Browsing Posts published in February, 2017

This is the second part of a set of posts realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and implementation of a ROBO infrastructure. See also the original post and the first part. Design areas and technologies In the previous post, we have explained and described business requirements and constraints in order to support design and implementation decisions suited for mission-critical applications, considering also how risk can affect design decisions. Now we will match the following technology aspects to satisfy design requirements:

VMware vExpert program recognizes people that have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, CloudCred task writing, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group. The primary reason for becoming vExpert certainly should not be related to any possible benefits of the program. And once confirmed you have to think more about what you can give rather to what is to be expected. But I’d be a […]

During the last Technology Live! London 2017 I’ve see some presentations about new features or new products and was interesting see how those company has changed from the past. But last presentation was quite different for me: also because Symbolic IO was something new for me, but also because they really made an impressing presentation and demo! The company was founded in 2012 by Brian Ignomirello, the former CTO of Hewlett Packard’s Global storage team, in an effort to transform the current enterprise storage industry from focusing on hardware, cards, chips and processors to embracing […]

Technology Live! is a one-day event organized by A3 Communication where up to four vendors showcase their technologies in action to a group of technical journalists, bloggers and analysts. A combination of presentations and demos allows each company to present its solutions with a much higher level of detail than is usually possible in traditional briefings. A highly interactive day for all participants. This year will start at London on 23, January 2017.

The VMCE-A1: Design & Optimization V1 (VMCE-A1) exam is the second requirement to acquire the Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA) designation, after the VMCE-A: Design & Optimization V1 traning. Compared to VMCE exam is more costly, but it’s also another level. The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE local testing facility with a time extention (30 minutes) for not native english (based on the Country of the testing center). Total time (without time extention) it’s 70 minutes, but it’s not a huge constraint.

FlashGrid is a new company founded in 2015 by some industry veterans (coming from Veritas, Intel, EMC, HGST, VMware, IBM). FlashGrid is a software-defined storage technology company specializing on solutions for high availability high performance databases both on-prem or also on public cloud (for more information about their solution see also FlashGrid – Hyper-converged storage solution for Oracle systems).

Veeam will provide a free NFR (Not for Resale) license (for 1 year up to 10 users) for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to all VMware vExperts, Microsoft MVP, VTEC members, Certified Engineers and Trainers. This license allows for non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations. Registration page is available at this link.

Platform9 is a company founded by VMware engineers (with several years of experience) who have taken a fundamentally new approach to creating and managing private clouds. Their management SaaS solution (or MaaS) went GA two years ago and as grow really faster and moving from the managing of on-prem resources (KVM and vSphere environments) with the all stack (including storage and networking) to public clouds and containers. Platform9’s model makes it easy to run hybrid clouds across any infrastructure, using leading Open Source cloud frameworks based on OpenStack for VM and IaaS management and Kubernetes for […]

CloudPhysics SaaS solution is absolutely interesting and I’ve write about them in my #VFD3 report, but what is really interesting is that they are using customer’s feedbacks to improve the product and make their day-to-day virtual data center operations smoother. Their SaaS delivery model enables the creation of the largest IT Data Lake in the industry. An they publish those data in different reports, lastes one is Global IT Data Lake Report – Q4 2016. In this report, they offer insights about global trends and changes that are occurring in the world of data center […]

VMware has updated their supported Products list with a new version (updated at February 1,2017) of VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix document. Finally this document has become smart and short, with few pages and highlighted in a right way both the products version is within 6 months of End of General Support or End of Technical Guidance and also products version that has gone past its End of General Support.

In VMware vSphere there was an hystorical limit of VMDK disks around 2 TB (2 TB – 512 B), but the real “usable” was also less due to the need to make a snapshots on it (if you want use native backup solutions) and depending on the block size (for more informations see Veeam KB 1091). Starting with vSphere 5.5 was finally possibile have bigger disks up to 62 TB (that I will call just “jumbo” disks), but again with several limits describe in VMware KB 2058287 (Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB […]

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