VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 Series Walkthrough

At VMworld 2013 in some of the break-out sessions and booths presenters have been using the VMware Product Walkthrough demos that were created by VMware’s Technical Marketing team to demonstrate some new features with VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 series. It was announced today that they have been made available online for those walking to see it first hand. It is easy to do as it doesn’t require any registration or login.

You can walkthrough the new Virtual SAN feature, vSphere Data Protection, vSphere App HA, vCloud Director, vSphere Replication, and vSphere Flash Read Cache.

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Anyhow, sometimes it helps to see an overview before you dive in and learn about all of the nuts and bolts behind the scene.

Here is the link to get started:

http://vmwarewalkthroughs.com/vCloudSuite5-5/

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VMworld 2013 Session on Virtual SAN at a High-Level (Video)

If you are like me and can’t make it to every tech gathering, but love to stay in the loop on cutting edge tech. Check out this VMworld session for an overview on the Virtual SAN (vSAN).

I wouldn’t rush this into production, but more and more of the datacenter is becoming software defined and will continue to lower TCO and ROI on your infrastructure. So, stay on it and move with the momentum.

VMware vSphere 5.5 Brings vSAN for Storage Replication (beta release)

One of the exciting things coming out of VMworld 2013 and the revelations about vSphere 5.5 is the Virtual SAN with continues to improve the capability of the software defined datacenter. It allows you to easily use the DAS (directly-attached storage) in your ESXi hosts to create a clustered storage pool that is replicated across the hosts, and really is best described with this picture.

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Duncan Epping from R&D at VMware wrote a good article at Yellow Bricks that I definitely recommend checking out!

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/08/26/introduction-vmware-vsphere-virtual-san/

For additional features and to get started check it out at VMware:

http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san/features.html