Finally Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 is now available and will add full VMware vSphere 6.5 support (version 9.5 was already supporting Windows Server 2016 and new Hyper-V version).

Be sure to have version 9.5.0.580, 9.5.0.711 or 9.5.0.802 before upgrade. After upgrading, your build will be version 9.5.0.823.

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Atlantis Community Experts (ACE) is the way that Atlantis Computing recognizes expert members of the virtualization community and their passion for technology and transformative approaches to data center designs. Basically is the “vExpert” or “MVP” award from Atlantis.

As written in a previous post, this is a new program (introduced on 2016) and there isn’t yet an official form, but it’s possible nomitate yourself using the info in this post.

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I’m very proud and honored to be invited at the 13rd edition of Tech Field Day (#TFD13) that will be in Austin the first week of February (February 1–3, 2017). After some Virtualization Field Day, one Data Field Day and some Tech Field Day Extra, I’m back for the first time in Austin and for the first time at a Tech Field Day (TFD) event format.

The TFD event format replaced the Virtualization Field Day (VFD) event format more than one year ago (maybe because the buzzword virtualization is no more attractive). But to be honest first editions of VFD where just called Tech Field Day, so it’s just a return to the origin.

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So finally, after several years of rumours, seems that HPE is going to acquire SimpliVity, one of the leading provider of software-defined and hyperconverged infrastructure, for $650 million in cash!

A sign that the hyperconverged market is going mainstream (the hyperconverged market was estimated to be approximately $2.4 billion in 2016, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent, to nearly $6 billion, by 2020) and that HPE is looking for a better solution rather than the “LeftHand” VSA approach that was interesting at the beginning, but now (in my opinion) suffer in the scalability aspects (and not only) compared to real SDS and hyperconverged solutions.

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NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 is actually in public beta and it’s interesting way to see or test the new functions of this release. Also all beta program participants completing the program requirements will receive an Amazon gift card.

Actually most of the news seems related to Windows Server 2016 (and of course the related Hyper-V), but I suppose that there will be something also for VMware vSphere in the GA (at least I guess the support for the 6.5 version).

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To make it simpler and easier for partners and customers to securely deploy and manage apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop, Citrix announced the acquisition of Unidesk, the inventor of the groundbreaking Windows application packaging and management technology known as layering.

Unidesk offers full-stack layering technology, which enhances compatibility by layering the entire Windows workspace as modular virtual disks, including the Windows operating system itself (OS layer), apps (app layers), and a writable persistent layer that captures all user settings, apps, and data. With its groundbreaking Unidesk 4.0 architecture, Citrix customers will be able to leverage the most scalable and feature-rich app-layering solution that simplifies the transition to the cloud, with the need to only manage a single app image across both on-premises and cloud-based deployments.

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Don’t miss your chance to win each month a TurboStack home lab (next drawing will be February 1st) offered by Turbonomic.

The TurboStack Home Lab is an expertly crafted hardware and software bundle that has been engineered to allow you to easily bring OpenStack to your virtual environment.

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Interesting European IT events:

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Nutanix has announced the new list of Nutanix Tech Champions (NTC) 2017.

NTC is a community awards similar to others programs like VMware vExpert, Microsoft MVP, Cisco Champions, EMC Elect, … rewarding members of the community on their efforts in sharing their knowledge and enabling fellow community members.

The Nutanix Technology Champion program spans the globe and is comprised of IT professionals from every cloud, application group, and technology. They are committed to news ways of thinking that will power the next generation of enterprise computing.

This year, after the PernixData acquisition, this list include also some people from the PernixPro program (that has been closed) that have apply to the NTC program.

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Atlantis USX is an HCI product is a software-defined storage solution (100% software or also available as an integrated in the HyperScale appliances).

The Atlantis USX Community Edition allows technical aficionados to learn how Atlantis brings performance, agility, increased capacity, and mature data services to the data center.

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Veeam Agent is the new brand name of the Veeam Endpoint (as announced in August event). After some betas (last was in September) the Veeam Agent for Linux 1.0 is in finally in GA!

Veeam Agent for Linux is a simple backup and powerful recovery tool designed to ensure the Availability of your customers’ Linux servers anywhere — in the cloud, on physical or virtual servers, or endpoints.

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