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Reading Time: 1 minute Interesting European IT events: Beyond IoT – Cork (Jan, 21) Bett 2019 – London (Jan, 23-26) The Future of Cyber Security – Manchester (Jan 24) Cisco Live EU 2019 – Networking Field Day Extra – Barcelona (Jan, 28 – Feb, 11) Login VSI – VDI Performance Summit – Amsterdam (Jan 29) DEF CON – London (Jan 29) Storage Developer Conference – Tel Aviv (Jan 30) Nordic VMUG Conference – Copenhagen (Jan 31)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Every year, the VeeamON Virtual online event brings together more than 2,500 industry experts to showcase the latest technology solutions for data hyper-availability. During this event, Veeam explores the challenges of data growth and inevitable data proliferation, the threats they pose to data availability and protection, and the steps to be taken to achieve Intelligent Data Management.

Reading Time: 1 minute Interesting European IT events: DockerCon – Barcelona (Dec, 3-5) Black Hat Europe – London (Dec, 3-6) NetApp Insight 2018 – Barcelona (Dec, 3-6) VeeamON Tour Virtual – Online (Dec, 5) Paris OpenSource Summit – Paris (Dec, 5-6) VMUG Virtual – Online (Dec, 6) UK VMUG UserCon – Leicester (Dec, 13)

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: 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 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: 4 minutes Today the VMworld EU 2018 will officially begin with a specific day dedicated to partners, but also with a lot of other events, including a local VMUG event. Still at Barcelona (maybe it will be the last year in this city, after a long row of editions?), just moved from Septembed to the first week of November.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cloudera and Hortonworks jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. Considering that both already are at leader in the Big Data world, the transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, will create the biggest company in this area with the declared scope to build the world’s leading next generation data platform provider, spanning multi-cloud, on-premises and the Edge.

Reading Time: 1 minute Interesting European IT events: E2EVC – Athens (Nov, 2-4) Gartner Symposium/ITxpo – Barcelona (Nov, 4-8) VMworld 2018 – Barcelona (Nov, 5-8) Connected Data – London (Nov, 7) Data Centre World – Frankfurt (Nov, 7-8) TechUG – London (Nov, 8) AIFORSE Conference – Barcelona (Nov, 10) OpenNebula Conference – Amsterdam (Nov, 12-13) OpenStack Summit – Berlin (Nov, 13-15) Managed Services and Hosting – London (Nov, 20) DataCentres Ireland 2017 – Dublin (Nov, 20-21) Data Centre World – Paris (Nov, 27-28) Nutanix .NEXT – London (Nov, 27-29) HPE Discover 2018 – Madrid (Nov, 27-29)

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware certification paths are quite clear with well defined technology paths (DCV, EUC, NV, Cloud) and different levels (VCP, VCAP, VCDX). All certifications require at least one proctored exam (some may require two different exams). The names of all exams and certifications will change using a “year” notation, but the concept remain the same. But there are also other type of exam, non proctored and just on-line version. One example are the Foundation exams.

Reading Time: 3 minutes This news is very huge: IBM is acquiring Red Hat for $34 billion ($190 per share in cash). The acquisition is expected to close in the latter half of 2019. Red Hat will remain a distinct unit in IBM, like was when VMware was acquired by EMC, and this is the first positive aspect to keep a proper independence of the company and the products. And the Red Hat unwavering commitment to Open Source innovation can remain unchanged.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Recently, during VMworld US 2018, VMware has celebrated the 20 years of the company. But there is another virtualization project that has a lot of history like VMware: the Xen Project and this October marks our 15th anniversary. On October 2003, Ian Pratt (founder of the Xen Project) announces the first stable release of the Xen virtual machine monitor for x86, and port of Linux 2.4.22 as a guest OS. It was one of the most popular open source hypervisors and amasses more than 10 million users; but now there is a clear rise of KVM and also […]

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