The primary reason for becoming vExpert certainly should not be related to any possible benefits of the program. And once confirmed (for me is the seven year in a row) you have to think more about what you can give rather to what is to be expected. But I’d be a hypocrite to deny that there are also practical advantages in being a vExpert!
Officially, VMware, according with the vExpert FAQ, say that the biggest benefit of the award is the public recognition as a VMware vExpert Award winner.
When you create a new virtual machine in VMware vSphere (or also on a standalone ESXi) a default virtual hardware is choosed, according with the version of the ESXi.
You can choose your own (with the custom wizard) or upgrade later, but note that the virtual hardware upgrade from the vSphere Client will always upgrade to the latest version supported by the host. Otherwise the upgrade from the vSphere Web Client you can choose the different version of virtual hardware.
Finally Veeam has released on the patches portal both Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0 Update 1 (build 220.127.116.111) and Veeam ONE v9 Update 1 (build 18.104.22.1688).
For Backup & Replication note that after installing the update, during the first start of the Veeam Backup Service, required modifications will be made to the configuration database automatically to optimize its performance. These modifications may take up to 10 minutes to complete. Please do not reboot the Veeam server, or attempt to stop the service during this operation.
Veeam Managed Backup Portal is a remote backup monitoring, remote management and more announced during the last VeeamON event, and finally avalabile for for service providers, including resellers looking to provide a managed backup solution. And more important it’s free!
Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers provides a FREE business-in-a-box, so you can launch a successful Veeam-powered managed backup solution.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6 was released with some interesting features. Most are minor features, but there is one very huge and almost unique: it support native backup and replication of Amazon EC2 instances!
Considering that Amazon EC2 is one of the most popular public compute cloud, which enables customers to rapidly deploy and run cloud-based instances.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6 is one of the first to provide native backup and replication of Amazon EC2 instances and features:
Past week, Nutanix has released the Acropolis File Services (AFS): a web-scale native file serving solution built using the same technology that powers Nutanix Enterprise Clouds.
Announced at the last .NEXT Conference, this solution open also to non VM based services and make Nutanix a more complete storage vendor. AFS make possible manage storing and serving unstructured data, like home directories, user profiles, application logs and department shares, with the same Nutanix technologies and approach.
Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE provides a simple solution for backing up Windows-based desktops and laptops. With Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, you can easily back up your PC to an external hard drive, NAS (network-attached storage) share or a Veeam Backup & Replication repository.
Now there is a new minor update with the latest Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 version, waiting for the 2.0 that can be released at the end of the year.
Finally VMware vSphere 6.0 update 2 is now available on the download site. This mean also the availability of Virtual SAN 6.2, that is included in this upgrade.
Some of the interestening news are:
- VSAN 6.2: erasure coding, compression and deduplication! See also More data services in VSAN 6.2.
- VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources, such as virtual machines, networking, and storage. The VMware Host Client can also be helpful to troubleshoot individual virtual machines or hosts when vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client are unavailable. For more information about VMware Host Client, see VMware Host Client 1.0 Release Notes.
- vSphere Web Client support: vSphere Web Client now supports Microsoft Windows 10 OS.
- vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) Enhancement: read more about VAIO on this post.
- High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
DDN Storage is a company that, in more than 15 years (was founded in 1998), has designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and solutions which enable enterprises, service providers, universities and government agencies to generate more value and accelerate time to insight from their data and information, on premise and in the cloud. It’s one the the leader in the HPC market (2/3 of the top 500 supercomputers run on DDN), the largest private storage company in world, with double digit growth, still profitable and self funded.
During the last A3 Communications Technology Live I’ve got the opportunity to learn more about their solution and their position.
Tarmin is Data Defined Storage company delivering key advanced technologies in big data and information management, leveraging the promise of cloud computing to create a new storage paradigm. They are focusing on providing active archive, Content Addressable Storage (CAS), Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and intelligent storage software optimized for secondary storage environment.
I’ve met this company for the first time at the Powering the cloud 2013 event and recently during the last A3 Communications Technology Live!
Scale Computing is an international company, with the HQ at Indianapolis and several offices worldwide (Silicon Valley, London, Paris, Toronto, Dubai). Their HC3® platform is an hyperconverged solution that can be used for small- and medium-sized businesses but also in some enterprise departments with a simple (and different) approach to virtualization and storage.
I’ve wrote about their solution one year ago (see the post Scale Computing make virtualization simple (and different)), and was interesting met them during the last A3 Communications Technology Live!
OpenIO is a startup founded in 2015 by a team of 7 co-founders, experts in mail and data infrastructures. The headquarter is located in Lille, France, and there is also an OpenIO office in San Francisco.
Was one of the companies that I’ve see during the last A3 Communications Technology Live!, also I’ve met them some months ago during the IT Press Tour #17.
They build a scalable solution designed to grow as you need, that can handle from terabytes to petabytes. This Object Storage solution became Open Source in 2012 (with AGPLv3 license). OpenIO is a pure (open) software object store.