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Veeam has finally announced that the new Veeam Availability Suite v8 is in GA for everybody with a valid license and also for the trial mode. Download is alredy available from the Veeam web site.

Veeam Availability Suite is the new new name of the bundle that includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE that bridges the availability gap by providing customers a new kind of solution—Availability for the Modern Data Center, which delivers RTPO of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

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During the Dell World 2014 event, Dell has announced new products and solutions to help global customers on their paths toward software defined data centers by bridging the IT gap between traditional and new application requirements.

Dell’s new future-ready IT solutions include the new Dell PowerEdge FX converged architecture that provides optimal modularity and scalability; a new Dell Storage SC4020 Entry-Level All-Flash configuration that offers compelling features and performance in an all-flash storage array for $25,000 (US); the new Dell Storage PS4210 Series for substantially improved application performance and connectivity options for small and mid-size deployments; and, the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances for integrated compute and enterprise storage.
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Samsung does not need comment or explanation: is a big company in the consumer world, but it’s also well know in the enterprise world (for example for the SSD production).

Proximal Data is a company with an interesting software product: AutoCache specifically designed to solve the biggest barrier to virtualized server initiatives (I/O bottlenecks). AutoCache efficiently caches I/O in the server virtualization layer while minimizing the usage of system resources without guest OS agents. AutoCache works with standard flash PCIe cards or SSDs in virtualized servers, such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESXi (for more information on the setup for this solution see also:Proximal Data AutoCache – Overview and Installation).

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The next release of Windows family is really close and a technical preview (both for the client and the server OS) is already available for the download. Of course it’s one of the main theme of the TechEd Europe and will be one of the hot topics on the MVP Summit on next week.

Of course the new Windows Server (actually named Windows Server 10 on some sites, but probably renamed in Windows Server 2015) has a lot of new features and improvements that are covered on a dedicated TechNet page. Note that this list may be not complete yet… until the RC of the the final product.

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Interesting European IT events:

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Veeam Backup & Replication - SAN Transport Mode

The SAN Transport Mode is a way to implement a LAN-free backup solution when the backup server is a physical machine and have a direct access to the VMFS datastores. This method was first provided by the VCB Framework and then ported to the vStorage API related to backup and data protection. In order to use this method in the proper way, some configurations and considerations are required: SAN visibility: the backup server (or the "proxy" machine in a Veeam Backup 6 environment) need to have an access to the VMFS datastores at least with a read permission. That means, for a ...

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Manage a Dell Storage with System Center VMM 2012

As written in a previous post, with Microsoft System Center VMM 2012 is possible manage some (supported) storage array using a SMI-S provider. In the Dell storage portfoglio, the only solution that (one month ago) had the SMS-S support was the PowerVault MD3xxx series, and althoug not mentioned by Microsoft, was possible include them in the System Center fabric (as written in specific post). With the new SP1, VMM  supports the same storage arrays that were supported in VMM 2012, plus the SMP provider. For more info: SCVMM 2012 Storage and Load Balancer Provider VMM 2012 SP1 storage providers supports : new SMP storage ...

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Manage a Dell PowerVault array with System Center VMM 2012

In the previous post I've described how System Center VMM 2012 can handle and manage some storage compatible with the SMI-S interface. Now I'll explain how connect an old Dell PowerVault MD3000i (but of course works also with recent models) using the SMIA (SMI Application) package that actually is not available as a standalone package, but it's only included in the VMware vCenter Center integration (MD Storage Array vCenter Plug-in). You can simple adapt it to work also for SCVMM. First you have to download the binary (there are a 32 bit and 64 bit versions) and installed on a supported OS ...

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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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Using PCoIP on WAN connections

In a View environment the PCoIP is usually the right choice and on a LAN works really well (see also the previous post about PCoIP and RDP differences). But on a wide-area networks (WANs)you have to consider some aspects to have a reasonable reactivity or to maximize the number of remote clients: you must consider bandwidth constraints and latency issues. The PCoIP display protocol provided by VMware adapts to varying latency and bandwidth conditions, but some optimization may be needed. The best reference document is the VMware View 5 PCoIP Network Optimization Guide with a lot of useful information.  But there ...

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VMTN Community and Social Media

The original post is avilable on the VMTN Community blog: Guest post: VMTN Community and Social Media I would like to talk about how VMware Community compares with (and complements) other social networks and media. I'm a VMware Community Moderator, but I'm writing this post as a "normal" Community user. I do not consider myself a social media guru, but just a beginner. If you want to be precise, the title of this post is not exactly correct, because the Community is just another form of social network.  However, there are differences between the Community approach versus the other tools that have ...

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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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Bye bye vSphere Client

In the previous new products release we have notice several changes in some core parts, and several components are gone (see What’s in and what’s out). Now with the new vSphere 5.1 a new historical component (from the VI 3.0) will die soon: the vSphere Client! The limits of this client are: it works only on Windows client (so it isn't a multi-platform solution) and has some dependency with the .NET Frameworks it's a thick client-server approach (compared with thin solutions, like browser oriented) it's "complicated" to deploy and upgrade (strange that VMware has not opted to a simple ThinApp packaged to deliver this ...

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Not supported means that it does not work?

In previous posts related to vSphere 5 upgrade, I've talked several time about the HCL and his relevance. For a production environment, have a completed supported configuration, in each parts (hardware, software, firmware, ...) IMHO is mandatory. But "not supported" not always means "not working". There are different scenarios with an "unsupported configuration": It works fine, but with some (usually well-know) limits: for example with a SQL Express database for vCenter Server and more than 3 hosts or 50 VMs... it works but you may fill the DB and reach the 4 GB max of SQL Express. Technically it works, but there is ...

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ESXi - More on partitions

In a previous post I've described the partitions used by a ESXi installation (see ESXi – Partitions layout of system disk). Partitions are formatted with a FAT16 filesystem, but the ESXi files are stored into the banks partitions with a specific system that consist in some compressed archives containing the required files or more archives (as also described in the yesterday's post about the reset of the root password). More details on the filesystem used is on the first number of the VMware Technical Journal, in the paper: VisorFS: A Special-purpose File System for Efficient Handling of System Images. But for a ...

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Whitepaper on backup policies

Some months ago I've realize a course for the Backup Academy titled: Basic principles of backup policies. Now it's available also a whitepaper title "Backup policies defined for VMware VMs" (but it's enough general to be applied for generic policies, both for physical and virtual environment). This is the list of all the media type available on my course: Online video with transcript Offline video Podcast PowerPoint Slide Whitepaper

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Virtualization types

With the term virtualization usually we are talking about System Virtualization, where a physical system is "partitioned" to permit multiple environments (using virtual machines). But virtualization is more generic and include different types: System Virtualization or Platform Virtualization: the hypervisor layer permit multiple virtual machines (VM). There are mainly two sub-types: Server Virtualization: where VMs are usually server OSes with server roles. Desktop Virtualization: where VMs are desktop OSes. There are two different approaches: Server Hosted: where VMs are running on physical server machines (usually using hypervisor for server virtualization). Also called VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or Virtual Desktop Interface). Client Hosted: where VMs are running ...

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Storage scale-up vs. scale-out

In an old post about storage architectures is described in a simple way some basic concepts, including the scale-in (or scale-up) vs. the scale-out approach. They are different approaches in scaling with different implications. Unfortunately there is a simple an well accepted definition on what is a scale-out storage is (or not is): some are limited in specific contests (like this one only for NAS or this SNIA tutorial still applied to a NAS storage), other are too much vendor specific. But usually a scale-out storage imply: Multi-device (or multi-array) storage systems (aggregated in a pool of resources) Possibility to scale both in capacity ...

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Create a custom ESXi installation ISO

In previous post we have already see how add custom drivers to an ESXi installation ISO and how use ImageBuilder to make custom ESXi ISO, but in other cases you may need to define some custom settings during the installation or add custom vib files. Booting from CD is not the only way, but custom ISO could be used also for boot from USB or for boot from virtual devices (like the iDRAC or ILOE). In case you need to build custom ISO with custom option this post could help you: How to Create Bootable ESXi 5 ISO & Specifying Kernel Boot Options. If ...

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My thoughts on VMware beta exams

The VCP5-DT beta period has already finished, so I would to update my thoughts on VMware beta exams (my first post about them was around one year ago). Beta vs. Regular exams Beta exams usually are for a small period before the run of the regular exams. Usually in the beta exams you have more time, more questions and a way to give feedback. Also the sign-up procedure could be different and is not possible to re-take a beta exam. The results of the beta exam are available not after the exam (as it is usual for most of the regular exam), but ...

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VMware SIGs

The VMware Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are some special VMUG groups that differs from geographically local groups by this key points: are topic oriented (and not geo-localized), are globally (worlwide), are almost virtually (with limited face to face meeting) and are interactive at each level (learn from peers, partners but also from VMware). Within these SIGs, members can connect and collaborate through topic based global communities. Yesteday there was the official launch of the first group: the CloudOps VMUG SIG. But there are also other three groups: You can get involved by join one SIG at this link. It's a community, so ...

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During the first European Tech Field Day Extra (at VMworld EU in Barcelona) one of the companies with the more technical presentation was Diablo Technologies. This company was founded in 2003 and they’re working on Memory Channel Storage (MCS) which is a very high performance host flash solution.

There where Jerome McFarland (Principal Product Marketer, Diablo Technologies), Daniel Beveridge (Senior End User Computing Architect, VMware), Ricky Trigalo (Director Virtualization Solution Architecture, Diablo Technologies) to explain this kind of solution and how apply in virtualized environments.

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PTC-2014Also this year I’m attending at the Powering the Cloud event (this was the report of past event). I’ve also written about the reasons to attend at this event, that remain almost the same each year.

For sure it’s one of the most valuable events in Europe (after VMworld EU) and in Germany (there is also the CeBIT event, but has different target) and this year it also share the space and timing with the Data Centre World event.

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Some months after the announce of the version 4 of their product, NAKIVO Inc. has released the new NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.

This product is going to fill the features gap with other products introducing the Flash VM Boot feature that provides the ability to run VMware VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, without recovering the entire VMs first. The backup from which the VM is started remains unchanged to preserve the integrity of the data.

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Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions for virtualized infrastructure and cloud. Zerto Virtual Replication was one of the first hypervisor-based replication and recovery solution for VMware and they have over 700 customers and 150 cloud service providers.

Now, at the TechEd Europe event, they are announcing Zerto Virtual Replication for Microsoft Hyper-V.

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Serveral months ago VMware has introduced a Recertification Policy on the VCP certifications (as already discussed in this post).

There are different options to renew your certificate, but for most VCP5-DCVs will need to renew their VCP5-DCV credential prior to March 10, 2015 (be sure to check on your myLearn transcript your deadline, some weeks ago has been updated for all).

Specifically if you were not looking to expand to other solution tracks or advance to the VCAP level there is a streamlined exam that offers a quicker route to recertification for current VCP5-DCV holders.

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During the last Tech Field Day extra at VMworld Europe after the first day there was an interesting roundtable discussion between the delegates.

The topic was about hyper-convergence systems that was one of the hot themes during the VMworld, considering also the VMware announces. Of course EVO:RAIL was one of the main points, but not only and there were lot of interesting considerations.

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