Approaching the SMB segment

The challenge! SMB segment could be a (big) challenge due to the following reasons: Requirements: in most cases are the same of the enterprise segment. For example the required availability and SLA are really close and may imply similar solutions to achieve it. Constraints: are really different and in most cases very strictly. For example budget, but also the IT staff and skills. Evolution: and SMB may have big trend in evolution (or involution). Note that also in SMB, disaster recovery, business continuity, availability and security aspects have still to be considered. This kind of market remain still interesting, considering the number of the companies and ...

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Packt Publishing winter holiday offer

Following the success of last year’s festive offer, and past 10 years or Internation Day against DRM celebrations Packt Publishing will be celebrating this winter holiday season with special offer. From Thursday 18th December to Tuesday January 6th, every eBook and video will be available on the Packt Publishing’s website for just $5. With all $5 products available in a range of formats and DRM-free, customers will find great value content delivered exactly how they want it across Packt’s website this Xmas and New Year. There is also a 10 best Cloud & Virtualization eBooks of 2014.

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Bye bye Transparent Page Sharing

There are already lots of information about VMware vSphere 6.0 (actually in beta) but one big change has not be publicized so much: starting in December with the next ESXi Update release, TPS (Transparent Page Sharing) among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default and this will not only be applied to next release, but also on current releases. This actually does not mean that will be not be available (at least not in the short period), but is another historical piece that will be not used by default, like the vSphere Client (first was announced as no longer available ...

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New's in vSphere 5 - Storage API

vStorage API Introduced for the first time in vSphere the vStorage API are specific functions to permit an integration more thight with external storage functions. Note that there also other integration module that are coverd in the PSA framework. For more information see: What Is New in VMware vSphere™ 4: Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere™ 5.0 – Storage vSphere Storage API - Storage Awareness (VASA) This is a new set of APIs introduced in vSphere 5.0 that will enable VMware vCenter Server to detect the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier to select the appropriate disk for virtual machine placement or ...

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EqualLogic Replica aborted because the group was too busy processing a max-keep value change

Recently I've got a strange issue with an Dell EqualLogic environment and I've not found any useful info about the related error message: Subsystem: MgmtExec Event ID: 8.3.48 Schedule Replica oraria aborted because the group was too busy processing a max-keep value change to create the operation scheduled for time ... The detail does not help and also the EqualLogic reference guide does not report this error message. This issue happen after a member (to be honest was a group) upgrade and probably the replication sets was damaged during this event. The resolution is really simple (it does not fix itself, also after some days): delete ...

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VMware partner competencies

VMware's technical certifications are almost simple and clear: actually there are four paths (Data Center Virtualization, Cloud, End User Computing, Network Virtualization) and for each four different levels (Associate, Professional, Advanced Professional or Implementation Expert, Design Expert) like in a piramid (with the first level optional, as discussed in a previous post). There is also a specific path for Cloud Application Platform (related to developer for the Spring framework), but actually could be considered as something apart and also is not included in the official VMware Certification Roadmap. On the partner side some of those individual certifications could be useful for gaining ...

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Cloud related FAQ

What is virtualization and how it's related to cloud? There are different types of virtualization levels (system, applications, networking, storage, ...). But basically it's an abstraction useful to created different contexts. Virtualization could be used as an abstraction level of a cloud computing solutions, but virtualization does not imply cloud. What is cloud (computing)? According with the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing, a cloud has those essential characteristics: On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider. Broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed ...

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How to manually remove a stale VMware View pool

In some cases you may have a pending VMware Horizon View pool deletion task that does not finish for several reasons: usually when you have modify or delete some VM's pool directly from the VMware vCenter Server instead from the View Manager. In those cases you will not be able to remove those pool anymore and probably you will not able to build VM with the same pattern. You can fix this issue manually using those VMware KB: Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from VMware View Manager 4.5 and later (2015112) or Manually deleting linked clones or stale ...

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Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with VMware EVO:RAIL

As written in the previous post, there are different approaches for implement a SDDC and EVO:RAIL represent the VMware's way for implement fast and in a simple way an Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. EVO represents an entire new family of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure offerings from VMware, and EVO:RAIL represents the first product in this family. It was announced in this VMworld 2014 (with a first list of EVO partners) and will be available during the second half of 2014. Note that this product will be available only through qualified EVO partners (similar in the concept on how vSphere could be sold through a pre-installed OEM channel). ...

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ESXi Performance Graphs - VM Power

There is an performance monitor at VM level that show always a null value: it's the VM Power Graph. The same monitor at host level show the power usage of the specific host. But by default, the power usage of the VMs are not calculated. To enable this experimental feature you must change an advanced parameter (Power.ChargeVMs) on each host (by default, as show in the picture, is zero... it must be changed to 1): After this operation the performance graph will start to show the value of VM power consumption (I supposed based on memory and CPU usage): How those value can ...

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Manage an isolated Windows Server

There could some cases where you may have some Windows (Server) completely isolated from the Internet, for example in some appliances or storage solution. One interesting aspect that learn on Windows products during a DataCore training was that in this case you can have some delay in the user interface, both on the DataCore GUI, but also on the Windows one. This is related in driver management (and in signign verification) and is well described in a FAQ on DataCore site (DataCore Server GUI takes longer than expected to open). The solution is quite simple and consist in a simple change on the ...

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VMware vSphere 5.5 - Upgrade or not upgrade?

The new VMware vSphere 5.5 has some interesting new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (considering that the license key remain still the same of the 5.x feature). So could make sense start using directly this version instead of the 5.1 and upgrade all existing environment to the new version 5.5? Like each new version you have to make some consideration first and especially before starting the upgrade procedure. The main consideration is that each new product (does not matter that is a major or a minor release) bring new features and ...

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What's happen to the virtualization ecosystem?

In the last years, in the virtualization ecosystem, there where three big trends: one is the shifting from a single hypervisor to a multi-hypervisors (originally was mainly a VMware ecosystem, now is a virtualization ecosystem) the second is the reduction of the number of players, at least in some fields like backup e monitoring, due to some acquisitions (for example Quest has bought VizionCore and VKernel... Novell has bought Platespin...) the third is that the big vendors are directly involved and in competition: for example VMware is working on some solutions, like VDR for backup (although is a limited solution) or vCenter Operations ...

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VCB with vSphere 5 and Windows Server 2008

As written in the previous post related to the upgrade to vSphere 5, the old VCB framework can still be used also with latest version, but is a not supported configuration (I've made the test only with a Windows Server 2008 R2 for the VCB proxy, but I suppose that works also with previous OS). Of course the SAN transport mode could not work (or not if you use VMFS5), but the NBD works as on the old vSphere 4.x. The only issue that I get (but honestly I've make only few tests) is on VM with Windows Server 2008 or ...

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SRM issue: how clean a pending reprotecting task

Around a month ago I've got an issue with VMware SRM 5.0.1 during a test of the Recovery Plan. In my case the storage was well configured for the replication, but not to permit the reverse reverse replication. So the reprotect task was locked and there was no way to remove this state because also the Delete Protection group was greyed out. If you fix the storage part usually the issue could be fixed in a clean way, but in my case the original LUN was removed and was not possible resume or fix the operation (also if you build a ...

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Copy/Paste in a VMware View session

Probably you have already notice that copy & paste operation in a VMware View session are limited for security reasons and is discussed in the View admin guide: Configure clipboard redirection Determines the direction in which clipboard redirection is allowed. You can select one of these values: Enabled client to server only  (That is, allow  copy and paste only from the client system to the View desktop.) Disabled in both directions Enabled in both directions Enabled server to client only (That is, allow  copy and paste only from the View desktop to the client system.) Clipboard  redirection is implemented as a virtual channel. If virtual channels  are disabled, ...

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VMware Press

I’ve got the opportunity to read one new book about the Horizon View solution: VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials from Peter von Oven (the co-author of other VMware Horizon books, like VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials).

This book is not from VMware Press, but from a different editor, that is Packt Publishing and has several interesting books (really a lot on virtualization and still growing) and actually has several interesting authors (and reviewers) for those books from the VMware’s community.

The Packt’s Essentials series has a specific learning pathway and level: fast paced, concentrated introductions showing the quickest way to put the tool to work in the real world.

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Following the success of last year’s festive offer, and past 10 years or Internation Day against DRM celebrations Packt Publishing will be celebrating this winter holiday season with special offer.

From Thursday 18th December to Tuesday January 6th, every eBook and video will be available on the Packt Publishing’s website for just $5.

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VMCE

As written in a previous post, Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification is a documented proof that an engineer possesses the necessary level of expertise to correctly architect, implement and configure Veeam Software Solutions.

This Veeam’s certification (introduced with the v7 of its products) is a great investment for an IT professional looking to increase productivity, reduce operating costs, propel personal career advancement and achieve industry recognition.

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During the last IT Press Tour (the 14th), in the Silicon Valley (December 1-5, 2014) we met several companies in different categories (Cloud, Storage and Big Data).

The first company that we met (on the first day) was Nimble Storage, one well know name in the storage world (and present for the fouth time at a IT Press Tour).

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During the last IT Press Tour (the 14th), in the Silicon Valley (December 1-5, 2014) we met several companies in different categories (Cloud, Storage and Big Data).

The second company that we met on the second day was ObjectiveFS, an interesting company with a single but unique product in the cloud area.

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During the last IT Press Tour (the 14th), in the Silicon Valley (December 1-5, 2014) we met several companies in different categories (Cloud, Storage and Big Data).

The last company that we met (on the last day) was Platfora, a company specialized in the the Big Data and Analytics world.

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VMware announced the general availability of new cloud management offerings including a significant update to VMware vRealize™ Suite 6, a cloud management platform built for the hybrid cloud. The suite was announced during the last VMworld EU, but finally it’s available for the download.

New product releases now available include VMware vRealize™ Operations™ 6.0, VMware vRealize Business™ 6.0 Standard, VMware vRealize Business 8.2 Advanced and Enterprise, VMware vRealize Automation™ 6.2, and VMware vRealize Log Insight™ 2.5. VMware vRealize Code Stream™ 1.0, a new solution for supporting agile development and DevOps processes, is also now available.

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CloudOps-SIG

CloudOpsSigAfter (several months) the last CloudOps events, the CloudOps VMUG SIG will organize a new event with Platform9 about IT Management.

  • Next CloudOps SIG Event: Platform9
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (CT)
  • Registration link

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During the last IT Press Tour (the 14th), in the Silicon Valley (December 1-5, 2014) we met several companies in different categories (Cloud, Storage and Big Data).

The last company that we met on the second day was Cloudera, during a nice informal dinner.

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During the last IT Press Tour (the 14th), in the Silicon Valley (December 1-5, 2014) we met several companies in different categories (Cloud, Storage and Big Data).

The third day has started (and also ended with a dinner) with Diablo Technologies, a privately held company, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with additional teams throughout the United States and Europe.

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During the last IT Press Tour (the 14th), in the Silicon Valley (December 1-5, 2014) we met several companies in different categories (Cloud, Storage and Big Data).

The second company that we met on the third day was SpanningCloudApps, a company founded on 2010 and based in Austin (TX) that provide unique cloud-to-cloud backup solutions and recently (October 2014) acquired by EMC (now is formally called Spanning by EMC).

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Spanning CloudApps is a company, recently aquired by EMC, leading provider of cloud data protection for cloud SaaS appliacation like Google Apps and Saleforce. Was also one of the company that I’ve meet during the IT Press Tour 14 (for more information see also this post).

Now they announced the first enterprise-­grade cloud-­to-­cloud backup solution for Office 365. It’s designed from the ground up to be fully functional on desktops, tablets and mobile devices, allowing users to access information whenever and wherever they work. This marks the latest expansion of Spanning’s product offering, through which the company will bring the same application-centric focus and backup and restore expertise to Office 365 that it has for Google Apps and Salesforce solutions.

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