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.
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.
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).
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.
Interesting European IT events:
- OpenStack Summit 2014 – Paris (Nov, 3-7)
- Microsoft Convergence 2014 Europe – Barcelona (Nov, 4-6)
- Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – Barcelona (Nov, 9-13)
- AppsWorld – London (Nov, 12-13)
- NetApp Insight – Berlin (Nov, 17-20)
- DatacenterDynamics Converged – London (Nov, 19-20)
- VMUG European User Conferences – UK (Nov, 18), Nordic (Nov, 20), Germany (Nov, 25)
- Telecoms TechWorld – London (Nov, 26-27)
- ECCV Enterprise Cloud Computing & Virtualization 2014 – London (Nov, 26)
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.
Also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.