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Reading Time: 4 minutesVMware NSX-T Data Center is the next generation product that provides a scalable network virtualization and micro-segmentation platform for multi-hypervisor environments, container deployments and native workloads. It has not yet features parity with NSX-v, but the gap is closing faster and there are also several new features and capabilities available ONLY on NSX-T. And the product is growing faster: on June was release the NSX-T Data Center 2.2.0 and now there is the new NSX-T Data Center 2.3.0 release (see the release notes).

Reading Time: 2 minutesOpenIO SDS transforms commodity servers into large object storage and compute pools. They build a scalable solution designed to grow as you need, that can handle from terabytes to petabytes. This Object Storage solution became Open Source in 2012 (with AGPLv3 license). OpenIO is a pure (open) software object store. OpenIO SDS has a 6-month release cycle and after the version 18.04 (in April 2018), now there is the new OpenIO SDS 18.04 version. This release is a consolidation and maintenance release, developing the foundation for features for the next version that will be the v18.10.

Reading Time: 4 minutesOnly a few weeks after the release of NAKIVO v7.5 with vSphere 6.7 support, now NAKIVO has announced the new version 8.0 of Nakivo Backup & Replication. The new version introduces the Site Recovery feature, which can help customers achieve business continuity and 24/7 availability of IT services.

Reading Time: 9 minutesWith all those Meltdown, Spectre, Foreshadow, … bugs that affect several CPU, you may be interested in what can be the overall performance impact for all the related patches. There isn’t a simple answer, because it really varies by the processor vendor (Intel CPUs are more affected than AMD CPUs), probably also by CPU the family, for sure by the type of workloads (CPU bound workloads will be more affected, but it depends also on which instructions are used), … but also the type of environment.

Reading Time: 3 minutesVMware NSX Data Center for vSphere is the new name of NSX-v and NSX-t for the on-prem case, and version 6 is actually referring to the specific edition for VMware vSphere that use the vCenter Server UI has the main UI also for all the NSX part. There are other NSX products, but VMware has just announced a new minor version for the vSphere related product: NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.2 it’s out. The release notes describe all the new features and improvement of this release:

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe L1 Terminal Fault (aka Foreshadow) bug is another speculative execution side channel attack that affects Intel Core processors and Intel Xeon processors only. For VMware vSphere, there are some patches available as described in this document: VMSA-2018-0020. All patches have been released on August, 14th 2018.

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the possible security threats in a virtual environment. See also the original post. Security is typically a hot-topic due also to several regulations and compliant rules and laws. But more important, a security breach can have huge collateral effects, also if no data has been stoled, or compromised. But, for example, a “simple” DoS attack that makes a service not available can have a bad effect on the reputation of a B2C company. This post will try to give an idea of some possible security threads in a […]

Reading Time: 2 minutesVM Explorer is another backup (and replication) tool with native support for virtualized platforms (vSphere and Hyper-V) with a good success in the SMB segment. Initially was build by a Swiss company (Trilead), acquired later by HP(E) and recently acquired by Microfocus. Lot of changes in the name, but not in the substance and with a good development and release cycles. Now Microfocus has released a new VM Explorer release (v7.1) compatible with the latest version of VMware vSphere 6.7.

Reading Time: 2 minutesNAKIVO is a US corporation dedicated to developing a data protection solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and cloud environments. Founded in 2012, in few years they build an interesting product with several powerful features. After the NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 in April, now there is a new release v7.5 with support for VMware vSphere 6.7 and other improvements and new features:

Reading Time: 4 minutesManaging the lifecycle of a complete software stack it’s something potentially complex because to the interdependence between the different layers, the order of the update or upgrade and the multiple software piecies (but also potentially some firmware/driver updates). For VMware vSphere there is VUM that can simplify ESXi lifecycle, but for example cannot manage the vCenter/PSC upgrade/update process. For VMware vSAN, VUM has been improved to consider the proper flow of the update process.

Reading Time: 3 minutesRunecast is a powerful tool to monitoring and check a vSphere environment and recently also for a VSAN environment. But it’s not over, actually there is a beta for the new version (Runecast version: 1.7.6 probably) that can analyze also NSX-V environments and this could be quite cool, considering the potentially complexity of a NSX infrastructure. I’ve tested the beta on a small lab, just to see how does it work.

Reading Time: 2 minutesDuring the last ZertoCON 2018, Zerto has announcement its IT Resilience Platform™ to converge backup, disaster recovery and cloud mobility converged in a single, simple, resilient, scalable platform. The core is the new version Zerto 7 will add new capabilities to its IT Resilience Platform to change the way that backup is done.

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