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After one year from the release of VMware Workstation 14 and VMware Fusion 10, VMware has just released VMware Workstation 15, VMware Player 15 (for Windows and Linux PCs) and VMware Fusion 11 (for MacOSX).

A good celebration of VMware’s 20th anniversary, considering that the first product was VMware Workstation.

And a good news, considering that two year ago there were some rumors and doubts about the future of Workstation and Fusion products, due to the laying off some employees from the related teams.

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VMware NSX-T Data Center is the next generation product that provides a scalable network virtualization and micro-segmentation platform for multi-hypervisor environments, container deployments and native workloads. It has not yet features parity with NSX-v, but the gap is closing faster and there are also several new features and capabilities available ONLY on NSX-T.

And the product is growing faster: on June was release the NSX-T Data Center 2.2.0 and now there is the new NSX-T Data Center 2.3.0 release (see the release notes).

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VMware vSphere 5.5 is really close to its End of Support, that will mean no more updates and possible limited support from VMware.

The End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5, or to a newer version.

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Veeam and N2WS are giving away the ultimate AWS re:Invent experience 2018 to THREE lucky winners!

AWS re:Invent is becoming a huge event with deeper technical content, more hands-on learning opportunities, keynote announcements and more. The AWS re:Invent 2018 will be at Las Vegas, from November 26 to 30. Don’t miss the largest cloud gathering in the industry!

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OpenIO is a startup founded in 2015 by a team of 7 co-founders, experts in mail and data infrastructures. The headquarter is located in Lille, France, and there is also an OpenIO office in San Francisco.

Their product OpenIO SDS is an interesting Object Storage solution very service and application oriented with several “connectors” for different cases.

They are growing quite fast and on September 13 they will host the second big event: OpenIO Summit 2018

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Dell EMC has probably a storage portfolio too rich and with some overlaps, due to the EMC acquisition, and I was quite sure that the Dell PowerVault MD storage series was destined for early obsolescence to be replaced by the Compellent series.

But obviously, I was wrong. Dell EMC announced a new PowerVault line: Dell EMC PowerVault ME4.

As the previous PowerVault MD series, also the new PowerVault ME4 (very strange name) is targeted for the specific SMB market.

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Just a few weeks ago, VMware has released NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.2 and now it’s the turn of a new version: NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.3.

NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.3 addresses a number of specific customer bugs. See Resolved Issues for more information.

The release notes describe other aspects, but there aren’t new features or specific improvement in this new release.

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VMware Horizon version 7.4 was released at the begin of this year, and now VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.6 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. So a really active year for EUC and VDI.

VMware has also released VMware User Environment Manager 9.5 and VMware AppVolumes 2.14.2.

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Three years ago, VMware has decided to make VMware Tools an independent package, with a separate lifecycle and available in the MyVMware download page as a separated package. Separated and independent from VMware Fusion, Workstation and ESXi virtualization solutions!

Seems good, but on vSphere environment, this can make some confusion considering that you have the VMware Tools bundled with ESXi and the standalone VMware Tools usually with a bigger version and independent also by the version of vSphere!

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There are a lot of different possible reasons why a VM does not power on a VMware vSphere infrastructure, but usually, the error message can really help to found the reason or the root cause.

Maybe not available resources, maybe some files that are missing, maybe some incompatibility… But normally you can put the error message and found the proper VMware KB that can help you.

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Interesting European IT events:

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Four years ago I’ve written a post about the Virtualization with ARM based servers when some vendors announce the possibility to have new server’s series based on the ARM processor.

Now seems that there are more than rumors with the announce, during the latest VMworld US 2018, of VMware vSphere for ARM. To be honest, not exactly vSphere, but just ESXi… anyway an interesting announce.

But to be clear, limited to embedded and edge IoT systems, so not like a general purpose solution for ARM servers.

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