vSAN design recommendations

Splunk on VMware vSAN – Case Study and Design Recommendations

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Splunk software helps to create hidden value from ever growing Machine Data. These workloads need massive storage capacity; the infrastructure needs to be flexible, scalable and provide linear performance increase with scaling. The traditional approach of using physical servers for server deployment may be an option but not smart enough considering the benefits of virtualization. Splunk has provided recommendations for virtualizing its Read more...
Tech Field Day

Quantifying vSAN performance

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Overview One of the common asks prior to deploying or migrating workloads to an environment, is to know and understand the capabilities of the environment. After the initial deployment and configuration, we may also require reference metrics when all of the configuration is in a healthy state. The objective of this blog post is to Read more...
VMware HCI

Tactical Use Cases – Why choose VMware HCI?

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VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a great fit for tactical use cases, just ask our friends over at Cubic Solutions. To meet the needs of today's warfighters, Cubic looked at VMware HCI, comprised of VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN. Tactical solutions typically have maximum allowable design parameters that revolve around Size, Weight, and Power or Read more...
hyperconverged infrastructure

Designing vSAN Networks – 2019 Update

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Back in 2017, I wrote three blogs that covered some common vSAN network design choices: Designing vSAN Networks – Dedicated or Shared Interfaces? Designing vSAN Networks – Why Should I Use the Distributed Switch? Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple Interfaces? I thought it would be a good idea to start out the new year Read more...

#StorageMinute: vSAN Encryption and Key Rotation

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we will take a look at Key Rotation in vSAN Encryption.   Keys for Security Keys are required to open locks and access the contents that are secured. Different locking mechanisms require different types of keys. These keys could be Read more...
Microsoft SQL Server Exchange

Mixed Workloads on VMware vSAN for Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange

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VMware vSAN has been proven to accommodate various workloads, business-critical applications like Oracle, Exchange, and SAP; Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Remote and Branch Office, etc. with both performance and high availability ensurance. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous application can be consolidated together within single cluster on VMware vSAN platform, which helps simplify management, improve operational flexibility, maximize Read more...

vSAN Snippets: Reporting Drive Location & More

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An internal request came up asking for the ability to return the enclosure location of a vSAN disk. This information can sometimes be returned from the esxcli command utility, for some storage controllers, using the following command: esxcli storage core device physical get -d <device id> The resulting output looks something like this: Having to Read more...

vSAN Misconceptions: Drivers and Firmware Don’t Matter

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This is a guest post from Adam Sweetser, Senior Technical Support Engineer, vSAN GSS. Adam provides vSAN support to, and speaks with real customers day in and day out, about real-world issues.  vSphere is the enterprise-grade hypervisor that has been used to run business-critical workloads by more than 500,000 VMware customers for years. It is commonly Read more...
Kubernetes

#StorageMinute: Cloud Native Storage

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we will take a look at Cloud Native Storage for vSphere.     When dealing with a system as dynamic as Kubernetes and containers where churn of containers and resources is massive and conceivably could be hundreds, if not Read more...