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VFD-LogoDuring the first day of the third edition of Virtualization Field Day (#VFD3) the first company that we (as delegates) met was CloudPhysics, and was really a great way to start the #VFD3.

CloudPhysics helps systems administrators make smart, data-driven decisions. Their groundbreaking SaaS platform brings Big Data analytics to your virtualized datacenter, generating fresh operational insights that you can act on with certainty.

Big Data technology is used by companies across numerous industries to discover new ways to improve operations. Ironically, one industry that is missing from the list is IT itself. CloudPhysics goal is to bring the power of Big Data analytics to every datacenter, capturing data about virtualized infrastructure, analyzing it, and providing unique insights that help IT teams make smarter data-driven operational decisions. Today, our idea is coming to fruition as hundreds of customers and users deploy our SaaS app.

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AtlantisComputing

VFD-LogoDuring the first day of the third edition of Virtualization Field Day (#VFD3) one of the companies that we (as delegates) met was Atlantis Computing that was a well known company VDI environments, but some weeks ago they have also enter officially in the storage arena with the announce of Atlantis ILIO USX™ (Unified Software-defined Storage) solution.

I’ve already write about Atlantis ILIO products and how their unique host caching solution could be interesting in several cases (mostly in VDI environments). Those solutions are appreciated by more than 440 customers (500,000 VM licenses sold globally).

But the Atlantis ILIO USX™ solution change all the rules, bringing a Software-defined Storage (100% software based) purpose-built for virtualized server workloads such as databases, big data and any line of business application.

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In the night (in my timezone) between March 17th and 18th I’ve received an email with this subject: Congratulations, you have been selected as 2014 Dell TechCenter Rockstar!

The content of the mail explain the program and the criteria:

The Dell TechCenter (DTC) Rockstar program recognizes independent experts and enthusiasts for their significant positive impact on Dell TechCenter, blogs and social media when discussing Dell. After careful review of numerous applicants and nominations, we think you would be a great fit for our exclusive group.

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Granular restore of application is usually a complex and long task that may require also good knowledge of the application itself. This because most backup programs just restore the application files and then using specific application procedures you can restore specific objects from those recovered files.

This also apply when you have to restore some object from a Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controller where you have to follow Microsoft directives on how handle Active Directory Backup and Restore. Of course you can enable the AD Recycle Bin and minimize the needs of granular restore, but you must first raise the forest functional level of your AD DS or AD LDS environment to Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to enable this function.

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Granular restore of application is usually a complex and long task that may require also good knowledge of the application itself. This because most backup programs just restore the application files and then using specific application procedures you can restore specific objects from those recovered files.

This also apply for Microsoft Exchange where you may have the restored EDB files and then you can use a recovery database or ExMerge to gain your data back. But it takes time, space (usually you have to store an entire database file also for recover a single email) and enough skills to do the right things without mistakes.

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Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and is launching an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other big prizes (Google Glass, iPad, Microsoft Surface, voucher for VMCE class and certification).

In order to participate at this contest, you need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you have to win the trip around the world and other prizes.

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After the VMware NOW: Virtual SAN Special Online Event of past week (on Thursday, March 6, 2014), now VMware announce the GA Virtual SAN 5.5, a Software-Defined Storage with the declared objective to bring the efficient operational model of virtualization to the storage world.

This product was widely announced in previous VMworld and arrived after a long beta program with and unprecedented customer interest and validation: 12,000+ Virtual SAN Beta Participants represent an interesting number (also considering some prizes and contents during the beta period).

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VFD-LogoDuring the third day of the third edition of Virtualization Field Day (#VFD3) the last company that we (as delegates) met was VMTurbo that is a well known company in the big virtualization ecosystem.

The core founding team started VMTurbo in 2009 (the initial company was called SMARTS but was soon acquired by EMC), realizing that the rapid growth of virtualization in the datacenter was redefining the management requirements for companies of all sizes. The VMTurbo platform first launched in August 2010 and since that time more than 9,000+ cloud service providers and enterprises worldwide have deployed the platform with 530+ customers. VMTurbo is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, and Globespan Capital. The company is headquartered in Massachusetts, with offices in New York, California, the United Kingdom and Israel.

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VMware has introduced a new certification policy (is effective as of March 10, 2014) that require a re-certification every two years. Actually this does not differ too much from other vendor’s technical certifications.

Note that, at least in this phase, this only apply to VCP certifications (and not like other have written also to VCAP or VCDX):

VMware is implementing a recertification policy for VCP certification. To recertify, VMware Certified Professional (VCP) holders must pass any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification.

Some people have several concerns about this announce, but just read more carefully the VMware recertification policy to understand its real impact and meaning.

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Tech Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived and by the general public. The world of media has changed, with social media and blogging gaining special importance.

But first to all, in my opinion, is a community event for the community: each session is live and available on YouTube and Vimeo some hours after, completely for free and to everybody (and you cannot miss them as also explained on this post: why you need to be watching Tech Field Day).

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VFD-LogoDuring the second day of the third edition of Virtualization Field Day (#VFD3) one of the company that we (as delegates) met was Coho Data that is a (new) cool company in the big storage arena. Their beginnings as Convergent.io with a specific goal of shifting the way that storage is built and managed. This session also match the announcement of the General Availability (GA) of their Web-Scale Storage Appliance for the Enterprise.

Formally they are a software company, but the solution is a storage appliance already packet with both the hardware part and the software part (there are different reasons for this choice, ma mainly for simplify the HCL and have predictable performance in their scaling approach). The entire architecture is well described in their web site or in the #VFD3 video.

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