vSphere Hardening Guide 6.0 Public Beta 1 available

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  I’m happy to announce that the vSphere 6 Hardening Guide Public Beta 1 is now available. The guide is being provided as Excel spreadsheet. I’m also making a PDF doc available for easier viewing. In addition,  I’ve also included an Excel spreadsheet of the guidelines that have moved out of the guide and into Read more...

SDS – The Missing Link – Storage Automation for Application Service Catalogs

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Automation technologies are a fundamental dependency to all aspects of the Software-Defined Data center. The use of automation technologies not only increases the overall productivity of the software-defined data center, but it can also accelerate the adoption of today’s modern operating models. In recent years, a subset of the core pillars of the software-defined data Read more...

Virtual Volumes and the SDDC

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I saw a question the other day that asked “Can someone explain what the big deal is about Virtual Volumes?”   A fair question. The shortest, easiest answer is that VVols offer per-VM management of storage that helps deliver a software defined datacenter. That, however, is a pretty big statement that requires some unpacking.  Rawlinson has Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Webinar Series: Hitachi

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On Wednesday April 15 Hitachi is hosting a one hour technical webinar event to discuss how Hitachi Storage for VMware Virtual Volumes can bring customers on a reliable enterprise journey to a software-defined, policy-controlled data center. The webinar covers more than just the technical aspects of Virtual Volumes but also the operational value and efficiency Read more...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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UPDATE: a new article has been published that supersedes this one.  If you have reached this page through a search or bookmark, then read the following article instead: SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication (new version)   SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when Read more...

Oracle Licensing Discussion – The Definitive Collateral Collection

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The Oracle licensing webinar was broadcast on Mar19, 2015 and the replay is available at the link below. The webinar and the link, hosted by Database Trends and Analysis (DBTA) was delivered as a collaborative effort between VMware and a number of VMware partners. Don Sullivan moderated the event which included individual presentations of approximately Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) Interoperability Matrix

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Since the official release of vSphere 6.0, Virtual Volumes (VVols) has generated a great deal of interest with customers, field consultants, and the VMware community. Now that VVols is available customers can begin testing functionality and capabilities. There have been many questions about what VMware products and vSphere features are compatible and currently interoperate with Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0: Data Encryption with Hytrust DataControl

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Customers from different industries and institutions are very interested in Virtual SAN as a storage solution not just because of the technological value it delivers today, but because of the product’s undeniable value around operational efficiency, ease of management, and flexibility. Some of these customers are from financial, healthcare and government institutions, and conduct their Read more...

Virtualized Big Data Faster Than Bare Metal

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VMware is excited to highlight a new partner benchmark effort in the Big Data technology space. Dell recently published two TPCx-HS results that demonstrate that Big Data technology on vSphere is actually ‘faster’ than bare metal. Let’s take a look… Read more...

Video: Virtual SAN From An Architect’s Perspective

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Video: Virtual SAN From An Architect’s Perspective Have you ever wanted a direct discussion with the people responsible for designing a product? Recently, Stephen Foskett brought a cadre of technical bloggers to VMware as part of Storage Field Day 7 to discuss Virtual SAN in depth.  Christos Karamanolis (@XtosK), Principle Engineer and Chief Architect for Read more...