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New Quick Start deploys SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition on the AWS Cloud

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SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition is a highly optimized, host-based replication solution that integrates seamlessly with Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC). WSFC features, such as cross-subnet failover and tunable heartbeat parameters, make it possible for administrators to deploy geographically dispersed clusters. SIOS DataKeeper provides the data replication mechanism that extends WSFC, and enables administrators to take advantage of […]

VMware: Understanding How Host Profiles Handles Host-Specific Configuration Settings Through Customizations

Host Profiles is an advanced capability of VMware vSphere that provides for configuration and compliance checking of multiple VMware ESXi hosts.  Although a profile can be attached directly to a single host in vCenter Server, typically, a profile is attached to a vSphere cluster, where all the hosts have the same hardware, storage, and networking […]

VMware vSAN 6.6 Configuration Assist Makes Setup & Updating Easier

Whether setting up vSAN using Easy Install, manually, or through the vSphere Web Client, once the first host is setup, there are some necessary tasks to complete the configuration. Initial tasks required include setting up a VMkernel port with vSAN traffic, claiming disks, and more. Each of these can be accomplished relatively easily at through […]

VMware: Bootstrap the VCSA onto vSAN 6.6 with Easy Install

If vSAN is configured by vCenter, how do you deploy vCenter on top of vSAN? Sounds a bit like a chicken and egg scenario, huh? vSAN is part of a cluster configuration in vSphere. To create a cluster, a datacenter must first be present, and that must be part of a vCenter instance. At least that’s […]

VMware Cloud Foundation Network Overview Video

The VMware SDDC Manager allocates cloud capacity into workload domains.  Each workload domain is backed by a vSphere cluster and is managed by its own vCenter Server instance.  In each workload domain, a virtual distributed switch is created with multiple VLAN-backed port groups to logically segregate and isolate the different traffic types.  VMware NSX is […]

VMware vSAN Storage Policy Assigned to vSphere Replication Replicas

VMware vSphere Replication (VR) is a replication feature that is included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. Replication is configured on a per-VM basis with RPOs as low as five minutes. It is compatible with vSAN, as well as, other datastore types such as VMFS, NFS, and vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols). […]

VMware vSAN 6.6 Stretched Clusters – Capacity Considerations when using Local Protection or Site Affinity

vSAN’s ability to provide a fully active-active, stretched cluster has already been proven. vSAN 6.6 takes this a step further, allowing for storage redundancy within a site AND across sites at the same time. This helps deliver effective, affordable protection against entire site outages, as well as host outages within a site. When using across […]

Microsoft Video: SQL Server 2017: HA and DR on Linux

SQL Server on Windows today is built on Windows Server failover cluster for high availability and disaster recovery.  In this session, we’ll show how SQL Server 2017 running on Linux meets the most demanding requirements for high availability using technology that is trusted and familiar for Linux users. Download SQL Server 2017: Now on Windows, […]

Microsoft: Cloudera now supports Azure Data Lake Store

With the release of Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub 5.11, you can now run Spark, Hive, and MapReduce workloads in a Cloudera cluster on Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS). Running on ADLS has the following benefits: Grow or shrink a cluster independent of the size of the data. Data persists independently as you spin up or […]

VMware vSAN 6.6 Online Health Check and Performance Service Improvements

vSAN Online Health CheckFor a quick video of this feature check out this link.The Native VSAN health UI was introduced with VSAN 6.1. This was an external plugin that could run a number of basics checks on a cluster. With vSAN 6.2 this feature and functionality became a core art of the product in the form […]

Microsoft: Use NGINX to load balance across your Docker Swarm cluster

A practical walkthrough, in six steps. This basic example demonstrates NGINX and swarm mode in action, to provide the foundation for you to apply these concepts to your own configurations. This document walks through several steps for setting up a containerized NGINX server and using it to load balance traffic across a swarm cluster. For […]

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Adds Native Overlay Network Driver, enabling mixed Linux + Windows Docker Swarm Mode Clusters

Based on customer and partner feedback, we are happy to announce the Windows networking team released a native overlay network driver for Windows Server 2016 to enable admins to create a Docker Swarm cluster spanning multiple Windows Server and Linux container hosts without worrying about configuring the underlying network fabric. Windows Server containers and those with […]

VMware vSAN and the vCloud Air Network: New Features and Capabilites

Recently VMware announced the general availability of VMware vSAN 6.6.  This release contains several new features and capabilities.  At a high level the new features and capabilities are: vSAN Encryption – Datastore level encryption in a dedupe/compression efficient way Local Protection for Stretched Clusters Removal of Multicast ESXi Host Client (HTML-5) management and monitoring functionality […]

Continuous uptime by combining VMware HA Clusters with DataCore Metro Storage Solutions

The single best strategy for maintaining continuous uptime starts with mirroring identical copies of data between two places, ideally some distance from each other.  How far to stretch it? Well, there are some practical limits governed by the speed of light, but I’ll touch on that shortly. One of our healthcare customers operates active-active clusters […]

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