Learn about vSphere 6.5 at VMworld

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Ever since VMware released vSphere 6.5 late last year, the response from customers has been overwhelming positive.  Customers have been especially excited by features such as enterprise-grade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), built-in encryption features, and a modern API set.  Now that people have learned about these new capabilities, we decided for this year’s VMworld to Read more...

Big Data Video – Benefits of Virtualizing Big Data on vSphere

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We often get questions from people who are new to big data about the reasons for virtualizing these newer infrastructures and applications. People are also interested in knowing the benefits you can gain from doing so. This video provides a set of answers to those questions. Summarizing the main points discussed in the video, the Read more...

vSphere 6.5 with RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) and Certification Suite

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With vSphere 6.5, we introduced RDMA over Converged Ethernet  (RoCE). RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) is a network protocol that allows remote direct memory access (RDMA) over an Ethernet network. RoCE dramatically accelerates communication between two network endpoints leveraging DMA over converged Ethernet infrastructure. For more information, please refer to vSphere documentation. RoCE is supported in two modes RoCE Read more...

New Features Coming to vSphere with Operations Management

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This has been a big month for releases, especially for vSphere with Operations Management! Earlier this month, both vRealize Operations (vR Ops) and vRealize Log Insight released updates. Then, just this week, vSphere 6.5.0b was released. Important item of note, vSphere 6.5.0b contains the first update to the vSphere Client (HTML5)! vRealize Operations 6.5 Updates Read more...

Big Data and HPC section added to VMware BCA Homepage

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The Business Critical Applications (BCA) Homepage now has 8 sections each focused on a specific area of applications and relational database management systems discipline. The newest section to be added to the broader BCA space is “Big Data and High Performance Computing Solutions”.  Although both Big Data and HPC have long occupied important and unique focus Read more...

Big Data Performance and Best Practices: New Spark Application Measurements

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The Performance Engineering team at VMware has produced another highly useful report and blog on best practice/performance work they have done in the Big Data area. This new report contains test result data from benchmark tests conducted using Spark-based as well as MapReduce applications. The report also gives you specific advice on best practice implementations. Spark was originally Read more...

The Extreme Performance Series at VMworld 2016

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Yes! It’s back, and more performant than ever! The “Extreme Performance Series” returns for its 4th year! I’m very excited about this year’s Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld Las Vegas and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware’s best and most distinguished performance engineers, principals, architects and gurus. These are Read more...

VMware vSphere CPU-Affinity NEW KB

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The definition and understanding of the technology of what is often referred to as “CPU Pinning” or more precisely “CPU Affinity” has been both distorted and confused over the last decade.  This new Knowledge Base Article serves to clarify those distortions and misunderstandings.  This is particularly important now because the desire on the part of Read more...