Understanding vSAN Encryption – Booting when vCenter is Unavailable

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Since the introduction of vSAN Encryption in vSAN 6.6 some of the routine questions that get asked include: Do vSAN hosts get encryption key information from vCenter? What if vCenter is offline, is vSAN encryption impacted? What if vCenter is removed/replaced/not available, is vSAN impacted? The answers to these are pretty straightforward and easy to Read more...

From Phones to Servers, Pick Your Digital Foundation Carefully

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  Remember when phone numbers were tied to a physical location or a specific wireless carrier? It used to be that moving to a new location, getting a new device, or switching carriers required a new a phone number along with a new operating system, time spent manually copying contacts, and a lot of hoping Read more...
Data Placement Optimization

Data Placement Optimizations in vSAN 6.7

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A primary responsibility of storage is to make data requested readily available for access. While this may seem obvious, storage systems go to great lengths to accomplish this clear, but challenging objective. Hyper-converged infrastructures factor in additional considerations for data placement and resilience, as the storage is distributed across hosts. Considerations include, but not limited Read more...
Performance Service

Changes in the Performance Service for vSAN 6.7

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The new Clarity based HTML5 user interface (UI) that VMware has adopted across its product portfolio has been a big win for new and existing customers. Since the debut of the new vCenter client in vSphere and vSAN 6.7, it has been quite common to hear from users who have made the transition on how Read more...

Just-in-Time Capacity Provisioning with VMware vSAN

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A challenge with some traditional storage solutions is the inability to add incremental amounts of capacity. Due to a variety of requirements, policies, and constraints, many organizations will purchase a large quantity of storage capacity once every few years as they attempt to account for current and future demands. Purchasing all of that storage up Read more...

VMworld Deep Thoughts

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  As VMworld season approaches, and the VMworld catalog is live, you may have some questions. You may ask yourself “Where do I start with so much material”? And you may ask yourself “Who’s session should I attend?” And you may wonder “How do I get into that party?” And you may ask yourself “Where Read more...

How Does vSAN-Powered HCI Speed Up Migrations?

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The Problem of Hidden Costs   Years ago I bought a (relatively) fancy car. for a reasonable price. It got great gas mileage and I got it at a great price. I quickly found out though that the car suffered from a few problems. This car required expensive parts when things broke. A lot broke Read more...