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Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN (eBook)
Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN (eBook)

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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-385506-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-385506-7
  • Copyright 2015
  • Pages: 320
  • Edition: 1st

Understand and implement VMware Virtual SAN: the heart of tomorrow's Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC)

VMware's breakthrough Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) initiative can help you virtualize your entire datacenter: compute, storage, networks, and associated services. Central to SDDC is VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN): a fully distributed storage architecture seamlessly integrated into the hypervisor and capable of scaling to meet any enterprise storage requirement.

Now, the leaders of VMware's wildly popular Virtual SAN previews have written the first authoritative guide to this pivotal technology. You'll learn what Virtual SAN is, exactly what it offers, how to implement it, and how to maximize its value.

Writing for administrators, consultants, and architects, Cormac Hogan and Duncan Epping show how Virtual SAN implements both object-based storage and a policy platform that simplifies VM storage placement. You'll learn how Virtual SAN and vSphere work together to dramatically improve resiliency, scale-out storage functionality, and control over QoS.

Both an up-to-the-minute reference and hands-on tutorial, Essential Virtual SAN uses realistic examples to demonstrate Virtual SAN's most powerful capabilities. You'll learn how to plan, architect, and deploy Virtual SAN successfully, avoid gotchas, and troubleshoot problems once you're up and running.

Coverage includes:
  • Understanding the key goals and concepts of Software-Defined Storage and Virtual SAN technology
  • Meeting physical and virtual requirements for safe Virtual SAN implementation
  • Installing and configuring Virtual SAN for your unique environment
  • Using Storage Policy Based Management to control availability, performance, and reliability
  • Simplifying deployment with VM Storage Policies
  • Discovering key Virtual SAN architectural details: caching I/O, VASA, witnesses, pass-through RAID, and more
  • Ensuring efficient day-to-day Virtual SAN management and maintenance
  • Interoperating with other VMware features and products
  • Designing and sizing Virtual SAN clusters
  • Troubleshooting, monitoring, and performance optimization

About the Author

Cormac Hogan is a storage architect in the Integration Engineering team at VMware. Cormac was one of the first VMware employees at the EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland, back in 2005, and has previously held roles in VMware’s Technical Marketing and Support organizations. Cormac has written a number of storage-related white papers and has given numerous presentations on storage best practices and new features. Cormac is the owner of CormacHogan.com, a blog site dedicated to storage and virtualization. He can be followed on twitter @CormacJHogan.

Duncan Epping is a principal architect working for VMware R&D. Duncan is responsible for exploring new possibilities with existing products and features, researching new business opportunities for VMware. Duncan specializes in software-defined storage, hyperconverged platforms, and availability solutions. Duncan was among the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX 007). Duncan is the owner of Yellow-Bricks.com and author of various books, including the VMware vSphere Clustering Technical Deepdive series.

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