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VMware Explore is the new brand name of VMworld event, and as usual, after the US edition there will be an EU edition. VMware Explore 2024 EU will be at Barcelona from 4th to 7th November!

From cloud infrastructure to the software-defined edge to Private AI innovation, you’ll gain perspective, find answers, and see what’s possible with the right cloud solutions.

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VMware® vCenter Converter Standalone provides an easy-to-use solution that automates the process of creating VMware virtual machines from physical machines (running Windows and Linux) and from other virtual machine formats.

Actually the most recent version remain the Converter 6.6 updated on Feb, 22 2024.

Considering that one of my most requested article was VMware Converter guest OS support, I decide to make an updated version.

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Like every hardware and software components, before apply a VMware vSphere upgrade or update you have to check all compatibility aspects.

One is related to the backup software that can be critical because you may loose the capability to perform backup and/or restore.

For Veeam Backup & Replication there is a specific Veeam KB (KB 2443) that provides information about compatibility between VMware vSphere and Veeam Backup & Replication.

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Veeam Backup Catalog is a feature of Veeam Backup & Replication that stands for VM guest OS file indexing.

Veeam Guest Catalog service on backup server works as a local catalog service. It collects index data for backup jobs on this specific backup server and stores this data locally in the Veeam Backup Catalog folder. By default, the indexing data is stored in the VBRCatalog folder on the backup server. Veeam Backup & Replication creates the folder on a volume with the maximum amount of free space, for example, C:\VBRCatalog.

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The Intel® Xeon® CPU Max Series is designed to maximize bandwidth with the new high-bandwidth memory (HBM).

This new processor is architected to unlock performance and speed discoveries in data-intensive workloads, such as modeling, artificial intelligence, deep learning, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics.

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GPU support in VMware vSphere has been for a while starting with the VDI scenario. But can GPUs be used in vSphere for applications other than VDI?

Using GPU not for graphics but for computing… because for some type of operation, GPU can be better than CPU. For example, machine learning models involve very large matrix multiplications and GPUs are designed to compute these operations much faster than CPUs.

VMware vSphere allows your end users to consume GPUs in VMs in the same way they do in any GPU-enabled public cloud instance or on bare metal.

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A Data Processing Unit (DPU) is a programmable computer processor that tightly integrates a general-purpose CPU with network interface hardware.

In VMware, starting with vSphere 8.0, DPU can be used to offload workloads from an x86 host to a DPU, as well as providing an additional layer of security by having an air-gapped environment running some of the processes. This is the result of Project Monterey.  

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