Browsing Posts published in October, 2016

Each big vendor has some kind of “community award” for individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of the specific vendor’s users over the past year. Those kind of “technologies experts” could be book authors, bloggers (in most cases), leaders in some communities, tool builders, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others. These people have gone above and beyond their day jobs to share their technical expertise and communicate the value of the specific vendor’s technologies to their colleagues and to the community.

During the last Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld EU 2016 (where I was invited as a delegate) I’ve got the opportunity to learn the latest news from Nimble Storage. Rich Fenton (UK&I Systems Engineering Manager) and Nick Dyer (Senior Systems Engineer) gave us a great overview of the technology, but also some news and future trends idea.

Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195) is a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux Kernel. The bug has existed since around 2.6.22 (released in 2007) and was fixed on Oct 18, 2016. “A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel’s memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system.” (RH)

With the new vSphere 6.5 the legacy Windows vSphere Client is finally dead! Was supposed also during the beta of vSphere 6.0, but in the RC a new C# client has appear to avoid this kind of transition. But also to avoid the new limits dictated by the vSphere Web Client, like the huge depency from Acrobat Flash! With version 6.5 there are some interesting changes in the clients for VMware vSphere:

The new release of VMware vSphere 6.5 will finally add some interesting news of the vCenter Server. Not only the virtual appliance (Linux based) version is not fully featured (was almost in version 6.0, but still with the big limit of VMware Update Manager available only for Windows), but now has some features only for this version and the Windows one become the limited version. First sign was the Fling for the migration from a vCenter edition to the VCSA: the official Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Migration Tool which is part […]

VMware Virtual SAN has grow quite fast in the last year and now has more than 5000 customers (in more than 100 countries) and several features comparable with other storage solutions. In few years VSAN has become an interesting solution: VSAN 5.5: First version of the product VSAN 6.0 (march 2015): add All Flash Array (AFA), 64 nodes as cluster size and more than 2x Hybrid Speed VSAN 6.1 (September 2015): add stretched cluster and 2-nodes ROBO scenarios VSAN 6.2 (March 2016): add deduplication and compression (only for AFA) and quality of service VSAN 6.5 […]

Today the VMworld EU 2016 will officially begin with a specific day dedicated to partners (also considering the lack of the Partner Exchange event). What you should expect from this VMworld? Something has already been announced (see the AWS partnership). But finally, after three VMworld (counting both the EU and US edition) there will be some news on the core product: VMware vSphere (considering also the release of Windows Server 2016). And, for sure, more info and probably more news con SDDC (including VSAN and NSX) and CNA.

Nakivo has announced that it has released NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.2. The new version provides full support for paid AWS EC2 instances, sold through AWS Marketplace. NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.2 provides a simple, reliable, and affordable way to protect and recover AWS EC2 instances:

VMware and Amazon have announced a strategic partnership that brings those two companies together to deliver a vSphere-based cloud service running on AWS. This service will make it easier for customers to run any application, using a set of familiar software and tools, in a consistent hybrid cloud environment. Currently in Technology Preview, VMware Cloud on AWS, will bring VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS cloud, and will enable customers to run any application across vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments. It will be operated, managed and sold by VMware […]

Finally after five technical preview, Windows Server 2016 is now officially in GA. For more information see the Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016 or the new features of this OS. Remember the big change in licensing: now cores will count for the total number of needed licenses and you can start to re-consider also servers with one socker and lot of cores in your design. You can download the evaluation and experience first-hand how Windows Server 2016 can work for you: Download Windows Server 2016 evaluation Another way to try, test or use it, […]

Is (system) virtualization becoming legacy or old style? Sounds a strange question, but there are three main trends that are changing the role and the weight of virtualization in the IT: Competition and more choices and options: VMware vSphere is still the leader (in most cases), but other hypervisors like Hyper-V and KVM are growing fast and become mostly features comparable. Cloud management and cloud services: in most cases virtualization is hidden by the managemed and also for IaaS cloud virtualization is not necessary mandatory (see also virtualization is not cloud). Container and microservices: are […]

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