Browsing Posts published in January, 2018

Red Hat has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CoreOS, an innovator and leader in Kubernetes and container-native solutions, for a purchase price of $250 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing that are not expected to be material. Red Hat and CoreOS’s relationship began many years ago as open source collaborators developing some of the key innovations in containers and distributed systems, making automated operations a reality.

One month ago, the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book has been published and we already have some interesting feedback. Considering that it’s the first book experience (not only for me but also for the other co-authors), and that neither of us it’s a native English speaker, we are really interested in more feedback (positive or negative) as possible, in order to improve, in the case of a new edition or a new book.

Technology Live! is a one-day event, organized by A3 Communications, where up to four vendors showcase their technologies in action to a group of technical journalists, bloggers and analysts. A combination of presentations and demos allows each company to present its solutions with a much higher level of detail than is usually possible in traditional briefings. A highly interactive day for all participants.

Nutanix platform has been extended from the origina offer (appliance based single vendor only) to add more flexibile options… with more nodes options (also storage or compute only) and with different hardware vendors (including Dell-EMC, Lenovo, Cisco, HPE). Starting with Cisco and HPE the options where more “software only” with certified hardware platform. But now the software only option (announced May 2017) is something real and whether you choose Nutanix software as part of a turnkey appliance solution or to run on your own installed platforms, Acropolis and Prism editions provide a range of capabilities […]

There are some cases where the VMware Tools installation, if you run it from the vSphere platform, remain pending and you cannot end this task anymore. Also if VMware Tools are up and running properly. It’s something boring because may block you in several other tasks.

Increase a virtual machine disk size it’s so easy, on almost all hypervisor: just click and increase the space on the virtual disk. But it’s just one part of the game, the second part it does the same inside the virtual machine, and maybe it’s not so easy or fast increase the partition and the filesystem inside the related guest OS. For Windows OSes, starting with 2008 (Windows Server 2008 and Vista) it’s quite easy. For Linux, it could be easy with LVM, but a little tricky without it.

StorMagic is a software-defined storage company enabling hyper-converged infrastructure for two nodes configuration and SMB, using its software based product StorMagic SvSAN, that support VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms. But StorMagic has also some interesting validated architecture and partnership with some vendors (for example Cisco). And the StorMagic Dell EMC® HCI Appliances represent an engineered solution powered by StorMagic SvSAN software and Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

Big Switch Networks announced that Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) now supports a robust ecosystem of the leading hyperconverged (HCI) solutions, including: VMware vSAN, Dell EMC ScaleIO, and Nutanix. Big Switch Networks is a company in the Software Defined Network (SDN) area with a clear declared mission: to bring network innovation to a broader audience, by delivering fit-for-purpose products based on hyperscale networking technologies.

Veeam has announced the availability of Veeam Recovery to Microsoft Azure with Veeam PN (Powered Network). This new, on-demand turnkey solution ensures Business Continuity that is fast, easy to use, simple to deploy and affordable. It’s based on free product, Veeam PN, announced on the last VeeamON 2017, an easy to use, light-weight software-defined networking (SDN) solution to eliminate complicated VPN installation and simplify network configuration to create the ultimate recovery site on Microsoft Azure.

Seems that the vSphere Web Client has some bugs, also with the latest vSphere 6.5 version. It should be the main web client (see a list of possible GUI clients in vSphere 6.5), but sometimes does not work as expected (without considering possible Flash bugs). If you are using vSphere vApp (a feature that requires a DRS enabled cluster), you may have some issues when you need to remove a VM outside from a vApp.

Vembu is a player in the backup and data protection world, maybe not (yet) well-know, but for sure not new at all and with a complete suite that covers the physical world, the virtual (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V) and also some public cloud SaaS solutions. One of their product is the Vembu Backup&DR (BDR) Suite that helps you to backup the virtual and physical machines and aids your business continuity, having VMware, Hyper-V, Physical Windows Servers, Workstations, Linux, and Mac with RTO & RPO<15 minutes and minimal administration effort.

Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only way to minimize those security risks is to patch your operating systems or the hypervisor level (if you are using virtual machines).

VMware has announced the general availability (GA) of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 4.1. The new release is based on top of the Ocata release and support for the latest versions of VMware products, across vSphere, vSAN, and NSX V|T (including NSX-T LBaaSv2). OpenStack is a framework for providing developers with cloud-style APIs and tools on top of a choice of virtual infrastructure technologies. OpenStack software controls large pools of computing, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies […]

Microsoft has just released to all Windows Insiders the new Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074. This build is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server and it’s a preview of the next production build of Windows Server 2016… usually most of the features will be confirmed in the stable branch. So what’s New in Build 17074 for Windows Server?

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