Awareness of vSAN Stretched Clusters in vR Ops 7.0

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With each new release of vSAN, it is easy to focus solely on the flagship features and functionality introduced. Enhancements like data-at-rest encryption, or adaptive resynchronization tend to get the most fanfare because they focus on addressing a very specific challenge. Beneath the headlining features lay enhancements that may benefit users more than first impressions Read more...

What’s New in vSAN 6.7 Update 1

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VMware vSAN is the market leader in HCI. One of the many driving forces that has helped solidify this position, is the rapid and continuous pace of innovation. VMware has always given customers the power of choice, and this continues into the hybrid cloud era. VMware’s digital foundation gives customers the ability, and flexibility to Read more...
Mixed MTU

Understanding Mixed MTU support in Stretched & 2 Node vSAN 6.7 U1 clusters with Witness Traffic Separation

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Witness Traffic Separation introduced the ability to tag “witness” traffic on an alternate VMkernel interface on vSAN data nodes. Witness Traffic Separation is the feature that enabled 2 Node “Direct Connect” in vSAN 6.5, and was also added to later editions of vSAN 6.2 (vSphere 6.0 Update 3 & higher). Some additional logic was added 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...
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. Why wouldn’t this be supported? Read more...
Bringing the Real-World Benefits of vSAN and HCI to Light

Bringing the Real-World Benefits of vSAN and HCI to Light

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  Recently, VMware sponsored a survey of vSAN customers to document and analyze the real-world value that HCI delivers when deployed within production environments.  We have invited the author of that study, Eric Sheppard, Research VP of Server and Storage Infrastructure at IDC, to present the key findings of that survey in a webcast on May Read more...
Deploy, Manage and Scale vSAN and HCI with vRealize Operations

Deploy, Manage and Scale vSAN and HCI with vRealize Operations

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The adoption rate for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) deployments is accelerating – and for very good reasons. What you used to do in hardware, you can now do in software running on a hypervisor and it’s a simpler, scalable alternative to a hardware-centric data center. HCI is becoming a powerful solution for organizations looking to transform Read more...

Lenovo Amasses Critical HCI Building Blocks

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Lenovo has launched three new ThinkAgile VX Series products powered by VMware vSAN™.  These new offerings assemble important HCI building blocks that will drive modern data center design. Lenovo is taking big steps to address the top concerns of enterprise buyers looking to deploy HCI. High-Reliability Lenovo Servers For Enterprise HCI The VX Series is Read more...