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VMware vSAN does not need anymore an introduction: is the
Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solution from VMware integrated in the ESXi kernel… and is growing more and more in the last years and more more than 500,000 VMware customers for years.

There are different way to implement a vSAN solution and one common approach remain to build yourself using vSAN Ready Nodes or certified hardware components.

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VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) enables centralized, automated patch and version management for VMware vSphere and offers support for VMware ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and virtual appliances.

For ESXi hosts it can manage both the update and the upgrade workflows, but can also be powerful for adding custom VIB package, like for example new drivers.

Usually it takes the updated files from the VMware repository, but you can also add custom repositories (or depots).

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Veeam has introduced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in November 2016, and it became a great success because it’s simple, light, fast to deploy and the restore process remain quite the same of Veeam Backup & Replication with the powerful granular restore.

Version 2.0 of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 was a huge milestone
with the support both for SharePoint and OneDrive (Business).

Now there is the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3.0 version.

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

The new version vOneCloud version 3.4 is powered by OpenNebula 5.8 “Edge”, and, as such, includes functionalities present in Edge relevant to vOneCloud:

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The VMware vExpert is an award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year.

Basically the VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts.

The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards.

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Interesting European IT events:

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Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 has been released just two months ago, that now there is a new Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a release.

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a is a cumulative hotfix rollup that addresses issues reported by customers on the original build of Update 4, and adds the following platform support enhancements:

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With the new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, not only the Veeam Backup&Replication Free edition has been discontinued, but also the Veeam ONE Free edition will be discontinued and replaced with a new Community Edition, like happened with the Veeam Backup & Replication.

This means that more functionality will be available within the community edition compared with the previous free version.

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A huge news of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 was that the Veeam Backup Free Edition has been discontinued.

What does it means? No more free “version” for backup VMs?

No… simple it means a new (and better) for to backup your VMs for free (but only for small enviroments).

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Kubernetes 1.14 is the first release of 2019 year with a production-level support for Windows Nodes.

Kubernetes 1.14 consists of 31 enhancements: 10 moving to stable, 12 in beta, and 7 net new. The main themes of this release are extensibility and supporting more workloads on Kubernetes with three major features moving to general availability, and an important security feature moving to beta.

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