vSAN Encryption

Understanding vSAN Encryption – KMS Profile Addressing

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When using vSAN Encryption, one of the vSAN Health Check tests will show the health of the connection between the vSAN Hosts and the KMS Cluster as well as vCenter and the KMS Cluster. One scenario came up a few weeks ago where the vSAN Health Check indicated that the vSAN Hosts could properly communicate Read more...
traditional datastores

Understanding vSAN – Can it be used with Traditional or VVol Storage?

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On a call today this question came up: “Can vSAN be used with other storage?” This is a very common question, covered in the vSAN FAQ on storagehub.vmware.com, as well in other publicly facing VMware.com documentation. The answer is an absolute YES! A vSAN Cluster can also use traditional datastores and/or use VVols. Why wouldn’t this be supported? Read more...

Using Tag-Based SPBM Policies to Manage Your Storage

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In this series about SPBM, (Storage Policy Based Management), we will review and explore the many options in using SPBM to manage your virtual storage environment. SPBM policies are categorized into three main areas; Storage Capabilities and Services, Data Services and Tags. Storage Capabilities and Services SPBM policies are used when datastores, such as vSAN Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 84: Pivotal Container Service (PKS)

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Last year at VMworld, Pivotal, in collaboration with VMware and Google announced the launch of Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS). A few months back they announced the launch of their initial public offering of 37,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock and recently announced PKS 1.1 is generally available. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we Read more...
Virtually Speaking

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 81: Digital Transformation

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Seven technology leaders, all in one place. Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and of course VMware.  With a line up like that its no wonder Dell Technologies is among Fortune’s most admired companies. A few weeks back we had the opportunity to sit down with the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies Michael Dell to hear his thoughts Read more...

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...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 77: vSphere 6.7 Security

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VMware recently announced vSphere 6.7, the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform. VMware Security expert Mike Foley recently wrote a blog sharing the new security features available now in vSphere 6.7. In the post he explains “the goals of security in 6.7 are twofold. Introduce more easy to use security features and meet Read more...