Browsing Posts published in October, 2012

Reading Time: 2 minutes As already written, during this edition of Powering the Cloud, I have a speech: 2B5: How to increase the availability of business critical applications using virtualization Wednesday 31st October 2012 at 14:00 In this session we will discuss how is possible increase the availability of business critical applications running in a virtual environment. First we will introduce the different level of availability and different type of technical solutions. Then we will discuss the difference between VMware HA (with VM and application monitoring), VMware FT and guest clustering. We will give more technical detail on how […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute The show begins and for me is the first time and will be a big opportunity to meet several vendors (some of them new for me). Here is a list of my appointments at this event: VMware, with Rob Jenkins (Director Advisory Services, EMEA) Violin Memory, with Garry Veale (Managing Director, EMEA) Datacore, with Alexander Best (Director Technical Business Development) Quantum, with Stéphane Estevez (Sr. Product Marketing Manager EMEA/APAC) Spectra Logic, with Molly Rector (EVP Product Management and Marketing Worldwide) Virtual Instruments, with Skip Bacon (CTO and Chris James, EMEA Marketing Director) Dot Hill, with […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute After years of development, Microsoft launched the latest version of Windows (with the NT version 6.2), with a official announce of its CEO Steve Ballmer during product’s launch event in New York on October 25, 2012. It is most probably the most radical version of the Windows OS (at least in the aspect, in the design was NT 6.0) and the client OS is mainly designed for new mobile devices like tablets, but can also be used on desktop PC (but need more training on it). Windows 8 is the new client OS and the […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute VMware has recently released several patches for its vCloud Suite: VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0a and modules (Release Notes) VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.1 (Release Notes) vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.1 (Release Notes) VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.1 vCloud Director 5.1.1 Note also that View 5.1.x is now finally supported on vSphere 5.1; you have to install the patch for vSphere 5.1 as described in the KB 2035268. For more information about the patch, see VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201210001 (2034548).

Reading Time: < 1 minute Veeam has recently released the new version of his backup product, announced during the VMworld EU and with several new features. Also it include new compatibility matrix: New hypervisor support: VMware vSphere 5.1 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V To download the product, or the trial go to the download page. There is also a video with Doug Hazelman that explain the main new features:

Reading Time: < 1 minute Network tuning and offload Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 (DOC) Network Subsystem Performance Tuning Networking Adapter Performance Guidelines (on Windows Server 2008 R2, but still good) Specific technologies Registered I/O Networking Extensions (RIO): Microsoft site, alternative site Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) IPsec Task Offload Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV): Overview of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV), What is SR-IOV? (Scott Lowe’s Blog), PCI SIG Specifications Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V & Data Centre Bridging (DCB)

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the new Windows Server 2012 there are several improvements in the storage part, expecially when we apply to a Hyper-V enviroment. The main news on the storage part, is that now is possible build a Windows Fail-Over Cluster with a shared SMB3 share and use it for store VMs (in a similar way as NFS could be use to NAS connectivity on a VMware vSphere cluster). Also a specific function (Virtual Fibre Channel) as been added to map a FC SAN LUN directly to a VM (similar to the same function in VMware vSphere). […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute With the results of the last VCDX defense (during VMworld EU), we have finally reach more than 100 VCDX (actually VCDX-DV) worldwide. The VCDX directory seems already updated with recent people. So, congrats to @chriswahl, @jpiscaer,  @fojta,  @baecke, @SimonLong_  and all new VCDX!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Finally the EMEA edition of #vBrownbag has started! Actually it will start with the VCP on the Cloud and the EUC path (for more information, see the full list of certification paths and my session at the #vBrownbag at VMworld). The first session is dedicated at VCP5-DT certification with an introduction and the analysis of section 1 of the official blueprint: When: 23 Oct from 20:00 to 21:00 (central europoean time) Where: registration form What: Slide VCP5-DT-S1

Reading Time: 2 minutes As probably most of the people have notice on Twitter, the EMEA edition of #vBrownbag will start tomorrow, and this is a really good idea considering that the timeline of both the US and the APAC edition are a little “complicated” for the European people. This is the official announce from Gregg Robertson: That’s right, after having spoken to the infamous APAC and US vBrownbag teams at VMworld and via the VMware vExpert communities Arjan Timmerman and I have thrown our hats into the ring and have asked to borrow the guys vBrownbag’s and show […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes On last Wednesday I’ve got a meeting with some Nexenta people: Jim Ash (VP of Sales) and Jim Fitzgerald (VP of Business Development & Alliances). I’ve already meet some Nexenta guys at the last Open Storage Summit EMEA 2012 and this was the occasion to know more about their company and products. About the company, Q3 2012 was their best quarter and the grow is more people, more customers (some also with 100 PB) and more offices also in Europe (Netherland, UK, Germany and now also in Italy, at Milan). About the products they are […]

Acronis vmProtect v8

Reading Time: 4 minutes During the last VMworld EU, on Tuesday, I met David Blackman, General Manager EMEA in Acronis and we have some talk about the company and their products. Acronis was founded in 2002 and is headquarter is in Woburn, Massachusetts, USA, with 18 offices worldwide (included Italy). The executive management team has two recent news: the President & CEO is Alex Pinchev (joined on Jan, 2012 from RedHat) and the  Senior Vice President of Strategy & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is Scott Crenshaw (joined on Sep, 2012, still from Red Hat). Both have joined Acronis to […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes During the last VMworld EU, on Monday, there was a NDA Blogger Session from Nutanix and I was one of the attendees. There were several people from Nutanix EMEA (Alan Campbell Regional director Sales, David Lawler Vice Presidend Marketing, Rob Tribe Regional System Engineering Manager, Jason Langore Senior corporate Account Manager, Jane Rimmer Marketing Consultant) as also other people from VMware (in the View and EUC area) and several other bloggers (include Giuseppe Guglielmetti, still from Italy). I’ve already write a couple of posts about their solution and the innovative approach of building a scalable […]

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