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Reading Time: 2 minutes During holidays, reading some books could be a pleasure but also a moment of growth and deepening. And if you want to learn more on VMware vSphere 6.7 which book could be used?

Reading Time: 2 minutes With VMware vSAN you can use VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) to update all the software part, but it can also be useful to manage some hardware related updates. Usually you have to check BIOS version (for example for Spectre and Meltdown bugs), but also the other firmware.

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware Horizon version 7.6 was released on September 2018, with a lot of new features, and now VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.7 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. Definitely VDI is not dead, and each year is an important year for VDI and EUC. And not only Horizon 7 version 7.7 has been released, but also VMware Horizon Client 4.10. Other products remain at the same version (VMware ThinApp 5.2.4, VMware Mirage 5.9.1, VMware App Volumes 2.15.0 and 3.0, VMware User Environment Manager 9.6.0). More information on […]

Reading Time: 3 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: 2 minutes Hot-add trasport mode is a valuable solution for serveral environment, but is not necessary the fastest (see Slow speed in hot-add transport mode backup) or the best solution. But for some environments (for example VMware vSAN) it’s the recommended approach. But in VMware vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 that can be some issues using hot-add on proxy with a huge number of virtual disks. Note that this issue is resolved in ESXi 6.5 P03 and ESXi 6.7 U1.

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: 5 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 […]

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