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The new VMware vSphere 6.7, recently available in GA, increase all configuration maximums to new limits (compared to the v6.5 and previous versions). Maybe we can say with no limit, or at least, to be serious, with really huge numbers compared to the actual needs and the existing compunting power. Those new limits are both for scalability aspect, but also to fit with possible performance requirements, considering that a bigger number of business critical applications are going in the virtual environment.

There are only 5 months until VMware vSphere 5.5 will go End of Support, that will mean no more updates and possible limited support from VMware. The End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5, or to a newer version. With version 6.5 U1, VMware has extended the general support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which means the general support for vSphere 6.5 will end November 15, 2021. Quite […]

Just one year ago, VMware has announced vSAN 6.6… now it’s the turn of vSAN 6.7, contextually of the release of vSphere 6.7 GA. VMware vSAN is the VMware’s Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution that also fits in the hyper(visor)-converged model to build a simple (to be managed) and scalable HCI solutio. Although is a separate product, the core functions to implement it are already present in the vSphere versions making really easy to deploy and enable it.

VMware has just released the new version of vSphere 6.7 that includes ESXi 6.7 and vCenter Server 6.7, and, of course, it’s the foundation for vSAN 6.7! There are several news, improvements and new features. Most are well described in the vSphere 7.6 launch page.

On December 2017 Nutanix has released AOS 5.5 unleashed many new features that pushed the envelope on resilience, performance, security, and operational agility. Now it’s the turn of AOS 5.6 (code name Obelix) picks up where 5.5 left off and makes Nutanix an increasingly persuasive choice for IT organizations to build their enterprise clouds with.

VMware vRealize Log Insight is an interesting solution to provide real-time and archive log management, especially for VMware environments. Machine learning-based Intelligent Grouping and high-performance search enable faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. vRealize Log Insight can analyze terabytes of logs, discover structure in unstructured data, and deliver enterprise-wide visibility using a modern Web interface.

Veeam has started an interesting collaboration with Pure Storage some years ago, but probably the most notable collaboration was during the last Pure Storage Accelerate at San Francisco where both the companies have provided a compelling solution for businesses that are undergoing a digital transformation. The main intent was to provide a storage integration between Veeam Backup & Replication and Pure Storage. This integration was planned to be available early 2018 to provide businesses with the ability to leverage storage snapshots for significantly improved RPO and reduced infrastructure impact.

Datrium announced the shipment of DVX 4.0 Software, the third major software release in less than a year. Datrium DVX converges Tier 1 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with scale-out backup and cloud disaster recovery (DR) and Cloud-Native Data Services. Datium promises that DVX enables up to 10 times more VMs to run at lower latency than HCI, enables 10 times faster VM restores than scale-out backup products, and with Cloud DVX, offers backup to cloud with up to 10 times lower AWS fees than many cloud backup providers, all in the same simple converged system.

Rubrik has announced the launch of Rubrik Polaris, a SaaS platform for Data Management Applications. Rubrik Polaris delivers a unified system of record across all business applications and data for seamless security, compliance, and governance. Rubrik Polaris revolutionizes the data management market, specifically backup/recovery, archival, and DR, by providing a global policy framework, workflow orchestration, and deep data intelligence as cloud-delivered applications.

Redfish is the new standard, promoted by Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), for secure and scalable server management automation. With Redfish, the challenges of expanded scale, higher security, and multi-vendor openness are managed, while also enabling automation with modern DevOps tools and processes. Historically, in Dell(EMC) servers the out-of-band management function is implemented by the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller component, embedded in every PowerEdge server (with different version, starting from the express to the different enterprise). For modular servers there is also another component called Chassis Management Controller (CMC) that provide […]

Many people probably remember Violin Memory and it’s products, probably one of the first in the All Flash Array (AFA) field. Founded in 2005 as Violin Technologies by Donpaul Stephens and Jon Bennett. I’ve talk about them several times (see for example this 2012 post: Powering the cloud report – Violin Memory), because they got interesting technologies. But when they enter in the stock exchange, the journey wasn’t lucky enough: On December 14, 2016 Violin Memory filed for Chapter 11 Federal Bankruptcy protection.

One year ago, VMware has started the bifurcation of VMware Tools for Legacy and Current Guests using of two separate delivery vehicles: VMware Tools 10.1 is available for OEM-supported guest OSs only VMware Tools 10.0.12 was for the guests OS that have fallen out of support by their respective vendors are offered “frozen”. VMware Tools 10.2 branch is the new evolution of 10.1 versions, and now it’s arrived at version 10.2.5! This version is only for supported OSes, VMware Tools ISO images are frozen for some end of life guest operating systems.

VMware has acquired the technology and team of E8 Security. With this acquisition, VMware is further reinforcing its commitment to deliver the industry’s first intelligence-driven digital workspace to empower the employee experience and drive predictive security. Adding E8 Security’s capabilities to VMware’s digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE, will enable customers to get a single platform approach that simplifies management and security by correlating data to accurately detect and respond to advanced threats using analytics.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables you to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. VMware is pushing on this service and its offer, and few weeks ago has actived the first “European” region in UK.

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