Mar 10

VMware vCloud Director Security Hardening Guide


The VMware® vCloud™ Director Security Hardening Guide helps users who are embarking into the journey of cloud computing understand key security elements and technologies found in VMware’s vCloud Director product. It also provides guidelines and best practices for installation, configuration and operation of secure clouds based on VMware’s vCloud Director.

Latest Revision:
Sep 10, 2010


vCloud Director Security Hardening Guide Technical White Paper

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Mar 09

VMware vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guide

Publisher: VMware

Latest Revision:
Jun 17, 2010


This document provides guidance on how to securely deploy VMware® vSphere™ 4.0 in a production environment. It has the following highlights.

– Structure: this version uses a standardized format, with formally defined sections, templates, and reference codes. The goal is to increase clarity and reduce ambiguity, make it easier to reference individual guidelines, and most of all, enhance the ability to automate guideline enforcement.
– Recommendation levels: in following with the formats used by NIST, CIS, and others, this guide categorizes all guidelines into three security levels. Instead of recommending a single set of guidelines for all environments, this guide encourages more of a risk-based approach, so that individual administrators can decide which guidelines apply to their environment.


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Mar 09

VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide

VSAN Sizing

vSAN Sizing

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 Million IOPS performance capability
    ■ 4.4 Petabytes of Storage Capacity

Along with those changes and updates there are also some significant changes in the recommendation for the sizing of the flash layer for Virtual SAN. I highly recommend reviewing the white paper as the new sizing guidelines can have an impact on the overall investment and performance of the flash layer for Virtual SAN. 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:


Download out the full VMware vSAN Design and Sizing Guide

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Mar 02

What’s New in VMware® Virtual SAN™


The annual VMware® user conference, VMworld®, introduced the vision of VMware for the software-defined data center (SDDC) in 2012. The SDDC is the VMware cloud architecture in which all pillars of the data center—including compute, storage, networks, and associated services—are virtualized. In this white paper, we look at one aspect of the VMware SDDC, the storage pillar. We specifically discuss how a new product, VMware Virtual SAN™, fits into this vision.

VMware Virtual SAN

Virtual SAN is a new software-defined storage solution that is fully integrated with vSphere. Virtual SAN aggregates locally attached disks in a vSphere cluster to create a storage solution that rapidly can be provisioned from VMware vCenter™ during virtual machine provisioning operations. It is an example of a hypervisor-converged platform—that is, a solution in which storage and compute for virtual machines are combined into a single device, with storage’s being provided within the hypervisor itself as opposed to via a storage virtual machine running alongside other virtual machines.

Virtual SAN is an object-based storage system designed to provide virtual machine–centric storage services and capabilities through a SPBM platform. SPBM and virtual machine storage policies are solutions designed to simplify virtual machine storage placement decisions for vSphere administrators.
Virtual SAN is fully integrated with core vSphere enterprise features such as VMware vSphere High Availability (vSphere HA), VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (vSphere DRS), and VMware vSphere vMotion®.
Its goal is to provide both high availability and scale-out storage functionality. It also can be considered in the context of quality of service (QoS) because virtual machine storage policies can be created to define the levels of performance and availability required on a per–virtual machine basis.


Download out the full What’s New in VMware® Virtual SAN™ technical white paper.

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