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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...

Confessions of an Energy Consciousness Mind

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I have a confession.  My data center kit has been using too much energy. Having kit available at my disposable is great, but I have been wasting this resource when it’s not required by my workloads. And if there’s one thing I try to be conscious of, it’s energy consumption. Just ask my kids who Read more...

What’s New with Virtual SAN 6.0?

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Software-Defined Storage is making waves in the storage and virtual infrastructure fields. Data and infrastructure are intertwined, and when they’re both brought together, companies can cut down on expenses and increase productivity. Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect, Storage and Availability, recently hosted a webinar, discussing how VMware is approaching Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and virtualization in recently Read more...

Enable Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6

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Many customers are now converting over to use the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 since vSphere 6 has reached feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server. For those of you who are new to using the appliance, I figured I would walk you through setting up the Auto Deploy portion of the server. 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...

Virtual SAN Certification & VCG Update

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The Virtual SAN product team is pleased to announce that last week we released new certified components (I/O controllers, SSDs and HDDs), new Ready Nodes and a new Hardware Quick Reference Guide for Virtual SAN 6.0 along with a new and improved VCG page.  Please see updated links below: Updated Virtual SAN VCG Updated Virtual Read more...

vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Mode Exception Users

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In vSphere 6.0 we now have a new concept called Exception Users. The intent of Exception Users is that they are not general admin users. I would consider them more of a “Service Account” type of access. As a matter of fact, just the other day I got an email from someone internal at VMware Read more...