Browsing Posts published in September, 2015

Reading Time: 9 minutes The VMworld US edition is finished some weeks ago and there are just four weeks until the European edition of VMworld 2015! Although those two edition are too close there are still lot of difference in the contents and in the events themselves. The European edition remain one of biggest event in EMEA and a must, especially if you have lost the US edition. This year I’ve followed also the US edition, so that I can make a comparison between them. And anyway, I’ve attend at all the EU editions and was a pity miss one of them. […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware vCloud Air is the public cloud offer by 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, data protection, and various applications as service. VMware site and blogs cover more of the information about using this service, but there is a book: Learning VMware vCloud Air.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Mastering VMware vSphere Storage book is intented for users who already have some experience with the VMware vSphere platform and want to learn and design VMware vSphere storage solutions and how to troubleshoot vSphere storage issues. The main purpose of this book is monitor and optimize the storage capabilities of your vSphere environment.

Reading Time: 5 minutes During the past VMworld US 2015, I’ve also attend at the last Tech Field Day extra day and got the opportunity to know Datto. Datto is an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by thousands of managed service providers worldwide. This is the description from their web site, but honestly was not so easy understand what they really during the first part of the presentation.

Reading Time: 5 minutes One myth of public cloud services is that is cheaper compared to private services, but it’s (or it could be) wrong. The reality is that you don’t have CapEx and you have usually monthly OpEx. But in the long (or sometimes also in the short) term could become more costly rather than an on-prem solution. Of course it depends by the service type and the real OpEx cost of your on-prem solution (sometimes not so easy to evaluate). But also public cloud services may have some costs that are not so easy to be evaluated […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes During the last VMworld US, I’ve got the opportunity to talk with Yoram Novick, CEO of Maxta, about their storage solutions. Maxta’s mission is to dramatically simplify and streamline IT by thinking outside the storage box. Their idea is simple: eliminate Storage Arrays and Storage Networking with a completely software based storage solution that provide an hypervisor agnostic, VM-centric Enterprise-class data services for VM agility, continuous availability, data protection, and capacity optimization.

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware vSphere 5.5 has a new update release and now it’s available the vSphere 5.5 U3 on the download site. For the hypervisor part, except the bug issues fixed, the most interesting news are the certification of PVSCSI Adapter, where the PVSCSI adapter is certified for use with MSCS, core clustering and applications including SQL and Exchange, and the support for Next Generation Processors, with the addition of next generation processors from Intel and AMD.

Reading Time: 2 minutes After the version 2.5, PernixData announces the general availability of FVP Version 3.0 and the new FVP Freedom Platform. FVP version 3.0 specific new features include: Support for vSphere 6.0. FVP enables customers to get world-class storage performance in any modern vSphere environment (5.x and 6.0). New HTML5 based User Interface. PernixPlus. FVP now provides a proactive wellness capability for the collection of pertinent deployment data from PernixData customers. This helps identify potential challenges before they arise, and enables PernixData’s support team to rapidly resolve any issues that arise.

Reading Time: 2 minutes As announced during the VMworld session “INF5123 – Managing vSphere Deployments and Upgrades – Part 2”, VMware Tools 10.0.0 have been released, and (starting from 3rd September) are available in the MyVMware download page as a separated package. Separated and independed from VMware Fusion, Workstation and ESXi virtualization solutions!

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.1 was announced during the VMworld US 2015 with some new interesting features. Now it’s finally available on VMware vSphere download page. Considering that it’s implemented at hypervisor level, there isn’t a specific download: you have to upgrade (or download) vSphere 6.0 Update 1. VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 increases data protection options for business-critical environments with the new Stretched Cluster feature providing zero-point Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and enhanced VMware vSphere Replication. Additionally, VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 enables new advanced management and monitoring through deep integration with VMware vRealize Operations and […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the previous post I’ve introduced the Altaro’s VM backup solution, started with a Hyper-V only product, now is becoming a multi-hypervisor product that support also VMware vSphere (up to version 6.0). As mentioned previously, their original product was also renamed to Altaro VM Backup (from Altaro Hyper-V Backup). To manage backup configuration and jobs you need a Windows machine that can be either: Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 Windows 7 (64-bit) and 8 (64-bit)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Altaro is a fast-growing software company with easy to use and affordable (also for the price) backup solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments. Their main solution is Hyper-V Backup v5 designed to make backup of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs easier than ever, with refined and sophisticated features, and also affordably priced (it include also a free edition, limited to 2 VMs per host and with a 4 weeks maximum retention). You’ll be up and running in a matter of minutes, protecting your VMs by using flexible features for automated backups […]

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