Browsing Posts published in March, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many people probably remember Violin Memory and it’s products, probably one of the first in the All Flash Array (AFA) field. Founded in 2005 as Violin Technologies by Donpaul Stephens and Jon Bennett. I’ve talk about them several times (see for example this 2012 post: Powering the cloud report – Violin Memory), because they got interesting technologies. But when they enter in the stock exchange, the journey wasn’t lucky enough: On December 14, 2016 Violin Memory filed for Chapter 11 Federal Bankruptcy protection.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Now that Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities are almost fixed, there is a new critical vulnerability for several Intel CPU called BranchScope, discovered by some researchers from four universities. It’s again a speculative execution issue, in the method a processor uses to predict where its current computational task. By exploiting this flaw, attackers with local access could pull data stored from memory that’s otherwise inaccessible to all applications and users.

Reading Time: 2 minutes One year ago, VMware has started the bifurcation of VMware Tools for Legacy and Current Guests using of two separate delivery vehicles: VMware Tools 10.1 is available for OEM-supported guest OSs only VMware Tools 10.0.12 was for the guests OS that have fallen out of support by their respective vendors are offered “frozen”. VMware Tools 10.2 branch is the new evolution of 10.1 versions, and now it’s arrived at version 10.2.5! This version is only for supported OSes, VMware Tools ISO images are frozen for some end of life guest operating systems.

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware has acquired the technology and team of E8 Security. With this acquisition, VMware is further reinforcing its commitment to deliver the industry’s first intelligence-driven digital workspace to empower the employee experience and drive predictive security. Adding E8 Security’s capabilities to VMware’s digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE, will enable customers to get a single platform approach that simplifies management and security by correlating data to accurately detect and respond to advanced threats using analytics.

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables you to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. VMware is pushing on this service and its offer, and few weeks ago has actived the first “European” region in UK.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nimbus Data Systems, was a storage flash company founded on 2006 with their own flash devices with some intesting products (see for example Nimbus Data – High-performance storage). After some years of shadows (The “latest news” on the front page of the Nimbus web site is a press release dated June, 2014), now the company it’s back again (with just the name Nimbus Data, but the same logo and the same CEO).

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Until now, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 have got a similar build evolution during the years. But Windows 10 seems to maintain this trend of continuous improvements, Windows Server instead need a new name… Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018. Starting now, you can access the preview build through our Insiders program.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Most people probably already know the terms Converged infrastructures (CI) and HyperConverged Infrastructures (HCI) that are both become quite common in the IT world, with several products and solutions that aim to be fit in those classifications. HCI has become a hot topic with several vendors that aim to be a leader in this area, or with several “magic quadrants” that try to define who is in. But like happens with the Software Defined Something (especially the Software Defined Software) it’s not always easy to determine what really can fit in a classification and what not. […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Now that Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities are almost fixed, there is a new critical vulnerabilities, this time specific only for several AMD CPU. There are 13 critical security vulnerabilities and manufacturer backdoors discovered throughout AMD Ryzen & EPYC product lines. Yes, also the lates AMD CPU models! Like with Meltdown and Spectre, there is a dedicated web site ( that provide more detail about them.

Reading Time: 11 minutes This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of using GUI or CLI, with the example of VMware environment. See also the original post. In several cases, a user can choose to use the CLI or GUI, in other cases, for example for some specific tasks, maybe it’s possible to use only one type of interface. Also note that there are other types of interfaces like the API, but in this case, we cannot really consider a user interface. And sometimes the boundary it’s not so clear and easy to be defined, […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Runecast Analyzer is a proactive issue detection software for VMware vSphere environments, powered by the largest database of automated VMware KB articles which feed its internal archive of known issues. With the new release version 1.7 the analysis is now extended also to vSAN environments and can really help not only during the infrastructure validation but also for the maintenance and operation of the infrastructure itself.

Reading Time: 3 minutes vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments to provide full cloud features. vOneCloud is distributed as a virtual appliance for vSphere. It contains all required OpenNebula services within a single CentOS Linux appliance. All components are fully open-source and have been certified to work in enterprise environments. You can build your cloud in just 5 minutes!

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