Using SPBM Policies to Manage Your Virtual Volumes (VVols)

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  In the first of the SPBM series, we talked about Tag based Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM). Next, in the series, we will review how you can manage Virtual Volumes (VVols) using SPBM. If you are unfamiliar with VVols, take a look at Storagehub for an overview and more details on what and how Read more...
Witness Consolidation

Understanding vSAN Witness Consolidation & 2 Node vSAN

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The vSAN Witness Appliance was introduced as a free alternative to using a physical ESXi host as a vSAN Witness Host. This appliance is only used for housing vSAN Object Witness Components, and is not allowed to run any virtual machine workloads. When deploying the vSAN Witness Appliance, there are 3 potential deployment options: Tiny, Read more...
vSAN performance testing

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 90: What’s New in vSAN 6.7 U1

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VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 makes it even easier to adopt HCI and build a Digital Foundation. Key areas where vSAN 6.7 U1 provides additional benefits include the simplification of day one and two operations, lowering the total cost of ownership with more efficient infrastructure, and even more rapid support and resolution with ReadyCare. This week Read more...
UNMAP - "Because no ones wants to play storage Jenga(TM)"

VMware vSAN 6.7U1 Storage reclamation – TRIM/UNMAP

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VMware vSAN supports thin provisioning, which lets you, in the beginning, use just as much storage capacity as currently needed and then add the required amount of storage space at a later time. Using the vSAN thin provisioning feature, you can create virtual disks in a thin format. For a thin virtual disk, vSAN provisions Read more...

GreyBeards HCI podcast with Lee Caswell

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GreyBeards  published podcast with Lee Caswell,  discussing HCI stack , Edge computing, and vVol adoption. It is a great timing – as VMworld is just a few days away and it provides key takeaways to discuss at the event. Here are the key topics discussed by Lee: HCI operates at the edge – with ROBO-2-server environments, VMware’s Read more...

Better Together: Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and Virtual Volumes (VVol)

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Recently there has been a lot of interest in VMware’s Virtual Volumes (VVols) technology as our shared- storage customers begin to understand the value of deploying vSphere policy-based storage management.  As our customers have become more experienced with VVols, many have started to ask how they can implement business continuance and disaster recovery solutions using Read more...
VMware and HPE

HPE and VMware: A Collaboration that Equals Competitive Advantage

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By Paul Miller, HPE VP portfolio Marketing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Tom Herrmann, VP Global Strategic Alliances, VMware   Customers tell us their top challenge is to deliver innovation fast enough while controlling cost and risk. This is especially acute when they have to do that across hybrid cloud while trying to ensure security, compliance, Read more...
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. This doesn’t mean that vSAN 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...