vSAN vExpert

Honoured to once again be accepted back into the vSAN vExpert sub-programme, this will be the 4th year in a row I've been a vSAN vExpert - ever since it was established back in 2016! It's been an amazing 4 years... vSAN has come so far and I've been proud to be an advocate/evangelist for … Continue reading vSAN vExpert

VMworld 2018 US – Day 1 General Session Round Up

So the great thing about VMworld US is that they live stream the General Session for the rest of us who can't make it over to Vegas... whilst you can't get the whole VMworld US experience just by watching the GS live stream, at least you get to hear the same news as those in … Continue reading VMworld 2018 US – Day 1 General Session Round Up

VMware vExpert vSAN 2018 Announced

Phew.... *sigh of relief* ..... thankfully this year I've made the cut again for the vExpert vSAN track! =) Almost didn't make it as I was on holiday during the application process and missed the original deadline. Thankfully the application was still live so I sneaked in an application and sent my apologies to the vExpert … Continue reading VMware vExpert vSAN 2018 Announced

VMworld 2017 US General Session Day 1

If like me, you're stuck in a sweltering London enjoying the bank holiday and watching the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, you may have forgotten that over in Vegas the city is just getting over the big fight of Mayweather vs McGregor and is now inundated with people looking to attend VMworld 2017 US. … Continue reading VMworld 2017 US General Session Day 1

vExpert 2017 Announcements

Congratulations to those who have been recognised as vExperts and will be joining the group for the 2nd half of 2017! https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-2017-second-half-announcement.html Also congratulations to existing vExperts who have been recognised as experts in the 2 sub categories - NSX and vSAN! https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-nsx-2017-award-announcement.html https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-2017-vsan-announcement.html   I'm fortunate enough to be once again considered as a … Continue reading vExpert 2017 Announcements

HCIBench 1.6.2 – Testing vSAN performance

Over the past month or so I've been running a number of performance tests on VxRail and vSAN solutions. HCIBench is a brilliant tool to help end-users understand the type of performance that they can achieve with their vSAN solution. It's essentially an automation wrapper around the popular Vdbench tool. Vdbench is an utility specifically created to help … Continue reading HCIBench 1.6.2 – Testing vSAN performance

More on vSAN Encryption

So not long after my article was published on SearchVMware, the guys at Virtual Blocks (VMware's own storage blog) released 2 articles which went into vSAN encryption in a bit more detail. https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2017/06/24/vsan-encryption-1/ https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2017/06/24/vsan-encryption-2/ It's definitely worth noting that using hardware encryption does have an overhead whenever you need to rekey (eg when you need … Continue reading More on vSAN Encryption