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Virtual SAN Ready Node & VCG Update

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Based on customer and partner feedback, we are in the process providing additional guidance to simplify the workflow of building or choosing a hardware platform for Virtual SAN. The first steps in providing additional guidance will take the form of the following two updates. Release of the Virtual SAN Hardware Quick Reference Guide Revision of Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN Hardware Design Guide

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VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 is a software-defined, scale-out hypervisor-converged storage platform that allows you great flexibility and choice in how you design your storage solution. This flexibility allows you the option to either build your own Virtual SAN node using the hardware platform of your choice from any supported hardware vendor on the VMware Compatibility Read more...

Virtual SAN Hardware Guidance Part II – Storage Controllers

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This is the second in a series of blog posts that will delve into hardware considerations that can be made when building a roll-your-own Virtual SAN environment. The first post of this series covered solid state drive considerations. In this next installment, we will review storage controllers. Virtual SAN Storage Controller Support Virtual SAN supports Read more...

Virtual SAN Hardware Guidance Part 1 – Solid State Drives

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With the advent of VMware Virtual SAN, there have been many questions around the type of server hardware that should be used to support and configure a Virtual SAN environment. While this may be as easy as choosing the appropriate Ready Node server or following the appropriate Ready System recommendation for your Virtual SAN environment (more information Read more...

Three Hosts, two VSAN Datastores!

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For those of you who have been testing out VSAN, you may realize that a VSAN cluster creates one scale-out datastore across participating hosts. Well, while working on an internal Virtual SAN lab setup, and following my colleague William Lam’s excellent vCenter bootstrap instructions,  I got into a situation where I had a single node vsanDatastore with Read more...