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As you probably know, some days ago Veeam has released the RC version of their free tool Veeam Endpoint Backup (announced for the first time on Oct 2014). Veeam Endpoint Backup is a free data protection and disaster recovery solution for physical machines, both client or server, but actually limited to “recent” version of Windows (mainly from NT 6.1 release).

Comparered to the beta version, this new version add a lot of new features, including:

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Syneto is a young European storage vendor with main offices in Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Romania, and with customers spread in all major European countries. Honestly this is a rare case, considering that most storage vendor came from US (and most of them from Silicon Valley) but it’s nice see some exception and that something good arrive also from the old continent.

This company has a clear market target (the SMB segment) and a clear vision, trying to solve this common dilemma (for the SMB market): SMEs needed storage solutions with powerful enterprise features, manageable by anyone, not requiring an IT department’s worth of people.

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End User Computing (EUC) scenario has change in the last year… not one single killer application for all cases, but multiple Technologies for different user cases or customers needs. Does not make sense say that this could be the year of VDI… VDI is growing but will never been a killer application… just one solution with its market segment.

But there are also Apps and RemoteApps, DaaS, FLEX, Mobile, Managed desktop/laptop, and lot of other solutions!

VMware still consider the EUC a main pillar, but its proposition has been modified to cover the new scenarios. VMware Horizon is now a Desktop transformation solution for every user.

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Finally, after the official announce of one month ago (and after 2,5 year after the VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 GA), the new vCloud Suite 6.0 (but also the single products like vSphere 6.0) it’s in GA and available on the download site (so the rumors about the 12th March as possible release date were true).

Also the offical documention site has been update to the new products:

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Seems the all flash (or full flash) storage momentum: most of the storage vendor are announcing a full flash solution, in the past months. For sure means more attention (and probably more demand) of this kind of storage, considering that some years ago there were only few solutions available.

X-IO is a storage vendor with a really long term (over two decades with different names) of expertise to deliver unmatched price/performance for enterprise applications. I’ve already wrote about their history, their approach and their vision… and also why their solution are different and unique from most of the others.

Not a traditional software defined “something” or storage virtualization (or abstraction), but mostly a physical appliance designed and tuned to address the most challenging performance demands of today’s datacenters.

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Scale Computing has an interesting storage hyperconverged solution: its HC3® platform 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.

As data requirements at organizations of every size continue to require more storage assets and additional compute power, virtualization becomes a more-attractive option. For IT staffs at smaller organizations, the introduction of a virtualization layer can add complexity and management issues beyond what they are often prepared to handle. The new user interface deployed in Scale Computing’s version 6 upgrade features an intuitive design with almost no learning curve that allows administrators to employ a “set it and forget it” mentality where they only need to periodically log in to make changes to the system.

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As written in a previous post, the new VMware vSphere 6.0 introduce several enhancements in the vMotion by adding more VM mobility. If the long distance vMotion seems the big news, in my opinion the best and most amazing news is the cross vCenter vMotion (that could also be a long distance vMotion, but not necessary).

Moving a VM across vCenters seems a big challenge and bring new level of freedom in the VM… like the vMotion 1.0 it can liberate a VM from its boundaries: in vMotion 1.0 the boundary was the single host, now the boundary it’s potentially an entire datacenter!

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As you probably know, VMware vRealize Operations is a suite of products that automates operations management using patented analytics and an integrated approach to performance, capacity, and configuration management. This suite derive from the VCOPS (vCenter Operations Mananagement) core and has been recently rebranded in the new vRealize suite name.

The new v6 of this suite bring not only a new name, but also a lot of changes and improvements and a good book that cover this aspect are more than welcome.

Unfortunately there are so much and actually one of the few is the VMware vRealize Operations Performance and Capacity Management book.

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Eric Siebert (from has open again (see the related post of previous year), a contest for voting the ‘Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs’. This contest is becoming a recurring and estemeed in the VMware & virtualization world (see also the history of the top blog voting over the years).

Last year over 1400 people voted from 60 different countries, with over 320 blogs dedicated to VMware and Virtualization – this is definitely an impressive number which is a real indication to how passionate people feel towards the VMware range of products and virtualization in general.

This year the content is sponsored by Infinio and it’s available on this site:

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With the new VMware vSphere 6.0 there are several improvement in the availability related features. Although the vSphere HA apparently has not changed so much (of course now support a bigger cluster with 64 nodes), there several aspects that have been improved or changed:

  • New MSCS capabilities
  • New vSphere VM Component Protection (VMCP)
  • Network partition manament
  • New VMware FT-SMP

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Interesting European IT events:

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The new VMware vSphere 6.0, recently announced, increase all configuration maximums to new limits (compared to the 5.5 and previous versions).

Maybe we can say with no limit, or at least, to be serious, with really huge numbers compared to the actual needs and the existing compunting power. Those new limits are both for scalability aspect, but also to fit with possible performance requirements, considering that a bigger number of business critical applications are going in the virtual environment.

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