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Reading Time: 4 minutes The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization enviroment, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host! The dual SD option was already present in all PowerEdge, also in previous generations, and was a good choice to separate the hypervisor from the disks or simple use diskless based solutions. And was a good option for vSphere ESXi when servers were only used as a compute nodes.

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you probably know, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is the builtin “backup solution” for vSphere and was first introduced with vSphere 5.1 (see VDP: the new VDR in vSphere 5.1). But VMware has decided its End of Availability (EOA) and VMware vSphere 6.5 was the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. VMware want to focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes The last week I’ve realized an article for the StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies (see VMware vCenter and PSC topologies). Some days ago, there was an interesting post from Emad Younis, on how the external PSC deployment it’s not only an old approach, but will also become no more supported in future release of vSphere (see: External Platform Services Controller, A Thing of the Past).

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: 6 minutes During the VMworld US 2018, one of the announces was the VMware ESXi for ARM porting, specific for the embedded and edge IoT systems, so not like a general purpose solution for all ARM servers (but an interesting move to increase the possibility for bringing the virtualization on ARM). VMware demonstrated ESXi on 64-bit ARM running on ARM hardware built to common industry standards; note that VMware demonstrates not just virtualization, but also resilient operations and ease of management at the Edge, via FT-protected 64-bit Arm VMs and vMotion in a high-availability DRS cluster…

Reading Time: 1 minute This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies. See the original post. You can “federate” multiple vCenter Server systems using vCenter Linked Mode (introduced in vSphere 4.0) to build a single pane of glass and share information between vCenter instances, like view and manage the inventories of all the vCenter Server systems that are linked.

Reading Time: 3 minutes During the VMworld 2018 Europe, VMware has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a leader in the open Kubernetes ecosystem. Terms were not disclosed. Founded in 2016 by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, two of the creators of Kubernetes, Heptio has applied its unique insight to a growing set of products, open source projects and contributions to upstream Kubernetes. This is complemented by Heptio’s work with organizations through training, support and professional services that speed integration of Kubernetes and related technologies into the fabric of enterprise IT.

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a service from the public cloud with consistent and simple operations. The core components of VMware Cloud Foundation are VMware vSphere, vSAN (for the storage part), and NSX (for the network and security part). It’s more than a simple products bundle, because it gives a full validate stack with a fast provisioning, but also a better […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Now that Network Virtualization and Software Defined Network are becoming mainstream, there is a new trend in networking: Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN). What is SD-WAN? SD-WAN is best defined as traffic monitoring and management from physical devices to the application itself, capitalizing on flexibility and agility. This intelligent routing is abstracted into a virtual overlay, enabling a secured pooling of both private and public connections allowing for automation, centralized network control and real-time management across multiple links. 

Reading Time: 3 minutes April 2018 was the date of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 release and now it’s the turn of the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 release. Just after some hours of the big announce that IBM is acquiring Red Hat! Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) minor releases are an aggregation of individual security, enhancement, and bug fix errata. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Release Notes document describes the major changes made to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system and its accompanying applications for this minor release, as well as known problems and a complete list of all currently available Technology Previews.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Now that VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 was released in GA the “missing piece” was still the Platinum bundle. But now also VMware vSphere Platinum is finally in General Availability (GA). Announced during the VMworld US 2018, VMware vSphere Platinum is an new edition and a new bundle. The new vSphere Platinum is basically VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Enterprise Plus with the addition of VMware AppDefense. Funny but there is no info about the announce credits on VMware Cloud on AWS (Credits worth $10,000 for VMware Cloud on AWS) that now are no more mentioned.

Reading Time: 9 minutes Now that both Microsoft and VMware have officially announced the new released of their virtualization products it’s possible to make some kind of comparison between Hyper-V available on Windows Server 2019 and vSphere 6.7 (like I’ve done some years ago with the Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 vs. VMware vSphere 6.5 article). Comparing two different product is not so easy, also if they are released closed one each other (at least in the same year). You need to found some homogenous aspects to make the comparison, at least at the technical level (but as written, it’s not so […]

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