Like in the past year, I’ve decided to stop posting (or at least reduce the number of posts) for the summer’s week, to have more time with my family, finish some pending works and also have time to prepare new posts and test new products.
There will be some post for the announce at the VMworld 2014, so stay tuned!
In the past days, VMware has officially announced the launch of two beta programs:
Although those beta programs not public, but private, for the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, the vSphere beta and VVols beta are open for everyone to sign up. This approach allows participants to help define the direction of the world’s most widely adopted, trusted, and robust virtualization platform.
According to Microsoft, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given to “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others”.
The awarded are people who “actively share their … technical expertise with the different technology communities related directly or indirectly to Microsoft”. An MVP is awarded for contributions over the previous year.
Is more than an award (or accreditation) instead of certification and is quite similar (in the concept) like other “community” award, like the VMware vExpert.
Interesting European IT events:
This month Packt Publishing celebrates 10 years of delivering effective learning and information services to IT professionals. To celebrate this huge milestone, they are offering ALL eBooks and Videos at just $10 each for 10 days – this promotion covers every title and you can stock up on as many copies as you like until July 5th.
There are several interesting books related to virtualization (VMware and not only) and other IT technologies.
As happened in the past year (with the Veeam Backup & Replication 7 announces), Veeam is periodically announce new features and concepts about the new 8.0 suite, that will be called Veeam Availability Suite.
One of the recent announce is about the end-to-end encryption included in Veeam Backup & Replication v8. Encryption was not so new in Veeam products, considering that was introducted in the Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition, but was only on data stored on the cloud provider.
Nutanix does not need presentation: it’s one the first example of hyper-converged storage architecture and probably one of the most know (for an overview see this post).
Dell also does not need any presentation and their storage portfolio has some interesting products, included PowerVault MD (based on NetApp technologies), other PowerVault products, EqualLogic and Compellent solutions.
This week Dell announced is new partnership with Nutanix to provide a new series of their converged appliance built on Dell servers and powered by the Nutanix software extending Dell’s SDS portfolio. This is another step for Dell into the hyper-converged solutions for the web-scale market (there were already other OEM partnership).
VMware Virtual SAN (or VSAN) is a Software Defined Storage solution from VMware that also fits in the hyper(visor)-converged model. Although is a separate product, the core functions to implement it are already present in the vSphere 5.5 U1 version making really easy to deploy and enable it.
Also the HCL is mainly the same from vSphere 5.5, but some requirements and special considerations must be considered before implementing a VSAN solution.
You can start from the scracth buy scratch your hyper-converged architecture, or you can directly bought a Virtual SAN ready nodes (minimum 3 for start).
Starting from vSphere 5.0, the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is a new deployment options with some pros and cons. Some of the cons may limit it in the large environments, but starting with the version 5.5 the embedded database has more interesting limits to make it suitable for most of the SMB cases.
Honestly I like the idea to have a vCenter Server as a single black box: it make simple to manage and backup it. But also to update (update vCSA is really faster compared to update a tradition vCenter Server).
Anyway there are also some minor issue that you have to take care during your deployments.
Like in the past VMworld 2013, this year the location of VMworld 2014 will be again San Francisco (for the US edition) and Barcelona (for the EU edition).
- US edition: will be in San Francisco during August 24-28 2014 (with a partner day on 24)
- EU edition: will be in Barcelona during October 14-16 2014 (with a partner day on 13)
Registrations for the US event are already open (with the early bid that will close on Jun, 10; for the EU edition will close on Jul, 29). For the pricining and the discount see this page (or this for the EU event).
I’ve got the opportunity to read one of the few book about the Horizon Workspace solution: VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials from Peter von Oven, Peter Bjork and Joel Lindberg.
This book came from a different editors, compared to most of the VMware related books (from VMware Press) that is Packt Publishing and has several interesting books (really a lot on virtualization and still growing).
A written this is one of the few resources (or the only one?) about VMware Horizon Workspace that is a really interesting product, but with not so much labs, course and material compared with other products.
After the announce of some months ago, VMware Horizon View 6 has been released for general availability (GA). The name has also sligtly changed in VMware Horizon (with View) 6.0, considering that the previous Horizon Suite is no more avilable.
Editions are also little different: Horizon 6 (with View) is sold in three editions, VMware Horizon™ View™ Standard Edition, VMware Horizon™ Advanced Edition, and VMware Horizon™ Enterprise Edition.