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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.

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During the first European Tech Field Day Extra (at VMworld EU in Barcelona) one of the companies was Veeam with an interesting session. Veeam does not need any introduction because it’s well know both in the data protection world and in the virtualization ecosystem.

There were Doug Hazelman (VP or Product Strategy and Chief Evangelist at Veeam Software), Rick Vanover (Product Strategy Specialist and Community Manager at Veeam Software) and Luca Dell’Oca (EMEA Evangelist at Veeam).

Of course one of the session’s topic was about the Veeam Availability Suite, but the main theme was how Veeam solves common issues caused by backup.

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Using VMware Workstation 10 on Windows 8.1 I’ve got a strange issue on mouse handling the mouse with strange behaview, like delayed click, area selection (when not required), click on the wrong points, … making the Workstation console completly unusable. Keyboard was working fine in the console and also the mouse in the host OS or in the guest OS when connected with RDP.

The issue was not related on the type of the guest OS (same issue on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 R2) and was not related to Workstation Patches (up to date) or VMware Tools in the guest (also up to date).

Issue appear when I was using an external video with a HDMI to VGA adapter and how Windows 8.1 handle DPI scaling.

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In VMware strategy, Cloud Management is the control plane for the Software-Defined Data Center and the Hybrid Cloud and, of course, is one strategical aspect for both pillars.

The next step in the VMware cloud management evolution must addressing evolving needs of SDDC and Hybrid Cloud customers:

  • Deliver cloud services with the cost and agility their consumers expect from cloud
  • Enable converging of IT Silos (Storage, Network, App MW, Security, Ops)
  • Deliver unified management across Private, Public and Hybrid with flexible consumption models

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There are already lots of information about VMware vSphere 6.0 (actually in beta) but one big change has not be publicized so much: starting in December with the next ESXi Update release, TPS (Transparent Page Sharing) among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default and this will not only be applied to next release, but also on current releases.

This actually does not mean that will be not be available (at least not in the short period), but is another historical piece that will be not used by default, like the vSphere Client (first was announced as no longer available in next release, than something has changed) or like ESX Server or Converter Enterprise.

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The VMworld EU 2014 has finished today Thu 16 October. As usually most of the activities close in the early afternoon (or also in the morning), making the last day the weakest one. At least certifications and some activities are still running for the rest of the day. And this year, there will be also the Tech Field Day Extra in the afternoon.

In the next post I will provide a report of all my meetings and the Tech Field Day sessions!

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VMware vRealize Operations 6.2 is the new name of the vCloud Automation Center product that will be now part of the new vRealize suite. But will be not only a barely renaming of an existing product, instead it will be a completely new version with several interesting improvements and enhancements.

Of course, there will be a tight integration between vRealize Operations and Automation (like in health status displays and reclaims inactive VMs) but also lot of enhancements in usage (more ease of use) and supportability and an admin Friendly CLI (to simplify scripting of vRealize Automation commands).

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VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 is the new name of the vCenter Operations 5.x family and will be part of the new vRealize suite. But will be not only a barely renaming of an existing product, instead it will be a completely new version with lot of important improvements.

The VMware vCenter Operations Manager Suite was a powerful collection of products for help in monitoring and management tasks in a virtual (and not only) environment. Actually it was also included in some vSphere 5.5 bundle and there is the foundation edition available for free with each vSphere.

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My session at vBrownbag Tech Talks will be today:

  • 12:00 – 12:15VMware vCSA – Pro and Cons

This is the related materials:

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On Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at 9 a.m. CEST, the event will kick off with a keynote presentation featuring VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. Gelsinger will discuss strategies for competing and winning in today’s dynamic business environment — as old, rigid structures melt away and increasingly liquid businesses use technology in new and innovative ways to gain competitive advantage.

The keynote presentation will include key announcements, discussions and demonstrations of VMware’s software-defined approach and the combined power of its solution portfolio.

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Officially the VMworld EU 2014 starts tomorrow (Oct, 14th), but today there is the VMware partner day, so most people are alredy at Barcelona and some activities, like hands-on lab or #vBrownbag TechTalk sessions are running.

Are announced over 8,000 attendees, more than 125 sponsors and more than 300 breakout sessions. So let’s see how goes this event and don’t miss my VMworld 2014 EU tips.

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