VMworld wrap-up: the EVO-Family

The Announcements It’s hard for #vExperts, bloggers, industry experts, … to be surprised at these events. We are so close to it all the other 51 weeks of the year that most announcements are either already known through some chatter on the Social Media platforms or we may already have been briefed. Another reason is that most announcements are just evolutionairy and fall in the category of ‘this was what we expected at some point‘. EVO-Family We have been ‘warned’ that VMware was going to announce a hyperconverged platform at VMworld 2014. Under the working title Marvin we had a

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VMworld – Feel Good – Do Good

Almost ready to leave again for the single most exciting week a year for our technical (niche) community. It is both physically and mentally the most exhausting week as well. Whether you have 10 speaking sessions, running around from Moscone West to South or you have 20 interviews a day, all that is only the first half of the day before the dinners and parties go on till the early morning hours.  Last year I covered a few tips (work hard – party hard) to take care of that physical part. Socks and shoes, taking showers and a crash break

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VMworld #BeerTweetup is a go!

BEERTWEETUP LOCATION UPDATE (BeerTweetup is tomorrow, Wednesday 27 August – see details on regsitration link below) There were two possible locations for the BeerTweetup; a small MicroBrewery at walking distance or a Restaurant at Warfs with a bunch of Belgian beers. The latter was a bit too far and the former was going to be too small (50people max) as the regular partners in crime that organise #UNparty want to go to the party this year. I managed to find you a better spot that has the space, the good beers AND at walking distance: Mikkeller Bar has an impressive list

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my VVols vendor info landing page

After almost two years of teasing the audience we finally can start getting a grip on VMware VVols. Why so long you ask? If you ask VMware they’ll probably point you at how slow the vendors are and if you ask the vendors they’ll probably tell you VMware is not the fastest in providing finished API’s 🙂 Nevertheless it’s a very interesting next step in handling virtual storage. Finally we will no longer have the need for buckets of storage (datastores) where we will dump a pack of VMDKs in. No, finally we are going to treat every ESX file

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VSAN Clustering – FactCheck update!

When I don’t have everything by hand, I need the support of people who do, to do some FactChecking on my posts. Therefor; thank you Duncan for the feedback. But actually I should have been smarter in the first place. It’s not because I no longer have a homelab that I can’t play with VSAN. So I enrolled the VSAN Hands-On-Lab session again and looked specifically at a few things that were either wrong in my previous post or need elaboration. Basic Facts VSAN maximum cluster size: 32 hosts, which is the same as the maximum vSphere Cluster 1SSD per

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VSAN: the performance impact of extra nodes versus failure

This post makes more sense if you know the background. Therefore please read this Reddit post where an early adopter had an issue with VSAN. Basically after a node failure in a 3-node configuration, the rebuild to a 4th node brought the whole cluster to its knees. Important to note: there was absolutely no data loss, just a whole environment that went down while rebuilding. For my take on the reasons and a few design tips, go to end of post 🙂 One of the comments I and a lot of other people had was that a 4-node cluster would

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