vSphere Virtual Volumes Getting Started Guide – New White Paper

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Hot off of the press: New vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) Getting Started Guide white paper. This new paper provides a summarized description and overview of vSphere Virtual Volumes and its components and how to configure them.   These are the main topics that are covered: vSphere Virtual Volumes Components vSphere Virtual Volumes Requirements Configuring vSphere Read more...

Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime. Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability: VAAI APIs vs vVols

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In 2011 VMware introduced block based VAAI APIs as part of vSphere 4.1 release. This APIs helped improving performance of VMFS by providing offload of some of the heavy operations to the storage array. In subsequent release, VMware added VAAI APIs for NAS, thin provisioning, and T10 command support for Block VAAI APIs. Now with Read more...

Tips for a Successful VMware Virtual SAN Evaluation

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One of the biggest advantages of Virtual SAN is that it is so easy to set up and use.  Out of all the evaluation options available to them, many customers have realized that trying it out in their own environment is entirely feasible. We’ve been keeping track of the many Virtual SAN evaluations to date, and Read more...

VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN HCL Component Updates

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The Virtual SAN Configuration Guide has been updated with new components. We recently certified 12 SSDs, updated 4 existing SSD certifications, and updated firmware information for 2 HDDs. Make sure to visit the VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN for more details!   Here is a list of changes: New SSDs •  HGST HUSML4040ASS600 • Read more...

Do You Need Hardware Guidance to Accelerate Your Virtual SAN Deployment?

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It has been 10 months since we released the first set of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes , which are validated server configurations jointly recommended by VMware and Server OEMs to accelerate Virtual SAN deployment. We have been working closely with multiple Server OEM partners to continuously update the list of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes. The Virtual SAN Ready Read more...