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In the previous post, I’ve described how using the vCenter plugin to deploy the couple of StorMagic VSA. It’s just one way and maybe not the fastest way (automation in this case can be the best). But it’s one of the simplest way. After this step you have the VSA ready with they storage resources and you have to build a shared datastore by making a synchronous of two local resources. Easy to say, lot of step di build this (also because you have to mount the datastore in the hosts).

StorMagic SvSAN is an interesting hyperconverged solution that converts internal disk, flash and memory of two or more servers into a robust, shared-storage appliance. SvSAN delivers highly-available converged compute and storage while requiring the fewest components; 2 light-weight servers and no physical SAN. For this reason it’s a valuable product for ROBO (Remote Office  / Branch Office) scenario where a 2 nodes infrastructure could be enough. But one interesting aspect is related to manageability and simplicity: you can deploy and manage your infrastructure directly from the vCenter Web Client (until vSphere version 6.0 you can […]

There is a big new in data protection and business continuity market: StorageCraft Technology Corporation and Exablox Corporation joined forces to completely focus on helping businesses analyse, protect, and store their data. The new entity is the first company to bring together a new approach that recognizes the disappearing lines between primary and secondary storage as well as between data availability and data protection. A new big player will appear and will be interesting see how it will be positioned compared to other products and considering existing OEM and Technological partnership from both companies.

Finally Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 is now available and will add full VMware vSphere 6.5 support (version 9.5 was already supporting Windows Server 2016 and new Hyper-V version). Be sure to have version 9.5.0.580, 9.5.0.711 or 9.5.0.802 before upgrade. After upgrading, your build will be version 9.5.0.823.

Atlantis Community Experts (ACE) is the way that Atlantis Computing recognizes expert members of the virtualization community and their passion for technology and transformative approaches to data center designs. Basically is the “vExpert” or “MVP” award from Atlantis. As written in a previous post, this is a new program (introduced on 2016) and there isn’t yet an official form, but it’s possible nomitate yourself using the info in this post.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity, a leading provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure, for $650 million in cash. The hyperconverged market was estimated to be approximately $2.4 billion in 2016, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent, to nearly $6 billion, by 2020.  By bringing together HPE’s best-in-class infrastructure, automation and cloud management software with SimpliVity’s industry leading software-defined data management platform, HPE and its partner ecosystem will deliver the industry’s only “built-for-enterprise” hyperconverged offering.

Next VeeamON conference is approaching fast: it will take place at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at New Orleans (Louisiana) during May, 16-18 2017. After the first edition (in 2014) and the second (in 2015), after one year with only live or local events (like VeeamON Tour), this will be the third big own event from Veeam (and it’s ecosystem). An important milestone for a company that was founded in 2006 and now one of biggest in its field (and still a good example on how the virtualization ecosystem can grow using also the ecosystem itself). […]

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 is actually in public beta and it’s interesting way to see or test the new functions of this release. Also all beta program participants completing the program requirements will receive an Amazon gift card. Actually most of the news seems related to Windows Server 2016 (and of course the related Hyper-V), but I suppose that there will be something also for VMware vSphere in the GA (at least I guess the support for the 6.5 version).

After the acquisition of PernixData by Nutanix (six months ago) the future of Pernix products is not clear at all. Actually is not possible buy neither FVP or Architect anymore, the PernixPro program has been closed (or “merged” into the Nutanix NTC) and no new version is available to support VMware vSphere 6.5. Existing support contract are still honored, support and download pages are still working…

To make it simpler and easier for partners and customers to securely deploy and manage apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop, Citrix announced the acquisition of Unidesk, the inventor of the groundbreaking Windows application packaging and management technology known as layering. Unidesk offers full-stack layering technology, which enhances compatibility by layering the entire Windows workspace as modular virtual disks, including the Windows operating system itself (OS layer), apps (app layers), and a writable persistent layer that captures all user settings, apps, and data. With its groundbreaking Unidesk 4.0 architecture, Citrix customers will be able […]

Now that the new VMware vSphere 6.5 is in GA, most people are starting considering to upgrade (or start from scratch) with this version, instead of vSphere 6.0 (or also 5.5). But please consider this product like a major release, there are several changes, but also new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (with an active subscription if you have a 5.5 version, so that you can also upgrade your 5.x license keys). But like each new version you have to make some consideration first […]

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