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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DataWorks Summit (formelly Hadoop Summit) is the industry’s premier big data community event with both an European and US edition.

It’s a great opportunity to learn from your peers and industry experts how open source technologies enable you to leverage all your data, on premise and in the cloud, to drive predictive analytics, distributed deep-learning, and artificial intelligence initiatives. Not necessary only with Apache Hadoop technology (and this probably is the main reason of the name changing for the event).

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VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, have announced OVH intends to acquire VMware vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The transaction is expected close in calendar 2Q 2017.

Funny that OVH grpup was also a big vCloud partner from VMware and it’s curious to see that now can buy the vCloud Air business (maybe the datacenters used by VMware were almost from OVH?). But what about the technology itself, considering that vCloud Air is something more that vCloud Director (but still based on it).

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Recent VMware security bug (VMSA-2017-0006) is related to one of the worst possible security issue in a virtualization environment: a possible “guest escape” vulnerability that allows arbitrary code execution on a host system from the guest system.

It’s not the first time of a similar risk (see, for example, Microsoft Edge used to escape VMware Workstation at Pwn2Own 2017) but this kind of issue is a different risk level if it affect Worksation (so “just” a client environment) or a ESXi (potentially a datacenter environment).

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Interesting European IT events:

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Recently VMware has released a few security patches that will prevent a guest from execute code on the ESXi host and breaking the isolation of a virtual machine.

This has been possible based on heap buffer overflow and uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA, using this bug may allow a guest to execute code on the host.

Note that this particular issue impacts ESXi 6.0 or later as also latest version of VMware Workstation, Player and Fusion.

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This is the third part of a set of posts realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and implementation of a ROBO infrastructure. See also the original post.

Infrastructure at remote office side

Design a ROBO scenario must match finally the reality of the customers’ needs, its constraints but also the type of workload and the possible availability solutions of them.

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Just some months ago Broadcom has announced a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Brocade merging networking with storage competency to build stronger company. Due to competitive overlaps, Broadcom plans to divest the IP Networking business. Brocade’s intention was to assist Broadcom in finding a buyer that will continue to invest in the strong portfolio that Brocade created.

Now Broadcom and Extreme announced that they have reached a definitive agreement for the purchase of Brocade’s Switching, Routing & Analytics (SRA) business unit, including the VDX, MLX, SLX platform family, Brocade Workflow Composer, and Network Visibility & Analytics product and service portfolios, following the closing of Broadcom’s acquisition of Brocade. We believe that Extreme is a great fit for our SRA business and represents a positive outcome for our partners and customers.

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After the public beta period, NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 comes out with great features that improve VM backup and recovery, simplify VM backup management, and speed up VM backup and recovery.

The new version will add the following key features:

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Some months ago I wrote a post on some possible replacement for PernixData FVP because In August 2016 Nutanix acquite PernixData but without give a clear message of the future of this product (neither during the last .NEXT event in Vienna).

Finally I was able to talk with some Nutanix people from the PernixData division and I clarify some concerns about this acquisition.

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RedHat SDS solution has two different storage products, both open software-defined storage, with two different technologies:

  • RedHat Gluster Storage (formelly Red Hat Storage Server) provides a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective data management platform, streamlining file and object access across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
  • RedHat Chef Storage provides a robust, highly scalable block and object storage platform for enterprises deploying public or private clouds. Voted No. 1 storage option by OpenStack® users

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