Comparison - David vs. Golia

Now that both Microsoft and VMware have officially announced the new released of their virtualization products it’s possible make an homogenous comparison between Hyper-V 2016 and vSphere 6.5 (like I’ve done some years ago with the Hyper-V 2012R2 vs. vSphere 5.5 article).

Comparing two different product is not so easy, also if released really closed one each other. You have found some homogenous aspects to make the comparison, at least at technical level (but as written, it’s not so much important now). For numbers could be really easy, but numbers are not enough: for example memory management it’s still really different (VMware implement different technologies, Hyper-V only Dynamic Memory, only on some OSes)… so it’s not the same what you can do with the same amount of memory.

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VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But on November 22 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availability.

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Diablo’s Memory1 is something unique: is a flash not only connected as a RAM DIMM, but that apper as a RAM DIMM!

Now Diablo Technologies has announced the availability of Memory1™ servers from Super Micro Computer, a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies. The SYS-1028U-TR4T+ has been qualified for both 1TB and 2TB Memory1 configurations – unleashing the power of “Big Memory for Big Data”.

By leveraging Diablo’s Memory1 technology, Supermicro servers can provide up to 40TBs of system memory in a single full-sized rack, with no changes to hardware or applications. The Supermicro Memory1 solution is designed for large-scale enterprise and data center customers looking to improve workload performance, and cost-effectively scale-out to support a wide variety of memory-intensive applications.

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Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 and Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 are finally in GA and available for the download!

NEW Veeam® Availability Suite™ 9.5 build (9.5.0.711) is NOW AVAILABLE for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V! Veeam Availability Suite includes both Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam ONE™ and is part of the new Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud.

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After the official announce at the last VMworld EU, finally VMware vSphere 6.5 is now GA and available for the download.

There are several news in the Web client, in new vCenter, in the availability, in VSAN 6.5, in the new security features, new scalability and lot of other stuff.

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The new VMware vSphere 6.5, recently available in GA, increase all configuration maximums to new limits (compared to the 6.0 and previous versions).

Maybe we can say with no limit, or at least, to be serious, with really huge numbers compared to the actual needs and the existing compunting power. Those new limits are both for scalability aspect, but also to fit with possible performance requirements, considering that a bigger number of business critical applications are going in the virtual environment.

For more information see the official docs Minimum & Maximum for VMware vSphere 6.5.

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The first European edition of Nutanix .NEXT Conference is over… So which news are coming from this event?

First that there are enough numbers to make good European conferences, not only in the US… Several vendors already know it (see VMware with VMworld, but also NetApp and HP, to make some examples), but others does not bet on this region (see Citrix or Microsoft). There where a huge number of attendees, more than the expect number from the Nutanix. That’s a good sign for the future.

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This year there will be the first Nutanix .NEXT Conference in Europe (Vienna, 8-10 November), after the US edition in Spring 2016 (that was the second .NEXT US Conference). I’m very excited to attend at this event and I have a lot of expectation from it (see how was the first .NEXT Conference).

I’ve been invited (as a NTC) and I’m really curious to learn more about Nutanix products and technologies, their vision, their alliances, …. and of course to see a lot of friends.

The agenda seems very interesting and I hope that the level will be the same of the first .NEXT, with good overview in the general sessions and good technical level in the breakout sessions.

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Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) scenario is usually challenging due to some constraints (like limited budget, lack of local IT people, limited IT resources and stuff, …) and some possible risks (like the bandwidth or latency assumptions could be wrong and not enought).

But in most companies the solution must provide same enterprise level services, like a right level of high availability, data protection, scalability (maybe not locally, but having more offices with similar solutions, …).

In most cases a two nodes solutions with a virtualization level could be enough, but what about the data protection aspects? Which kind of solutions could be suitable for a ROBO?

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Broadcom has announced a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Brocade merging networking with storage competency to build stronger company. Broadcom believes the SAN business is a strong complement to its portfolio of enterprise storage and networking solutions, also with the grow of converged storage solutions.

Due to competitive overlaps, Broadcom plans to divest the IP Networking business. Brocade’s intention is to assist Broadcom in finding a buyer that will continue to invest in the strong portfolio that Brocade created.

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