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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...

What’s All the Buzz About Software-Defined Storage?

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By now, you’ve more than likely heard something about Software-Defined Storage. With every mention of the term, you may be wondering, “What does it mean for me?” Wonder no longer! The VMware Software-Defined Storage approach enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model, driving transformation through the hypervisor, bring to storage the same operational efficiency that Read more...

vSphere 6 Feature Walkthroughs

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The Technical Marketing team has put out a series of vSphere 6 related feature walkthroughs. We’re covering vCenter Server install and upgrades for many different scenarios as well as vSphere Data Protection and vSphere Replication. 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...

VMware Virtual SAN: All-Flash Configuration

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The cat is officially out of the bag, as they say!. Everyone in the world should now be aware of the fact that VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 supports an all-flash architecture. I think it’s time to discuss a couple of items with regards to a new architecture. The Virtual SAN 6.0 All-Flash architecture uses flash-based Read more...

vSphere 6 Web Client

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With the recent announcement of VMware vSphere 6, I can finally start talking about the improvements we’ve made for vSphere 6 Web Client.  Over 100 enhancements, with some user actions performing 5x faster.  There are excel sheets and graphs full of performance data, but the best way to see the difference is to experience it Read more...