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Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware Cloud Foundation 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, Virtual SAN (vSAN) for the storage part, and NSX, for the network and security part. VMware Cloud Foundation comes also with VMware SDDC Manager that automates the entire system life cycle and simplifies software operations for the entire stack. With […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere 5.5 is really close to its 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.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Just a few weeks ago, VMware has released NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.2 and now it’s the turn of a new version: NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.3. NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.3 addresses a number of specific customer bugs. See Resolved Issues for more information. The release notes describe other aspects, but there aren’t new features or specific improvement in this new release.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Historically speaking, the VMware management tools were mostly based on Microsoft Windows systems. The biggest example was the vCenter Server that has start as a Windows installable software. Other products like Horizon View, vRealized Automation, Chargeback Manager, SRM, … were also based on Windows with some installable components. But rely on a general purpose OS makes more complicated the management (for example for patching) and makes longer the deployment time. A virtual appliance could bring more benefit in a virtual environment (see Virtual Appliance: angels o demons?) and simplify both the management and the deployment. […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware Horizon version 7.4 was released at the begin of this year, and now VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.6 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. So a really active year for EUC and VDI. VMware has also released VMware User Environment Manager 9.5 and VMware AppVolumes 2.14.2.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Three years ago, VMware has decided to make VMware Tools an independent package, with a separate lifecycle and available in the MyVMware download page as a separated package. Separated and independent from VMware Fusion, Workstation and ESXi virtualization solutions! Seems good, but on vSphere environment, this can make some confusion considering that you have the VMware Tools bundled with ESXi and the standalone VMware Tools usually with a bigger version and independent also by the version of vSphere!

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are a lot of different possible reasons why a VM does not power on a VMware vSphere infrastructure, but usually, the error message can really help to found the reason or the root cause. Maybe not available resources, maybe some files that are missing, maybe some incompatibility… But normally you can put the error message and found the proper VMware KB that can help you.

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware Tools are a set of utilities installed in the guest operating system that improve the control of the virtual machine making the administration easier, can increase the overall performance providing paravirtualized drivers and add also new features and capabilities (for example the snapshots with quiesciencing). Usually VMware Tools are included with ESXi deployment, but starting with November 2nd, 2015 there are also a standalone version of VMware Tools that can be downloaded as a VMware Tools packages ZIP or TAR.GZ file (or also a VIB file). Downloads are available at this link.

Reading Time: 3 minutes We have already talked about the VMware Cloud Provider Platform, but what about its Cloud Management Platform for the customers (and not the providers)? Also this year the VMware’s vision remains to provide the best way to run any application on any cloud and access from any device:

Reading Time: 6 minutes With the announce of the new vSphere 6.7 Update 1 you should expect also a new version of VMware vSAN (the bits are included in vSphere) and that’s it: vSAN 6.7 Update 1 (strange that has not been used the name vSAN 6.8). VMware vSAN has grown very fast in those years, not only in the number of versions (quite impressive) but also in the customers’ adoption, with more than 14000 organizations using vSAN and with a 110% growth year-over-year.

Reading Time: 4 minutes As usual, VMworld has several announcements, and for the second year in a row, there are some important announcements about the core virtualization platform: VMware vSphere. First news is a not surprising new vSphere 6.7 Update 1… At the begin of the year, my bet was that vSphere 6.7 was announced during VMworld US and maybe vSphere 6.7 Update 1 at VMworld EU, but seems that the releasing of the product has been accelerated (in my opinion to accelerate vSAN growing).

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware has announced the intent to acquire CloudHealth Technologies, a company that delivers a cloud operations platform across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. CloudHealth Technologies platform enables customers to help analyze and manage cloud cost, usage, security and performance centrally for native public clouds.

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