Browsing Posts published in February, 2016

VMware has announced the End of Availability (“EoA”) of all versions of vSphere Enterprise, vSphere with Operations Management Standard and vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise. The EoA effective date is June 30, 2016. After these dates, you will only be able to purchase these products on an exception basis VMware has also announced price changes for vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus from $4,245 per CPU to $4,395 per CPU, and VMware vCenter Server™ Standard from $4,995 per instance to $5,995 per instance (referenced pricing represents suggested MSRP for the U.S., in USD; regional prices […]

Infinit has launched its second product, a decentralized file storage platform, making it possible for IT managers to aggregate storage resources across on-premise servers and the cloud into a flexible, secure, fault-tolerant and scalable file system. Infinit’s goal is to disrupt legacy storage solutionsusing a software-defined solution that makes the product entirely hardware agnostic, with the potential to reduce the total cost of ownership for a storage system, but also drastically reduces the setup time and complexity associated with adopting a custom storage solution.

On February 16th 2016, EMC has launched a new product: VxRail. It’s a fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliancebased on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software. VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). But more important is not only an EMC product: it cames from the VCE that is an alliance with EMC, VMware and Cisco. So it’s mainly an EMC and VMware new product.

Caringo is a storage related company founded in 2005 to change the economics of storage by designing software from the ground up to solve the issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Founders background on object storage were really solid, considering that they were involved in the EMC Centera project and their solution (Swarm) is quite interesting with some unique capabilities.

The Network Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification was something different compare to other “advanced” level certifications in other VMware paths: only a lab based exam (the deploy, configuration and manage part) and you have done! Other VCIX paths require both the admin (now simple called deploy, but it’s not only deploy related) and the design exam, and recently both intermediate exam has been called again VCAP exam (see this post).

Some months ago Cohesity announced the public launch of the Cohesity Data Platform, a product designed to consolidate all secondary storage use cases on a unified environment that helps organizations control growing data demands. Now they are announcing the new v2.0 of their product that expands enterprise features such as SMB protocol support, cloud archive, Site-to-Site replication and hardware-accelerated, 256-bit encryption. The Cohesity Data Platform combines a web-scale storage architecture with standards-based hardware components that enable companies to transition from today’s expensive silos for different data use cases to a simple, pay-as-you grow solution for data management. […]

VMware is unveiling the new VMware vCloud Suite 7 and vRealize Suite 7 that define the entire Cloud Management Platform (CMP). VMware delivers an Enterprise-ready cloud management platform (CMP) that supports two IT Outcomes.  The CMP speeds up IT service delivery, improves IT efficiency, and optimizes IT operations and capital spending. In this new release, VMware is further enhancing the cloud management platform to better support specific use cases our customers are addressing in their cloud management journeys.

As announced some months ago, the new Virtual SAN (VSAN 6.2) will add new data services making this solution more rich that before. Version 6.1 was announced during the last VMworld editions with some interesting features, including a ROBO scenario. But was still limited in data service: better snapshot technologies, better VMFS, but still some limits and no deduplication, no compression, no erasure coding at all.

End User Computing (EUC) is a difficult and challenge market: each year there is a promise to solve and manage it with MDM or VDI solutions (wasn’t the 201x the year of VDI?). But enterprise needs conflict with users and consumer needs. Enterprise needs security (at each levels) and users need simplicity (and usability) otherwise the solution is not adopted or accepted. VMware has address the EUC market in those year (see for example this 2012 report) with different products (like Horizon View, Mirage, AirWatch, …) and still consider it as a major pilar of […]

Compared to vExpert 2015 announce, this year VMware is really sharp and today they have announced the vExpert 2016 list for the first half of the year. Also this time I’ve been confirmed as a vExpert. The list is available on this VMware blog site: vExpert 2016 Award Announcement. Note that also this year, like the 2015, 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.

In the new v6 certification path the VCP6 level was almost complete, but the new VCIX level was not yet available (except for the VCIX-NV). One months ago VMware has announced that VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) will be back, as a intermediate path to the VCIX certification (except again for the NV path). Finally first VCAP6 beta exams are available: the following exams are now open for public registration, with first exam appointments beginning on February 15.

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