vSAN 3 Node Data Resiliency

vSAN 3 Node Data Resiliency

I've received a few requests from the field recently regarding FUD being spread by a competitor about how vSAN handles resiliency of data for 3 node clusters so I thought I'd write about it just to clear the air a bit.Note: We will be referencing the resiliency policy FTT=1 vs RF2 in the rest of this post. Each of these methods keep two copies of data within a cluster.So the statement (or lie as most folks call it) that has been going around is this "Our resiliency is better with only three nodes so you don't need…

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My Must See VMWorld 2018 Sessions

VMworld US starts in just a few days and I wanted to jot down just a few of the sessions I'm most excited about attending. In no particular order, they are:Data Protection in VMware Hybrid Clouds [HCI1705BU] - This session is being led by Christos Karamanolis and Ilya Languev and will feature a demo of VMware's current Hybrid Cloud DP solutions but will also discuss where we're going in the future with DP for both on-premises and off-premises use cases.Link to video replay: ClickyInnovating Beyond HCI: How VMware is Driving the Next Data Center Revolution [HCI3728KU] - This…

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A New Chapter Begins!

I am happy to announce that I'll be joining the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability group at VMware. That's right! I have landed my dream job.On day 1 I'm flying out to Palo Alto to meet with my new boss, Christos Karamanolis, and the extended team in Product Management, Marketing, Tech Marketing, Engineering and many others I'll be working with on a daily basis. As part of my role I will get to work with all of these folks to help shape where our storage and availability products are headed in the future. I can't…

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The End of One Chapter...

I quit my job at HPE today. I start my new job on Monday but that's another blog post. ;-)I started at SimpliVity as the first Solutions Architect (employee 46) in the Southeast US and opened the territory way back in April 2013. We GA'd the SimpliVty CN3000 OmniCube and helped start what is now common place HCI. We pioneered the ability to run our HCI solution on the customers choice of HW vendor. We fought the good fight by not bashing our competition on a daily basis while growing the market from scratch and were acquired by HPE…

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Deduplication: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

Ah yes, Yoda. I have been using that quote from Yoda for the last three years when describing the way that people think about infrastructure and the way they had designed infrastructure for their data centers in the past. Forget about what they had pieced together in the past because they needed to start thinking about the way they designed their infrastructure as they looked to the future. I think it is now time to turn this conversation to the storage technology of deduplication. Clarke's Third Law Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. TL;DR - SimpliVity deduplicates…

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When is a Backup Not a Backup (and When is it)

There’s been a lot of debate regarding backups vs. snapshots lately, and this is a common conversation we have with customers and prospects. This debate usually either directly or obliquely claims that SimpliVity doesn’t have “true” backups. I’m going to spend a bit of time discussing SimpliVity’s own technology — which is what matters to our customers — not any of our competitors’ technology. Let’s start by defining why backups are necessary in every IT shop. This one should be fairly obvious, but backups make it possible to replace lost or damaged data. This loss or damage…

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Converted to Ghost

If you're reading this then you've seen that this site is running Ghost as the blogging platform. I recently converted from Wordpress and I'm still working through all the kinks. :) I've added Disqus as the commenting platform and it seems to be working ok. If you run into any issues please let me know. Thanks for visiting!…

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SimpliVity: A Reflection of the Past Two Years and a $1B Valuation

Well we've hit out of the park with a $1 Billion valuation! I have to say that the ride over the past two years has been a blast. I started in April 2013 as the first Solutions Architect in the Southeast region of the US as employee ~65 and am now part of an ever growing team of around 400+ globally. It has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice by everyone on the team (and our families) but it has been truly worth it. SimpliVity has become the fastest growing infrastructure company in recent memory by setting a…

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