VMware VSAN for ROBO Two Node 10 GbE cross-connect support

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Good post by Vladan Seget (thank you)

I somehow ignored this information but I think that it’s very useful to share, especially if you’re navigating the SMB or very SMB sector. In fact VMware VSAN for ROBO Two Node 10 GbE cross-connect support. So you have the possibility to cross connect ROBO nodes, via low cost 10GbE option and have a great performance because you’ll have dedicated VMkernel interface for VSAN traffic.

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VMware VSAN… and the missed opportunity

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

One of the most interesting (among the few) announcements at VMworld was about VSAN 6.1. The product is quickly maturing and new features are being added version after version (here what’s new). And the product promises to be even better (with erasure coding and dedupe coming up in the next version!).

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Enterprise Backup or VM Specific Backup Software?

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Most vendors seem to think that selecting which backup solution to use in the data center should be a choice of either an enterprise backup or virtual machine-specific backup solution. Enterprise backup provides legacy, multi-platform protection, but often only spotty protection of the virtual environment and at a premium price. VM-specific solutions provide complete protection of the virtual environment and delivers new capabilities, but often lack key legacy features like support for physical (“bare metal”) systems and tape.

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HP StoreOnce VSA – An introduction

Good Post by Patrick Terlisten (thank you)

A side effect of data growth is the growth of the amount of data that must be backed up. The path of least resistance is buying more disks and/ or tapes. Another possible solution is data deplucation. With data deduplication you can’t reduce the amount of data that must be backed up, but you can reduce the amount of data that must be stored. HP StoreOnce Backup is HPs solution to address this problem.

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Rationalizing Backup Licensing Strategies

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

The backup process has a myriad of costs associated with them. There is the obvious cost of the hardware – backup servers, backup storage and network infrastructure. There is also the cost of operations to manage the backup process. One of the biggest costs and one that is seldom addressed is the cost associated with the backup software itself; upfront purchase price, upgrade and expansion costs as well as on going support and maintenance costs.

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VMware vSphere 5 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging White Paper

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Good Whitepaper from VMware (thank you) on Pricing and Licensing of vSphere

VMware® vSphere® is the industry-leading virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures. VMware vSphere accelerates the shift to cloud computing for existing datacenters. It also underpins compatible public cloud offerings, paving the way for the industry’s only hybrid cloud model.

With the introduction of VMware vSphere 5, VMware is evolving simplifying the product’s licensing model.

The new vSphere licensing model for both vSphere 5.0 and 5.1, continues to be based on processor licenses. It eliminates the restrictive physical entitlements of CPU cores and physical RAM per server and has no limitation on the number of VMs or amount of virtual memory (vRAM) on each licensed processor.

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