Synology in the Homelab – NFS 3 vs 4.1

Recently, I purchased a Synology 1817+ to be used as storage for my homelab. Previously, I was using an older, and much slower Synology, RS812, as well as a running vSAN on my single host. While vSAN performance was great,…

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Why VSAN All-Flash is the right choice

  VMware's HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) solution is VSAN - or Virtual SAN.  It's a kernel based solution built right into the ESXi Hypervisor, that allows each server to consume local storage, and pool it together and share it back out to…

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VSAN Storage Profile Missing

  Recently, I was moving my lab away from the VSAN beta code, and onto the ESXi 5.5 update 1 bits.  I started fresh with my hosts, and simply upgraded my vCenter server.  However, I ran into an issue once…

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VSAN Announcement and Release

During the vmware.com/now event today, VMware announced some exciting news! Here's a quick rundown of some main points. VSAN will be Generally Available the week of March 10th! VSAN Licensing and pricing will be announced at GA Now scalable to…

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VSAN – Installation

Installation of VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) couldn't be easier. No, really! To start with, in my lab environment, I have 4 servers that will participate in the VSAN cluster, and 3 of which will provide storage resources to the VSAN…

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VSAN – Overview

This is part 1 in a new series covering VMware VSAN. Stay tuned for more! VMware VSAN (Virtual SAN) is a new storage offering from VMware, not to be confused with the VMware VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance), which serves a…

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