storage Infrastructure at IDC, to present the key findings of that survey in a webcast on May Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 75: What’s New in vSAN 6.7

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vSAN 6.7 is here! This release offers features and capabilities that enable improved performance, usability and consistency. Significant improvements to the management and monitoring tools are also matched by lower level performance and application consistency improvements. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome vSAN expert Myles Gray to walk us through all the Read more...
VMware Announces vSAN Support for Klas Telecom's Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC)

VMware Announces vSAN Support for Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC)

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After rigorous testing, VMware®, creator of the market-leading hyper-converged infrastructure software, VMware vSAN™, announces vSAN support for Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC). VMware is further extending the market for HCI to austere environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are required—packaging vSAN with enterprise-grade storage and compute into the size of Read more...

Powering a Management Cluster with vSAN

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It is fair to say that VMware vSphere’s clustering technology introduced the concept, and the common practice of the management cluster. Now a staple of data centers large and small, most administrators have experience with running some form of a management cluster. While management clusters come in all shapes and sizes, the intention is largely Read more...
vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 74: VxRACK and VMware Cloud Foundation

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Dell EMC and VMware have expanded the industry’s broadest hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio to provide a turnkey rack-scale, hyper-converged system with VxRack SDDC. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we invite our friends from the VxRAIL team to walk us through this next generation SDDC with VMware Cloud Foundation (vSphere, NSX, vSAN and VMware SDDC Read more...

What vSAN Admins Need to Know about Intel Optane

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend Intel Partner Connect and catch up on all the new updates coming from Intel in areas like data center, IoT, and artificial intelligence.  One thing is certain, Intel is shifting its focus from just PC-centric to data-centric. Taking center stage in their datacenter solutions this week was VMware vSAN Read more...