Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

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One of my favorite parts about attending VMworld is hearing from customers and partners on how they’re using VMware to simplify data center operations and management and solve real-world problems.  This episode of the Virtually Speaking Podcast is a collection of vSAN Conversations captured at VMworld 2018. 3:12 Tony Reeves, Gigacast: Tony is a vSAN 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...
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...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 89: VMworld Recap 2018

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VMworld 2018 US is a wrap. What a week it has been. From the announcements (see below) to great sessions, networking, and for the Virtually Speaking Podcast crew, lots of great conversations.  There is no possible way to recap everything that happened this past week in one episode but we tried our best to cram 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...

Announcing vSAN 6.7 Update 1

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We’re excited to share many key announcements for VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, including hybrid cloud leadership, launch of vSAN 6.7 Update 1 and expansion of the HCI ecosystem. The HCI market continues to evolve; when VMware vSAN launched in 2014, HCI primarily focused on modernizing core data centers’ compute and storage resources. Five years on, HCI Read more...
HCI Zone

HCI Zone: Your Data Center Revolution Starts Here

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VMworld US is around the corner and the VMware vSAN team couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to Las Vegas. The conference is August 26 – August 30, 2018 and you will definitely want to explore the vSAN offerings at VMworld. One of the experiences to look forward to this year is the HCI Zone 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...
Encrypted VMs

Backing Up And Replicating Encrypted VMs

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Introduction I got a question from a customer a while back about backing up and replicating encrypted VMs – it’s a fair question, “if they’re encrypted, how can I backup and restore”? This was particularly pertinent as the customer in question was a service provider – so it wasn’t as clean cut and straightforward as Read more...