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VMware has released (on Feb, 15th) a new vCSA version: vCenter Server 6.5 U1f, with build number 7801515. This release patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) mainly against two vulnerabilities: bounds-check bypass (Spectre-1, CVE-2017-5753) and rogue data cache load issues (Meltdown, CVE-2017-5754). As of now, there is still no patch for branch target injection vulnerability (Spectre-2, CVE-2017-5715). VMware has also updated the security advisory dealing with all of its virtual appliances updates for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, VMSA-2018-0007. But note that VMSA-2018-0004.2 has not been updated yet, and it still report that the suggested version for […]

Runecast announces the new release version 1.7 of its proactive issue detection software, Runecast Analyzer. After the Meltdown and Spectre detection added in the previous releases, this latest version brings other interesting news. Runecast Analyzer is powered by the largest database of automated VMware KB articles which feed its internal archive of known issues. The interesting aspect of this tool is that it’s very easy and fast to be deployed and that it can work fully in offline mode!

Uila has a very interesting product that provide a holistic full stack monitoring and visualization of an entire infrastructure from the hardware to the applications and services, end-to-end. Uila provides a non-disruptive and scalable application auto-discovery solution for over 3000 applications and protocols with Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology and automatically correlates any application performance issues with underlying network, storage and compute performance to get to root-cause.

Rubrik has announced that it has agreed to acquire Datos IO, a market leader in backup and recovery for NoSQL databases and big data file systems. Datos IO is the application-centric data management company for the multi-cloud world. Datos IO delivers a radically novel approach to data management, helping organizations embrace the cloud with confidence by delivering solutions that protect, mobilize, and monetize their data — at scale. The acquisition of Datos IO will extend Rubrik’s reach into mission-critical cloud applications and databases increasingly adopted by application and DevOps teams at Fortune 500 companies.

On May 2017, Dell EMC announced the next generation of PowerEdge servers: the new 14th generation, the first with the new Dell-EMC logo. After less than 3 years from the introduction of Generation 13 of PowerEdge series, the newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a secure, scalable compute platform that is the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives. Of course, the new series was not complete with all models at the launch and has been shapen in the following months.

Veeam licenses software in a variety of ways depending on the specific product and/or use case you are interested in. This includes licensing by the number of CPU sockets on a managed server (or host), as well as by the number of VMs, physical servers, workstations, cloud instances and/or users being managed. We can summarize the different options (not all are available, it also depends on the product):

After the special discount for all the eBook (and video) on Packt site, now it’s the turn for the printed book: for one week only, get 25% off all Packt print books as well as FREE shipping! A good opportunity if you want to buy the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book, or also other books from Packt.

Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. There isn’t a single simple way to minimize those security risks, because you need to patch different levels of your stack. For a VMware environment, there are some tools to check your status (and also to help you to apply the right patches).

This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of an upgrade to vSphere 6.5. See also the original post. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of the enterprise server virtual platform from VMware, but the new beta it’s already there for testers. Actually the next version it’s (in the beta) and you can register at https://secure.vmware.com/43478_vSphere_Beta_Reg.

Red Hat has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CoreOS, an innovator and leader in Kubernetes and container-native solutions, for a purchase price of $250 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing that are not expected to be material. Red Hat and CoreOS’s relationship began many years ago as open source collaborators developing some of the key innovations in containers and distributed systems, making automated operations a reality.

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.

Nutanix platform has been extended from the origina offer (appliance based single vendor only) to add more flexibile options… with more nodes options (also storage or compute only) and with different hardware vendors (including Dell-EMC, Lenovo, Cisco, HPE). Starting with Cisco and HPE the options where more “software only” with certified hardware platform. But now the software only option (announced May 2017) is something real and whether you choose Nutanix software as part of a turnkey appliance solution or to run on your own installed platforms, Acropolis and Prism editions provide a range of capabilities […]

There are some cases where the VMware Tools installation, if you run it from the vSphere platform, remain pending and you cannot end this task anymore. Also if VMware Tools are up and running properly. It’s something boring because may block you in several other tasks.

StorMagic is a software-defined storage company enabling hyper-converged infrastructure for two nodes configuration and SMB, using its software based product StorMagic SvSAN, that support VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms. But StorMagic has also some interesting validated architecture and partnership with some vendors (for example Cisco). And the StorMagic Dell EMC® HCI Appliances represent an engineered solution powered by StorMagic SvSAN software and Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

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