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The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization enviroment, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host!

The dual SD option was already present in all PowerEdge, also in previous generations, and was a good choice to separate the hypervisor from the disks or simple use diskless based solutions. And was a good option for vSphere ESXi when servers were only used as a compute nodes.

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Every year, the VeeamON Virtual online event brings together more than 2,500 industry experts to showcase the latest technology solutions for data hyper-availability.

During this event, Veeam explores the challenges of data growth and inevitable data proliferation, the threats they pose to data availability and protection, and the steps to be taken to achieve Intelligent Data Management.

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NAKIVO is continuing releasing new versions of its main product, and now, after NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.0  there is the new v8.1 release which introduces a breakthrough solution for data protection automation.

This latest version of the software revolutionizes the way businesses manage their data protection routines by reducing manual work to a minimum. In addition, v8.1 provides for universal recovery of any application objects.

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Reading Time: 1 minuteInteresting European IT events:

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Reading Time: 3 minutesDuring the last AWS re:Invent 2018, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced new EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by ARM-based AWS Graviton Processors, which promise cost savings up to 45 percent for certain workloads.

Built around ARM cores and making extensive use of custom-built silicon, the A1 instances are optimized for performance and cost. They are a great fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets.

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Reading Time: 2 minutesRed Hat has announced that it has acquired NooBaa, an early stage company developing software for managing data storage services across hybrid and multicloud environments.

The addition of NooBaa’s data management technology augments Red Hat’s existing portfolio of hybrid cloud offerings and helps advance Red Hat’s position as a leading provider of open hybrid cloud technologies.

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Reading Time: 3 minutesAs you probably know, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is the builtin “backup solution” for vSphere and was first introduced with vSphere 5.1 (see VDP: the new VDR in vSphere 5.1). But VMware has decided its End of Availability (EOA) and VMware vSphere 6.5 was the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product.

VMware want to focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s a great sign for the backup and data protection ecosystem.

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Reading Time: 4 minutesEric Siebert (from Sphere-Land.com) has opened THE contest for voting the Top vBlog 2018, aka the ‘Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs’.

This is a recurring and esteemed contest in the VMware & virtualization world and not only (see also the history of the top blog voting over the years).

Last year over 1,600 people voted from all over the world and when the votes were tallied the top 25 bloggers were revealed.

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Reading Time: 3 minutesThis year has started with the revelation of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities afftecting most of the (old and new) processors including Intel, AMD and ARM… but also others.

In little less than one year we are still far from the solution because there are some patches, but those patches have serious performance impacts and sometimes are those patches require more and more time to become effective (instead of causing new issues).

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Reading Time: 3 minutesRubrik has just announced the new Rubrik Andes 5.0 to deliver automated backup, recovery, archival, search, cloud, and development in a simple, scale-out platform built for the hybrid cloud.

Rubrik Andes is the company’s 14th and most significant release to date of its Cloud Data Management (CDM) platform, that supports for the key modern operating environments in the enterprise, including: VMware, Hyper-V, AHV; physical environments such as Linux and Windows; and AWS, Azure and private clouds.

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Reading Time: 3 minutesThe last week I’ve realized an article for the StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies (see VMware vCenter and PSC topologies).

Some days ago, there was an interesting post from Emad Younis, on how the external PSC deployment it’s not only an old approach, but will also become no more supported in future release of vSphere (see: External Platform Services Controller, A Thing of the Past).

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Reading Time: 6 minutesVeeam Backup & Replication does not have a native integration with “entry-level” NAS appliance, but there are some different options if you want to configure a Veeam repository on a NAS hardware appliance.

The most common option is just to use the CIFS/SMB protocol on the NAS appliance and connect the repository as a network share.

But for some NAS appliances there is also the possibility to export a LUN with iSCSI and then you can connect it with a software iSCSI initiator to the Veeam Backup Server and use as “local storage”.

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