VSAN-VDIIt’s time for everyone to get up to speed with the latest and greatest VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing guidance for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures. In this new white paper, Wade Holmes and I leveraged the previously provided guidance from the VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing white paper, and applied it to the Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures use case.

This new paper provides prescriptive guidance for sizing and designing of all key requirements and components of Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures for VMware Virtual SAN. Some of the specifics items are listed below:

  • System Sizing and Desktop Classification
  • Host Sizing Considerations
  • Host CPU Sizing
  • Host Memory Sizing
  • CPU Sizing Assessment
  • Resource Overhead
  • Object calculations for Horizon View Desktops
  • Disk Group Sizing
  • Magnetic Disk Sizing
  • Flash Capacity Sizing

We highly recommend reviewing the white paper as inadequate sizing can a negative impact on the overall performance of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The new design and sizing guide can be found and downloaded from the VMware Virtual SAN product page or directly from the link provided below:

VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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Since the release of VMware Virtual SAN, I’ve been involved in numerous costumer and field conversations around the topic VMware Virtual SAN’s ability to take advantage of data locality.

I have addressed the question in several of the Virtual SAN presentations I have delivered, but I realized that this was an ongoing topic of discussion and one which we needed to provide more details in order to satisfy everyone that has been wondering about this topic.  I figured it was time to put together some form of OFFICIAL collateral providing in-depth  details around this topic.

So, like any storage system, VMware Virtual SAN makes use of data locality. Virtual SAN uses a combination of algorithms that take advantage of both temporal and spatial locality of reference to populate the flash-based read caches across a cluster and provide high performance from available flash resources.

For more details on this topic, download the new Understanding Data Locality in VMware Virtual SAN white paper from the link below:

Understanding Data Locality in VMware Virtual SAN

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Virtual Volumes (VVols) vSphere APIs & Cloning Operation Scenarios

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Since the release of Virtual SAN one of the most popular topics of discussion about Virtual SAN revolves around solution sizing and performance capabilities. For the most part, the majority of guidance around Virtual SAN designs has been focused on capacity sizing and performance characteristics of virtual machine workloads.

However, there are other aspects of sizing and design criteria for Virtual SAN, specifically those related to system-wide performance and availability during data management operations. The data management operations of Virtual SAN are focused around data resynchronization and rebalancing amongst all the all copies of data. The functions and impact of these operations should be part of all Virtual SAN design and sizing exercises for optimal results.

The design of data management operations is intrinsic to the value proposition of Virtual SAN. It is important to know the events that activate them and also understand the impact they introduce during normal operations. Inadequate size and design can have an impact on the overall performance expectation and availability capabilities of the solution.

This white paper provides detailed information about the Virtual SAN data management operations, their functions and the type of events that triggers them as well as recommendations for achieving performance and recoverability results based on cluster design and sizing. Virtual SAN data management operations can be downloaded from the VMware Virtual SAN product page as well as the directly link provided below:

VMware Virtual SAN Data Management Operations

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Virtual SAN LogoIntroducing the OFFICIAL VMware Virtual SAN Blog Index page. This page will server as the centralized repository for all official VMware Virtual SAN related and supported information on for the following topics and more:

  • Official Announcements
  • Technical Information
  • Interoperability
  • Hardware
  • Performance Benchmark

The page will be frequently updated with all the content being released by the Virtual SAN team. Make sure to bookmark the page to stay up to date with the latest and greatest official and supported Virtual SAN characteristics.

VMware Virtual SAN Blog Index

VMware Virtual SAN Hardware

VMware Virtual SAN Interoperability & Recommendations

VMware Virtual SAN Performance Benchmarks

VMware Virtual SAN White Papers

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