RedHat has announced the global availability of Red Hat Storage Server 3, an open software-defined storage solution for scale out file storage designed for the biggest consumers of unstructured data in enterprises today including enterprise file sharing and collaboration, log analytics, such as Splunk, and big data, such as Hadoop.
Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and the Open Source GlusterFS 3.6 file system, Red Hat Storage Server 3 is designed to scale to support petabytes of data without compromising on choice, cost and control. Highlights of the new capabilities of Red Hat Storage Server 3 include:
Interesting European IT events:
As other companies and vendors, VMware is using the suite concept to identify a products collection with similar scope (or complementar functions) and usually with a common lifecycle plan (at least after that the suite is declared).
It does not mean that all the products in a single suite will have a common look & feel or same versions, but new release are (usually) handled in a common way.
The vSphere suite was probably the first one defined by VMware (before ESX and vCenter Server were two different products and with different versions) and after that more suite were announced.
Stellar announce a new product: Stellar Phoenix BKF Recovery 3.0. Stellar Phoenix BKF Recovery is a powerful tool that provides restoration of backup files after any logical corruption.
The software supports recovery of BKF files created with Windows NT Backup utility in in Windows 2003/2000/XP, Backup Exec from Symantec, and Zip files created using Windows 8/7/Vista. The advanced algorithm of the tool scans the corrupt files and restores the data intact.
After the Heartbleed bug storm, now there are new possible (serious) problems with a new bug in the Linux and OpenSource world: the Shellshock bug affect lot of Linux systems, in particular the bash (the standard shell on most Linux and also some Unix system).
On Sept 24, 2014, a critical vulnerability in Bash (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169) was published that may allow for remote code execution. Use this exploit is quite simple (on affected system), that make this bug really critical.
Major distribution have already realized a new bash version with the required path, but old distros (no more updated) can remain exposed (and could not so easy remove bash because can be used in several scripts).
Login VSI has added a new component to it’s benchmark tool for VDI and remote desktop/applications environment: Graphics Framework.
The Login VSI Graphics Framework, available for Login VSI Pro users, makes it easy to test any professional graphics application (such as AutoCAD, Siemens NX and Photoshop) in virtualized desktop environments.
Floris van der Ploeg (R&D guru) wrote an interersting blog post about this new Login VSI component.
A3CUBE Inc., a company founded in 2012 as a result of more than 5 years of research and development operations, has introduced its Fortissimo Foundation building block software solution. Coupled with A3CUBE’s previously announced RONNIE Express platform, Fortissimo Foundation provides dramatic improvements in application performance and datacenter efficiency, particularly in unstructured, Big Data environments.
This solution is not only a new approach to a scale out architecture (confirming this kind of storage trend) but also an innovative way to build converged (and also hyperconverged) systems.
After (several months) the last CloudOps events, the CloudOps VMUG SIG will organize a new event on Ansible about IT Automation.
- Next CloudOps SIG Event: Ansible
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:00 pm, Europe Summer Time (Berlin, GMT+02:00)
- Registration link
The VMworld US edition is finished some weeks ago and there are just four weeks until the European edition of VMworld 2014! Although those two edition are too close there are still lot of difference in the contents and in the events themselves. The European edition remain one of biggest event in EMEA and a must, especially if you have lost (like me) the US edition.
I’ve explain why attend at this event (reason remain just the same from previous year) now I also collect some (I hope useful) information (like done in the previous year).
Dell’s networking portfolio was historically made by a Dell PowerConnect series for the switches in the SMB and mid-size target and the PowerConnect-W for the wireless offer. Some years ago there was also a PowerConnect-J series with the (temporally) partnership with Juniper (before the Force10 acquisition).
The Dell Force10 was positioned in the top of the networking offer with several products both for the traditional networking approach (core, aggregation and access) and also for the emerging model (leaf-spine).
But recently the entire networking family has been re-organized and renamed with new names, a clear positioning for each product, a “common” firmware and common management tools. Force10 and PowerConnect are all been merged in a common Dell Networking products portfolio:
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 specific VMware partner competencies, but there isn’t a complete 1:1 mapping between certifications and competencies.