Migrating VMs to vSAN

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A frequently asked question from customers considering vSAN is "How do I migrate virtual machines from my old storage to vSAN?" There are a few ways this can be done and a number of solutions to facilitate the migration. This blog article discusses a few of these options and concludes with a link to a Read more...

HCI Megacast: Gain In-Depth Knowledge of Everything Hyper-Converged

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Are you ready to build your ultimate hyper-converged infrastructure, but still need answers to your most pressing questions? Join VMware at ActualTech’s HCI Megacast on November 16 and find out why VMware vSAN is key to a powerful HCI solution. Register Now!   John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, will show you Read more...

Join the Storage and Availability Solutions Team in Barcelona!

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Building on the excellent momentum built from VMworld 2016 US, the VMware Storage and Availability Products team is looking ahead to VMworld 2016 Europe to show you what’s in store for VSAN, Virtual Volumes, Site Recovery Manager, and more! So, what does the team have in store at Barcelona? Quite a lot! At VMworld Europe, Read more...

Use HCIBench Like a Pro — Part 1

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HCIBench stands for "Hyper-converged Infrastructure Benchmark", which is an automation wrapper around the popular and proven VDBench open source benchmark tool that makes it far easier to automate testing across a hyper-converged cluster. HCIBench was released last August, one year later, we published another major release and moved it from Dropbox to Fling. If you are new Read more...

Announcing the New IDC Virtual SAN TCO White Paper

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Reviewing the Current State of Hyperconvergence and Real World Benefits of VMware Virtual SAN Deployments This IDC white paper reviews the trends driving organizations to deploy hyper-converged systems within their data centers. It also provides an overview of VMware Virtual SAN and the results of a recent IDC survey of VMware Virtual SAN customers. The Read more...

VSAN Management API Cookbook for Python

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Virtual SAN 6.2 has been out for a few months now. More and more customers are adopting Virtual SAN in many use cases including Tier 1 and business critical applications. Virtual SAN leverages Storage Policy Based Management to individually tailor a virtual machine's protection and performance profile. This lessens the burden of storage provisioning operations on administrators. Deploying Virtual Read more...

New Virtual SAN Solution Overview Paper: Mixed Workloads in HCI

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A new Solution Overview paper discusses how Virtual SAN provides a resolution to the complexities originally plaguing dedicated infrastructure hardware. The white paper can be obtained here, but a summary of the piece can be found below.   VMware Hyper-Converged Software Premier Solution for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Decoding the complexity of multiple infrastructure silos can Read more...

Hot off the Press: Two More Virtual SAN 6.2 Technical White Papers

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Virtual SAN 6.2 Performance with Online Transaction Processing Workloads Performance Study This white paper examines the performance of Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) applications with Virtual SAN 6.2. The OLTP applications, which model an online retail store and a brokerage house workload, involve a large number of client transactions. The performance of such workloads are crucial Read more...

Scale up VMware Virtual SAN to scale down risk (Part 1)

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I was recently helping a customer design a highly resilient Virtual SAN deployment for tier 1 applications.  One thing that was clear was that the traditional rules for designing traditional Tier 1 modular storage arrays were not always applicable. Rule of scaling storage risk: consolidating more workloads to a storage system increases efficiency, but also Read more...