Announcing the Release of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX…

Announcing the Release of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, a VMware Global Partner Appliance

Announcing the Release of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX…

VMware is pleased to announce the next entrant in the recently created Global Partner Appliance category, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series. VMware vSAN has the industry’s largest HCI ecosystem, and recently introduced a new category, the Global Partner Appliance, to recognize partners that have added value on top of their ReadyNodes, or jointly-certified servers. Lenovo ThinkAgile The post Announcing the Release of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, a VMware Global Partner Appliance appeared first on…Read More


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VMware vSphere and vSAN 7.0 U1 Day Zero Support for SAP Workloads

VMware vSphere and vSAN 7.0 U1 Day Zero Support…

Last month, VMware announced the forthcoming availability of VMware vSphere 7 Update 1 with general availability on October 6. We worked with SAP to support SAP NetWeaver and SAP HANA workloads for vSphere 7.0 U1 based on our vSphere 7.0 validation and support statements and are happy to […]


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vSAN – A Secure Fortress for Your Data

vSAN – A Secure Fortress for Your Data

vSAN – A Secure Fortress for Your Data

New in vSAN 7 Update 1: Data-in-Transit Encryption Data-at-rest encryption was introduced in vSAN 6.6 making it the industry’s first native HCI security solution. vSphere 6.7 and vSAN 6.7 cryptographic modules achieved FIPS 140-2 validation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), that specifies the security requirements for cryptographic modules. vSphere with vSAN The post vSAN – A Secure Fortress for Your Data appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Review of the Supermicro E301-9D and vSAN 7.0…

Review of the Supermicro E301-9D and vSAN 7.0 Update 1 Performance

Review of the Supermicro E301-9D and vSAN 7.0…

The good folks at Supermicro have sent me a couple of boxes to play with, and I’m keen to see how it all works since I first saw it at VMworld last year. Now with VMworld 2020 over, I’m also super excited to get the latest and greatest vSAN running on it.


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vSAN Witness using Raspberry Pi 4 & ESXi-Arm Fling

vSAN Witness using Raspberry Pi 4 & ESXi-Arm Fling

vSAN Witness using Raspberry Pi 4 & ESXi-Arm Fling

As hinted in my earlier blog post, you can indeed setup a vSAN Witness using the ESXi-Arm Fling running on a Raspberry Pi (rPI) 4b (8GB) model. In fact, you can even setup a standard 2-Node or 3-Node vSAN Cluster using the exact same technique. For those familiar with vSAN and the vSAN Witness, we […]


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Announcing General Availability of vSAN 7 Update 1

Announcing General Availability of vSAN 7 Update 1

Announcing General Availability of vSAN 7 Update 1

The announcement of vSAN 7 Update 1 (U1) last month marked one of the most significant releases in the history of VMware’s industry-leading hyperconverged solution. The list of enhancements is impressive, but more importantly, they all contribute to one very specific goal: Enabling our customers to deliver a more efficient and flexible architecture that is The post Announcing General Availability of vSAN 7 Update 1 appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Performance Improvements in vSAN 7 U1

Performance Improvements in vSAN 7 U1

Performance Improvements in vSAN 7 U1

With the announcement of vSAN 7 U1, VMware introduces several enhancements that improve the performance of vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) environments powered by vSAN. How much of an improvement? This will vary depending on the configuration and workloads, but VMware estimates […]


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What’s new with vSAN Sizer

What’s new with vSAN Sizer

What’s new with vSAN Sizer

Achieving optimal levels of performance, capacity, and availability in an environment requires proper design and planning. The datacenter in its current state comprises a wide variety of workloads from traditional applications to containerized solutions. This is coupled with varying requirements of data services related to security, compliance, and space efficiency. The legacy methods of sizing The post What’s new with vSAN Sizer appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Effective Capacity Management with vSAN 7 Update 1

Effective Capacity Management with vSAN 7 Update 1

Effective Capacity Management with vSAN 7 Update 1

vSAN 7 Update 1 is loaded with significant features and enhancements, focusing on building a developer ready infrastructure, improving scalability, simplifying operations and extending file service use cases. A detailed insight is outlined in this blog […]


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Precise Performance Monitoring with vSAN IOInsight

Precise Performance Monitoring with vSAN IOInsight

Precise Performance Monitoring with vSAN IOInsight

Overview Delivering desired levels of performance and availability is a primary requirement in any environment. While availability requirements are easier to maintain, performance monitoring requires a better understanding of various infrastructure components. This is incredibly difficult in larger environments with numerous workloads. VMware vSAN has continuously evolved monitoring capabilities with new features and enhancements The post Precise Performance Monitoring with vSAN IOInsight…Read More


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vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS…

vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS support demo

vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS…

Advertise here with BSA I created this quick demo last week, and I figured I would share it here. It shows vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS support. I wrote about vSAN File Services and what is new in this post here, make sure to read that as well, and of course, it also details all […]


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Shared Witness for 2-Node vSAN Deployments

Shared Witness for 2-Node vSAN Deployments

Shared Witness for 2-Node vSAN Deployments

vSAN 7 Update 1 introduces a shared witness option for 2-node cluster configurations. The ability to use the same witness host/virtual appliance for multiple 2-node clusters is cost-efficient in terms of physical resources, manageability, design, and operations. It also saves you valuable time from not having to deploy and setup multiple witness hosts for each The post Shared Witness for 2-Node vSAN Deployments appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Space Efficiency using the new “Compression…

Space Efficiency using the new “Compression only” Option in vSAN 7 U1

Space Efficiency using the new “Compression…

Space efficiency techniques used with storage systems aim to achieve one goal: lower storage costs through reduced capacity consumption. VMware vSAN offers several space efficiency options to meet a variety of needs of our customers, but with vSAN 7 U1, we improve this flexibility by […]


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vSAN File Services

vSAN File Services

vSAN File Services

VMware is on the path of creating the platform to build, run, manage, connect, and protect both traditional workloads and newer containerized applications from any device. This goal drove us to introduce vSAN native File Services. The hypervisor integrated service creates a bridge for environments that require file-level services. vSAN File Services is a distributed service layer that is resilient and scalable while being easy to manage trough the well-known vSphere UI.


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vSpeaking Podcast Ep 168: vSAN 7 Update 1

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 168: vSAN 7 Update 1

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 168: vSAN 7 Update 1

In one of the largest, most significant releases in memory, vSAN 7 U1 includes a massive number of enhancements to help organizations address the demands of their environment quickly and efficiently. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome Pete Keohler to discuss the details of this massive release. Links Mentioned Blogs What’s New The post vSpeaking Podcast Ep 168: vSAN 7 Update 1 appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Lifecycle Management with vLCM in vSAN 7 Update 1

Lifecycle Management with vLCM in vSAN 7 Update 1

Lifecycle Management with vLCM in vSAN 7 Update 1

Lifycle Management with vLCM in vSAN 7 U1 vSphere 7 introduced an entirely new solution for unified software and firmware lifecycle management that is native to vSphere. vSphere Lifecycle Manager, or vLCM, is a powerful new framework based on a desired state model to deliver simple, reliable and consistent lifecycle operations for vSphere and The post Lifecycle Management with vLCM in vSAN 7 Update 1 appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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vSAN 7 U1 File Services

vSAN 7 U1 File Services

vSAN 7 U1 File Services

Native File Services in vSAN 7 Update 1 The introduction of vSAN 7 included the debut of native file services. This not only provides an extraordinary level of flexibility for administrators, but it provided a key element to serving up cloud native applications in vSAN: Persistent, read-write many (RWM) volumes. vSAN 7 Update 1 The post vSAN 7 U1 File Services appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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