Browsing Posts published in July, 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutes After several (beta) builds, available to all the Windows 10 Insider people, Microsoft Windows 10 it’s finally available to all (in 190 countries) and also for the upgrade. Yes because Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for qualified devices and OS version (for more information see the Windows10Upgrade page). There are already a lot of information on all the features of this new OS, and several landing pages with presentations and comments. But the best and simple way is just try it: if you […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes One old (and now quite not used anymore) storage concept was about the Frame vs. frame-less architectures. Those terms are from the past decades and where used (especially from Dell-EqualLogic) to identify how storage controllers are dedigned and how they can scale: Frame-based storage contain individual components that scale independently (you can add more cache, network connections, disks, software, etc.) until it’s maxiums and until the product is still supported. Usually you have two storage controllers and one ore more shelves of disks. Frame-less storage is modular where each “module” include it’s own storage processors, […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Veeam has just announced the Veeam Vanguard program: represents their brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities. It’s a program around the community of Veeam experts that truly get our message, understand our products and are our closest peers in IT. For several aspects, like the VMware vExpert or Microsoft MVP program, where the communities contribution is one of the main aspect. In this first rounds 31 individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities on and offline.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Just four years ago this blog has started its life (see the first official post: Blog goes live), initially with a different domain name, but fastly changed with the final one (shorted and probably simpler). In those four years I’ve wrote about all the vSphere 5.x editions (starting with the first 5.0 announce), but not only on vSphere, by covering also other VMware (and non VMware) products. Compared to the previous year (see the related post: Third year of vInfrastructure blog), the blog has grow, expecially in the number of visitors (and recurring visitors) and […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) for VMware is a VMware vCenter plug-ins that allows administrators to manage their EqualLogic groups and coordinate data protection and recovery within their vSphere environment. The Dell VSM is a virtual appliance that is downloaded as part of the all-inclusive Dell EqualLogic software support and can be installed into an existing VMware vCenter environment. The management can be done both within the vSphere Client (for old versions) or the vSphere Web Client (basically VSM management it’s just a web oriented interface). Actually exist two main versions of this product:

Reading Time: 4 minutes LXC (Linux Containers) is an operating-system-level virtualization environment for running multiple isolated Linux systems (containers) on a single Linux control host. Nothing completly new, but is reaching more and more interested also from big vendors (like VMware with cloud native applications or Microsoft with their own container implementation for Windows). CoreOS is a minimal Linux operation system optimized to run Linux containers, such as Docker and rkt. It has a fully automated, reliable, and stable  update system but without a complete package manager. By default, it is designed to build powerful and easily manageable server clusters […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes ObjectiveFS implements a secure, cloud abd log structured filesystem on top of object stores, where existing software and tools can run seamlessly in the cloud. ObjectiveFS gives you a hassle-free storage backend, comparable to something great sysadmin teams set up and maintain, but without the setup and maintenance overhead. Initially it was able only to support AWS S3, but now there is also the (beta) support) for Google Cloud Storage and On-premise Object Store with S3-compatible API:

Reading Time: 6 minutes VMware vCloud Air is the public cloud offer from VMware (formally known as vCloud Hybrid Service) built on the foundation of vSphere and compatible with your on-premises VMware’s based data center. Actually it included several different services: infrastructure, disaster recovery, and various applications as service. Usually it has a dedicated web portal for manage all the related resources. But you can manage VMware vCloud Air with other tools, including VMware Workstation 11 (in this case with several limitations). Or vCenter Server.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware Workstation has an interesting feature to manage vSphere infrastructure (and also stand-alone ESXi hosts) that is really powerful and useful, for example to avoid to install the vSphere client (or the integration plugin) just to open one VM console or to change the power status for some VM. It does not replace the vSphere Client (or the vSphere Web Client) but it’s really useful if you don’t have it (or if the version is wrong) or the vCenter Server it’s down (so that the vSphere Web Client is not available). Starting from Workstation 11 […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you probably know, Windows Server 2003 has (finally) reach its end-of-life. For the Windows 2003 Server family the critical dates were the following: On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2003 family ended. On July 14, 2015 Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 family will end. So one year after the Microsoft Windows XP (and Office 2003) retirement, now it’s the turn of the Windows Server 2003 (and of course the R2 version) operating system family, after 12 years!

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware vRealize Operations Manager is the rebranded name of vCenter Operations Manager (derived from a 2011’s company acquisition) and will be part of the new vRealize suite. But will be not only a barely renaming of an existing product, instead it will be a completely new version with lot of important improvements. Finally with the 6.0 (now at the 6.0.2) version lot of limitations and minor issues of the previous product has been solved and, although is still not a general purpose tool that can be used on all cases, it’s becoming really interesting and rich […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Like in the past VMworld 2014, the location of VMworld 2015 will be in the same place: again at San Francisco (for the US edition) and Barcelona (for the EU edition). US edition: will be in San Francisco during August 30 – September (with a partner day on August 30) EU edition: will be in Barcelona during October 13 – 15 (with a partner day on 12)

Reading Time: 4 minutes As you know the VMUG membership is completly free as also all the benefits, including the online resources, local meeting and UserConf events (some events may have a fee depending by the local VMUG, but almost are for free). But, if you want (and it’s not mandatory for VMUG membership), you can have more benefit by subscribing to the VMUG Advantage, that is an interesting way to stay on top of your technical skills with discounts on training, certifications, attendance at VMworld and on product licenses.

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