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Introducing the vSphere Host Client fling

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Have you ever wanted to connect directly to your ESXi host via a web browser and take a quick look at the available resources on the host? How about checking on the status of the vCenter VM? Conduct host administrative tasks through the browser? Today I’m happy to introduce the vSphere Host Client fling, an Read more...

The vSphere 6.0 Learning Path at VMworld

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VMworld US is only 3 weeks away, and by now you are probably going through the Content Catalog and using Schedule Builder to create your own personal agenda. Since vSphere is still a very popular topic among our customers, particularly with the release of vSphere 6.0 earlier this year, I decided to provide a list Read more...

Recommended vSphere-focused Security Sessions at VMworld 2015

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Hi everyone, Here’s a quick blog post for you as you’re going through the VMworld Schedule Builder for VMworld 2015. Below is a list of security sessions that are primarily focused on vSphere Security. The NSX guys have a whole other laundry list of awesome sessions but for now, we’re going to focus on vSphere. Read more...

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...