During the last Technology Live! London 2017 I’ve see some presentations about new features or new products and was interesting see how those company has changed from the past.

But last presentation was quite different for me: also because Symbolic IO was something new for me, but also because they really made an impressing presentation and demo!

The company was founded in 2012 by Brian Ignomirello, the former CTO of Hewlett Packard’s Global storage team, in an effort to transform the current enterprise storage industry from focusing on hardware, cards, chips and processors to embracing the way that big data works today and address the challenges facing companies with legacy systems.

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Technology Live! is a one-day event organized by A3 Communication where up to four vendors showcase their technologies in action to a group of technical journalists, bloggers and analysts. A combination of presentations and demos allows each company to present its solutions with a much higher level of detail than is usually possible in traditional briefings. A highly interactive day for all participants.

This year will start at London on 23, January 2017.

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The VMCE-A1: Design & Optimization V1 (VMCE-A1) exam is the second requirement to acquire the Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA) designation, after the VMCE-A: Design & Optimization V1 traning. Compared to VMCE exam is more costly, but it’s also another level.

The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE local testing facility with a time extention (30 minutes) for not native english (based on the Country of the testing center). Total time (without time extention) it’s 70 minutes, but it’s not a huge constraint.

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FlashGrid is a new company founded in 2015 by some industry veterans (coming from Veritas, Intel, EMC, HGST, VMware, IBM).

FlashGrid is a software-defined storage technology company specializing on solutions for high availability high performance databases both on-prem or also on public cloud (for more information about their solution see also FlashGrid – Hyper-converged storage solution for Oracle systems).

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Veeam will provide a free NFR (Not for Resale) license (for 1 year up to 10 users) for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to all VMware vExperts, Microsoft MVP, VTEC members, Certified Engineers and Trainers. This license allows for non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

Registration page is available at this link.

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Platform9 is a company founded by VMware engineers (with several years of experience) who have taken a fundamentally new approach to creating and managing private clouds. Their management SaaS solution (or MaaS) went GA two years ago and as grow really faster and moving from the managing of on-prem resources (KVM and vSphere environments) with the all stack (including storage and networking) to public clouds and containers.

Platform9’s model makes it easy to run hybrid clouds across any infrastructure, using leading Open Source cloud frameworks based on OpenStack for VM and IaaS management and Kubernetes for Container Orchestration.

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CloudPhysics SaaS solution is absolutely interesting and I’ve write about them in my #VFD3 report, but what is really interesting is that they are using customer’s feedbacks to improve the product and make their day-to-day virtual data center operations smoother. Their SaaS delivery model enables the creation of the largest IT Data Lake in the industry.

An they publish those data in different reports, lastes one is Global IT Data Lake Report – Q4 2016.

In this report, they offer insights about global trends and changes that are occurring in the world of data center IT. With several key findings, the overarching theme of the report focuses on an abundance of idle and wasted compute and storage resources, suggesting a lack of optimization in data centers globally.

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VMware has updated their supported Products list with a new version (updated at February 1,2017) of VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix document.

Finally this document has become smart and short, with few pages and highlighted in a right way both the products version is within 6 months of End of General Support or End of Technical Guidance and also products version that has gone past its End of General Support.

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In VMware vSphere there was an hystorical limit of VMDK disks around 2 TB (2 TB – 512 B), but the real “usable” was also less due to the need to make a snapshots on it (if you want use native backup solutions) and depending on the block size (for more informations see Veeam KB 1091).

Starting with vSphere 5.5 was finally possibile have bigger disks up to 62 TB (that I will call just “jumbo” disks), but again with several limits describe in VMware KB 2058287 (Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB in VMware ESXi 5.5.x and 6.0.x):

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Uila Application-aware Infrastructure Performance Management is an end-to-end solution available as a public cloud service or also as an on-prem solution.

The overall architecture is similar to other SaaS monitor and anlysis solution  but with some interesting difference: first the possibility to have and on-prem infrastructure, second the ability to monitor not only infrastructure related countes (like from vCenter) but also applications related counters, third the UI and its capabilities.

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Is the right time to invest in some new certifications cloud oriented? Probably yes, but which one? There are different types of cloud computing, with different types of services but also in different way to consume them.

All private cloud services are already covered by exisiting product certifications and does not change too much (maybe just in the name of the certification). The only difference is that private clouds are not just an on-prem virtual infrastructure (virtualization is not cloud computing) but has management tools to provide better automation, agility and self provisioning.

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