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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.

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Interesting European IT events:

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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 much important now where the technology gap is really reduced). For numbers could be really easy, but numbers are not enough: for example memory management it’s still really different (VMware implement different technologies, Hyper-V only Dynamic Memory, only on some OSes)… so it’s not the same what you can do with the same amount of memory.

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VMware certification paths are quite clear with well defined technology paths (DCV, EUC, NV, Cloud) and different levels (VCP, VCAP, VCDX).

All certifications require at least one proctored exam (some may require two different exams). The names of all exams and certifications will change using a “year” notation, but the concept remain the same.

But there are also other type of exam, non proctored and just on-line version. One example are the Foundation exams.

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This news is very huge: IBM is acquiring Red Hat for $34 billion ($190 per share in cash). The acquisition is expected to close in the latter half of 2019.

Red Hat will remain a distinct unit in IBM, like was when VMware was acquired by EMC, and this is the first positive aspect to keep a proper independence of the company and the products. And the Red Hat unwavering commitment to Open Source innovation can remain unchanged.

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Found a proper way to protect your public cloud services and your data in a public cloud is becoming more and more important, to achieve a desired retention limit, but also to have more control on the data and the restorability of them.

One interesting case is the messaging and collaboration services, like Office365 and G Suite.

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Recently, during VMworld US 2018, VMware has celebrated the 20 years of the company.

But there is another virtualization project that has a lot of history like VMware: the Xen Project and this October marks our 15th anniversary.

On October 2003, Ian Pratt (founder of the Xen Project) announces the first stable release of the Xen virtual machine monitor for x86, and port of Linux 2.4.22 as a guest OS.

It was one of the most popular open source hypervisors and amasses more than 10 million users; but now there is a clear rise of KVM and also Amazon AWS has announced to adopt a home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor instead of the home-brewed Xen.

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Some days ago I’ve got a strange error during the backup job of a vSphere 6.7 (not Update 1) environment with latest version of Veeam Backup & Replication.

The job was starting correctly, VMs have been discoverted, but when the backup start to copy the VMDK the job failed with a “VDDK async operation error 14009” message.

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Virtual Instruments introduced the next generation of VirtualWisdom, a comprehensive full-stack, real-time, hybrid IT Infrastructure Management Platform.

By visualising the infrastructure in the context of the application, VirtualWisdom 6.0 enables organisations to proactively gain full control over the performance and availability of the applications across their modern hybrid data centres. In doing so, VirtualWisdom delivers improved control, greater business agility and reduced costs.

Furthermore, it brings an end to the costly, unproductive and antiquated “IT war rooms” typically created to resolve critical application slowdowns and outages.

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Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is an interesting way to improve network connections and bandwith by providing a direct memory access from the memory of one system  into that of another. Compared to the full TCP/IP stack, RDMA can be managed without involving either one’s operating system (OS) and this means saving host resources and speed-up the communication.

RDMA permits high-throughput and low-latencynetworking, but more important is becoming a common feature on some network card, and also supported by different OSes and hypervisors.

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The new release VMware vSphere 6.7U1 has a lot of improvements, but one has not been emphasized too much: VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 finally supports Microsoft Active Directory 2016 schema and relative functional level!

Lot of people forget that  vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On and the VMware Platform Services Controller have their own interoperability matrix with Active Directory versions based on the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain functional level, not only with the Windows Server operating system on which Active Directory is running.

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