The new VMware vSphere 6.7, recently available in GA, increase all configuration maximums to new limits (compared to the v6.5 and previous versions).

Maybe we can say with no limit, or at least, to be serious, with really huge numbers compared to the actual needs and the existing compunting power. Those new limits are both for scalability aspect, but also to fit with possible performance requirements, considering that a bigger number of business critical applications are going in the virtual environment.

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Docker has announced Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 2.0, the enterprise-ready container platform to manage and secure applications on Kubernetes in multi-Linux, multi-OS and multi-cloud customer environments.

Docker EE provides organizations with unparalleled choice – from orchestration (Kubernetes and Swarm) to applications (legacy or cloud native) to infrastructure (cloud or on premises) – enabling IT leaders to advance their digital and cloud initiatives with the flexibility needed to make adjustments as business requirements evolve.

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There are only 5 months until VMware vSphere 5.5 will go 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.

With version 6.5 U1, VMware has extended the general support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which means the general support for vSphere 6.5 will end November 15, 2021. Quite enough (and note that, actually the date it’s the same both for 6.5 and 6.7). continue reading…

VMware vForum Online provides expert insight that can help drive innovation for your organization. It’s a must-attend event for IT professionals who are driving their digital transformation and building a hyper-converged IT infrastructure.

It includes virtual exhibits, a keynote presentation, multiple breakout sessions, live chat with experts and hands-on labs. And with no travel required, there’s no reason not to attend!

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Virtual Instruments has announced the availability of integrations with Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming and AppDynamics’ application intelligence platform with VirtualWisdom 5.6, the latest version of one of the industry’s most comprehensive infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platforms.

In October 2017, Virtual Instruments has announced an innovative technology integration with Cisco to dramatically simplify and lower the cost of real-time performance and availability monitoring for business-critical infrastructures. Now available, the integration of Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming with VirtualWisdom eliminates the requirement to deploy physical network TAPs and probes.

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Just one year ago, VMware has announced vSAN 6.6… now it’s the turn of vSAN 6.7, contextually of the release of vSphere 6.7 GA.

VMware vSAN is the VMware’s Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution that also fits in the hyper(visor)-converged model to build a simple (to be managed) and scalable HCI solution. Although is a separate product, the core functions to implement it are already present in the vSphere versions making really easy to deploy and enable it.

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VMware has just released the new version of vSphere 6.7 that includes ESXi 6.7 and vCenter Server 6.7, and, of course, it’s the foundation for vSAN 6.7!

There are several news, improvements and new features. Most are well described in the vSphere 7.6 launch page.

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On December 2017 Nutanix has released AOS 5.5 unleashed many new features that pushed the envelope on resilience, performance, security, and operational agility.

Now it’s the turn of AOS 5.6 (code name Obelix) picks up where 5.5 left off and makes Nutanix an increasingly persuasive choice for IT organizations to build their enterprise clouds with.

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VMware vRealize Log Insight is an interesting solution to provide real-time and archive log management, especially for VMware environments.

Machine learning-based Intelligent Grouping and high-performance search enable faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. vRealize Log Insight can analyze terabytes of logs, discover structure in unstructured data, and deliver enterprise-wide visibility using a modern Web interface.

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Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, the latest version of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.

Serving as a consistent foundation for hybrid cloud environments, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 provides enhanced security and compliance controls, tools to reduce storage costs, and improved usability, as well as further integration with Microsoft Windows infrastructure both on-premises and in public cloud environments like Microsoft Azure.

 

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Veeam has started an interesting collaboration with Pure Storage some years ago, but probably the most notable collaboration was during the last Pure Storage Accelerate at San Francisco where both the companies have provided a compelling solution for businesses that are undergoing a digital transformation.

The main intent was to provide a storage integration between Veeam Backup & Replication and Pure Storage. This integration was planned to be available early 2018 to provide businesses with the ability to leverage storage snapshots for significantly improved RPO and reduced infrastructure impact.

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Tintri has announced its integration with Commvault software to allow joint customers to automate more aspects of their data protection processes for virtual machines (VMs).

Through the integration between Tintri storage and Commvault IntelliSnap®, a technology solution that makes snapshots more valuable and effective at protecting and recovering data, joint customers gain a protection and recovery solution that reduces backup overhead and simplifies operations.

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Storage management is something unique and quite depending by the storage vendor. Solutions like VMware Virtual Volumes can simplify it by providing a common interface, but it’s more on the usage and consuming part, rather than the storage management part.

The SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association) Swordfish specification is a standard that helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers.

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Datrium announced the shipment of DVX 4.0 Software, the third major software release in less than a year.

Datrium DVX converges Tier 1 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with scale-out backup and cloud disaster recovery (DR) and Cloud-Native Data Services.

Datium promises that DVX enables up to 10 times more VMs to run at lower latency than HCI, enables 10 times faster VM restores than scale-out backup products, and with Cloud DVX, offers backup to cloud with up to 10 times lower AWS fees than many cloud backup providers, all in the same simple converged system.

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