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VMworld 2015: Extreme Performance Series

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Who loves virtual Performance? Who wants to learn more about it? Everybody of course! I’m very excited about this year’s Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld San Francisco and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware’s best and most distinguished performance engineers, architects and gurus. I’ve tried to provide my personal Read more...

Oracle on vSphere book – Tech Target Interview of Authors

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Tech Target has completed and published an interview of the authors (Don Sullivan and Kannan Mani) of the Oracle on vSphere VMware press book.  The published interview is linked  below: The official VMware press book and the definitive authority on the subject of Oracle on vSphere: http://www.amazon.com/Virtualizing-Oracle-Databases-vSphere-Technology/dp/0133570185 “Serious Databases Require Serious Virtualization” — Putting Oracle databases Read more...

Use VSAN Assessment to validate Virtual SAN’s benefits for your organization

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NOTE: this article is out of date.  For the latest information, please read the following:  Take the plunge into HCI – Run a simple vSAN Assessment! Are you experiencing challenges with your current vSphere storage environment (i.e., performance, capacity constraint, complexity, expensive renewals) or just not sure if VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) would be a good fit? Now Read more...

SIOC: I/O Distribution with Reservations & Limits – Part 1

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The mClock scheduler was introduced with vSphere 5.5 Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and laid the foundation for new capabilities for scheduling storage resources.  vSphere 6.0 expands upon these capabilities and adds the ability to reserve IOPS, providing even more flexibility and control when delivering storage services to virtual machines.  However, this new capability introduces new Read more...

vSphere Replication and Virtual Raw Device Mappings

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Some vSphere administrators utilize a storage feature called “raw device mapping” or RDM. There are two types of RDM – virtual RDM and physical RDM. For more information on RDM, please see the vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center. In general, I recommend using VMDK files or Virtual Volumes, but there are certain benefits of RDM. “Does Read more...

Case Study: Big Data/Hadoop on vSphere and Other Blogs

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A new customer technical case study on Skyscape’s use of vSphere as their platform for deploying Hadoop in the cloud was published recently. Skyscape, based in the UK,  deploys Hadoop clusters on demand for their UK Government customers from the company’s public cloud infrastructure. Citizen services data and analysis tools are provided by these government departments Read more...

Custom certificate on the outside, VMware CA (VMCA) on the inside – Replacing vCenter 6.0’s SSL Certificate

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[UPDATE] So far, this blog has been one of my most popular here on the vSphere blog. Since publishing this over 18 months ago we have learned quite a bit about the different requirements and considerations customers are under. This “Hybrid Mode” of certificate configuration, where you replace the externally facing reverse proxy certificate and Read more...

Apps-as-a-Service sub-section of the BCA homepage

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A new section to the public facing Business Critical Applications Homepage was introduced last week.  It is called the “Applications-as-a-Service”. The section will aggregate collateral from all applications that are considered to be mission critical but do not necessarily fit within the more established and well-known application and database categories such as Oracle, SAP and Read more...

Learning about OpenStack and VMware Integrated OpenStack

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If you are a vSphere Administrator looking to learn about OpenStack, we’ve got you covered. The OpenStack team at VMware has created multiple resources to help your overall knowledge of the OpenStack framework, and specific working principles and capabilities of our VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution. These resources include: 1-    Online VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals training Read more...