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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020 was one of the first European conference affected by the COVID-19 pandemia.

Initially planned between March 30 and 2 April 2020 in Amsterdam was been postponed to August 13 – 16 2020.

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The Red Hat Summit 2020 was planned in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, April 27-29, 2020. But of course it was re-thinked in the time of COVID-19 pandemia.

Now it’s a Red Hat Summit 2020 Virtual Experience delivered as a free on-line event during April 28-29 2020.

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Eith the COVID-19 pandemia, the 2020 is the year of conferences cancellation of a new brand of conferences 2.0.

All the big conferences have been cancelled, postponed or transformed in virtual events, starting from mid February.

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There is a big issue in vCenter Server, with sensitive information disclosure vulnerability in the VMware Directory Service (vmdir).

Under certain conditions vmdir that ships with VMware vCenter Server, as part of an embedded or external Platform Services Controller (PSC), does not correctly implement access controls.

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If you try to install VMware ESXi 7.0 in a nested VM inside VMware Workstation (but same apply also for Fusion and Player) you are not able to start the installer phase.

The ESXi 7.0 installer start correctly but then will hang on this error message:

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The VMware ESXi partitions layout on the system disk has remained almost the same for several years.

VMware ESXi 6.x partitions layout was the same from previous 5.x versions and there ware only some exceptions with bigger disks (with two different diagnostic partitions.

Starting with ESXi 7.0 the partions layout is now totally changed.

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QNAP is one of the leaders in the Home/SMB NAS area, with a lot of products including also some Enteprise solutions.

But the big advantage of this product is the flexibility to add “apps” and extend the functions of the NAS itself to not only store data, but also use them or provide vertical solutions (like for example video-surveillance).

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This year is very active for NAKIVO: on January they announced the version of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.1, on February the NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.2 and now it’s the turn of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.3.

The newest version offers native protection of Oracle databases via RMAN.

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Runecast Analyzer is a proactive issue detection software for VMware vSphere environments, powered by the largest database of automated VMware KB articles which feed its internal archive of known issues.

It’s based on a virtual appliance (VA) that you can deploy in your environment (or also on a different environment) to check your vSphere (and also vSAN and NSX) environments.

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NVIDIA and Mellanox today announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox. Pursuant to the agreement, NVIDIA will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mellanox for $125 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $6.9 billion.

Once complete, the combination is expected to be immediately accretive to NVIDIA’s non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP earnings per share and free cash flow.

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Using VMware virtualization products (and not only vSphere, but also Workstation and Fusion) on recent Linux CentOS (or RedHat) VM you may found an annoying issue during VM power-off procedure.

The Linux kernel will initiate the halting phase, but the VM may remain powered-on with this message in the console:

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One important concept of virtual networking is that the virtual network adapter (vNIC) speed it’s just a “soft” limit used to provide a common model comparable with the physical world.

For this reason, the Intel e1000 and e1000e vNIC can reach a real bandwidthbigger than the canonical1 Gpbs link speed.

But what about the vmxnet3 vNIC that can advertise also the 10 Gpbs link speed. What is the real bandwidth of this adapter?

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Last month, NAKIVO has announced the version of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.1, and now it’s the turn of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.2.

This is the 28th software release of their backup and data protection product. A really fast-growning product.

The main news is the support of Office 365 backup! To be more precise is better say that support the backup of the Exchange Online part.

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