vSphere tackles the Hyperconverged Infrastructure World: VMware VSAN 6.2

Good Post by W. Curtis Preston (thank you)

VMware is releasing VSAN 6.2, the third major release of VSAN since its introduction in August of 2014. (Like other VMware companion products, the release number is tied to the vSphere release number it is associated with.) This release gives vSphere most if not all of the major features found in other hyperconverged infrastructure products.

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Memory Management in ESXi 6

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Post by Joseph Griffiths (thank you)

A good friend recently reviewed the what’s new in vSphere 6 course and has some questions.  That generated a number of really great discussions and this blog article.   At about the same time I had a customer asking why their virtual machine was showing ballooning even thou there was no memory pressure.   This generated some research and though organization into this article

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Introducing App Volumes 2.10

Post by Eric Sloof (thank you)

VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that enables Enterprise IT to instantly deliver applications with complete application lifecycle management. VMware App Volumes provides seamless end-user experience while reducing infrastructure and management costs.

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How to upgrade vSphere 5.5 to version 6.0 – Part 1

Post by Marek Zdrojewski (thank you)

The latest release of VMware vSphere (version 6.0) has been generally available for a while now so it is time to look how to upgrade vSphere 5.5 environment to version 6.0.

Before you begin, make sure that you read the vSphere 6 upgrade guide, the vSphere 6 release notes, the Hardware and Guest OS Compatibility Guide and the Product Interoperability Matrix from VMware before you start the upgrade process. Also, make sure your environment meets the software and hardware requirements as described in the upgrade guide.

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Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Replication/DR

Good post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

There have been a number of queries around Virtual Volumes (VVols) and replication, especially since the release of KB article 2112039 which details all the interoperability aspects of VVols.

In Q1 of the KB, the question is asked “Which VMware Products are interoperable with Virtual Volumes (VVols)?” The response includes “VMware vSphere Replication 6.0.x”.

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Why i think VSAN is so desruptive

Post by Chuck Hollis (thank you)

Looking for a great disruption story in enterprise IT tech?  I think what VSAN is doing to the established storage industry deserves to be a strong candidate.

I’ve seen disruptions — small and large — come and go.  If you’re into IT infrastructure, this is one worth watching.

A few years ago, I moved from EMC to VMware on the power of that prediction.  So far, it’s played out pretty much as I had hoped it would.  There’s now clearly a new dynamic in the ~$35B storage industry, and VMware’s Virtual SAN is very emblematic of the changes that are now afoot.

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vSphere 6.0 Storage Features Part 5: Virtual Volumes

Good post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

I pushed this post out a bit as I know that there is a huge amount of information out there around virtual volumes already. This must be one of the most anticipated storage features of all time, with the vast majority of our partners ready to deliver VVol-Ready storage arrays once vSphere 6.0 becomes generally available. We’ve been talking about VVols for some time now. Actually, even I have been talking about it for some time – look at this tech preview that I did way back in 2012 – I mean, it even includes a video! Things have changed a bit since that tech preview was captured, so let’s see what Virtual Volumes 2015 has in store.

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Top 6 Features of vSphere 6

Good post by Kevin Kelling (thank you)

It sounds cliché to say “this is our best release ever” because in a sense the newest release is usually the most evolved.  However as a four year VMware vExpert I do think that there is something special about this one.  This is a much more significant jump than going from 4.x to 5.x for example.  It’s not just feature packed or increasing the maximums, although it does accomplish both of these.  vSphere 6 introduces a few new paradigms which have the potential to create a lot of value, efficiency, and also good old-fashioned performance.

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vMotion (Huge) Enhancements in vSphere 6

Good Post by Romain Decker (thank you)

My first contact with vMotion goes back to a demo in 2004. I can still remember how the presenter connected to a Windows VM in RDP, launched a movie, migrated the VM to another host and powered off the 1st ESX…and the movie was still running! :)

VMware vSphere live migration, or vMotion, allows you to move an entire running virtual machine from one physical server to another, without downtime.

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Live from VMworld 2014: Most important announcements summarized

Good post by Viktor van de Berg (thank you)

VMworld is VMware’s annual conference dealing with all things virtual, software-defined, cloud and more. This article summarises the most important VMworld 2014 announcements and details on:

  • The Software Defined Datacenter, including news on VMware vCloud Suite and VMware NSX.
  • VMware vRealize Suite, a new suite for cloud management.
  • VMware EVO:RAIL, VMware’s new hyperconverged solution.
  • VMware vCloud Air, the new name for vCloud Hybrid Service (already announced last week). vCloud Air also includes SaaS-, object based storage-, automation- and databaseservices.
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack, a new virtual appliance for simple deployment of OpenStack integrated with vSphere.
  • VMware End User Computing announcements on VMworld 2014 day 2.
  • VMware vSphere 6 announcements.

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