The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes.

Some interesting news are related to security aspects and how data-at-rest could be protected: one option could be new vSphere 6.5 VM encryption format but now it’s also possible use the native vSAN encryption. Duncan’s post explains the difference of those two approaches.

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The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes.

Most of those aspects are related to data and cluster resiliency (as expected by a storage solution), including:

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If you are using Veeam Backup & Replication to protect a Microsoft Exchange 2016 environment, you should not (yet) apply the Cumulative Update 5 (KB4012106) patch to avoid mailbox item-level recovery issue.

In the weekly newsletter, Veeam notes that a couple of customers who already upgraded to CU5 reported some restore failures in Veeam Explorer for Exchange, caused by the significant change in one mailbox database structure.

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DockerCon 2017 will be in Austin in those days (17-20 April 2017) and it’s completly sold out. But the General Sessions on both Day 1 and Day 2 of DockerCon will be livestreamed!

Find out about the latest Docker announcements live from Ben Golub (CEO) and Solomon Hykes (Founder and CTO) and enjoy the highly technical demos the Docker team has prepared for you!

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The industry’s (almost) biggest annual survey has just started again: the goal of the survey executed by Ruben Spruijt, CTO Atlantis Computing, and Mark Plettenberg, PM LoginVSI, is to share insights about usage, configuration and trends in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Server Based Computing industry, ‘the State of the VDI and SBC union’.

The survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. The results will be reported in a whitepaper that is free to download after registration. If that’s not enough we are also giving away 3 Amazon gift cards ($50,-) to randomly selected persons who complete the full survey.

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Past week Cohesity has announced the new release of its product and platform: Cohesity DataPlatform 4.0 and Cohesity DataProtect 4.0 expand Cohesity’s capabilities far beyond backup to bring together even more data formats and infrastructures, including object storage and network-attached storage (NAS), onto its hyperconverged platform.

In less than two years Cohesity has announced the v1, the v2, the v3 and now the v4 of Cohesity Data Platform, a product designed to consolidate all secondary storage use cases on a unified environment that helps organizations control growing data demands.

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VMware has announced the intention to acquire Wavefront, a leading metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments.

In this way VMware is going to increase its Cross-Cloud management products and services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization.

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VMware Virtual SAN 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 versions making really easy to deploy and enable it.

Is a really fast growing product, by the end of 2016, VMware HCI solutions powered by vSAN have more than 7,000 customers (more than Nutanix and SimpliVity combined, but will be nice know how many are really in production).

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VMware has announced the discontinuation of its third party virtual switch (vSwitch) program, and plans to deprecate the VMware vSphere APIs used by third party switches in the release following vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Subsequent vSphere versions will have the third party vSwitch APIs completely removed and third party vSwitches will no longer work.

In the past years, VMware has recommended the Nexus 1000V users to move into the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch to avoid future problems, now it’s clear the product version where you can go.

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Elastifile has launched its software-only, scale-out, elastic and flash-native solution that delivers hyperscale efficiency to enterprises and cloud service providers.

The Elastifile Cloud File System frees data from its traditional hardware and site silos, with unprecedented scale and consistent, all-flash performance across a true global namespace to consolidate and migrate any workloads, whether on-premises or in the public cloud.

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VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EOA) of vSphere Data Protection (VDP), the backup program integrated with vSphere suite and included with the Essential Plus license.

VMware vSphere 6.5 is the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. VMware will focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s a great sign for the backup ecosystem.

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