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On my Windows 10 machine, recently I’ve got a strange issue with VMware Workstation (version 15.1, but I think could affect also other versions): sometimes was not possible power-on the virtual machines with strange error messages.

The first error message was: “Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to”.

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The Dell Compellent storage is an interesting solution and, before the EMC acquisition, was the main storage product in Dell portfolio.

Veeam Backup and Replication offers different type of primary storage integration to improve and offload the backup process using storage snapshots (and limiting VMware snapshots only for the time needed to take a storage snapshot).

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Commvault has signed an agreement to acquire Hedvig, for total consideration of $225 million, which includes the purchase price and ongoing employee retention.

Commvault was formed in 1988 as a development group within Bell Labs, and later designated as a strategic business unit of AT&T Network Systems. In 1996, it was incorporated as an independent company. 

Their main product is focused on backup and data protection (and not only).

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Interesting European IT events in this month:

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Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry-standard that establishes specifications for cables and connectors and protocols for connection, communication, also and power supply between computers, peripheral devices and other computers.

How USB is supported in VMware vSphere?

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During VMworld US 2019 there was also space for some “minor” products like Workstation and Fusion. “Minor”, but still important in the future of VMware… and really important in the past (first VMware’s product was VMware Workstation).

Also it’s good sign see that those products are still vital, considering that three 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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During VMworld US 2019, VMware has announced the future release of VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.5.

Unfortunately, has happened in past, this is just a product announce, without provide the code of it and the date of General Availability (GA) release date (but I guess will be on VMworld EU 2019). I usually prefer talk about what exist now and see the release notes.

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During the day 1 of VMworld US 2019 there was a big announce about a new VMware vSphere impementation, called Project Pacific.

Project Pacific will be the biggest evolution of VMware vSphere in the last decade and a huge milestone.

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Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is a VMware feature introduced in vSphere 4.0 in order to implement native incremental backup at source level. VMware VDAP uses this technology and so all backup and recovery software designed for VMware use it for speed the backup.

This mean that all the backup products that are using VDAP, will rely on VMware API and features, … and bugs.

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VMware vSAN 6.7U3 it’s out and maybe you would like to upgrade your environment.

In my opinion, one reason to upgrade is to finally have the automatical proactive rebalancing feature.

You can automate all rebalancing activities with cluster-wide configuration and threshold settings. Prior to this release, proactive rebalancing was manually initiated after being alerted by vSAN health checks.

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