New paper on Virtualizing SAP on vSphere on All Flash Storage

SAP HANA is the preferred database for all future SAP applications. Columnar databases and the in memory capabilities of SAP HANA make it an excellent platform for all SAP applications. Virtualized SAP HANA (SAP HANA) provides significant advantages over Physical HANA implementations by providing flexibility and agility in operating a HANA environment SAP HANA environments have a large memory footprint with the majority of data in memory. The changes to the memory are constantly being replicated Read more [...]

VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Rawlinson Rivera Now that we have officially launched Virtual SAN, its time for everyone to get up to speed with the some of the latest and greatest changes with regards to the new design and sizing considerations guidance for Virtual SAN. Yesterday, we announced the official release time frame for the general availability of the product the week of March 10th as well as the items listed below: 3 to 32 node cluster support Maximum support of 3200 Virtual Machines 2 Read more [...]

Paper: VMware Horizon Mirage Branch Office Reference Architecture

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware Horizon Mirage Branch Office Reference Architecture". The paper which contains 28 pages covers a reference architecture for VMware Horizon Mirage. Horizon Mirage provides centralized image management for Windows desktops with enhanced levels of backup and OS migration capabilities. The reference architecture provides guidance on how to backup desktops deployed throughout the enterprise, and how to migrate remote desktops from Windows XP to Windows 7. The Read more [...]

Paper: VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Reference Architecture

VMware has released a paper titled: "VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Reference Architecture", the paper which contains 21 pages provides recommendations about deployment topology, hardware specifications and scalability for vCloud Automation Center version 6.0, vCloud Application Director version 6.0 and IT Business Management Suite Standard Edition version 1.0. The paper provides recommendations for small, medium and large deployement scenario’s.   The paper contains the following Read more [...]

Paper: Virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services on VMware vSphere

VMware has released a paper titled: "Virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services on VMware vSphere". The paper which contains 62 pages provides guidance based on best practices on deploying AD DS on vSphere. The virtualization of domain controllers allows administrators to take advantage of a new feature set not available to physical domain controllers. Among those features, cloning and snapshots are two powerful tools that enable rapid deployment, testing, and recovery.   The paper contains Read more [...]

Paper: VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide

VMware has released a paper titled: “VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide“. The paper which contains 32 pages is a design guide targeted towards virtualization and network architects interested in deploying VMware NSX. NSX network virtualization programmatically creates, snapshots, deletes, and restores software-based virtual networks. The paper contains the following sections: Overview Components of the VMware Network Virtualization Solution Data Plane Control Plane Management Read more [...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide released

Released in beta in the first days of October, the VMware vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide has now been released for General Availability in the Communities and soon also on the Hardening Guide page on The document contains a list of guidelines focused on improving the security of vSphere 5.5 components and covers the following elements: Virtual Machines ESXi hosts Virtual Network vCenter Server plus its database and clients. vCenter Web Client vCenter SSO Server vCenter Virtual Read more [...]

Paper: FAQ VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache 1.0

VMware has released a Frequently Asked Questions paper on vSphere Flash Read Cache. The FAQ which contains 5 Pages provides answers to 67 questions on the Flash Read Cache functionality. vSphere Flash Read Cache, which is a new feature of vSphere 5.5 enables the pooling of multiple Flash-based devices into a single consumable vSphere construct called a Virtual Flash Resource. The Virtual Flash Resource is consumed and managed in the same way CPU and memory are done today in vSphere. For more information Read more [...]

Paper: VMware Horizon View Large-Scale Reference Architecture

VMware has released a paper titled: “VMware Horizon View Large-Scale Reference Architecture“. The paper which contains 30 pages details a reference architecture based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads and infrastructure system configurations. The RA uses the VCE Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications, composed of Cisco UCS server blades and EMC XtremIO flash storage, to support a 7,000-user VMware Horizon View 5.2 deployment. Benchmarking was done using the Login VSI Max Read more [...]

Paper: Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5

VMware has released a paper titled:"Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5". The Paper which contains 17 pages provides details about a new per-VM feature introduced in vSphere 5.5. called Latency Sensitivity. Latency Sensitivity allows virtual machines to exclusively own physical cores, thus avoiding overhead related to CPU scheduling and contention. Combined with a pass-through functionality, which bypasses the network virtualization layer, applications can achieve Read more [...]