iSCSI Port Binding: To Use or Not to Use

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As GSS’ most common storage issue, iSCSI Port Binding seems to be a pain point for many customers. Why is this— why so many calls and misconfigurations? I did a test session breaking out the iSCSI section from Cody Hosterman and my Core Storage Best practices session from VMworld, and I was amazed at the attendance! Read more...

Eager Zeroed Thick Requirement for Multi-Writer Disks is Now Removed for vSAN Datastore

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One of the popular use cases for VMware vSAN is Business-Critical Applications (BCA). BCA have frequently deployed on cluster aware filesystems that use shared virtual disks (vmdk). Some of these clustered filesystems use multi-writer for shared disks. Popular use cases using this feature are Oracle RAC, Redhat Clustering and Veritas Infoscale. The multi-writer option enables Read more...

One, Two, Three, Four Times A Winner! VMware vSAN Wins CRN’s Product of the Year Award for the Software Defined Storage Category!

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VMware is pleased to announce for the fourth year in a row, vSAN is the CRN Product of the Year in the Software Defined Storage category! We’re thankful for our partner’s recognition, and we’re excited to extend our leadership momentum. We were recently recognized as the market leader in HCI based on HCI software by Read more...
vSAN Witness Properties

vSAN Witness Appliance Updates in vSAN 6.7 P01

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Stretched Cluster and 2 Node vSAN configurations require a vSAN Witness Host prevent split-brain scenarios when sites are isolated from each other due to loss of connectivity or other outage. The Stretched Cluster Guide and 2 Node Guide state that any physical vSphere host with appropriate RAM and storage devices can be used, or the free vSAN Read more...
vVols at VMworld

How to Get the Latest Info on vVols at VMworld Europe

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VMware and our storage partners continue to develop and support Virtual Volumes or vVols. This year, at VMworld US in San Francisco, there were several vVols sessions, indicating the growing interest and adoption of vVols. The increased focus is your opportunity to hear and learn the latest information on vVols. If you are going to Read more...
WSFC vSAN 6.7

WSFC with Native Shared Disks on vSAN 6.7U3 Stretched Clusters

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Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) can be a great fit for clustering applications and services on Microsoft Windows. Application and service availability with WSFC is just as important today as it was when Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) was first introduced. VMware vSphere has provided additional flexibility and choice that augments and extends the capabilities of Read more...

#StorageMinute – Intelligent Storage Operations in vSAN 6.7 U3

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we look at how vSAN 6.7 Update 3 can automatically address storage consumption when temporary operations can cause less than optimal performance or capacity distribution. Different operations such as policy changes, large numbers of objects being created or deleted, or Read more...
vVols VMworld

vVols at VMworld 2019 Past and Future

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As customers and partners upgrade to current infrastructure and vSphere releases in their environment, Virtual Volumes or vVols are more relevant than ever.  As VMware, and storage partners continue to develop and promote vVols, the interest has skyrocketed and the number of VMworld vVols shows! Nobody enjoys managing LUNs, RDMs, countless datastores, etc in their Read more...