Kubernetes Storage Solutions for vSphere

As I'm sure you've heard, VMware has been working hard to do what our customers want as they are making the move towards Cloud Native Applications. (If not, you can find articles HERE, HERE, and HERE.) VMware's vision is to develop solutions that allow our customers to run whatever applications they would like, where they want to run them, and provide connectivity, availability and resiliency solutions so that they can be confident that they have made a great choice in their hybrid cloud solution. If you're reading this then you probably know I work in the Storage & Availability BU…

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vSAN 3 Node Data Resiliency

vSAN 3 Node Data Resiliency

I've received a few requests from the field recently regarding FUD being spread by a competitor about how vSAN handles resiliency of data for 3 node clusters so I thought I'd write about it just to clear the air a bit. Note: We will be referencing the resiliency policy FTT=1 vs RF2 in the rest of this post. Each of these methods keep two copies of data within a cluster. So the statement (or lie as most folks call it) that has been going around is this "Our resiliency is better with only three nodes so you don't need…

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A New Chapter Begins!

I am happy to announce that I'll be joining the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability group at VMware. That's right! I have landed my dream job. On day 1 I'm flying out to Palo Alto to meet with my new boss, Christos Karamanolis, and the extended team in Product Management, Marketing, Tech Marketing, Engineering and many others I'll be working with on a daily basis. As part of my role I will get to work with all of these folks to help shape where our storage and availability products are headed in the future. I can't…

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SimpliVity: A New Paradigm for VDI Implementations

I need to start this post of with a disclaimer: The OmniCube was developed to run all workloads in the data center. VDI is just another workload that will run on the OmniCube. Brief History In the past VMware and Citrix have released a number of features to help improve the performance and ROI of VDI deployments.  One of those features is the ability to use linked clones.  One of the primary features of linked clones was designed to allow you to save disk capacity on one of the most expensive resources of your deployment.  For VMware View we would…

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SimpliVity: A New Paradigm for VDI Implementations

I need to start this post of with a disclaimer: The OmniCube was developed to run all workloads in the data center. VDI is just another workload that will run on the OmniCube. Brief History In the past VMware and Citrix have released a number of features to help improve the performance and ROI of VDI deployments.  One of those features is the ability to use linked clones.  One of the primary features of linked clones was designed to allow you to save disk capacity on one of the most expensive resources of your deployment.  For VMware View we would…

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WTF!? - Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred

This can by far be one of the most frustrating error messages you will run across in a vSphere environment.  I was at a customer site yesterday and the customer ran across it while I was working through some other things.  He asked if I could fix it for him.  :) I immedieatly dove into the issue and started looking at the problem he was having and the error message was very generalized in nature.  "Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred"  I wasn't able to change any settings on the VM…

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WTF!? - Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred

This can by far be one of the most frustrating error messages you will run across in a vSphere environment.  I was at a customer site yesterday and the customer ran across it while I was working through some other things.  He asked if I could fix it for him.  :) I immedieatly dove into the issue and started looking at the problem he was having and the error message was very generalized in nature.  "Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred"  I wasn't able to change any settings on the VM…

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