Browsing Posts published in November, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes During the last AWS re:Invent 2018, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced new EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by ARM-based AWS Graviton Processors, which promise cost savings up to 45 percent for certain workloads. Built around ARM cores and making extensive use of custom-built silicon, the A1 instances are optimized for performance and cost. They are a great fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Red Hat has announced that it has acquired NooBaa, an early stage company developing software for managing data storage services across hybrid and multicloud environments. The addition of NooBaa’s data management technology augments Red Hat’s existing portfolio of hybrid cloud offerings and helps advance Red Hat’s position as a leading provider of open hybrid cloud technologies.

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you probably know, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is the builtin “backup solution” for vSphere and was first introduced with vSphere 5.1 (see VDP: the new VDR in vSphere 5.1). But VMware has decided its End of Availability (EOA) and VMware vSphere 6.5 was the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. VMware want to focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Eric Siebert (from Sphere-Land.com) has opened THE contest for voting the Top vBlog 2018, aka the ‘Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs’. This is a recurring and esteemed contest in the VMware & virtualization world and not only (see also the history of the top blog voting over the years). Last year over 1,600 people voted from all over the world and when the votes were tallied the top 25 bloggers were revealed.

Reading Time: 4 minutes This year has started with the revelation of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities afftecting most of the (old and new) processors including Intel, AMD and ARM… but also others. In little less than one year we are still far from the solution because there are some patches, but those patches have serious performance impacts and sometimes are those patches require more and more time to become effective (instead of causing new issues).

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rubrik has just announced the new Rubrik Andes 5.0 to deliver automated backup, recovery, archival, search, cloud, and development in a simple, scale-out platform built for the hybrid cloud. Rubrik Andes is the company’s 14th and most significant release to date of its Cloud Data Management (CDM) platform, that supports for the key modern operating environments in the enterprise, including: VMware, Hyper-V, AHV; physical environments such as Linux and Windows; and AWS, Azure and private clouds.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The last week I’ve realized an article for the StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies (see VMware vCenter and PSC topologies). Some days ago, there was an interesting post from Emad Younis, on how the external PSC deployment it’s not only an old approach, but will also become no more supported in future release of vSphere (see: External Platform Services Controller, A Thing of the Past).

Reading Time: 6 minutes Veeam Backup & Replication does not have a native integration with “entry-level” NAS appliance, but there are some different options if you want to configure a Veeam repository on a NAS hardware appliance. The most common option is just to use the CIFS/SMB protocol on the NAS appliance and connect the repository as a network share. But for some NAS appliances there is also the possibility to export a LUN with iSCSI and then you can connect it with a software iSCSI initiator to the Veeam Backup Server and use as “local storage”.

Reading Time: 2 minutes On April was released Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 and now it’s the turn of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 2.1  the next leap forward for the leading container platform in the industry and the only one designed for both Windows and Linux apps. With Docker Enterprise 2.1, is possible improve Windows Server application migration program, organizations get the best platform for securing and modernizing Windows Server applications, while building the foundation for continuous innovation across any application, delivered anywhere.

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMworld EU 2018 it’s now over and it’s possible shared what’s happened during this event. First to all: when and where will happen VMworld EU 2019? Again in Barcelona and it’s planned on 4-7 November 2019! To get the latest news and be updated on the future event, you can become a VMworld Insider.

Reading Time: 6 minutes During the VMworld US 2018, one of the announces was the VMware ESXi for ARM porting, specific for the embedded and edge IoT systems, so not like a general purpose solution for all ARM servers (but an interesting move to increase the possibility for bringing the virtualization on ARM). VMware demonstrated ESXi on 64-bit ARM running on ARM hardware built to common industry standards; note that VMware demonstrates not just virtualization, but also resilient operations and ease of management at the Edge, via FT-protected 64-bit Arm VMs and vMotion in a high-availability DRS cluster…

Reading Time: 1 minute This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies. See the original post. You can “federate” multiple vCenter Server systems using vCenter Linked Mode (introduced in vSphere 4.0) to build a single pane of glass and share information between vCenter instances, like view and manage the inventories of all the vCenter Server systems that are linked.

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