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...

Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime. Read more...

vCenter Server 6 Deployment Topologies and High Availability

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Architectural changes to vSphere 6: vCenter Server 6 has some fundamental architectural changes compared to vCenter Server Server 5.5. The multitude of components that existed in vCenter Server 5.x has been consolidated in vCenter Server 6 to have only two components vCenter Management Server and Platform Services Controller, formerly vCenter Server Single Sign-On. The Platform Read more...

vCenter Server 6.0 Deployment Guide

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Over the course of the last few months I’ve been working on a pretty massive deployment guide for vCenter Server 6, the result turned into a 100 page guide. Before getting scared off by the size the guide it goes into details for installing and upgrading many different scenarios including new installs and upgrades from Read more...

vSphere Replication 6.0 Compression

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VMware recently introduced vSphere version 6.0. One of the features of vSphere 6.0 is vSphere Replication 6.0, which is included in the Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. The reason I mention that explicitly is there are still many VMware customers and partners that do not realize they have access to a mature, Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0: Bootstorm Demonstration

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Since the official announcement of VMware Virtual SAN All-Flash architecture, most of the conversations have been focused about the solutions incredible performance capabilities and attributes with regards to IOPS, predictable performance, sub-millisecond latencies. All of those attributes are great and part of the reason as to why Virtual SAN 6.0 as a storage platform and Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability: VAAI APIs vs VVOLs

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In 2011 VMware introduced block based VAAI APIs as part of vSphere 4.1 release. This APIs helped improving performance of VMFS by providing offload of some of the heavy operations to the storage array. In subsequent release, VMware added VAAI APIs for NAS, thin provisioning, and T10 command support for Block VAAI APIs. Now with Read more...

Oracle Licensing On VMware Webinar

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VMware is announcing the sponsorship of a webinar to address confusion on the subject of licensing Oracle Software running on vSphere. Database Trends and Analysis will host the webinar. Please use the link below to register. Don Sullivan will moderate a discussion between David Welch of House Of Brick and Daniel Hesselink of License Consulting. Read more...