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What’s new in vSAN 6.7U1

Yesterday, we saw the announcement that VMware has release vSphere 6.7U1. This includes new releases of vCenter Server 6.7U1, ESXi 6.7U1 and of course vSAN 6.7U1. All of the hyperlinks here will take you to the release notes of that particular product. In this post, I just want to briefly run through some of the […]

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What’s in the vSphere and vSAN 6.7 release?

Today VMware unveils vSphere version 6.7, which also includes a new version of vSAN. In this post, I am going to highlight some of the big-ticket items that are in vSphere 6.7 from a core storage perspective, and also some of the new feature that you will find in vSAN 6.7. I’ll also cover some […]

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Guest OS space reuse on vSAN

This post came about after a brief discussion with my pal, Lee Dilworth. Although the outcome of this test has really nothing to do with vSAN, the behaviour was observed on certain Guest OS which were running on vSAN. I guess the first thing that needs to be made clear is that there is no […]

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vSphere 6.5 p01 – Important patch for users of Automated UNMAP

VMware has just announced the release of vSphere 6.5 p01 (Patch ESXi-6.5.0-20170304001-standard). While there are a number of different issues addressed in the patch, there is one in particular that I wanted to bring to your attention. Automated UNMAP is a feature that we introduced in vSphere 6.5. This patch contains a fix for some […]

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Determining if an array supports automated unmap in vSphere 6.5

Many of you will be aware of the new core storage features that were introduced in vSphere 6.5. If not, you can learn about them in this recently published white paper. Without doubt, the feature that has created the most amount of interest is automated unmap (finally, I hear you say!). Now a few readers […]

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vSphere 6.5 Core Storage White Paper Now Available

I’m delighted to announce the availability of a new vSphere 6.5 core storage white paper. The paper covers new features such as VMFS-6 enhancements, policy driven Storage I/O Control, policy driven VM Encryption, NFS and iSCSI improvements and of course new limit increases in vSphere 6.5. There are too many VMware folks to thank for […]

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vSphere 6.0 Storage Features Part 8: VAAI UNMAP changes

A few weeks, my good pal Cody Hosterman over at Pure Storage was experimenting with VAAI and discovered that he could successfully UNMAP blocks (reclaim) directly from a Guest OS in vSphere 6.0. VAAI are the vSphere APIs for Array Integration. Cody wrote about his findings here. Effectively, if you have deleted files within a […]