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VMware vForum Online provides expert insight that can help drive innovation for your organization. It’s a must-attend event for IT professionals who are driving their digital transformation and building a hyper-converged IT infrastructure. It includes virtual exhibits, a keynote presentation, multiple breakout sessions, live chat with experts and hands-on labs. And with no travel required, there’s no reason not to attend!

Storage management is something unique and quite depending by the storage vendor. Solutions like VMware Virtual Volumes can simplify it by providing a common interface, but it’s more on the usage and consuming part, rather than the storage management part. The SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association) Swordfish specification is a standard that helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers.

Redfish is an open industry standard specification, API and schema developed by DMTF (SPMF) group that specifies RESTful interface and utilizes JSON and OData. Redfish has been designed to deliver simple and secure management for converged, hybrid IT and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Created in September 2014 with the first standard and specification in 2015, now there are 16 member companies. Promoters of this standard are: Broadcom, Dell, Emerson, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Supermicro, and VMware.

DataWorks Summit (formelly Hadoop Summit) is the industry’s premier big data community event with both an European and US edition, organized annualy by Hortonworks Inc, an independent company, formed in June 2011 and funded by $23 million venture capital from Yahoo! and Benchmark Capital. The last European event was in Munich, during April 4-6, with over 1,400 attendees. This will be probably much bigger.

Interesting European IT events: MPLS + SDN + NFV World – Paris (Apr 10-13) DataWorks Summit – Berlin (Apr 16-19) Microsoft TechSummit – Stockolm (Apr 17-18) IoT Tech Expo Global – London (Apr 18-19) TECHunplugged – Amsterdam (Apr 19) Telco Cloud Forum 2018 – London (Apr 24-25) Red Hat Tech Talk – London (Apr 25) IPEXPO – Manchester (Apr 25-26)

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 (amdflaws.com) that provide more detail about them.

Interesting European IT events: Mobile World Congress – Barcelona (February 26-Mar 1) Gartner CIO Leadership Forum – London (Mar 5-7) Nutanix .NEXT on Tour – Utrecht (Mar 6), London (Mar 14) WHD.global – Europa-Park (Mar 10-16) Oslo Big Data Day 2018 – Oslo (Mar 13) Microsoft Tech Summit – Paris (14-15), Amsterdam (Mar 28-29) Gartner Data & Analytics Summit – London (Mar 19-21) HPE Technology and Solutions Summit – The Hague (Mar 19-23) VMUG NL UserCon – Den Bosh (Mar 20) Cloud Expo Europe – London (Mar 21-22)

RVTools is a Windows .NET application, easy to be install which uses the VI API to collect and display informations about your vSphere virtual environments. RVTools supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.5, ESX 5.5, VirtualCenter 6.0, ESX 6.0, VirtualCenter 6.5 and ESX 6.5, so all you can have (also legacy versions) in a datacenter. And it’s totally free. After 10 months from the last version, now it’s available the new Version 3.10 (February, 2018).

I’m very proud and honored to be invited again to the next Tech Field Day in Austin (TX). It will be the 16th edition of Tech Field Day (#TFD16), just one year after the 13th, still in Austin (and where I was also invited). I’m very excited for this event, that remains a must for all techie-people: be a delegate is a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, learn more on products and solutions and usually learn directly by the higher (technical) level of each company… All without biased discussion and always with a high technical […]

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)

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.

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.

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2W Software (N2WS), their first major acquisition in an all-cash transaction deal for N2WS valued at $42.5M. This after an impressive year, with $827M in total bookings revenue and 36% annual growth! N2WS was founded with the mission of providing enterprise-class data protection for workloads in the public cloud. N2WS is a leader in IaaS data protection, providing a cloud-native backup solution specifically designed for AWS workloads, enabling organizations to back up data and applications as often as needed and recover them in seconds. N2WS grew revenues by 102% […]

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