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#vSANchat - Talking vSAN 6.5!
Join #VSANchat as we discuss your topics and questions around VMware Virtual SAN 6.5 and more!
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#VSANchat#VSANchat - All Things VSAN!Join #VSANchat as we discuss your topics and questions around VMware Virtual SAN 6.2!
VMware vSAN
Final Q! As we wrap up #vSANchat, what advice can you give someone who is looking to get started with #vSAN?
Michael Haag
#vSAN offers a lot of hardware choice and options, but choose a vSAN Ready Node for simplicity and confidence that everything is certified and tested!
VMware vSAN
Q1: What is your favorite #vSAN 6.5 feature so far?
Jase McCarty
2 Node Direct Connect using Witness Traffic Separation!!! WooHoo!
kamruddin chowdhury
using vsan as a shared datastore of physical server i mean iSCSI storage.
Ben Meadowcroft
PowerCLI improvements for vSAN
Ahmad Hasan
SPBM in conjunction with vSAN
Michael Haag
@jasemccarty I know you love Direct Connect ... and did I hear right that it is also available on vSAN 6.2 with the right vSphere version?
Jase McCarty
Yes, vSAN 2 Node Direct Connect also works with vSAN 6.2 (6.0 P03) and no longer requires an RPQ.
VMware vSAN
Q5: What are your thoughts on the recent partnership of #VMware and #AWS?
kamruddin chowdhury
it's great ! But need to know more - specially whether amazon services can be used from vmware.
Ben Meadowcroft
Yes, customers will be able to access all the AWS services from VMware.
kamruddin chowdhury
@BenMeadowcroft nice ! Is there any learning material how to use this in vmware web site / learning zone pls?
Ben Meadowcroft
VMs running on VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to access all AWS services using the customers own account.
Ben Meadowcroft
Resources used by VMware to run VMC for the customer would be billed by VMW, other AWS services used by the customer would be billed by AWS
Ben Meadowcroft
Regarding learning material for VMC on AWS not much is public today. Check out VMW and AWS sites for public info, videos, etc.https://www.vmware.c... & https://aws.amazon.c...
VMware vSAN
Q2: What types of #vSAN educational material would you like to see more of, and what type of content would you like covered?
Jase McCarty
We've got a lot of content, including some click-through demos on https://storagehub.v...
RobynB12
We need a vsan module in Horizon class
Michael Haag
And if don't know, our new storagehub site (storagehub.vmware.co...) is a great source for tech material!
RobynB12
bye y'all from Austin TX
Michael Haag
Thanks @robynb12 ... enjoy the class and thanks for the #vSAN coverage!
Eelke Hagen
get rid of the specific terms like clomrepairdelay and rebuild terms, and provide actual troubleshooting commands instead of referring to support in the knowledgebase.
VMware vSAN
Q4: What do you see as the primary benefit of #HCI over traditional infrastructure?
Aaron Kay
Our deployments have reduced the amount or racked devices needed to provide the same (or better/more) service.
Yuriy Andamasov
more straightforward and simple management
Michael Haag
Great benefit sometimes missed is the end of traditional storage refresh cycle ... no more research, planning, purchasing, migration every ~3 years!
kamruddin chowdhury
hardware vendor neutrality, dedicated storage administrator not needed.
VMware vSAN
Q3: How are you currently leveraging #vSAN in your business environment?
Aaron Kay
Most production workloads are on vSAN, or will be very soon.
Michael Haag
@num1k Great to hear! We sometimes still get asked if #vSAN is ready for databases and the clear answer is YES!
Aaron Kay
Our production Exchange DAGs are on vSAN. Works great IMO.
Jase McCarty
That's awesome! Great to hear Aaron!
Yuriy Andamasov
Can we provide Witness appliance as a service?
Jase McCarty
Great idea! I'll have to submit that as a feature request!
Yuriy Andamasov
i think it will be great, especially for smaller customers who use 2-nodes setups
Jase McCarty
We do support the vSAN Witness Appliance in vCloud Air. I have a series of posts on how to do it, starting here: https://blogs.vmware...
Yuriy Andamasov
@jasemccarty yes, seen it, and i'm one of VyOS project members :)
Jase McCarty
I hope to have a VyOS specific post out on connecting to vCloud Air before too long…
Jase McCarty
What are some other vSAN features, enhancements you guys would like to see?
Eelke Hagen
have vsan tasks run in the task bar with actual progress(inication). Such as repair objects. And balance disk usage.
Jase McCarty
Some of this is shown in different spots, but definitely noted.
Eelke Hagen
oh and definitely local raid 5 support for 2 node deployments.
Jase McCarty
@eelkehagen we'll have to look at that too.
Jase McCarty
Has anyone rolled out (test/prod/other) vSphere/vSAN 6.5 yet?
Yuriy Andamasov
that new CPU requirements prevent labs deployment on older hw
Jase McCarty
Understood Yuriy. Those CPU requirements are vSphere specific if I'm not mistaken.
Yuriy Andamasov
yep, but you still need vsphere to get vsan :)
Dustin Berlekamp
For a 2-node ROBO configuration, when will there be the ability to have multiple sites talk back to a single witness appliance?
Jase McCarty
Dustin we don't really talk about timelines, but suffice to say we understand that is a want from some of our customers! We are always listening!
Jase McCarty
Also 2 Node != ROBO. vSAN ROBO is a licensed edition for up to 25 VM's.
Eelke Hagen
Those are appliances so you can stack them anyway, as you do with all vms. It makes no sense to combine this.
kamruddin chowdhury
Is there any future plan to integrate fibre channel to vSAN like iSCSI?
Michael Haag
We don't talk roadmaps publicly but I haven't seen this ask much. Is there a specific use case of interest?
Ahmad Hasan
I don't think so as FC has its own network
kamruddin chowdhury
If I can use FC network to access VSAN traffic, then my existing 1G IP network is enough to carry my production, vmotion and management traffic. Now I need upgrade to 10G IP network to carry vsan traffic.