Browsing Posts published in February, 2015

Reading Time: 8 minutes During the first Italian Tech Field Day Extra (at Cisco Live 2015 in Milan) the company that we met was, of course, Cisco. For an entire day we had different sessions with different Cisco’s people and talk about their different products, but also their different solutions and approaches. It was a full day (January 26th) from 9:00 to 17:00 with a bunch of interesting information (especially for me, where the networking part is usually the simplest part of my project, considering the medium size of Italian projects and environments).

Reading Time: 8 minutes Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) is a technical certification introduced by Veeam to documented proof that an engineer possesses the necessary level of expertise to correctly architect, implement and configure Veeam Software Solutions. If you start from scratch, in order to gain this certification, you basically need to attend a course and pass the related exam (I’ve already described the entire process for the VMCE Certification and also some comments about the VMCE 7 Course). But VMCE needs a recertification on each new major version of Veeam Backup & Replication and recertification rules are pretty simple: […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes From the beginning of the VCDX program, all VCDX holders bio and information have been inventoried and promoted on a VCDX directory page, which is the only official and authoritative source in order to verify this kind of VMware certification. which is the only official and authoritative source in order to verify this kind of VMware certification. But wen the number of VCDX has grown (with 200 people), this page has become less usable and effective… and also has become more of a challenge to manage and keep the information updated. To solve this issues, some days ago, Chris and Karl have announce a new official […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Although the official confirmation has not yet arrived via email (same behaviour of last year or two years ago), it seems that (also) this year I was confirmed as a vExpert. The list has published on the VMTN blog site: vExpert 2015 Announcement (for Q2 2015 see this post). After the 2014 test (one application every three months), this year the vExpert program as slightly change again  with one application every six months… So new people will be announced in the second half of this year.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere Storage Appliance was a software-based shared storage solution that enables high availability and automation in vSphere without shared storage hardware (for more information see this post). In 2014, VMware has announced the End of Availability of all vSphere Storage Appliance versions, effective April 1, 2014. All support and maintenance for vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5 will be unaffected and will continue to follow the Enterprise Infrastructure Support Policy. The End of General Support life date for customers with vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5 remains September 19, 2018. In a previous post I asked if Could VSAN replace VSA? And […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes NexentaConnect is a complete suite of software solutions to combine software-defined storage with cloud, enterprise, and desktop deployments. Providing acceleration, automation and analytics that can only be delivered when storage is integrated with the entire solution stack. There are different type of Connect, and recently has been announced a specific version of VSAN: NexentaConnect complements VMware Virtual SAN simplified operating and storage consumption models by providing several new features:

Reading Time: < 1 minute After the big announce in the previous week, now Big Switch Networks will launch its BSN Labs to the public. What is BSN Labs? It’s an online portal to test drive its SDN products, including Big Cloud Fabric and Big Tap Monitoring Fabric… like a hands-on-lab it could be very useful also for understand how the products works and its features. While traditional networking products require access to physical hardware in order to use or test products, Big Switch Labs enables instant online testing of its products via this one-of-a-kind demo environment.

Reading Time: 5 minutes So not only the new releases of some VMware products have been announced… but also new certifications, new levels and new paths. The VMware certification roadmap announced at VMworld 2012 was almost clear and related to the tecnologies used (and owned by VMware) at that time. But, except the moving of the developer certification to the Pivotal initiative, the paths have been the same until now (with the new entry of Network Virtualization) and the new VCA level.

Reading Time: 4 minutes During the VMware Online Launch Event, live from the VMware Partner Exchange event, Pat Gelsinger (VMware Chief Executive Officer) and Ben Fathi (VMware Chief Technology Officer) have announced the new release of their main product: VMware vSphere. The VMware vision announced (or confirmed if you prefer) during the Partner Exchange 2013 was all around three main points: Software Defined Datacenter, Hybrid Cloud and End User Computing. Most news (or the most important) are around the first point, considering that the several previous announces have already covered the Hybrid Cloud strategy and that the EUC area.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Interesting European IT events: Cloud Architect Alliance #3 – Amsterdam (Feb, 5) Office 365 Summit – Amsterdam (Feb, 12-13) SecAppDev – Leuven (Feb, 23-27)

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