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So not only the new releases of some VMware products have been announced… but also new certifications, new levels and new paths.

The VMware certification roadmap announced at VMworld 2012 was almost clear and related to the tecnologies used (and owned by VMware) at that time. But, except the moving of the developer certification to the Pivotal initiative, the paths have been the same until now (with the new entry of Network Virtualization) and the new VCA level.

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During the VMware Online Launch Event, live from the VMware Partner Exchange event, Pat Gelsinger (VMware Chief Executive Officer) and Ben Fathi (VMware Chief Technology Officer) have announced the new release of their main product: VMware vSphere.

The VMware vision announced (or confirmed if you prefer) during the Partner Exchange 2013 was all around three main points: Software Defined Datacenter, Hybrid Cloud and End User Computing.

Most news (or the most important) are around the first point, considering that the several previous announces have already covered the Hybrid Cloud strategy and that the EUC area.

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Interesting European IT events:

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VMware is going to announce something BIG (you can guess about what) on February, 2nd 2015 during a live event. Considering that next week there will be also the VMware Partner Exchange 2015, it’s clear that new products versions will be released.

And not only one event, multiple events for the different timezone. All event registrants will automatically receive access to additional content, engagement, and activities via our online event platform, AND you can win your way to VMworld 2015.

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The design of the VMware vCenter Server and related services has several decision that you have to take, and of course some of them will change with the version number of this products (for example SSO design are different from 5.1 and 5.5).

During the last Nordic VMUG User Conference I’ve taken a session about some the design aspects and I want to comment some of the aspects. There are also other references that you can use, like a post of Max Mortillaro (vCenter Server Design Considerations) that can add more information or other point of view.

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Big Switch Networks is a company in the Software Defined Network (SDN) area with a clear declared mission: to bring hyperscale networking to a broader audience, by delivering fit-for-purpose products based on hyperscale networking technologies.

They have two main products: Big Tap Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric. The first one is an entry level solution for monitoring existing networks, the second one is an advanced bare-metal SDN switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as private cloud, big data and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

First version of Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) was announced on July 2014 and the second version (2.0) on September 2014. Now they are announcing that Big Cloud Fabric 2.5 will become generally available on January, 28th 2015.

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X-IO has a long term (over two decades with different names) of expertise to deliver unmatched price/performance for enterprise applications. After extensive research and development, now they announced a major update to its storage technology.

The X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) G3 Storage Arrays is offered in a wide range of hard disk and flash enabled configurations, each designed to address the most challenging performance demands of today’s datacenters. The ISE deeply integrates with a wide variety of operating systems and hypervisors, making it a perfect solution for virtualization and server administrators.

And still with the standard (for X-IO) 5-year warranty.

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TFD-LogoTech(nical) Field Day are well know events, organized by Stephen Foskett and his team, with the purpose of bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format.

There are different Tech Field Day events by topic (Storage, Virtualization, Networking, Wireless and, this year, also one on Data), but also some special events live from other IT events: Tech Field Day Extra and Tech Field Day Live. And although not a Tech Field Day event, the same staff has occasionally organized a live Symposium event to showcase a particular area of enterprise IT technology. continue reading…


Veaam Endpoint Backup is a free data protection and disaster recovery solution for physical machines. Veeam has announced this product on Oct 2014 and presented in several events, included the Tech Field Day Extra at Barcelona, and actually it’s available in a public beta (with almost all functionalities).

It can work with Veeam Backup and Replication, but it’s not mandatory for the overall architecture. The interface it’s similar (also the version is starting, is some betas, from 8.x, alligned with actually version of the major product) and there is some kind of integration. And although Veeam Backup and Replication can already handle backup of physical servers (only at file level), this solution extend the backup to all the client (but, if you need, also for servers).

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On Wednesday, January 21st there will be an event on Microsoft’s Redmond campus talk about the next chapter of Windows 10 (actually available in Technical Preview).

You’ll hear directly from senior leaders from the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer who will talk about the Windows 10 consumer experience – continuing the story we began in September. You’ll also hear from Microsoft0s CEO Satya Nadella as well.

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I’ve wrote about Platform9 several months ago, when they announce their product for making private cloud easy using a public cloud enterprise service based on OpenStack. They were very active in those months and part of several industry level events, included latest IT Press Tour and Virtualization Field Day.

After six month beta where the service was tested by enterprises and service providers across diverse industries and geographies with 1000s of virtual machine deployments everyday, they now announced the general availability of Platform9 Managed OpenStack, the SaaS solution that transforms an organization’s existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service private cloud within minutes.

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Be a VMUG member bring several advantages and it’s for free. But there is also the optional VMUG Advantage that, with a small fee, is the best way to stay on top of your technical skills with discounts on training, certifications, attendance at VMworld and on product licenses.

Now there is a new reason to subscribe the VMUG Advantage and it’s call VMUG Advantage EVALExperience: it gives you exclusive access to nine VMware applications to test for 365 days. EVALExperience provides all of the tools you need to stay in the game and take your career to the next level, all in one place!

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