HCI

Deploy, Manage and Run MongoDB on VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions. HCI, or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, converges traditional IT infrastructure silos onto industry-standard servers and virtualizes physical infrastructure to help customers easily evolve their infrastructure. Ever since the initial version of vSAN, people are wondering whether some shared-nothing architecture applications could be deployed on vSAN or

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vSAN Hits Another Gear with New Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

Do you still need that extra push to join the thousands of organizations adopting hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)? Looking for one more reason to convince your management team to modernize your data center? We are here to help you &#rsquo;hit the refresh!&#rdquo; Today Intel revealed the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. We are excited to announce

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The Year of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Deployment models have moved on significantly since the siloed IT operations of the last decade, with converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) transforming how organisations manage storage, server and networking. This convergence trend shows no sign of slowing: according to IDC, in the first quarter of 2017, sales for hyper-converged systems were up 64.7 per cent year-on-year.

So, can we rightfully call 2017 the year of HCI? Here&#rsquo;s what our VMware experts think:

What&#rsquo;s interesting is that there isn&#rsquo;t any one specific reason that organisations are flocking towards HCI; it&#rsquo;s a solution to numerous problems and frequently delivers customers benefits that they hadn&#rsquo;t even asked for.

The Catalonia Tax Office, for example, had several business challenges to contend with at the same time. Javier Fernandez, Head of ICT at the organisation, had to deal with the migration of corporate services to a corporate datacentre, and the upgrade of infrastructure which was largely obsolete. In addition, the company had to improve its security levels given the sensitivity of the data the tax office was managing.

&#rsquo;Investment and maintenance costs reduced significantly, thanks to an important reduction in physical communications infrastructure/systems&#rdquo; he said.

Lee Dilworth, EMEA Practice Lead, Storage & Avaliability, attributes one of the reasons for the rise of HCI as the desire from customers to do things differently. HCI is enabling customers to move towards a pay-as-you-go model when building data centres, starting with what you need but with the option to scale. This flexibility is in stark contrast to legacy systems, where everything built around over-provision and large capital investment upfront.

Simplicity of management and deployment and increased visibility also make HCI attractive, particularly for organisations that need remote datacentre capabilities, by providing a central management point.

Take ONO Academic College, the largest college in Israel. When it looked to replace its storage array, it looked to HCI to help it become more flexible. It decided to go with an SSD-based solution and was able to boost its performance twenty times over, according to its IT manager Oren Laufer, using vSAN to provide excellent service even to its remote sites.

&#rsquo;When we looked to replace our storage array, we came across the hyper-converged concept which was perfect for our flexibility needs&#rdquo; he said.

Not only were back-up times shortened significantly, but it has also meant that only one person is needed to manage the virtual storage infrastructure, leaving the IT team free to develop future applications rather than deal with routine tasks.

In these organisations and many more, VMware is helping to make this transition to a converged a smooth one that delivers ROI quickly. HCI isn&#rsquo;t just impacting IT and technology, it&#rsquo;s enabling IT teams to focus on more important issues, helping with business&#rsquo; DevOps and digital transformation initiatives, and supporting strategic goals.

To learn more about how HCI solution- can benefit your business, check out the below links:

Check out our webinar on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure here.

Test-drive our HCI solution with our Hands-On Labs here.

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Four bottlenecks that can be solved with vSAN 6.6

Blog by Rory Choudhuri, Product Marketing Director at VMware. He discusses vSAN 6.6 and the HCI conversations partners can start having with stakeholders at all levels

In April, we launched the latest vSAN product update – vSAN6.6. vSAN is one of the most disruptive technologies in the infrastructure stack. More than 8,000 customers have already chosen to transform their data center, opting to virtualize their storage function and entrust their most important workloads to vSAN. The implementation sees the data centre transformed through a hyper-converged infrastructure, which combines server, storage and network functions, all managed via a software layer to help companies lower TCO, evolve without risk, and scale so they can prepare for any workload. And, of course, for that reason, we want our partners on the journey with us as you sell the solutions to your own customers.

We&#rsquo;ve deliberately developed our vSAN 6.6 kits with both the customer and partner in mind. Four new HCI Kit bundles provide an easy way for customers to get started with HCI – converging physical storage onto industry-standard servers – because they contain all the essential software needed to deploy a software-defined HCI solution. A customer can purchase any of these HCI software kits and deploy it on certified hardware from the server vendor of their choice. This simplifies the purchasing process for our channel partners, giving them a single software SKU for HCI. vSAN really does pose one of the strongest current opportunities for partners. With a HCI environment, the sales cycle tends to be turned around in 90 days. When you consider that a traditional storage solution takes around nine months, that means you can get things up and running far quicker.

What do you need to look out for when having conversations with your customers?
How do you spot the perfect opportunity to start discussing a move to a hyper-converged infrastructure with vSAN 6.6? These are the things to look out for:

  1. Budget constraints

Your customer has told you they&#rsquo;re concerned with the amount they are currently spending on storage – and won&#rsquo;t be able to sustain their current spending levels. Yet storage requirements are increasing 50% YoY – something has to change. By simplifying the storage function, vSAN significantly reduces Capex and Opex.

  1. Stretched resources and increased management complexity

They&#rsquo;re finding managing infrastructure in siloes not just increasingly complicated, but it&#rsquo;s getting harder to get a true overview of what&#rsquo;s happening across the estate. On top of that, their resources are limited – who has the time to manage silo by silo? Hyper-convergence breaks down these siloes, bringing all infrastructure into one place

  1. Their old infrastructure can&#rsquo;t help them evolve quick enough

We all know how quickly businesses need to be able to move to be competitive – are your customers saying that their infrastructures aren&#rsquo;t future-ready and can&#rsquo;t help them scale in time?

  1. Put the app in charge

Instead of individually configuring LUNs, and relying on your storage admin/architect, set storage policies for the environment. Let the software run the process, both for day 1 set up and ongoing day 2 management. Put the app in charge – that&#rsquo;s what defines the requirement after all.

vSAN 6.6 readily forms the basis of conversations with a number of stakeholders across the business, but they&#rsquo;re going to want to focus on different things. Here are our tips on the conversations you can lead with different people across your client organizations – and the benefits we see attracting each one.

With the CxO:
&#rsquo;vSAN can help you seamlessly evolve to a secure modern datacenter designed for tomorrow&#rsquo;s IT needs, at half the cost.&#rdquo;

With the IT Director/VP:
&#rsquo;With vSAN, IT spend can instead to go to strategic initiatives that actually meet businessdemand, rather than paying to keep the lights on.&#rdquo;

With the Infrastructure team
&#rsquo;vSAN offers performance and high resiliency for all types of workloads, including business-critical applications. It also has the bonus of running on the same technologies you&#rsquo;re already familiar with – if you know vSphere, you know vSAN.&#rdquo;

With storage Lead/Admin:
&#rsquo;vSAN 6.6 will let you simplify capacity planning by scaling compute and storage in tandem.&#rdquo;

We&#rsquo;re keen to work with our partners to help them help us make it even more successful. vSAN has recently won three industry awards for being the Product of the Year in this space. With the kits we&#rsquo;ve put together to help partners sell vSAN 6.6, now really is a great opportunity for our channel to get out there and start selling the software.

Want more information on selling vSAN?

  • Start with the Partner-Led vSAN Assessment
  • Visit Partner Central
  • Contact your VMware Partner Specialist at or your VMware Distributor

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VMware Tackles HCI Security with Unique Software-Defined Encryption

Building a Secure Private Cloud with VMware vSAN Hyper Converged Architecture A financial firm recently shared with us that it was fending off 10,000 unauthorized hacking attempts per day. A hospital shared their need to comply with the latest privacy regulations, and a transportation firm explained how decommissioned hard disk drives needed to be physically

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vSAN 6.6 – why it presents the strongest partner opportunity yet

Rory Choudhuri, Product Marketing Director at VMware discusses vSAN 6.6 and the HCI conversations partners can start having with stakeholders at all levels

In April, we launched the latest vSAN product update – vSAN 6.6. vSAN is one of the most disruptive technologies in the infrastructure stack. More than 8,000 customers have already chosen to transform their data center, opting to virtualize their storage function and entrust their most important workloads to vSAN. The implementation sees the data centre transformed through a hyper-converged infrastructure, which combines server, storage and network functions, all managed via a software layer to help companies lower TCO, evolve without risk, and scale so they can prepare for any workload. And, of course, for that reason, we want our partners on the journey with us as you sell the solutions to your own customers.

We&#rsquo;ve deliberately developed our vSAN6.6 kits with both the customer and partner in mind. Four new HCI Kit bundles provide an easy way for customers to get started with HCI – converging physical storage onto industry-standard servers – because they contain all the essential software needed to deploy a software-defined HCI solution. A customer can purchase any of these HCI software kits and deploy it on certified hardware from the server vendor of their choice. This simplifies the purchasing process for our channel partners, giving them a single software SKU for HCI. vSAN really does pose one of the strongest current opportunities for partners. With a HCI environment, the sales cycle tends to be turned around in 90 days. When you consider that a traditional storage solution takes around nine months, that means you can get things up and running far quicker.

What do you need to look out for when having conversations with your customers? How do you spot the perfect opportunity to start discussing a move to a hyper-converged infrastructure with vSAN 6.6? These are the things to look out for:

  1. Budget constraints

Your customer has told you they&#rsquo;re concerned with the amount they are currently spending on storage – and won&#rsquo;t be able to sustain their current spending levels. Yet storage requirements are increasing 50% YoY – something has to change. By simplifying the storage function, vSAN significantly reduces Capex and Opex.

  1. Stretched resources and increased management complexity

They&#rsquo;re finding managing infrastructure in siloes not just increasingly complicated, but it&#rsquo;s getting harder to get a true overview of what&#rsquo;s happening across the estate. On top of that, their resources are limited – who has the time to manage silo by silo? Hyper-convergence breaks down these siloes, bringing all infrastructure into one place

  1. Their old infrastructure can&#rsquo;t help them evolve quick enough

We all know how quickly businesses need to be able to move to be competitive – are your customers saying that their infrastructures aren&#rsquo;t future-ready and can&#rsquo;t help them scale in time?

  1. Put the app in charge

Instead of individually configuring LUNs, and relying on your storage admin/architect, set storage policies for the environment. Let the software run the process, both for day 1 set up and ongoing day 2 management. Put the app in charge – that&#rsquo;s what defines the requirement after all.

vSAN 6.6 readily forms the basis of conversations with a number of stakeholders across the business, but they&#rsquo;re going to want to focus on different things. Here are our tips on the conversations you can lead with different people across your client organisations – and the benefits we see attracting each one.

CxO

&#rsquo;vSAN can help you seamlessly evolve to a secure modern datacenter designed for tomorrow&#rsquo;s IT needs, at half the cost.&#rdquo;

IT Director/VP

&#rsquo;With vSAN, IT spend can instead to go to strategic initiatives that actually meet business

demand, rather than paying to keep the lights on.&#rdquo;

Infrastructure team

&#rsquo;vSAN offers performance and high resiliency for all types of workloads, including business-critical applications. It also has the bonus of running on the same technologies you&#rsquo;re already familiar with – if you know vSphere, you know vSAN.&#rdquo;

Storage Lead/Admin

&#rsquo;vSAN 6.6 will let you simplify capacity planning by scaling compute and storage in tandem.&#rdquo;

We&#rsquo;re keen to work with our partners to help them help us make it even more successful. vSAN has recently won three industry awards for being the Product of the Year in this space. With the kits we&#rsquo;ve put together to help partners sell vSAN 6.6, now really is a great opportunity for our channel to get out there and start selling the software. Want more information on selling vSAN?

  • Start with the Partner-Led vSAN Assessment: com/go/VSANassessment
  • Visit Partner Central, or com/go/virtual-san
  • Contact your VMware Partner Specialist at or your VMware Distributor

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VxRail Appliance Now in vCAN Program

Learn more about the only fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. VxRail dramatically simplifies IT operations while lowering overall capital and operational costs. Combined with Dell PowerEdge server options, VxRail offers highly configurable appliances that meet any use case. Watch the vmLIVE replay (introducing the product to vCAN partners) and/or visit vCAN Edge for specific assets.

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VMware vSAN 6.6 Deploy and Manage Training Class

VMware Education has just released a new training class titled VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.6]. I had the opportunity to attend the beta version of this class and help shape the content that is delivered. The class is a 3-day, instructor-led technicaltraining coursethat featuresan excellent balance of lecture and hands-on lab time. It is

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Cut Storage Administration Time by 40% with vSAN!

Capital costs (CAPEX) contribute significantly to any purchasing decision related to enterprise storage, but over the life of the asset, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is dominated by ongoing operational costs (OPEX) – both management administration and maintenance of the device. This study focuses on the Management OPEX savings withvSAN, VMware&#rsquo;s market leading solution

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Enhanced resynchronization metrics in vSAN 6.6

The introduction of the vSAN performance service gave administrators an easy way to view key performance metrics related to vSAN. First introduced in vSAN 6.2, and built right into the vSphere web client, the performance service provides, a simple, integrated way to look at current and historical metrics of all vSAN related activities. This continuous

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