Welcome to vSphere Central!

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I am pleased to announce the release of a brand new technical resource center called vSphere Central.  This site brings together a variety of technical assets from VMware that helps users understand how vSphere works, how to implement various features, plan upgrades, and more.  With content in a range of formats, including text, video, and Read more...

Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA

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Among the new features in vSphere 6.5, there are a set of significant enhancements to the venerable vSphere HA capability.  I am excited to announce a new set of content aimed at helping you learn more about these new features.  In particular, these resources go over Orchestrated Restart and HA Admission Control. To recall, Orchestrated Read more...

Planning Highly Available, Mission Critical SQL Server Deployments with VMware vSphere

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The VMware Experts Database program (MS SQL Server and Oracle editions) invites the specially selected industry Experts to contribute to the breath of VMware industry knowledge by presenting sessions at VMware events to and developing white papers. Often these papers are commissioned by VMware (sometimes jointly with other partners) and in this case partial funding Read more...

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Paper

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Ever since we announced vSphere 6.5 at VMworld Europe 2016, the reaction we’ve heard has been overwhelmingly positive.  It’s easy to see why, with major new features in areas ranging from vCenter Server and the VCSA, to Security, to the new developer and automation APIs and CLIs.  vSphere 6.5 also features important enhancements to core Read more...
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New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability

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I am excited to announce two new walkthroughs for vCenter High availability on the VMware Feature Walkthroughs site! These two new click-by-click product walkthroughs will show you how to enable vCenter High Availability (also known as vCenter HA) and give you the confidence you need to use this exciting new feature in your own environment! Read more...

Reducing Data Center Downtime

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In Benchmark Study tests (2014), vSphere® with Operations ManagementTM users experienced 30% more uptime on tier 1 applications than users of standalone vSphere1. Extending their vSphere virtualized environment to include vSphere with Operations Management is the easiest and most direct way for data center managers to deliver high application availability with minimum downtime. Read more...

Maintenance Mode Improvements in vSphere 6.0 Update 2

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vSphere 6.0 Update 2 has launched and with it comes a very simple change with the way that VMs and Templates are evacuated from hosts that enter Maintenance Mode. In all prior versions, when a host enters Maintenance Mode, DRS will evacuate the host by placing all the running VMs, powered off VMs, and the Read more...

Crash consistent backups and database cloning with Virtual Volumes

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In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In the second part of this series we examined in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery capabilities for business critical databases, specifically Oracle. The backups Read more...

Virtual Volumes for Database Backup and Recovery

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In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In this post, we will examine in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery capabilities for business critical databases, specifically Oracle. The backups for Oracle can Read more...