Tech Field Day

Accelerating vSAN Adoption with Proof of Concept testing

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In a little more than 4 years, VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) powered by vSAN has accumulated over 17K customers. One of the powerful tools that has helped enable this rapid vSAN adoption is Proof of Concept (PoC) testing. Converging HCI Buyers Hyperconverged Infrastructure has evolved to now incorporate all major data center functions including software-defined Read more...
vSAN performance testing

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 104: Elastic vSAN

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One of the more exciting announcements at VMworld 2018 was a preview of VMware vSAN utilizing Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) with VMware Cloud on AWS.  This service is called Elastic vSAN and is soon available. Elastic vSAN runs on new Amazon EC2 R5.metal instances to augment existing SDDC for storage-dense environments. Storage per host Read more...
vSAN Space Reclamation

#StorageMinute: vSAN Space Reclamation

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we’ll show you to how to maximize vSAN TCO by making space usage more efficient. vSAN Space Reclamation   How does it work? VMware vSAN 6.7U1 supports SCSI UNMAP/TRIM for space reclamation from guest Virtual machines. This feature helps improve the TCO Read more...

Can I use vSAN for both VMs and containers?

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With containers, and Kubernetes in particular, becoming more prevalent as time goes on, we are seeing more questions revolving around their use with vSAN. We all know that vSAN can be used to host VM storage, iSCSI LUNs for physical machines, and more recently, container volumes for Docker and Kubernetes via the open-source Project Hatchway Read more...
vSAN performance testing

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 102: ESXi on ARM

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One of the many things at VMworld 2018 that generated a significant buzz was the demonstration of ESXi running on a 64-bit Arm Cortex-A72-powered host. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stressed that this is targeted at edge boxes and gateways. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome VMware ARM Teach Lead, Andrei Warkentin and William Lam to discuss Read more...
Operationalizing VMware vSAN

Operationalizing VMware vSAN: A New E-Book from VMware

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By KEVIN LEES – Chief Technologist, IT Operations Transformation   Download Now: Operationalizing VMware vSAN I’m pleased to announce the release of my second book: Operationalizing VMware vSAN (download here) co-authored with Paul Wiggett, a Senior Technical Operations Architect at VMware.   Like my first book, Operationalizing VMware NSX (download here), Operationalizing VMware vSAN addresses what happens after you’ve Read more...

VMware vSAN A Finalist for Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year

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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 Cloud and Software-defined Storage Products category. We believe vSAN’s selection is significant, as it is the only hyperconverged infrastructure software in the running, highlighting VMware’s notable investments in innovation. According Read more...
vSAN Chat

vSAN Deep Dive – #vSANChat Q&A

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In our Twitter vSAN Chat with Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan, we covered the A to Z of their newly published “vSAN 6.7 Deep Dive” book. If you’ve ever wondered “What exactly is vSAN?”, everything to know about Stretched Clusters, or the vSAN 6.7 Deep Dive dedication song “Turn the Page” written by Bob Seger Read more...

vSAN Stretched Cluster for everybody

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I have always been a fan of stretched cluster solutions since VMware introduced the certification program vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) back in 2016. Who doesn’t want the ability to balance VMs synchronously between datacenters for site resilience or even site maintenance?  In my previous life working for a storage vendor, I had many conversations Read more...