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Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN (2nd Edition) (VMware Press Technology) 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Cormac Hogan is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability business unit at VMware. Cormac was one of the first VMware employees at the EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland, back in 2005, and has previously held roles in VMware’s Technical Marketing, Integration Engineering and Support organizations. Cormac has written a number of storage-related white papers and has given numerous presentations on storage best practices and new features. Cormac is the owner of CormacHogan.com, a blog site dedicated to storage and virtualization.

He can be followed on twitter @CormacJHogan.


Duncan Epping is a Chief Technologist working for VMware in the Office of CTO of the Storage and Availability business unit. Duncan is responsible for ensuring VMware’s future innovations align with essential customer needs, translating customer problems to opportunities, and function as the global lead evangelist for Storage and Availability. Duncan specializes in Software Defined Storage, hyper-converged infrastructures and business continuity/disaster recovery solutions. He has four patents pending and one granted on the topic of availability, storage and resource management. Duncan is the author/owner of VMware Virtualization blog Yellow-Bricks.com and has various books on the topic of VMware including the “vSphere Clustering Deepdive” series.


He can be followed on twitter @DuncanYB.


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Product Details

  • Series: VMware Press Technology
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: VMware Press; 2 edition (June 25, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0134511662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0134511665
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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On Friday my pre-order of Duncan Epping's and Cormac Hogan's updated book for VSAN was finally available for download. A few clicks on the website of PearsonITcertification and I was ready to start reading. I took the whole weekend to read this book.

The structure of the book:

The books reads very pleasantly mostly because it has been well structured, and despite the technical nature of the content of this book (of course this is why we buy it), it is easy to follow. 'Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN) 2nd Edition' contains ten chapters:

Introduction to VSAN
VSAN Prerequisites and Requirements for Deployment
VSAN Installation and Configuration
VM Storage Policies on VSAN
Architectural Details
VM Storage Policies and Virtual Machine Provisioning
Management and Maintenance
Stretched Cluster
Designing a VSAN Cluster
Troubleshooting, Monitoring and Performance
It should come as no surprise that understanding the differences between the releases and getting to know the new features and improvements which come with VSAN6.2 is rather important. Even though this book for the most part deals with VSAN 6.2, it does contain the necessary comparisons with VSAN5.5, VSAN6.0 and VSAN6.1. For example where VSAN5.5 and VSAN6.0 only leverage RAID-0 and RAID-1, VSAN6.2 can leverage RAID-5 and RAID-6 as well. How this impacts your design and ultimately the performance and 'dimensions' of your deployment is well explained in this book.

Here are some of the highlights for me:

Despite the fact that VSAN is relatively easy to setup and can be achieved in under 1 hour, there are prerequisites and requirements which you should not ignore.
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