After the release of the the new vCloud Suite 5.5, the Horizon View 5.3, now it’s the turn of the general availability of VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6 and vCenter Operations (vCOPS) Manager 5.8.
Both were announced during the last VMworld Europe, in the VMware Cloud Management vision. Both present interesting function of cross-products and cross-cloud/environments.
After the upgrade of Veeam Backup & Replication, now it’s the turn of the monitorin program with the new update Veeam One 7.0 R2.
Details and the patch file are provided in this KB and after upgrading, your build will be version 126.96.36.1992.
As the R2 update of the backup product, new environment are now supported:
- VMware vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Director 5.5
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 as guest virtual machines (VMs), System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), Support for the installation of Veeam ONE and its components on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
There are only 4 months left to plan you upgrade (or better your migration) to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (or 8.1). As written in previous post, on April 8th 2014 Windows XP goes end of life (after a very long period)! Note that this will impact both Windows XP SP3 and also Office 2003. For a complete list of all Microsoft’s products lifecycle see this page.
And an Operating System without security patches is not suitable for an usage in an connected world. So the only solution is migrate to new OS versions (or other OSes).
Some days ago I’ve got an interesting conf with Eric Keohan and Jonathan Klick about the Infinio product for storage acceleration in a VMware environment.
Infinio is a start-up and began in 2011 when Columbia computer science professor Vishal Misra and his fellow researchers saw the potential for their work to solve real-world problems. Vishal enlisted experienced software industry entrepreneurs and top-notch engineers (including co-founders Arun Agarwal and Dan Rubenstein) to make that vision a reality.
They exit from stealth mode during the Tech Field Day 9 and announce their innovative product: a caching appliance on each ESXi host to accelerate reads from NFS datastores in a VMware vSphere environment.
As usual, Veeam is launching an interesting content where you could be the big winner of a free full pass to TechEd 2013 or VMworld 2014.
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Several months ago (on 26th August) I’ve taken the VCAP5-DTA beta exam and finally I’ve got the results: it was a pass! This time the confirmation email was slightly different from the usual beta result because also the score report was provided:
Thank you for participating in the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Administration program.
Please find your score report attached.
The result was a big surprise not because the exam was really difficult (wasn’t easy), but because was really long with several task to complete, with some of them really time consuming.
The available VCDX defense dates (and locations) for 2014 are been recently announced on a thread in the VMware Community. Some were already well know (during the PEX event).
The interesting aspect is that there are more locations (basically one per main Region) and that (actually) seems that there is no plan to bring the defence during the VMworld (not a new idea, but this time make sense, considering the better proposal of dates and places).
I’ve already write about Tarmin Inc. and their Data Defined Storage solution in my last Powering The Cloud report.
Now, on 3rd December 2013, they have unveiled the latest release of GridBank that improves operational efficiency, streamlines data governance and enhances search and analytics. The latest capability enhancements of Tarmin’s GridBank 4.0 Data Management Platform further solidify its innovation leadership in the growing Data Defined Storage market category.
In my briefing with Dot Hill, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Warren Reid, EMEA Marketing Director at Dot Hill. I’ve met him also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months.
Dot Hill is a OEM manufacture in software and hardware solutions for storing, sharing, protecting and managing data.
Their storage array products are really interesting mid-size market for the front-end options and in the software functions. But they have also some interesting achievements (search on Internet using DotHill and CERN and you will get some interesting results and reports) in the world of supercomputing and in general of HPC systems. And also some user cases in the media area, since their storage can reach interesting values of throughput constant and continuous.