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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...

Enable SSH Root Login for vSphere Data Protection

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VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is a backup and recovery solution based on EMC Avamar that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. VDP is deployed as a virtual appliance running a Linux guest operating system (OS). I have had several individuals ask about enabling the ability to log into Read more...

SRM 6.0 is now GA – What’s New?

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Now that Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.0 is available for download, here is an overview of the latest features, additions and improvements: Improved interoperability with Storage DRS and Storage vMotion Simplified SSL certificate requirements Full integration with vSphere 6.0 IP customization enhancements Read more...

Virtualized Big Data Faster Than Bare Metal

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VMware is excited to highlight a new partner benchmark effort in the Big Data technology space. Dell recently published two TPCx-HS results that demonstrate that Big Data technology on vSphere is actually ‘faster’ than bare metal. Let’s take a look… Read more...

Video: Virtual SAN From An Architect’s Perspective

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Video: Virtual SAN From An Architect’s Perspective Have you ever wanted a direct discussion with the people responsible for designing a product? Recently, Stephen Foskett brought a cadre of technical bloggers to VMware as part of Storage Field Day 7 to discuss Virtual SAN in depth.  Christos Karamanolis (@XtosK), Principle Engineer and Chief Architect for Read more...

How To Double Your VSAN Performance

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How To Double Your VSAN Performance VSAN 6.0 is now generally available! Among many significant improvements, performance has been dramatically improved for both hybrid and newer all-flash configurations. VSAN is almost infinitely configurable: how many capacity devices, disk groups, cache devices, storage controllers, etc.  Which brings up the question: how do you get the maximum Read more...

vSphere 6: Updates to Host Profiles

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With the announcement of vSphere 6 becoming Generally Available, I figure it a good time to shine some light on some of the updated features of Host Profiles. Host Profiles allow you to establish standard configurations for your ESXi hosts and to automate compliance to these configurations, simplifying operational management of large-scale environments and reducing errors Read more...