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Compare dedupe, compression and erasure coding

RAID 5 and RAID 6 erasure coding, deduplication and compression are similar but distinct concepts that reduce data and maintain storage capacity in virtualized environments.


Create a bootable ESXi installer with the Rufus tool

Rufus -- short for Reliable USB Formatting Utility -- is a free Windows tool that can create a bootable VMware ESXi installer and a custom installation package in mere minutes.


VMware finds its niche in the cloud with Wavefront

A year into its AWS partnership, VMware looks to keep its cloud momentum by purchasing Wavefront, the leading cross-cloud monitoring, metrics and analytics service.


Set up vCSA with macOS or a Linux computer

The vSphere Web Client has long stood in the way of Linux administrators who wish to set up vCSA. Fortunately, vSphere versions 6.5 and later rectify this issue.

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    VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN)

    VMware vSAN (VMware Virtual SAN) is a storage feature integrated in the vSphere 5.5 and above kernel that pools disk space from multiple ESXi hosts.

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    VMware vSphere HA (High Availability) is a utility included in VMware's vSphere software that can restart failed virtual machines (VMs) on alternative host servers to reduce application downtime.

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    How does RAID differ from erasure coding?

    RAID 5 and RAID 6 are two types of erasure coding. The former protects data with basic parity, while the latter builds in a second layer of parity for even greater protection.

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