New book: VMware vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive

Yes, we’ve mentioned it a few times already on Twitter that we were working on it, but today Cormac and I are proud to announce that the VMware vSAN 7.0 U3 Deep Dive is available via Amazon on both ebook as well as paper! We had the pleasure of working with Pete Koehler again as a technical editor, the foreword … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #013 – Exploring VMware Cloud on AWS with Adrian Roberts!

In episode 013 we talk to Adrian Roberts, Head of EMEA Solution Architecture for VMware Cloud on AWS at AWS. Adrian discusses the various reasons customers are looking to utilize VMware Cloud on AWS, discusses some of the challenges, and of course the opportunities that arise when you have your VMware workloads close … [Read more...]

Stretched cluster witness failure resilience in vSAN 7.0

Cormac and I have been busy the past couple of weeks updating the vSAN Deep Dive to 7.0 U3. Yes, there is a lot to update and add, but we are actually going through it at a surprisingly rapid pace. I guess it helps that we had already written dozens of blog posts on the various topics we need to update or add. One of … [Read more...]

Unexplored Territory #011: Providing enterprise storage services with VMware vSAN featuring Pete Koehler

Episode 11 of the podcast features Pete Koehler, and of course, we discuss vSAN and all the enterprise storage services it provides like HCI Mesh, vSAN Stretched Clusters and much more. Listen to it now via Spotify ( https://spoti.fi/3twXzsF), or Apple (https://apple.co/3sN0EFR), or of course via the embedded player … [Read more...]

Does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM?

I got this question on the VMTN forum this week, does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM? (Trusted Platform Module) The documentation does discuss the use of TPM 2.0 when you enable the Native Key Provider. Let’s be clear, the vCenter Server Native Key Provider does not require a TPM! If a TPM … [Read more...]

Changing the vSAN Skyline Health Interval

On the VMTN forum Lars asked a great question, how do you change the vSAN Skyline Health interval. This used to be an option in the UI pre vSphere 7.0 but now seems to have disappeared. I never really touched it, so I had completely forgotten it was even an option at first. As vSAN also has an extensive CLI through … [Read more...]

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...]