Browsing Posts published in August, 2015

Reading Time: < 1 minute Like in 2012, this year I choose to attend at the US edition of VMworld. I like it in 2012, and probably I would like also this year. Is really different from the European one and sometimes (travels are too costly for European people) deserve a visit. This will be my second VMworld US and I’m really curious and exited! Will be also a VMworld without a new vSphere release (or I least I’ve not seen any beta)… things are changing… new products, new strategies! I’ve already written about my expectation and I hope that […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware snapshots are widely used for different purpose, but the main reason why they exist in vSphere is to help backup programs: using VADP a backup can start a VM snapshot in order to have a frozen file, copy it (or copy only the changed block with CBT and virtual hardware 7 or greater) and then release the snapshot. Other usage are to have a just in point rollback during patches or big changes, but a recommended practice is to release the snapshot as soon as possible. Large snapshots or broken or invalid snapshots are […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Starting from this year, opvizor has two main products: opvizor Health analyzer (the historical SaaS product) and now also opvizor Snapwatcher. Snapwatcher is a free product to help VMware administrators detect broken snapshots lurking in their virtual environments. The product has start as a free beta on Feb 25th 2015 and was created to address the broken or invalid snapshots issues in VMware virtual environments. The problem with these snapshots are that a single snapshot’s Delta-file is able to grow to the same size of the original file. And does not only mean a space […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In July 2015 the VMware Workstation team announced the public access to the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2015 that has now officially becomed VMware Workstation 12. There are a lot of news related to this new version, but one is about the two different editions: Workstation Pro and Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro). This split partially match the same on Fusion where there are two different editions.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Seagate and Dot Hill Systems have announced a definitive agreement where Seagate will acquire Dot Hill to increase their storage portfolio. Seagate has a long storage history especially in hard disks: they’ve developed the first 5.25-inch hard disk drive in 1980 (the 5-megabyte ST-506), on 2006 Seagate acquired Maxtor, on 2011 acquired the Samsung‘s HDD business. But they have also a storage experience: in 2014 Seagate acquired Xyratex a storage systems company, used in most storage enclousure. The same year it acquired LSI’s Flash Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller products, and its engineering capabilities. And X-IO it’s all […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes After the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 now it’s the turn of a new build: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 and also System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3 (confirming that there is a common and unified product strategy). There are some interesting news in Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3:

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tintri, a producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, has announced the release of the Tintri VMstoreTM T5000 All-Flash series. The VMstore T5000 joins the T800 Hybrid-Flash series to create a portfolio of VM-aware storage platforms that offer enterprises and service providers their choice of storage, hypervisor and packaging to best meet their needs. Powered by the same Tintri OS and real time VM-level analytics, the new products will enable customers to easily optimize virtualized workloads across the T5000 and T800 systems.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Kaminario is a company with an interesting enterprise-class all-flash array (AFA) storage solution, that deliver unparalleled cost efficiency, with an really interesting price  per GB. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others. Now they are announcing the K2 v5.5 (generally available in Q3 2015) all-flash primary storage array that cuts the cost from $2/GB, from v5 introduced in May 2014, to less than $1/GB! With this price AFA storage could be for […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rubrik announced the release of version 2.0 of Rubrik Converged Data Management to deliver complete data protection and rich data services at a global scale. The promise is to eliminate backup software by integrating data protection, instant recovery, and DevOps infrastructure into a single fabric. The core is a asynchronous, deduplicated, masterless, SLA driven replication that can be deployed any way you like, many-to-one, many-to-many, one-to-one, uni-directionally or bi-directionally. Rubick Converged Data Management platform is fundamentally a distributed architecture that allows you to share nothing, but do everything—each node is a master of its domain.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Platform9 have an interesting product for making private cloud easy using a public cloud enterprise service (according to a SaaS model) based on OpenStack platform (we can call it as an OpenStack as a Service). They were very active in the past years and part of several industry level events, included latest IT Press Tour and Virtualization Field Day. Platform9’s mission is to make private clouds easy for any enterprise at any scale, and spend less than 5 minutes to get a fully operational environment. Actually they are fully supporting KVM hypervisors, but the final target will […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes The opvizor® software is a monitoring tools (one of the first to be cloud-based) for a VMware 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. Now the main product has been renamed in opvizor VMware Health Analyzer (actually is at the 2.76 release version) and it’s available in two different main editions:

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are planning an in-place upgrade of a vCenter Server (the Windows installable version) you have to read carefully the vSphere Upgrade Center resources to avoid possible issues. Of course you can choose to install a new vCenter Server instance a move all to the new one. Maybe could be the right moment to switch to the vCenter Server Appliance (there is also a Flings to move your vCenter Windows data to a VCSA instance). But sometimes it’s not possible and should be preferable an in-place upgrade.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure has been officially released, after a few months beta period,  while still remaining absolutely free. If you are looking for a simple way to transport data into and from Windows VMs running in the public clouds, this tool is the way to go! There are different tools, included upload functions in the web console, but can be nice have a simple “explorer” to copy your data (in both directorions). This tool is designed to simplify those activities.

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