vSAN IOInsight

Precise Performance Monitoring with vSAN IOInsight

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Overview   Delivering desired levels of performance and availability is a primary requirement in any environment. While availability requirements are easier to maintain, performance monitoring requires a better understanding of various infrastructure components. This is incredibly difficult in larger environments with numerous workloads. VMware vSAN has continuously evolved monitoring capabilities with new features and enhancements Read more...
Simplify Operations vSAN 7 U1

Effective Capacity Management with vSAN 7 Update 1

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vSAN 7 Update 1 is loaded with significant features and enhancements, focusing on building a developer ready infrastructure, improving scalability, simplifying operations and extending file service use cases. A detailed insight is outined in this blog What's new in vSAN 7 Update 1.   vSAN requires additional capacity to accommodate transient operations such as policy Read more...

Space Efficiency Using the New “Compression only” Option in vSAN 7 U1

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Space efficiency techniques used with storage systems aim to achieve one goal: lower storage costs through reduced capacity consumption. VMware vSAN offers several space efficiency options to meet a variety of needs of our customers, but with vSAN 7 U1, we improve this flexibility by introducing another option for space efficiency: "Compression only." Let's look Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 167: VMworld 2020 Preview

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With VMworld 2020 rapidly approaching, it's time for the Virtually Speaking Podcast's annual VMworld Preview episode. For the first time in history this event will be completely online. This week we welcome Duncan Epping and Ken Werneburg to let us know how we can get the most out of this event. Links Mentioned VMworld 2020 Read more...

2-node vSAN within VMware Cloud on AWS

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The release of 2-node cluster support within VMware Cloud on AWS lowered the entry point for the service, allowing customers to stand up a production-ready presence within the AWS cloud using a pair of vSphere hosts. While 2-node vSAN has been available on-premises for a few years, the VMC on AWS implementation builds upon that Read more...

i3en.metal – Enhanced Capacity Uncompromising Performance

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The release of the i3en.metal instance contained a small but significant shift in the storage architecture used within VMware Cloud on AWS. With the launch of this new instance we have added NVMe Namespaces support exclusively to VMware Cloud on AWS. NVMe Namespaces For the uninitiated, the NVMe interface and protocol were built from the Read more...

vSAN Design Considerations – Deduplication and Compression

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The post "Write Buffer Sizing in vSAN when Using the Very Latest Hardware" described many of the basics around vSAN's implementation of a two-tier storage system, and how hardware can change the performance of the system. How do software-related settings such as deduplication and compression impact performance? Let's step through what it is, how it Read more...

HCI as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

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Working remotely through the use of virtual desktops is more prevalent than ever before. As an example, I just saw my daughter writing SQL queries for a class she is taking online at Ohio University. She is logging on to a VMware Horizon virtual desktop from her MacBook Pro to securely access a Windows desktop Read more...
vLCM on HPE

vSphere Lifecycle Manager on HPE

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One of the more exciting new features from vSphere/vSAN 7 is vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). vLCM is a powerful new approach to simplified consistent lifecycle management for the hypervisor and the full stack of drivers and firmware for the servers powering your datacenter. I recently had the opportunity to deploy and test vLCM on HPE Read more...