VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world.

But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availability.

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Finally, one year after Broadcom announced the intention acquire Brocade the deal is completed: Broadcom Limited announced that it has completed its acquisition of Brocade. With the close of this transaction, Brocade’s storage area networking (SAN) business is now a highly strategic part of Broadcom’s enterprise storage portfolio.

This is also an important milestone toward Broadcom completing the proposed divestiture of Brocade’s Ruckus Wired (ICX) and Wireless business to ARRIS International PLC (“ARRIS”). ARRIS has stated that it expects to close its acquisition once final regulatory approvals are complete.

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In the server virtualization area the main type 1 (or bare-metal) hypervisors are: VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen and KVM. For the public cloud IaaS solutions the most used are Xen (AWS use a custom version) and Hyper-V (in Azure). For the on-prem infrastructure, ESXi is the most used, followed by Hyper-V and KVM.

Both Xen and KVM are just a family, because each Linux distribution have it’s own version those hypervisors. If we speak about XenServer we are looking at the Citrix version of Xen (Citrix has bought the commercial version of Xen several years ago), or if we speak about RHEV we are considerin the RedHat implementation of KVM (RedHat was one the first to push on KVM as a possible shift from Xen).

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One of the best virtualization related book of 2017, in my opinion, is the VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive written by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort.

It’s main target is for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. But the most valuable part, is that is not only update to vSphere 6.5, but also with new technologies, like new Xeon family, new type of disks, NVMe, …

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November will be a rich month for VMUG UserCon in Europe. There will be two big UserCon :

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Veeam Vanguard Virtual Conference is basically a virtual conference for the Veeam Community, founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula in 2017.

It started as a simple idea; “There’s got to be a good way for Microsoft MVPs, VMWare vExperts, and Veeam Vanguards to reach the IT community and share their vast knowledge and experience in a fun and engaging way”.

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After the release of Nakivo Backup & Replication v7.2, now it’s time for the new version, actually in beta, that offers a new type of backup repository, which is optimized for data deduplication appliances (such as EMC Data Domain, HP StoreOnce, NEC Hydrastor, Quantum DXi, and others) without compromising backup performance.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides support for enterprise-grade deduplication appliances such as EMC Data Domain, HP StoreOnce, NEC Hydrastor, Quantum DXi, and other similar appliances, which can be used as a backup target. Note that it’s not (yet) a fully integration with dedup functions and features, but just a “dedup-friendly” repository approach.

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October 2017 was the Blogtober Tech Edition month, thanks to the interesting #Blogtober campaign for the tech / virtualization community started by Matt Heldstab – (@mattheldstab on Twitter). Now he has publish some interesting data and results on this page: http://tcwd.net/vblog/2017/11/01/blogtober-results-what-it-means-for-us-all-yes-you-too/

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Interesting European IT events:

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After the VMware vExpert vSAN 2017 and VMware vExpert NSX 2017 awards, this year a new vExpert category has been added: the VMware vExpert Cloud.

Like for other technologies vertical, these vExperts has demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, scriptwriters, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

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Seems that there are still some issues with vSphere 6.5, with a possible PSOD (Purple Screen Of the Death) after upgrade to 6.5U1 on ESXi hosts using 10 Gbps NICs.

The VMware KB 2151749 describe this issue and explains that this occurs because Netqueue commit phase abruptly stop due to the failure of hardware activation of a Rx queue. As a result, Internal data-structure of the Netqueue layer’s could go out of sync with the device and cause PSOD.

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