Part 2: Is VSA the future of Software Defined Storage? (Customer use case)

Advertise here with BSA About 6.5 years ago I wrote this blog post around the future of Software-Defined Storage and if the VSA (virtual storage appliance) is the future for it. Last week at VMworld a customer reminded me of this article. Not because they read the article and pointed me back at it, but because they … [Read more...]

VMworld Odyssey Lab Competition, sign up and win a Macbook!

Advertise here with BSA At VMworld US there was this really cool new initiative at the hands-on-labs. They had this competition called Odyssey where lab teams were competing against each other to complete labs successfully as fast as possible! These labs are on the topic of vSAN, vSphere, vRealize, NSX-T, Horizon and … [Read more...]

VMworld Session Repeat – HCI1870BER – HA best practices with vSAN on Thursday 12:00!

Advertise here with BSA Unfortunately the rooms they allocated to my sessions filled up extremely fast. They have been able to move my sessions in to other rooms twice, but as HCI1870BER (HA best practices for vSAN) filled up again and there was no bigger room available the VMworld team decided to schedule a repeat for … [Read more...]

Joined GigaOm’s David S. Linthicum on a podcast about cloud, HCI and Edge.

Advertise here with BSA A while ago I had the pleasure to join David S. Linthicum from GigaOm on their Voices in Cloud Podcast. It is a 22 minute podcast where we discuss various VMware efforts in the cloud space, edge computing and of course HCI. You can find the episode here, where they also have the full transcript … [Read more...]

Project nanoEDGE aka tiny vSphere/vSAN supported configurations!

Advertise here with BSA A few weeks ago VMware announced Project nanoEDGE on their blog virtual blocks. I had a whole bunch of questions the following days from customers and partners interested in understanding what it is and what it does. I personally prefer to call project nanoEDGE “a recipe”. In the … [Read more...]

Single socket vSAN ready node AMD EPYC Rome on the VCG!

Advertise here with BSA Yesterday I tweeted something and I want to reiterate it to make sure that those who are just following the blog, and not my twitter account, also are aware. On the vSAN Compatibility Guide (VCG) there were already a number of single-socket servers, but most of these were limited in terms of … [Read more...]

2 node direct connect vSAN and error “vSphere HA agent on this host could not reach isolation address”

Advertise here with BSA I’ve had this question over a dozen times now, so I figured I would add a quick pointer to my blog. What is causing the error “vSphere HA agent on this host could not reach isolation address” to pop up on a 2-node direct connect vSAN cluster? The answer is simple, when you have … [Read more...]

I discovered .PNG files on my datastore, can I delete them?

Advertise here with BSA I noticed this question on Reddit about .PNG which were located in VM folders on a datastore. The user wanted to remove the datastore from the cluster but didn’t know where these files were coming from and if the VM required those files to be available in some shape or form. I can be brief … [Read more...]

My recommended sessions for VMworld Europe 2019!

Advertise here with BSA I created a list of recommended sessions for VMworld US, so I figured I would do the same for VMworld Europe. I am limiting it to 15 sessions for Europe and removed some of the sessions I had listed for the US and added some others for EMEA. I personally have 2 sessions scheduled at the moment, … [Read more...]

Capacity Overview in vSAN 6.7 U3

Advertise here with BSA I just wanted to do a short post before the weekend, in vSAN 6.7 U3 there’s a great capacity overview screen. It shows a couple of things, first of all it provides a simple bar that shows “data written”, “reserved space” and “free space”. The second … [Read more...]