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The Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) is a vendor-neutral link layer protocol used by network devices for advertising their identity, capabilities, and neighbors on an IEEE 802 local area network, usually with Ethernet standard. Compared to Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) it’s not proprietary and can be used from different vendors. VMware vSphere adds LLDP capability in the Distribuited Virtual Switches (DVS). CDP it’s also available both in DVS, but also in standard virtual switches (by default it’s enabled in listen mode).

The new Dell-EMC PowerEdge G14 Server series it’s finally out and it’s not only the first line with the new logo (and a new bezel), but has really a lot of new features and capabilities. I’ve already talk about the PAT option, now let’s see another one, now valuable also for virtual infrastructure. The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization hosts, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host!

The new Dell-EMC PowerEdge Server generation it’s out (I’ve see a preview at last Dell-EMC World event): the PowerEdge G14 series is not only the first line with the new logo (and a new bezel), but has really a lot of new features and capabilities. One of this the Dell Processor Acceleration Technology (PAT) Pro option: on a R740 the street price is more than 1500€!

After less than 3 years from the introduction of Generation 13 of PowerEdge series, Dell has announced the new 14th generation of DellEMC servers (and will be the first server line with the new name). 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. The new portfolio delivers innovation in three key areas:

The Dell EMC World 2017 will be at Las Vegas (The Venetian hotel) during May 8-11 and will be the first big event after the definition of Dell Technology: one huge event that include companies like Dell, (Dell)EMC and VMware! A good opportunity to learn how those companies can really work together to build better products and solutions. 4 days. 500+ topics. 3 unique breakout tracks. 10+ session formats. 20+ technical certifications. 13+ expo hours. 5+ artists. It all adds up to the one conference you don’t want to miss.

Finally the Dell – EMC fusion has started and, as announced on May 2016, the new big company will be called Dell Technologies and will include all those companies: Dell, the new DellEMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, VirtuStream, VMware. As also, as announced some months ago, Dell Software will not be part anymore of this big picture.

So the rumors were true: Dell is going sell the Dell Software division to Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corporation. Just few months ago Dell sells Perot Systems unit to NTT Data at loss of $800 million, and with this new move is going to make as much cash is possible for the Dell-EMC deal. Both moves are clear and clever: Perot was never been integrated in Dell services (at least non in all counties) and Dell Software was already an independent division. Probably there will something else that will be sold, but lets […]

Also if is not yet clear the impact of the EMC acquisition by Dell, at least in the storage portfolio, seems clear that the Dell storage strategy for the next years will be Compellent centric, with the position of this type of product also as a future replacement for the PowerVault MD3 and EqualLogic. Dell storage portfolio has slightly change with the introduction of the SC4020 (as a mid-size solution) and then the SC2000v as a entry level solution. And also the new SC9000 at a high level position.

One year ago Microsoft announced the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), also know as a Microsoft’s cloud in a box. CPS introduces a validated, ready-to-run, optimized solution that features Microsoft software stack of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack strategically coupled with Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell Storage and Dell Networking in an integrated, cost-effective appliance. Also CPS prove an Azure-consistent cloud experience, because has been architected for agility and resiliency based on the experience gained from Azure. CPS offers consistent public, private, and hybrid cloud experiences for maximum flexibility.

The big news from the European VMworld event was something external to the VMworld event, but with some possible impacts on VMware (and of course for VMworld). Dell is going to acquire EMC for around $67 billion!

Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) for VMware is a VMware vCenter plug-ins that allows administrators to manage their EqualLogic groups and coordinate data protection and recovery within their vSphere environment. The Dell VSM is a virtual appliance that is downloaded as part of the all-inclusive Dell EqualLogic software support and can be installed into an existing VMware vCenter environment. The management can be done both within the vSphere Client (for old versions) or the vSphere Web Client (basically VSM management it’s just a web oriented interface). Actually exist two main versions of this product:

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