Browsing Posts published in February, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Uila has a very interesting product that provide a holistic full stack monitoring and visualization of an entire infrastructure from the hardware to the applications and services, end-to-end. Uila provides a non-disruptive and scalable application auto-discovery solution for over 3000 applications and protocols with Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology and automatically correlates any application performance issues with underlying network, storage and compute performance to get to root-cause.

Reading Time: 8 minutes In June 2017, a team constituted of independent researchers, university research labs, and some of Google’s Project Zero members and cyberus technology discovered two security vulnerabilities enabled by the widespread use of speculative execution in most of the CPU. The problem was also independently discovered by other researchers, at about the same time. These vulnerabilities, called Meltdown and Spectre, were made public in January 2018. 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 […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Linux Kernel 4.15 has been released on 28 Jan 2018 and, thanks to the entire Linux Kernel development team, this release contains the latest code to deal with Meltdown and Spectre issues and minize the related risks. The Kernel is the core code in the operating system managing low level tasks. In the update both vulnerabilities are explicitly addressed.And the interesting aspect is that the performance are not so bad! There are infact three instinct vulnerabilities identified, one Meltdown and two variations of Spectre (known as v1 and v2). Kernel 4.15 actually address only Meltdown and […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rubrik has announced that it has agreed to acquire Datos IO, a market leader in backup and recovery for NoSQL databases and big data file systems. Datos IO is the application-centric data management company for the multi-cloud world. Datos IO delivers a radically novel approach to data management, helping organizations embrace the cloud with confidence by delivering solutions that protect, mobilize, and monetize their data — at scale. The acquisition of Datos IO will extend Rubrik’s reach into mission-critical cloud applications and databases increasingly adopted by application and DevOps teams at Fortune 500 companies.

Reading Time: 1 minute The VMware Communities Roundtable is an informal talk with different (in each episode) VMware experts talking about virtualization. The podcast it’s live every Wednesday at noon CA time. In the episode #421  I was invited to talk about the vSphere Client HTML5 and its limit, but also its pros. The talk idea came from a post that I’ve wrote one month ago (Is the HTML5-based vSphere Client ready to replace the vSphere Web Client?) on the limitation of the new vSphere Client, but this was before the vSphere 6.7 and vSphere 6.5U2 releases.

Reading Time: 4 minutes On May 2017, Dell EMC announced the next generation of PowerEdge servers: the new 14th generation, the first with the new Dell-EMC logo. After less than 3 years from the introduction of Generation 13 of PowerEdge series, the newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a secure, scalable compute platform that is the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives. Of course, the new series was not complete with all models at the launch and has been shapen in the following months.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Veeam licenses software in a variety of ways depending on the specific product and/or use case you are interested in. This includes licensing by the number of CPU sockets on a managed server (or host), as well as by the number of VMs, physical servers, workstations, cloud instances and/or users being managed. We can summarize the different options (not all are available, it also depends on the product):

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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. There isn’t a single simple way to minimize those security risks, because you need to patch different levels of your stack. For a VMware environment, there are some tools to check your status (and also to help you to apply the right patches).

Reading Time: 9 minutes This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of an upgrade to vSphere 6.5. See also the original post. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of the enterprise server virtual platform from VMware, but the new beta it’s already there for testers. Actually the next version it’s (in the beta) and you can register at https://secure.vmware.com/43478_vSphere_Beta_Reg.

Reading Time: 1 minute Interesting European IT events: Cisco Live EU 2018 – Barcelona (Jan 29 – Feb 2) REcon 2018 – Brussels (February 2-4) Nutanix .NEXT on Tour – Frankfurt (February 6) Technology Live! – London (February 8) Cloud Computing 2018 – Barcelona (February 18-22) Chief Data Officer Europe – London (February 20-22) Poland VMUG UserCon – Warszawa (February 22) World IA Day 2018 – (February 24) Mobile World Congress – Barcelona (February 26-March 1)

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