vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments to provide full cloud features.

vOneCloud is distributed as a virtual appliance for vSphere. It contains all required OpenNebula services within a single CentOS Linux appliance. All components are fully open-source and have been certified to work in enterprise environments. You can build your cloud in just 5 minutes!

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This year the vExpert 2018 announce has take much time compared with the the vExpert 2016 announce, or also also the vExpert 2017 announce. But finally has arrived, with some changes from the past years (not only for the delay, but also with the list that has been reduced). And also this time I’ve been confirmed as a vExpert.

Note that “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise, it’s much like an award.

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Altaro is a fast-growing software company with easy to use and affordable (also for the price) backup solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments.

After a beta period, with several different build, they have now officially released the new version 7.6.4.

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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.

Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service integrates vSphere, vSAN and NSX along with VMware vCenter management, and is optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. With this service, IT teams can manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools.

Announced during VMworld 2016, finally was available during VMworld 2017 (actually only available in the US regions Virginia and Oregon).

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Veeam has announced the Veeam Vanguard 2018, actually only by email. The official list is still outdated with 2017 names, but probably there will be several renewal and some changes.

The Vanguard program represents Veeam brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities. It’s a program around the community of Veeam experts that truly get our message, understand our products and are our closest peers in IT.

For several aspects, like the VMware vExpert or Microsoft MVP program, where the communities contribution is one of the main aspect.

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Interesting European IT events:

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VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0 is the new release of PowerCLI and the first to become multi-platform: it adds support for Mac OS and Linux!

Thanks to Microsoft PowerShell Core 6.0, the open-sourced version of PowerShell that’s available on a number of operating systems, from Windows to Linux to Mac OS.

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Finally Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) is GA after a long period of beta.

Veeam® Availability Orchestrator is design to provide organizations with a disaster recovery (DR) orchestration engine for Veeam Backup & Replication™, in order to simplify the disaster recovery plans in place, documenting, testing and executions. With VAO you can automatically create, document and test DR plans, fully-prepared for C-level executive and stakeholder signoff, proving compliance with industry regulations and audits.

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RVTools is a Windows .NET application, easy to be install which uses the VI API to collect and display informations about your vSphere virtual environments.

RVTools supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.5, ESX 5.5, VirtualCenter 6.0, ESX 6.0, VirtualCenter 6.5 and ESX 6.5, so all you can have (also legacy versions) in a datacenter. And it’s totally free.

After 10 months from the last version, now it’s available the new Version 3.10 (February, 2018).

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If you are planning to backup a Microsoft Hyper-V cluster with Veeam Backup & Replication you may have some issues during the configuration of your environment.

Compared to VMware vSphere backup where are defined some Veeam proxy on Windows machines (virtual or physical), in a Hyper-V backup, each Hyper-V node act also as a Veeam proxy!

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I’m very proud and honored to be invited again to the next Tech Field Day in Austin (TX). It will be the 16th edition of Tech Field Day (#TFD16), just one year after the 13th, still in Austin (and where I was also invited).

I’m very excited for this event, that remains a must for all techie-people: be a delegate is a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, learn more on products and solutions and usually learn directly by the higher (technical) level of each company… All without biased discussion and always with a high technical level … Contents first in very few words.

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VMware has released (on Feb, 15th) a new vCSA version: vCenter Server 6.5 U1f, with build number 7801515.

This release patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) mainly against two vulnerabilities: bounds-check bypass (Spectre-1, CVE-2017-5753) and rogue data cache load issues (Meltdown, CVE-2017-5754). As of now, there is still no patch for branch target injection vulnerability (Spectre-2, CVE-2017-5715).

VMware has also updated the security advisory dealing with all of its virtual appliances updates for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, VMSA-2018-0007. But note that VMSA-2018-0004.2 has not been updated yet, and it still report that the suggested version for vCenter 6.5 is still 6.5U1e!

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We are still far from a solution for the Meltdown and Spectre, considering the delay of the microcode releases and the complexity of the possible Spectre fixes…

And now, some security researchers from NVIDIA and Princeton have discovered new variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that may be more difficult to be fixed (but also to be exploited) than the originals.

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Runecast announces the new release version 1.7 of its proactive issue detection software, Runecast Analyzer. After the Meltdown and Spectre detection added in the previous releases, this latest version brings other interesting news.

Runecast Analyzer is powered by the largest database of automated VMware KB articles which feed its internal archive of known issues. The interesting aspect of this tool is that it’s very easy and fast to be deployed and that it can work fully in offline mode!

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