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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...

Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime. Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Now Generally Available

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Virtual SAN 6 – you heard about it in February… thousands of you read about it in Rawlinson’s blog post… and today you can get your hands on it. Virtual SAN 6 is now generally available (GA) – download your evaluation version today! For those of you who missed Rawlinson’s blog post describing the details Read more...

vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Modes

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Lockdown mode has been around in various forms for many releases. The behaviors have changed a few times since 5.1 with varying levels of usability success. For vSphere 6.0 we are trying to address some of these issues. Personally, what I’d love to see happen with all customers running V6.0 is that you run at Read more...

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6

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Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6 along with a slew of other Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) products including VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, VMware vCloud Suite 6, and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6. vSphere 6 is the latest release of the Read more...

vCenter Server 6 Deployment Topologies and High Availability

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Architectural changes to vSphere 6: vCenter Server 6 has some fundamental architectural changes compared to vCenter Server Server 5.5. The multitude of components that existed in vCenter Server 5.x has been consolidated in vCenter Server 6 to have only two components vCenter Management Server and Platform Services Controller, formerly vCenter Server Single Sign-On. The Platform Read more...

CoreOS Now Supported on VMware vSphere 6 and VMware vCloud Air

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By Mark Lohmeyer, vice president of product management and marketing, Cloud Platform, VMware Editor’s Note: This post, initially published on March 9, 2015, was updated on March 13, 2015 to reflect that CoreOS is now supported on vSphere 6. A key driver behind vSphere’s popularity and broad adoption in the enterprise has been VMware’s commitment Read more...