Yesterday there was the biggest product announcement in Veeam history: the new availability platform. A new set of products and tools that provide availability spanning the data center/private cloud and the hybrid cloud, both for managed clouds (service prodivers) or public clouds.

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Rubrik has extended the capability of it’s Rubrik Converged Data Management platform and introduce now its Cloud Data Management: a complete platform to deliver data protection, search and analytics, archiving and compliance, and copy data management capabilities for hybrid cloud enterprises.

In this way now it’s cover not only the backup aspects and functions (like was at the beginning), but more new features, closing the gap with Cohesity, a similar solutions (still hyperconverged) but build from the beginning with more features (initially less in the backup space, compared to Rubrik) and confirming that a secondary storage could not only be used for backup, but also for archiving and data copies and, of course, analytincs on its data.

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If you plan to attend at the VMworld EU 2016 and you still don’t have the event’s ticket, you can try to apply for this opportunity from VMTurbo to have a free ticket.

Enter for a chance to win two free tickets. Limit one entry per person. Eligible entries will remain in drawing pool for subsequent drawings if not drawn as winner

Three Drawings: August 5, August 19, September 9

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With the high (and growing) number of VMware certifications, could be difficult track your certification expiration (actually only for the VCP certs), your transcript, or simple plan the right path in order to reach a desidered certification.

But finally a new tool has been added to manage all your VMware certifications: the VMware Certification Manager.

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After the spinf-off of Veritas (now focused on the Backup and Data Protection part), seems that Symantec is more and more focused on the security and cloud aspects.

Nearly two years ago they announced the intention to become the leading pure play security company. Today with the close of the Blue Coat acquisition they try to make that intention a reality. By combining the leader in endpoint, email, data loss prevention, and data center security with the #1 market share leader in Web Security and Cloud Generation Security.

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Tintri is a well know storage vendor focused on VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtual and cloud environments working in a traditional scale-in model (dual controller with disks and you can expand the disks part), but also recently in a scale-out model using a federated node design that treats multiple Tintri VMstores (both all-flash and hybrid-flash nodes) as a pool of storage, greatly simplifying management, planning and resource allocation.

But compared to other software based storage product you need Tintri boxes to make some tests, evaluate the product or just learn more. Or ask for the an access to the Tintri “Lightning Lab”, an on cloud lab environment provided by Tintri and based on real products, not only for the storage part (where you can have T5060, T880, T620, T540 storage), but also for the servers (Dell based) and switches (the data network is 10 Gbps) part.

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Altaro is offering an NFR key of Altaro VM Backup (unlimited edition) valued at €495 to all Microsoft and VMware IT professional, to back up your Hyper-V or VMware virtual machines, or simple try and test the product.

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Scale Computing, an alternative hyperconverged solution, has launched its ScaleCare Remote Recovery Service, a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering that provides offsite protection for businesses at a price that fits the size and budget of their datacenter needs.

Building on the resiliency and high availability of the HC3 Virtualization Platform, ScaleCare Remote Recovery Service is the final layer of protection from Scale Computing needed to ensure business continuity for organizations of all sizes. ScaleCare Remote Recovery Service is a cost-effective alternative to backup and offsite shipping of physical media or third-party vendor hosted backup options. Built into the HC3 management interface, users can quickly and easily set up protection for any number of virtual machines to Scale Computing’s SAEE-16 SOC 2 certified, PCI compliant, remote datacenter hosted by LightBound.

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Windows 10 seems to be already active on more than 350 million devices around the world. And several oh them them are from the free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 products. However, the Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29th, 2016.

So, if you have a qualified product for the upgrade, you have only few hours to make a free upgrade.

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Just five years ago this blog has started its life (see the first official post: Blog goes live), initially with a different domain name, but fastly changed with the final one (shorted and probably simpler).

In those four years I’ve wrote about all the vSphere 5.x editions (starting with the first 5.0 announce), but not only on vSphere, by covering also other VMware (and non VMware) products.

Compared to the previous year (see the related post: Fourth year of vInfrastructure blog), the blog has grow, expecially in the number of visitors (and recurring visitors) and in its popularity (for example see this ADV classification of some blogs).

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Finally, after a lot of months after the beta version (with still no info about the results), VMware has released the live (aka “GA”) versions of two of  the first two VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) exams:

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CloudPhysics provide a SaaS service of data-driven insights for smarter IT quite powerful e with lot of features. One interesting feature is the Cloud Cost Calculators to better understand your public cloud costs and when they can be cheaper compared to the on-prem solution of also compared across multiple cloud provider.

Now they announced that it has added Cloud Planning Rightsizer analytics to its Public Cloud Cost Calculators for enterprises who want to move to the public cloud and their channel partners. CloudPhysics’ Cloud Cost Calculators discover the configuration of every virtual machine (VM) in the data center and determine the cloud instance that best fits those discovered configurations. The Cloud Planning Rightsizer then examines the resource consumption patterns of those VMs and automatically identifies the on-premises VMs that are over-provisioned and have more resources than they need. The customer can then “rightsize” the VM and see what the costs would be to run the smaller, more appropriate VM in the public cloud.

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