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PunchingClouds by Rawlinson Rivera

This is a personal blog focused on capturing and sharing the breakthroughs and solutions within the virtualization industry, in particular the advancements that are being made in the field of Cloud Computing. I’ll blog about topics such as security issues, implementations, and new technologies using videos and how-to demos.

VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 GA!!!

Alright!!! it is one of those exciting weeks where VMware releases new products and goodies for all its customers. Along with vSphere Update 2, VMware has officially released the latest and greatest version of Virtual SAN. There are so many great capabilities, features, and improvements in the 6.2 release that are absolutely worth looking at. You […]

Virtual SAN Deployments Over L2/L3 Networks

A new VMware Virtual SAN networking paper is now available. This paper focuses on the physical network and vSphere related technologies that are required to deploy Virtual SAN across Layer 2 and Layer 3 topologies. The paper design to help virtualization, network, and storage implementation engineers, administrators, and architects interested in deploying Virtual SAN on […]

VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 – Operational Value

Finally, it’s here!. Today VMware announced the release of Virtual SAN 6.2. This version qualifies as pinnacle release of Virtual SAN because of all of the new data services and capabilities included in the product. Deduplication and Compression RAID5/RAID6 Enhanced Health Services Performance Metrics Quality of Service – IOPS Limits Sparse Swap Files In Memory […]

VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX Compatibility

Virtual SAN and VMware NSX have been a topic of discussion in many of the customer meetings I participated in 2015 and already in 2016. Questions and concerns about compatibility and interoperability have been at the forefront of all of those discussions. I have noticed that there is a bit of confusion and misunderstanding with […]

vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for VMware Virtual SAN

The information visibility and proactive monitoring and management capabilities of Virtual SAN continue to get better and better every day. It was just a couple of months ago that VMware released the vRealize Operation management pack for Storage devices for Virtual SAN. The management pack introduced rich data visualization dashboards for performance, hardware, capacity planning, […]

Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster Bandwidth Sizing Guide

Hot off the press!!! and ready just in time for your turkey day break so you can feed your brain a bit more. The new Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster Bandwidth Guidelines white paper is officially available. Earlier this summer when the feature was announced with the release of Virtual SAN 6.1, my buddy, Duncan Epping […]

VMware Virtual SAN Caching Algorithms

During the past two VMworld conferences, I along with Christos Karamanolis (@XtosK), lead architect of Virtual SAN and CTO of Storage and Availability at VMware, along with other members of our team have spent a good amount of time covering all aspects of the Virtual SAN architecture. One of the key topics covered has been […]

New Microsoft Exchange 2013 on Virtual SAN 6.1 Reference Architecture

Adding VMware Virtual SAN to the Exchange 2013 architecture aims at furthering the evolution by providing highly scalable, reliable, and high-performance storage using cost-effective hardware, specifically directly attached disks in ESXi hosts. Virtual SAN embodies a new storage management paradigm that automates or eliminates many of the complex management workflows that exist in traditional storage […]

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