Unexplored Territory #004: vVols with Cody Hosterman!

Episode 004 is out! This time we talk to Cody Hosterman, Director of Product Management at Pure Storage, about Virtual Volumes aka vVols! Cody shares with us the past, present, and future of vVols. I especially enjoyed his explanations around the benefits of vVols for traditional and cloud-native workload. It is also … [Read more...]

A closer look at vSAN 7.0u3 Nested Fault Domains for 2-node vSAN clusters

I recently got some questions on a new feature that was introduced in vSAN 7.0u3: “Nested Fault Domains for 2-node vSAN clusters”. With this feature you’re able to provide additional availability on your 2-node clusters: a RAID-1 configuration across the available nodes combined with a RAID-1 … [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...]

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...]

vSAN Storage Rules policy capability allows to set dedupe per VM?

There was a question posted on the VMware Community Forums, and as this is something I have been asked regularly, I figured I would do a quick blog post about it. Although I have covered this before, it doesn’t hurt to repeat, as it appears to be somewhat confusing for people. When you create a VM Storage Policy, … [Read more...]

My recommended sessions for VMworld 2021!

It is that time of the year again, the VMworld content catalog has been posted online! Like every year I am going to provide a list of sessions that I highly recommend watching. There are many great sessions, and I can’t list them all, so I am going to limit it to 15 sessions again. If you feel there’s a … [Read more...]

Which vSAN Maintenance Mode option was used on a host?

Last week there was a question on VMTN around maintenance mode, this customer wanted to find out which vSAN Maintenance Mode option was used while the host was placed in maintenance mode. The person who placed the host into maintenance wasn’t around, and I guess the customer wanted to know if data was moved from … [Read more...]