Browsing Posts published in July, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes On a previous post, I’ve write on how build custom ESXi ISO with 3rd part tools. Those tools are not mentioned by VMware so probably are not supported. But you need a custom ISO in order to install ESXi on a host where the network drivers are missing (storage could be not an issue if you install it on a USB/Flash card). The other solutions are use a vendor related custom ISO or the embedded version that probably already include the right drivers. But in order to build your custom ISO you could use the […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a similar way as defined for the VCP-Cloud certification path, VMware has defined some cross-path for the the different VCP certifications to remove (if you are already a VCP on another path) the course requirements! Those are the different options:

Reading Time: 8 minutes Several weeks ago I’ve tried the Admin related VCAP exam in the cloud certification path. I’ve already taken the Admin exams from the DCV path and was almost confident with the environment and type of task (at least the type of difficult level and type of format). I’ve also spend several words to commend this kind of exam format that really prove the admin capabilities instead the mnemonic; also it’s almost difficult to cheat or copy so the certification itself gain obtain value. About the exam preparation I’ve put some reference in this post: VCAP5-CIA […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Today (in Europe, yesterday night in US) has been announced the winner of the “Grand Prize” winner of the “game” CloudCredibility. This is the first part of the official announceon the CloudCred site: After a wonderful 5 months in action, the CloudCred Grand Prize winner has been chosen! Congratulations to user AndreTheGiant for winning the Grand Prize!

Reading Time: 3 minutes After the launch event of this group, those are the events organized by the CloudOps VMUG SIG: CloudOpsSIG: Automated Development & Test in Private Cloud: Making it Work in Your World | Thursday, July 25, 2013 CloudOps Survey Findings: A Live Google Hangout Panel Discussion | Tuesday, July 30, 2013 VMworld US 2013: Tuesday, August 27 For more info about the VMUG SIG see also this post.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Just two year ago this blog has started its life (see the first official post: Blog goes live). Compared to the previous year (see the related post: One year of blog) blog has grow, expecially in the number of visitors (and recurring visitors) and in its popularity. Keep in two languages is quite difficult and time expensive, but I would like to try to still maintain the double version for the next year (although Italian visitor are become less, from a percentage prospective).

Reading Time: 7 minutes One of the several interesting topics discussed in the recent event Cloud Communities Day, held on Monday 22 in Milan and with the presence of various communities, as well as analysts and academics, was which could be the most interesting type of cloud. If we limiting to the three basic types: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a service (SaaS)… Which one could be the more interesting? As often “it depends” could be the answer, but paradoxically, many have very clear opinions about it (though it is not […]

Reading Time: 1 minute The opvizor® software is a monitoring tools (cloud-based) for a virtual systems that works smoothly and securely and automatically tests your VMware base line as well as your system configurations, and security settings against state of the art rules and best practices. On 17 July they have announce the next major version 2.0 with a lots of new features:

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the last weeks there were several news about the VCDX certifications: the first double VCDX, a new defense and an interesting support offer from Nutanix. The first guy that has now both VCDX-DCV and VCDX-Cloud certifications is Tom Fojta. Here it’s Journey to VCDX-Cloud, and huge congrats for this amazing result! The new VCDX defense date it’s: October 28-30 in Singapore. Will be another opportunity for VCDX4-DCV, VCDX5-DCV, and VCDX-Cloud. Probably the last one for VCDX4, considering that on the general certification page all v4 certs have been removed!

Reading Time: 4 minutes What is virtualization and how it’s related to cloud? There are different types of virtualization levels (system, applications, networking, storage, …). But basically it’s an abstraction useful to created different contexts. Virtualization could be used as an abstraction level of a cloud computing solutions, but virtualization does not imply cloud. What is cloud (computing)? According with the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing, a cloud has those essential characteristics:

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some month ago (on May 21st) VMware has launched its vCloud Hybrid Service, that is a customized version of a vCloud based IaaS solution targeted for hybrid cloud scenarios. Some days ago vCloud Hybrid Service achieves ISO 27001 certification for its information security management system supporting this kind of service. ISO/IEC 27001 certification is a globally recognized standard for the establishment and certification of an information security management system (ISMS). The standard maintains the requirements for implementing an ISMS, which include a detailed risk assessment, internal audit, and continuous monitoring of the controls supporting the […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes After some month from the previous release (see the announce of the v3.0), NAKIVO Inc. has announced (on 15 July 2013) the new release NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.2 that introduce some new features and several optiminization to the existing core features of v3.0. The product remain still based on a web 2.0 (here some screenshoots) almost clear and usable also from small device. But it’s not (yet) integrable with the VMware vSphere Web Client (a web based interface does not directly mean that could be integrated with the vSphere Web Client, that it’s based […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you probably already know this year there will be the 10th edition of VMworld US, and will probably another good reason to attend at this event (and for the VMworld EU there are still a couple of day for the early bird). There is a nice post on the VMworld’s blog with several interesting data across all the editions:VMworld 2013 Blog Series: Breakout Sessions.

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