Can I boot ESXi from an SD card while placing OSDATA on my SAN?

I see this question popping up all the time, literally twice a day on our VMware internal slack, can I boot ESXi from an SD card while placing OSDATA on my SAN? I guess people are confused after reading this article. It is probably a result of skim-reading as the article is in-depth and spells it out to the letter. If … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #003: EUC strategy and vision with Shawn Bass

We just published the third episode of the Unexplored Territory. This time we are talking to Shawn Bass, who is the CTO for the EUC business unit. Shawn talks about various aspects of End User Computing, especially security is a big focus at the moment, aka zero trust. Make sure to listen to the episode, either via the … [Read more...]

Project Monterey, Capitola, and NVIDIA announcements… What does this mean?

At VMworld, there were various announcements and updates around projects that VMware is working on. Three of these announcements/projects received a lot of attention at VMworld and from folks attending. These announcements were Project Monterey, Project Capitola, and the NVIDIA + VMware AI Ready Platform. For those who … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory: A conversation with Kit Colbert, VMware’s new CTO

One of my goals for this year was starting the Unexplored Territory Podcast. A podcast however is only relevant when people bother to listen to it, as such I figured I would use my blog to promote the podcast for now. As you can imagine, we are hoping to grow our audience fast, and we can use all the help we can get. … [Read more...]

Announcing the Unexplored Territory Podcast!

Frank, Johan, and I have been working on this for a few months already, but today I can finally share that a brand new podcast series will be out soon. This bi-weekly podcast (released on Monday) is titled “Unexplored Territory“. We will be discussing topics such as public cloud, virtualization, … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 U3 enhanced stretched cluster resiliency, what is it?

I briefly discussed the enhanced stretched cluster resiliency capability in my vSAN 7.0 U3 overview blog. Of course, immediately questions started popping up. I didn’t want to go too deep in that post as I figured I would do a separate post on the topic sooner or later. What does this functionality add, and in … [Read more...]

vSphere 7.0 U3 contains two great vCLS enhancements

I have written about vCLS a few times, so I am not going to explain what it is or what it does ( detailed blog here). I do want to talk about what is part of vSphere 7.0 U3 specifically though as I feel these features are probably what most folks have been waiting for. Starting with vSphere 7.0 U3 it is now possible to … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 U3 feature overview

In this blog post, I want to go over the features which have been released for vSAN as part of 7.0 U3. It is not going to be a deep dive, just a simple overview as most features speak for themselves! Let’s list the feature first, and then discuss some of them individually. Cluster Shutdown feature vLCM support … [Read more...]

vSAN 7.0 u3: IO Trip Analyzer

In vSAN 7.0 U1 a new feature was introduced called IO Insight. IO Insight basically enabled customers to profile workloads and it provided them with a lot of information around the type of IO the workload was producing. In vSAN 7.0 U3 this is taken one step further with the IO Trip Analyzer. The IO Trip Analyzer … [Read more...]

Booting ESXi from SD/USB devices? Time to reconsider when buying new hardware!

We’ve all seen those posts from people about worn-out SD/USB devices, or maybe even experience it ourselves at some point in time. Most of you reading this probably also knew there was an issue with 7.0 U2, which resulted in USB/SD devices wearing out a lot quicker. Those issues have been resolved with the latest … [Read more...]