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  • Tribal Knowledge Has Moved!

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    Morgan OLeary
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Tribal Knowledge has a new home: http://www.vmware.com/radius/ Here, you’ll find all of the important VMware news you’ve come to depend on, along with industry-leading thought leadership, and key insights that keep you ahead of the curve. ra·di·us /ˈrādēəs/ noun noun: radius; plural noun: radii; plural noun: radiuses Definition: the distance from the center to any point […] The post Tribal Knowledge Has Moved! appeared first on Tribal Knowledge.
  • New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2)

    VMware vSphere Blog » vSphere
    Eric Gray
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Project Photon OS, the small-footprint container runtime from VMware that was first announced back in April, is making great progress. Several new enhancements to this open source initiative are especially interesting to vSphere administrators and those responsible for deployment and administration. PXE Boot and Network Installation Operating system ISO images may be the lingua franca of install media due to portability and ease of use across a wide range of environments, but a proper PXE boot infrastructure can be a very valuable enhancement to both lab test beds and production environments.
  • VMware releases CJIS compliance toolkit in VCM for Windows based environments

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Pravin Goyal
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    VMware is pleased to announce the availability of automated compliance assessment toolkit for Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security policy in VMware vRealize Configuration Manager (VCM). The toolkit aligns with CJIS Security Policy version 5.3 and maps to 92 checks on various MS-Windows flavors. Using the toolkit on VCM, various law enforcement agencies such as state, local, federal, and international partners, can quickly assess Windows configuration and compare with CJIS Security Policy requirements. Additionally, you can remediate the infringements with an effort of a few…
  • How to Efficiently Synchronize, Import and Export Content in VMware vSphere Content Library

    VMware VROOM! Blog
    Davide Bergamasco
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:32 am
    By Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco In a prior post we assessed the performance of VMware vSphere Content Library, focusing on the instantiation of a virtual machine from an existing library.  We considered various scenarios and provided virtual infrastructure administrators with some guidelines about the selection of the most efficient storage backing based on a cost/performance trade-off. In this post we focus on another Content Library operation, namely Synchronization, with the goal of providing similar guidelines. We also cover two Content Library maintenance operations, Import and…
  • Video Interview with @VMTurbo and Users at #VMworld 2015

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    David Marshall
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:52 pm
    VMblog stopped by the VMTurbo booth during VMworld 2015 quite a few times. On one of those occasions, we got a quick update and overview of their... Read more at VMblog.com.
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    Tribal Knowledge

  • Tribal Knowledge Has Moved!

    Morgan OLeary
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Tribal Knowledge has a new home: http://www.vmware.com/radius/ Here, you’ll find all of the important VMware news you’ve come to depend on, along with industry-leading thought leadership, and key insights that keep you ahead of the curve. ra·di·us /ˈrādēəs/ noun noun: radius; plural noun: radii; plural noun: radiuses Definition: the distance from the center to any point […] The post Tribal Knowledge Has Moved! appeared first on Tribal Knowledge.
  • VMware News: What We Read This Week, 8/21/15

    Morgan OLeary
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    VMware Wins Top Spot in CRN’s Annual Vendor Report Card, New Trust and Assurance Framework Announced + CIO Bask Iyer Keynotes the CIO 100 Symposium, This Week in VMware News   Earlier this month, solution providers across America graded their IT vendors across 22 product categories as part of CRN’s Annual Report Card. We’re honored […] The post VMware News: What We Read This Week, 8/21/15 appeared first on Tribal Knowledge.
  • CIO 100 Event Shines Light on Shadow IT

    Morgan OLeary
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Enterprise IT is shifting in key ways, but many technology vendors are wrong about where the changes are headed and, consequently, send their customers down various wrong paths. Bask Iyer, VMware’s CIO and a veteran IT executive (Honeywell, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft), spoke recently at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony in Colorado […] The post CIO 100 Event Shines Light on Shadow IT appeared first on Tribal Knowledge.
  • Introducing VMware Trust and Assurance Framework

    VMTN
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    By Iain Mulholland, Engineering Trust & Assurance, VMware VMware is proud to announce the VMware Trust and Assurance framework. The framework – which consists of four key building blocks of reliability, integrity, security, and commitment – helps answer customer questions about our security and development practices. It is also a proof point as to why customers […] The post Introducing VMware Trust and Assurance Framework appeared first on Tribal Knowledge.
  • Government Demands Met Faster with vCloud Air

    Morgan OLeary
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    This post was originally published on The Bridge. The U.S. government has always had a lot of data to work with; indeed, it had big data long before there was a term for it, and is now well into the depths of extreme data. For decades, the government has struggled with storing, retrieving, and analyzing […] The post Government Demands Met Faster with vCloud Air appeared first on Tribal Knowledge.
 
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  • New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2)

    Eric Gray
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Project Photon OS, the small-footprint container runtime from VMware that was first announced back in April, is making great progress. Several new enhancements to this open source initiative are especially interesting to vSphere administrators and those responsible for deployment and administration. PXE Boot and Network Installation Operating system ISO images may be the lingua franca of install media due to portability and ease of use across a wide range of environments, but a proper PXE boot infrastructure can be a very valuable enhancement to both lab test beds and production environments.
  • How To Choose The Best Infrastructure Stack For Your Cloud-Native Applications

    Eric Gray
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Cloud-native applications are gaining mindshare, especially containerized apps that align well with the requirements of DevOps workflows, microservices, and immutable infrastructure trends. Developers and infrastructure experts must soon identify the platform for their next-generation workloads. Wouldn’t it be great if existing investments in skills, infrastructure, and technology ecosystem continued to offer the best environment to run all applications — including containerized apps? Acknowledging that a single architecture may not satisfy the sometimes mutually exclusive…
  • Technology Preview: Enriching vSphere with hybrid capabilities

    Sai Gopalan
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
      Today VMware is revealing a Technology Preview of Project SkyScraper, a new set of hybrid cloud capabilities for VMware vSphere that will enable customers to confidently extend their data center to the public cloud and vice-a-versa by seamlessly operating across boundaries while providing enterprise-level security and business continuity. At VMworld, we will demonstrate live workload migration with Cross-Cloud vMotion and Content Sync between on-premises and vCloud Air.  These features will complement VMware vCloud® Air™ Hybrid Cloud Manager™ – a free, downloadable…
  • VMworld US 2015 Spotlight Session: Project Capstone, a Collaboration between VMW, HP & IBM

    Don Sullivan
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:24 pm
    No Application Left behind This year at VMworld 2015 US in San Francisco, over 40 sessions focused on Business Critical Applications and databases will be delivered by a broad cast of VMware experts. These experts include VMware product specialists, partners, customers, and end users (developers and data scientists). One specific session that we would like to shine the spotlight on is VAPP6952-S, “VMware Project Capstone”, in which VMware, HP and IBM will announce a collaborative effort to virtualize the highest demanding applications. As a result of this partnership between VMware, HP,…
  • VMWorld Topic: Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) a game changer for running Tier 1 Business Critical Databases

    Mohan Potheri
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    One of the major components released with vSphere 6 this year was the support for Virtual Volumes (VVOLS). VVOLS has been gaining momentum with storage vendors, who are enabling its capabilities in their arrays. When virtualizing business databases there are many critical concerns that need to be addressed that include: Database Performance to meet strict SLAs Daily Operations e.g. Backup & Recovery to complete in set window Cut down time to Clone / Refresh of Databases from Production Meet different IO characteristics and capabilities based on criticality Never ending debate with DBAs…
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    VMware Security & Compliance Blog

  • VMware releases CJIS compliance toolkit in VCM for Windows based environments

    Pravin Goyal
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    VMware is pleased to announce the availability of automated compliance assessment toolkit for Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security policy in VMware vRealize Configuration Manager (VCM). The toolkit aligns with CJIS Security Policy version 5.3 and maps to 92 checks on various MS-Windows flavors. Using the toolkit on VCM, various law enforcement agencies such as state, local, federal, and international partners, can quickly assess Windows configuration and compare with CJIS Security Policy requirements. Additionally, you can remediate the infringements with an effort of a few…
  • VMware Products and CVE-2015-1793

    Kieron Shorrock
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    On July 9th 2015, the OpenSSL project released a Security Advisory. This advisory contained 1 security issue (CVE-2015-1793), which was given a severity rating of “high”. The advisory lists OpenSSL 1.0.1n, 1.0.1o, 1.0.2b and 1.0.2c as being affected by this issue. These updates were released in June 2015. VMware Security Response Center (vSRC) has investigated this issue and we can confirm that we have not shipped any products with these versions of OpenSSL. We can also confirm that our service offerings do not use them. We have issued VMware Knowledge Base article 2124931 on this.
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0005

    Simon Bodger
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new advisory VMSA-2015-0005 This addresses an issue in VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows that may lead to a host privilege escalation. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2015-3650 to this issue.
  • VMware CP&C releases Blocker for 'Get Windows 10' Application

    Aravind Kolipakkam
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of a compliance toolkit for blocking the 'Get Windows 10' application on all applicable machines. Microsoft is set to release Windows 10 on July 29th, and will also be available as a free upgrade for applicable systems via the 'Get Windows 10' application. In the Enterprise environment, it is important to maintain control over your devices, and the 'Get Windows 10' application can cause quite a stir in the corporate environment. There is however relief for those Administrators who wish to smite…
  • VMware CP&C releases PCI DSS 3.1 Compliance toolkit in VCM for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms!

    Pravin Goyal
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of PCI DSS 3.1 compliance toolkits for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms – Windows, *NIX, and VMware vSphere 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0 in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM). The toolkits consists of automated compliance rules to assess your environment against PCI DSS 3.1 requirements. PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) council quickly updated the standards from 3.0 to 3.1 in wake of SSL vulnerability on 15 Apr 2015. As per the announcement by the PCI council, the revision includes…
 
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    VMware VROOM! Blog

  • How to Efficiently Synchronize, Import and Export Content in VMware vSphere Content Library

    Davide Bergamasco
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:32 am
    By Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco In a prior post we assessed the performance of VMware vSphere Content Library, focusing on the instantiation of a virtual machine from an existing library.  We considered various scenarios and provided virtual infrastructure administrators with some guidelines about the selection of the most efficient storage backing based on a cost/performance trade-off. In this post we focus on another Content Library operation, namely Synchronization, with the goal of providing similar guidelines. We also cover two Content Library maintenance operations, Import and…
  • VMware vCenter 6.0 Performance Improvements and Best Practices

    Mike Stunes
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:12 pm
    VMware vCenter Server 6.0 brings many performance improvements over previous vCenter versions, including: Extensive improvements in throughput and latency. vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) parity with vCenter Server on Windows, for both inventory size and performance. A new white paper, “VMware vCenter Server Performance and Best Practices,” illustrates these performance improvements and discusses important best practices for getting the best performance out of your vCenter Server environment. This chart, taken from the white paper, shows the improvement in throughput over vCenter…
  • Improvements in vCenter Server 6.0 Cluster Performance

    Adarsh Jagadeeshwaran
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:27 am
    VMware vCenter Server 6.0 brings significant improvements over previous vCenter server versions with respect to cluster size and performance. vCenter Server 6.0 supports up to 64 ESXi Hosts and 8000 VMs in a single cluster. A new white paper, ” VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Cluster Performance “, describes the improvements along several dimensions: VMware vCenter 6.0 can support more hosts and more VMs in a cluster. VMware vCenter 6.0 can support higher operational throughput in a cluster.​ VMware vCenter 6.0 can support higher operational throughput with ESXi 6.0 hosts. VMware…
  • Project Capstone Shows Monster VM Performance

    Todd Muirhead
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Project Capstone was put together a few weeks before VMworld 2015 with the goal of being able to show what is possible with Monster VMs today.  VMware worked with HP and IBM to put together an impressive setup using vSphere 6.0, HP Superdome X and an IBM FlashSystem array that was able to support running four 120 vCPU VMs simultaneously.  Putting these massive Virtual Machines under load we found that performance was excellent with great scalability and a high amount of throughput achieved. vSphere 6 was launched earlier this year and includes support for virtual machines with up to 128…
  • How to Efficiently Deploy Virtual Machines from VMware vSphere Content Library

    Davide Bergamasco
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    by Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco This post is the first of a series which aims to assess the performance of the VMware vSphere Content Library solution in various scenarios and provide vSphere Administrators with some ideas about how to set up a high performance Content Library environment. After providing an architectural overview of the Content Library components and inner workings, the post delves into the analysis and optimization of the most basic Content Library operation, i.e., the deployment of a virtual machine. Introduction The VMware vSphere Content Library empowers vSphere…
 
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    Scott's Weblog

  • VMworld 2015 Day 2 Keynote Liveblog

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The day 2 keynote kicks off with another Cloud Academy presentation… After the video wraps up, Sanjay Poonen takes the stage. Poonen briefly recaps yesterday’s messaging, and then moves into the focus of today’s keynote—focusing on the “any application and any device” part of the “Ready for Any” messaging. According to Poonen, the core of the solution for “any application on any device” is VMware’s Workspace Suite. Workspace Suite creates the magic of “enterprise computing with consumer simplicity.” How? It starts by building upon the core of virtualized…
  • VMworld 2015 Day 1 General Session Liveblog

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    This is a liveblog for the Day 1 general session at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco. For many people, VMworld started yesterday with the Welcome Reception in the Solutions Exchange, but today marks the official kick-off to the event. I’ll have to end this liveblog shortly before the general session ends in order to make it to some customer meetings. The keynote kicks off with a short video about the VMware Cloud Academy, where both “legacy” and “cloud-native” apps can enjoy the Unified Hybrid Cloud. Following that video, Carl Eschenbach takes the stage (along with some “apps”).
  • Technology Short Take #53

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #53. In this post, I’ve gathered links to posts about networking, virtualization, Docker, containers, Linux, configuration management, and all kinds of other cool stuff. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Anthony Spiteri, who works at an Australian service provider running NSX, has some in-depth articles discussing vShield Edge and NSX Edge (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4). Anthony discusses features supported by both, how they handle high availability, how VPN services work, and how to handle certificates. It looks like very useful…
  • Spousetivities at VMworld 2015

    14 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s that time of year again—time for VMworld! And along with VMworld comes another highly-anticipated event: Spousetivities! That’s right, Spousetivities is back again this year for another set of outstanding activities organized for spouses traveling with conference attendees. If your spouse is traveling with you to San Francisco for VMworld, this is a great opportunity for him (or her) to meet up with other spouses and attend some exclusive activities. So what’s on tap for Spousetivities this year? Here’s a quick look at some of what’s planned: The week will start out with the…
  • VMworld 2015 Prayer Time

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Last year, a group of believers gathered for a brief time of prayer while at VMworld 2014. This year, I’d like to again offer believers attending VMworld 2015 the same opportunity to gather together for a time of prayer before starting the day. If you’re interested in attending, here are the details. What: A brief time of prayer Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, behind Moscone North (by the waterfall) When: Monday 8/31 through Wednesday 9/2 at 7:45am (this should give everyone enough time to grab breakfast before the keynotes start at 9am) Who: All courteous attendees are welcome, but please…
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  • VMworld 2015 Session: NET5560 VMware NSX Deep Dive

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:57 pm
  • What’s New in VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    VMware has expanded the capabilities of Site Recovery Manager with the new version 6.1 release, which delivers unprecedented levels of protection and functionality as well as new use cases through the addition of capabilities such as storage policy based protection groups, support for stretched storage with orchestrated vMotion, and enhanced integration with VMware NSX. This paper will provide an overview of the new capabilities of Site Recovery Manager 6.1 and how they help…
 
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  • Remote File Overwrite Vulnerability Patched by Cisco in IMC Supervisor, UCS Director

    David Bisson
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:42 am
    Cisco has patched a remote file overwrite vulnerability in its Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor and UCS Director products. On Thursday, Cisco issued an advisory that explains how a vulnerability in JavaServer Pages (JSP) input validation routines of both the IMC Supervisor and UCS Director products could be exploited by a remote, unauthenticated attacker to […]… Read More The post Remote File Overwrite Vulnerability Patched by Cisco in IMC Supervisor, UCS Director appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Healthcare Organizations Not Effectively Mitigating Security Risks, Finds KPMG

    David Bisson
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Community Health Systems. Anthem. Premera. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. UCLA. These are just some of the healthcare organizations that have been the victims of major breaches in the past year. From these incidents, we can infer that hackers understand the utility of patient information stolen from organizations in the healthcare sector. Attackers know that they can […]… Read More The post Healthcare Organizations Not Effectively Mitigating Security Risks, Finds KPMG appeared first on The State of Security.
  • What’s On Your Network?

    Tim Erlin
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    You can’t protect what you don’t know about. It may seem trite to bring out that cliché, but the fact is that it remains relevant in information security today. So much of what we do in this industry is about discovery, whether it’s discovery of assets, discovery of vulnerabilities, or discovery of an existing compromise. […]… Read More The post What’s On Your Network? appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Study Finds Finance, HR Staff Pose Biggest Security Risks to the Enterprise

    Maritza Santillan
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:22 am
    According to recent research, employees in the finance and human resources departments are seen as the mostly likely to cause a data breach. The study, which polled more than 500 information technology decision makers and 4,000 employees in the US, UK, Germany and Australia, found that nearly half of respondents (46%) believe finance departments pose the […]… Read More The post Study Finds Finance, HR Staff Pose Biggest Security Risks to the Enterprise appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Keep Calm and Patch Your Fridge

    Tripwire Guest Authors
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you happen to own the Samsung RF28HMELBSR, you have a reason to be concerned and probably shouldn’t take the device to your local Starbucks. Researchers from Pen Test Partners found the device didn’t validate SSL certificates, thus making it vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. These kinds of vulnerabilities are worryingly common, and this one […]… Read More The post Keep Calm and Patch Your Fridge appeared first on The State of Security.
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  • VMworld Session: VSAN – Software Defined Storage Platform of the Future #STO6050

    Duncan Epping
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    Advertise here with BSAUnfortunately I haven’t been able to attend too many sessions, only 2 so far. This is one I didn’t want to miss as it was all about what VMware is working on for VSAN and layers that could sit on top of VSAN. Rawlinson and Christos spoke about where VSAN is today first. Mainly discussion the use cases (monolithic apps like Exchange, SQL etc.) and the simplicity VSAN brings. After which an explanation of the VSAN object/component model was provided which was the lead in to the future. We are in the middle of an evolution towards cloud native applications…
  • VMworld 2015: Site Recovery Manager 6.1 announced

    Duncan Epping
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:47 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis week Site Recovery Manager 6.1 was announced. There are many enhancements in SRM 6.1 like the integration with NSX for instance and policy driven protection, but personally I feel that support for stretched storage is huge. When I say stretched storage I am referring to solutions like EMC VPLEX, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and IBM San Volume Controller(etc). In the past, and you can still today, when you had these solutions deployed you would have a single vCenter Server with a single cluster and moved VMs around manually when needed, or let HA take care of…
  • Virtual SAN beta coming up with dedupe and erasure coding!

    Duncan Epping
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Advertise here with BSASomething I am personally very excited about is the fact that there is a beta coming up soon for an upcoming release of Virtual SAN. This beta is all about space efficiency and in particular will contain two new great features which I am sure all of you will appreciate testing: Erasure Coding Deduplication My guess is that many people will get excited about dedupe, but personally I am also very excited about erasure coding. As it stands with VSAN today when you deploy a 50GB VM and have failures to tolerate defined as 1 you will need to have ~100GB of capacity…
  • What is new for Virtual SAN 6.1?

    Duncan Epping
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Advertise here with BSAIt is VMworld, and of course there are many announcements being doing one of which is Virtual SAN 6.1 which will come as part of vSphere 6.0 Update 1. Many new features have been added, but there are a couple which stand out if you ask me. In this post I am going to talk about what are in my opinion the key new features. Lets list them first and then discuss some of them individually. Support for stretched clustering Support for 2 node ROBO configurations Enhanced Replication Support for SMP-FT New hardware options Intel NVMe Diablo Ultra Dimm Usability enhancements…
  • VMworld 2015: vSphere APIs for IO Filtering update

    Duncan Epping
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Advertise here with BSAI suspect that the majority of blogs this week will all be about Virtual SAN, Cloud Native Apps and EVO. If you ask me then the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering announcements are just as important. I’ve written about VAIO before, in a way, and it was first released in vSphere 6.0 and opened to a select group of partners. For those who don’t know what it is, lets recap, the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering is a framework which enables VMware partners to develop data services for vSphere in a fully supported fashion. VMware worked closely with EMC and Sandisk during…
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  • VMworld Day 2 – Quick Review

    Rick Scherer
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:46 am
    Better late than never, right?  I’m about 36 hours past due on this, but the crazy that is VMworld is in full effect and I’m finally just getting caught up on some e-mail and my review. Tuesday morning we started at 9am with Sanjay Poonen who leads the End-User Computing Business Unit at VMware, who talked with the audience about why people-centric computing. People-centric computing is a simple concept—application and content delivery should be a matter of connecting them to people and not to devices. Typically this is handled by two separate teams with a collection of…
  • VMworld Day 1 – Quick Review

    Rick Scherer
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:49 am
    There’s already a ton of great bloggers out there that are getting into deep in-depth reviews of their first day of VMworld 2015, so I’m going to take a difference approach. I’m simply going to provide you with a quick highlight of the announcements that have come out of the VMworld machine, if there’s something that sparked you interest you can Google to find out more about it, hit your favorite social site, or even hit me up and I’ll be more than happy to chat about it with you. The theme of VMworld 2015 is “Ready for Any”.  Focused on being ready…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/29/15

    Rick Scherer
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. VMware App Volumes Using single ESXi host as the Machine Manager in VMware App Volumes generates error: “appvolumes rejected all 2 volumes because they are invalid or have no accessible volume file” (2127638) Date Published: 8/26/2015 VMware ESXi Accessing the same storage through different transport protocols, such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel is unsupported (2123036) Date Published:…
  • VMworld 2015 Itinerary

    Rick Scherer
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    “Ready for Any” That’s the theme for this years massive technology industry conference, aka VMworld.  I say technology conference because VMworld has grown to be much more than just a virtualization forum, it’s a week that’s jam packed with technologies that cover every aspect of the common datacenter… and more importantly, it’s a week to learn and network with some great people. It’s a week full of education, networking, giveaways, fun and opportunity!  VMworld really packs it all in, and I’m proud to be part of it again this year.
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/22/15

    Rick Scherer
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. VMware App Volumes App Volumes fails to capture Adobe Photoshop CS 4 (2128350) Date Published: 8/17/2015 VMware ESX Checking Host Profile compliance in vCenter Server 5.5 fails with the complaince issue: Receive dynamicruleset not found (2128660) Date Published: 8/18/2015 VMware ESXi Enabling support for SSLv3 in ESXi 6.0 for CIM Port 5989 (2121021) Date Published: 8/19/2015 A virtual…
 
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  • New network and scripted install features in Photon OS TP2

    Eric Gray
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    VMware just hit the next milestone of Project Photon: Photon OS Technology Preview 2 (TP2).  There are numerous enhancements, especially around deployment and management.  One welcome feature is support for guest OS customization in vSphere – now it is possible to deploy by cloning a VM template or from the new Content Library. DHCP as well as static IP addressing are supported, along with the expected guest naming capabilities. In addition to that, Photon OS TP2 supports network booting via PXE, which can be scripted. Let’s take a look. Network Installation First, download the…
  • Quickly Update to Docker 1.6 on Photon by using TDNF

    Eric Gray
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    Project Photon from VMware is a small-footprint Linux container runtime.  Technology Preview 1, released on April 20, shipped with Docker 1.5 – but with a few simple commands it is easy to update to Docker 1.6.  This is done with the Photon package manager, TDNF.  For those that were not aware, Yum is Dead and being replaced by DNF.  TDNF is a VMware innovation that offers DNF-compatible package management without a massive Python footprint. All that is needed to move up to the latest Docker is to verify that the Photon repository is accessible, update the docker package, and…
  • Use Lightwave to authenticate SSH logins to Photon

    Eric Gray
    20 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Project Lightwave is an open source identity and access management platform from VMware. One of the many capabilities offered is authentication of SSH logins, eliminating the need to manage local user accounts on Photon container runtime instances.  This article walks through the basic steps required to enable this feature — please see the quick start guide for instructions on how to set up a Lightwave server and join a client to the domain. Once configured, it is possible to ssh into Photon using Lightwave directory credentials and even use sudo to run privileged commands: Photon…
  • Project Lightwave Quickstart

    Eric Gray
    19 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Last month, VMware held a launch event for Cloud-Native Applications and announced two open source projects in support of this initiative.  Project Photon and Project Lightwave are infrastructure components focused on running and securing apps that leverage Linux containers. Project Lightwave source code was just released on GitHub, but binary RPMs are also available and quite easy to install on a Photon instance if you would like to take it for a spin.  In this post you will see how to add the Lightwave repositories to Photon and perform the initial configuration for a server and…
  • VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure is the Best Stack to Back OpenStack

    Eric Gray
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    OpenStack is an incredibly popular technology these days, but contrary to popular belief it is not an alternative to VMware, nor is it the final solution to avoiding vendor lock-in — even if that may have been one of the early, albeit misguided, goals.  In fact, VMware is one of the top contributors to this open source project and the real appeal of OpenStack is the API that allows developers to build the type of modern, scale-out apps that have become popular on Amazon Web Services. Since OpenStack is fundamentally an API for consuming cloud computing resources, the real question…
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  • IBM UrbanCode Deploy: The agent could not connect to the server or relay using HTTP

    Mitesh Soni
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
    If status of Agent in IBM uDeploy UI is Error then click on the icon. You may find following error: IBM UrbanCode Deploy: The agent could not connect to the server or relay using HTTP. To remove it, Set External URL with IP address or DNS name as shown below in System Settings: Go to VM where agent is installed and restart it with ./agent stop and ./agent start command Once you restart the agent, verify on IBM Urban code Deploy UI, status of Agent will be online The post IBM UrbanCode Deploy: The agent could not connect to the server or relay using HTTP appeared first on Researcher’s…
  • VMworld US 2015: Day 4 Recap

    Steven Beaver
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Welcome to The Virtualization Practice’s week-long coverage of VMworld US 2015. Tune in all week for our daily recap of the major announcements and highlights from the world’s premier virtualization and cloud conference. With all the forward-looking business out of the way (see the Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 recaps) VMworld took a … Continue reading VMworld US 2015: Day 4 Recap → VMworld US 2015: Day 4 Recap|The Virtualization Practice
  • Veeam: Center of Data Protection

    Steven Beaver
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:20 am
    Veaam is forging a series of interesting agreements with competitors as well as infrastructure players. It has also added into its core product features considered to be more legacy than future, such as tape support. In essence, it is becoming the center of the data protection space within any organization. Veeam Availability Suite augments existing … Continue reading Veeam: Center of Data Protection → Veeam: Center of Data Protection|The Virtualization Practice
  • How to install IBM UrbanCode Deploy 6.1.1 on CentOS

    Mitesh Soni
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    install IBM UrbanCode Deploy 6.1.1 on CentOS – Download a Free trial installables of IBM UrbanCode Deploy from  HERE. Unzip and copy on the Desktop. # cd root/Desktop/ # cd ibm-ucd-install/ # ls bin                        install.properties       native common-filters.properties  install-server.bat       opt…
  • IBM UrbanCode Deploy-A ResourcePool could not acquire a resource from its primary factory or source

    Mitesh Soni
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:47 am
    IBM UrbanCode Deploy-A ResourcePool could not acquire a resource from its primary factory or source Execute ./server run and observe any errors (Marked in Red here). Run ./server run again. # ./server run 2015-08-02 07:11:52,527 INFO  main com.urbancode.ds.persistence.database.DerbyHelper – Starting Derby… 2015-08-02 07:11:53,798 INFO  main com.urbancode.ds.persistence.database.DerbyHelper – Waiting for Derby to start… 2015-08-02 07:11:53,956 INFO  main com.urbancode.ds.persistence.database.DerbyHelper – The Derby instance on localhost:11377 is…
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  • Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air Event:: Saturday, August 29, 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:27 pm
    By Pierre Coupet I am very pleased to announce the release of the live stream of our Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air event held on Saturday, August 29, 2015.  I invite you to be my guest on Social Media Watercooler if you would like an opportunity to make a 5-10 minute presentation about your private initiatives or your company's products and services followed by a 5-10 minute discussion about the impact of social media on such initiatives or your organization. Social Media Watercooler is a FREE weekly event (for both guests and attendees) held every Saturday between 5…
  • Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air Event:: Saturday, August 22, 2015

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    By Pierre Coupet I am very pleased to announce the release of the live stream of our Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air event held on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  I invite you to be my guest on Social Media Watercooler if you would like an opportunity to make a 5-10 minute presentation about your private  initiatives or your  company's products and services followed by a 5-10 minute discussion about the impact of social media on such initiatives or your organization. Social Media Watercooler is a FREE weekly event (for both guests and attendees) held every Saturday…
  • Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air Event:: Saturday, August 15, 2015

    16 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    By Pierre CoupetI am very pleased to announce the release of the live stream of our Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air event held on Saturday, August 15, 2015.  I invite you to be my guest on Social Media Watercooler if you would like an opportunity to make a 5-10 minute presentation about your private  initiatives or your  company's products and services followed by a 5-10 minute discussion about the impact of social media on such initiatives or your organization. Social Media Watercooler is a FREE weekly event (for both guests and attendees) held every Saturday between…
  • Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air Event: Saturday, August 8, 2015

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:26 pm
    By Pierre CoupetI am very pleased to announce the release of the live stream of our Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air event held on Saturday, August 8, 2015.   I invite you to be my guest on Social Media Watercooler if you would like an opportunity to make a 5-10 minute presentation about your private initiatives or your  company's products and services followed by a 5-10 minute discussion about the impact of social media on such initiatives or your organization.    Social Media Watercooler is a FREE weekly event (for both guests and attendees) held every Saturday…
  • Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air Event - Saturday, August 1, 2015

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    By Pierre CoupetI am very pleased to announce the release of the live stream of our Social Media Watercooler Hangouts On Air event held on Saturday, August 1, 2015.   I invite you to be my guest on Social Media Watercooler if you would like an opportunity to make a 5-10 minute presentation about your private initiatives or your  company's products and services followed by a 5-10 minute discussion about the impact of social media on such initiatives or your organization.    Social Media Watercooler is a FREE weekly event (for both guests and attendees) held every Saturday…
 
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  • Whats new in Horizon 6.2 and why should you care

    Brian Suhr
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday at VMworld 2015, VMware announces the Horizon 6.2 release and the updates that will be available later this week. That’s right my fellow EUC nerds, we will not have to wait long to take advantage of these new little goodies. As great of an EUC story that VMware has built already, they have had multiple little things that plagued them when being compared to Citrix for certain customer requirements. This new release is going to help with several of these items and hopefully we won’t have to wait long for more to be released. RDS Application Updates Ever…
  • CloudPhysics adds more features and Sexy Dashboards

    Brian Suhr
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis weeks major announcements form CloudPhysics focus on changes in your VMware environment. Often it is a change that brings about an adverse reaction such as a crash or performance issue. Without good insight and control admins are often left wondering what might have caused the issue they are battling at that moment. When fighting the fire thinking about recent changes can be the last thing that someone might be thinking about. They struggle to understand whether changes — intended or accidental — result in performance disruptions and availability issues…
  • Rubrik reaches version 2.0 in a few short months

    Brian Suhr
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAYou may be thinking that it has only been a few short months since we first heard from Rubrik as they exited stealth mode, well you would be right. The team at Rubrik must not like to sleep much, because they have been working hard on several small code releases and are proud to announce they have reached version 2.0. This is a big deal for such a young company in a short amount of time. There are a number of new impressive features in the new version along with an additional to the hardware appliance line. I’ll cover these in more detail below.   Version 2.0…
  • Rubrik unboxing and hardware details

    Brian Suhr
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Advertise here with BSAA recent entrant into the data protection market is Rubrik. You can find out more about Rubrik and their background here. You can also learn a little more about Rubrik from a post that Eric Shanks just published following his visit to Virtulization Field Day. I was recently presented with the opportunity to install one of their brik’s into a lab environment to get some hands-on time with the product. I already have a list of follow-on blog posts planned. I’m not going to dive into how it all works in this post, I’ll save that for one of the other ones.
  • Nutanix .Next Conference announcements summary and recap

    Brian Suhr
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday kicks off the first day of Nutanix’s first conference. It’s a day that’s been anticipated for a while and I really wish I could have been present. The .Next conference is certainly going to be the hottest hyperconverged infrastructure event of 2015. There is a ton of details and announcement coming out of .Next today and I’m going to try and break them down for you here. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be deeper level conversations on many of these topics and may lead to further blog posts. To find out more about Nutanix read my…
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    Veeam Software Official Blog

  • Veeam Endpoint Backup: BitLocker support

    Mike Resseler
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:59 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Architecture & Requirements Ch.2 - Creating recovery media Ch.3 - Backup modes in depth Ch.4 - Backup targets more explained Ch.5 - Scheduling backups Ch.6 - Administration Ch.7 - Additional restore options Ch.8 - File level Recovery Ch.9 - Volume recovery Ch.10 - Recovery media in depth Сh.11 - Ad-hoc versus scheduled Ch.12 - Support for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Ch.13 - Working with exclusions Ch.14 - Moving your backups to a different location Ch.15 - BitLocker support Today, more and more devices have BitLocker encryption enabled by default.
  • Recovering the Active Directory Domain Services – Best practices for AD administration. Part 3

    Clint Wyckoff
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:47 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Protecting the Active Directory Domain Services Ch.2 - Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Ch.3 - Recovering the Active Directory Domain Services   Introduction This blogpost is the third in a three-part series on AD (Active Directory) administration best practices. Have you ever had the horrible realization that you just deleted the wrong computer account from the domain? Or have you ever reset a service-account password for a mission-critical application and the password reset broke an entire application suite and had to rollback? And, worse, you didn't…
  • Veeam Sweeps the Stevie’s! Wins 3 Gold, 2 Silver International Business Awards

    Peter Ruchatz
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Executive leadership that supports and empowers its team to execute on initiatives is not just Veeam’s® strategy; it’s the foundation of all highly successful organizations. When I recently learned that Veeam was the recipient of five Stevie International Business Awards, (three Gold awards and two Silver awards), the news was validation that the global business community shares Veeam’s same leadership philosophy of encouraging company innovation and growth. This forward-thinking style comes directly from the top, which is why I’d like to personally congratulate our CEO, Ratmir…
  • Veeam Endpoint Backup: Moving your backups to a different location

    Mike Resseler
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    Read the full series: Ch.1 - Architecture & Requirements Ch.2 - Creating recovery media Ch.3 - Backup modes in depth Ch.4 - Backup targets more explained Ch.5 - Scheduling backups Ch.6 - Administration Ch.7 - Additional restore options Ch.8 - File level Recovery Ch.9 - Volume recovery Ch.10 - Recovery media in depth Сh.11 - Ad-hoc versus scheduled Ch.12 - Support for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Ch.13 - Working with exclusions Ch.14 - Moving your backups to a different location Ch.15 - BitLocker support Imagine you've setup your Veeam Endpoint Backups to use an external USB drive…
  • Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center is GA!

    Mike Resseler
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    We announced the Veeam® Management Pack™ (MP) v8 for System Center beta just a couple of months ago and told you about lots of improvements we made. Now, after adding some additional features and performing some intensive QC-department testing because of the always-appreciated feedback of our community, partners and end-users, we are, at last, ready to release the general availability version of MP! Enabling strategic decisions A good management and monitoring solution does more than just look at the environment and alert you when there are issues or potential problems. Over the years,…
 
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • Shared or Reseller Web Hosting – Here’s What You Need to Know?

    Pallavi Godse
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:56 am
    The post Shared or Reseller Web Hosting – Here’s What You Need to Know? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • The Truth About Shared WordPress Web Hosting

    Justin Wilson
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:09 am
    When attempting to sign up for web hosting, you will have numerous options available to you. It is entirely possible to sign up for a shared account, dedicated hosting and many others. With the growing popular of WordPress, many companies … Continue reading → The post The Truth About Shared WordPress Web Hosting appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Ways of Using Data The Smart Way

    Justin Wilson
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:40 am
    Anyone that owns a website or business is likely to collect a specific amount of data. Whether or not this information can fall within the category of big data matters very little. The truth of the matter is that the … Continue reading → The post Ways of Using Data The Smart Way appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service – Alert…Time is Precious…

    Pallavi Godse
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    There’s no fixed time for the disasters to strike. Are you ready for the oops moment? You might not be aware of the disaster that took place during the Pixar’s Toy Story 2 movie in 1998 when its several production … Continue reading → The post Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service – Alert…Time is Precious… appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • The Differences Between SaaS And PaaS

    Justin Wilson
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    When signing up for Cloud Computing, you will have several different options to play around with. You will need to choose between SaaS and PaaS. Take note that each of these is different and each is used for different purposes. … Continue reading → The post The Differences Between SaaS And PaaS appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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    Everything Should Be Virtual

  • Vagrant – Multi-NIC Definitions via YAML

    Larry Smith Jr.
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Advertise here with BSAVagrant – Multi-NIC Definitions via YAML I am currently working on a little routing project to use as a learning tool for others to easily consume by using Vagrant and Ansible (Inspired by this post by Matt Oswalt with added functionality) and came across a hard to find solution, so I figured I would share this. I am using a nodes.yml file to define the nodes to spin up using Vagrant and had a need to define a different number of interfaces per node. Now I know this is pretty easy when defining everything in your Vagrantfile but I want this to be a little more…
  • Learning Vagrant and Ansible Provisioning

    Larry Smith Jr.
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Advertise here with BSALearning Vagrant and Ansible Provisioning After attending Tech Field Day (#NFD10) there was a great deal of discussion around using Vagrant and Ansible for building out environments and provisioning for testing. After realizing that not everyone was familiar with using either of these so I figured that I would throw together something in hopes of helping out those who are interested in learning about Vagrant and Ansible. My goal in this post is to show how easy it is to spin up a few nodes and begin learning either tool. ***Note – Non-Windows HostOS generally…
  • Ansible – Generate Rundeck Inventory

    Larry Smith Jr.
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Generate Rundeck Inventory I have been doing some testing with Jenkins and Rundeck along with Ansible lately. I wanted a way to number one not have to manually update resources.xml for Rundeck but my biggest desire was to have Rundeck populated with the same hosts that Ansible was managing. vars: (external in group_vars/all/configs) rundeck_generate_resources_xml: true #will rebuild resources.xml and prepare for delivery to your rundeck_server rundeck_resources_xml_file: resources.xml rundeck_resources_xml_location: /var/lib/rundeck/var rundeck_server:…
  • Ansible – Installing open-vm-tools

    Larry Smith Jr.
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Installing open-vm-tools Just sharing this out in case someone else may be looking for a way to install open-vm-tools for Ubuntu or CentOS and wants to ensure that only virtual machines get this package installed. Throw together a playbook or role and add the following bit of code and you are good to go. - name: debian | installing open-vm-tools apt: name=open-vm-tools state=present when: ansible_os_family == "Debian" and ansible_virtualization_type == "VMware" - name: centos | installing open-vm-tools if a vm yum: name=open-vm-tools state=present when:…
  • Ansible – Quick Inventory Gathering using loops

    Larry Smith Jr.
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Advertise here with BSAAnsible – Quick Inventory Gathering using loops I came across this today looking through the Ansible Google groups. The OP wanted something that would output something like below into separate files per inventory hostname. Linux ans-test-4 3.13.0-55-generic #92-Ubuntu SMP Sun Jun 14 18:32:20 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux # Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8) # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BY HAND -- YOUR CHANGES WILL BE OVERWRITTEN nameserver 192.168.70.240 nameserver 192.168.70.241 search everythingshouldbevirtual.local…
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    inVURTED

  • The OpenStack Times Edition 6

    Adam Jones
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days :- ZeroStack Brings ‘Easy to Configure’ Private Cloud to the Enterprise ZeroStack have built a complete and scalable prive cloud. It converges compute, storage, networking and management. The big plus from ZeroStack is that it has a self-healing infrastructure. They allow aministrators to monitor, troubleshoot and plan future deployments. They…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 5

    Adam Jones
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days :- 5 signs that we are in a post-virtualization world Has the industry evolved past virtualisation? At the moment, there are massive moves towards containers with products like Docker and even Microsoft’s server 2016 offering support for containers. There is mass saturation of virtualisation Gartner mentioned that about 75% of enterprise…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 4

    Adam Jones
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days :- Japan’s NTT whips out OpenStack cannon at cloud Godzilla AWS NTT have long been suporters of OpenStack, as an early champion of OpenStack, they have been well accepted by the OpenStack community. OpenStack forms the basis of NTT’s Next-Generation Cloud Platform, due in December, which will allow NTT to set up and manage both shared…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 3

    Adam Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:49 pm
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days:- RTP Start-up TransCirrus Inc. Announces Collaboration for OpenStack with Red Hat Inc. Battle lines are be drawn up as business begin aligning themselves with the big names in the emerging OpenStack space! For OpenStack to succeed, it needs to change OpenStack provides a set of AWS-like APIs to the infrastructure. This focuses more on the…
  • The OpenStack Times Edition 2

    Adam Jones
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:09 pm
    OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. In this edition of the Openstack Times we’re checking out OpenStack news in the last seven days:- First up, an interesting article about the enterprise readiness of open source solutions Why open source cloud is ready for prime time This has been an ongoing discussion in the IT industry forever. Are open source solutions a viable concern for the enterprise? Many open source solutions are free, but do require very specific skill sets and…
 
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Why Cloud MSPs Are Software Companies

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar. Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualized datacenters or moved to the […] The post Why Cloud MSPs Are Software Companies appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Your Engineers Should Be Cloud Certified

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    The IT industry is filled with thousands of new cloud engineers and new cloud companies. While this makes the cloud industry an exciting place to be, it is also a risky one for enterprises that cannot afford to hire green cloud engineers or inexperienced cloud partners for their mission-critical projects. As the cloud computing industry […] The post Why Your Engineers Should Be Cloud Certified appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS)

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    “Most industries compete on value. U.S. healthcare does not. But that is about to change.” -Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky, The Volume-to-Value Revolution . Traditional health IT is failing — and this is good news.  Ten years ago, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems were heralded as the great cost-saving revolution in healthcare IT. By most […] The post Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS) appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry

    Gathering Clouds
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionized the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed. As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for their […] The post Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise

    Gathering Clouds
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise. While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security […] The post Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
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    Jason Gaudreau's Blog

  • vRealize Operations and SCOM

    Jason Gaudreau
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    One of the beautiful aspects of vRealize Operations is its extensibility. With vRealize Operations; you can broaden the benefits of monitoring, alerting and capacity planning to other infrastructure components in your datacenter with management packs found on the VMware Solution Exchange. We are going to take a look at one of these solution packs today, the SCOM solution pack. The management pack for SCOM is an embedded adapter for vRealize Operations Manager. The management pack collects time-series metrics, object availability information, and object relationships from the System Center…
  • ManageIQ Dashboards

    Jason Gaudreau
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    When you first log into ManageIQ, you are presented with the Cloud Intelligence Dashboard. That has a nice ring to it "Cloud Intelligence", which in reality makes sense because it gives you and overview of your internal and external datacenter resources. I can create dashboard widgets for my VMware resources, Red Hat resources, and Amazon resources. Additionally, ManageIQ can manage Hyper-V resources, I just don't have it running in my lab. The Cloud Intelligence Dashboard is customizable, which is what I am going to walk through today.After you first log into…
  • Infrastructure Measurements

    Jason Gaudreau
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:12 pm
    IT infrastructure measurements, if performed well, can provide clarity to IT and business leadership of the infrastructure resources supporting business applications. This type of transparency helps IT operations build credibility with business unit leaders; unfortunately in most organizations IT operations does not have meaningful measurements and they can't correlate the growing infrastructure expense to business outcomes.In my previous role as an IT manager at a Fortune 250 company, I was responsible for helping to determine the budgeting of infrastructure resources that were going to be…
  • ManageIQ Categories and Tags

    Jason Gaudreau
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    In my previous post, I demonstrated how to use ManageIQ for cost transparency by using the chargeback feature. In that post, we used tags that were set on our virtual machines to define them by their service class and classify them as internal or external resources. In this follow-up post, we are going to step through the process of managing and creating ManageIQ categories and tags.To start, we are going to open up ManageIQ and select the Configure tab. Click on the Configuration menu, highlight your Region under Settings, and then select your company Categories.Categories are intended…
  • ManageIQ Chargeback

    Jason Gaudreau
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Built into ManageIQ is a chargeback solution; and while it isn't a feature rich business management solution like VMware ITBM or Apptio, for an organization that is looking to provide some basic financial transparency of their infrastructure utilization, it isn't a bad tool. For me, tiering your infrastructure service capabilities and providing cost transparency for technology capabilities is the foundation to IT hosting. Sure, automation is great for reducing delivery times and providing consistency, which reduces OPEX; but I think marrying the infrastructure technology capability to…
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    opvizor » Blog

  • VMware vSphere Webclient in English or localized

    cpwpadmin
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    VMware vSphere Webclient in English or localizedWorking with customers and VMware vSphere infrastructures all over the world it can be very confusing and annoying to find yourself in a localized vSphere Webclient. Or maybe the way around when you want to use a German or Japanese version instead of the English one.When nothing is configured in the URL when opening the VMware vSphere webclient the application automatically uses the systems localization.But it’s easy to change it to your favorite language by adding a parameter to the URL.These are the currently supported language…
  • VMware vMotion Operations – Part 4

    cpwpadmin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    VMware vMotion Operations – Part 4Operating vMotion is very intuitive and trivial, since an active virtual machine can be moved to another ESX host just by drag and drop. Since the virtual machine is active, the vMotion process starts automatically with the first dialog.Figure 1: Starting a migration process from the context menu of the virtual machineAnother variation is performed by choosing migrate from the context menu of a virtual machine (see Figure 1).Figure 2: Wizard when starting a vMotion process from the context menu of the virtual machineThe difference between these two…
  • Capterra Health Analyzer Listing

    cpwpadmin
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Capterra Health Analyzer ListingWe’re now listed at Capterra, one of the most popular websites when it comes to finding business software depending on your needs. Furthermore they allow you to give product feedback for other customers. Of course we were excited when we saw the first reviews after a couple of days! A big thank you to our great customers!!Feedback is the most important way to product improvement but its also a great source to receive some kudos for the hard work put in.We’ve been listed in the Network Monitoring category, so don’t get confused when finding us…
  • Potentially poor vSphere NFS Read I/O performance with 10GbE vmnics

    cpwpadmin
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Potentially poor vSphere NFS Read I/O performance with 10GbE vmnicsVMware released a knowledge base article about a real performance issue when using NFS with certain 10GbE network adapters in the VMware ESXi host.In vSphere 6.0, NFS Read I/O performance (in IO/s) for large I/O sizes (of 64KB and above) with an NFS datastore may exhibit significant variations. This issue is observed when certain 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controllers are used. The performance variability reported in this KB is specific to ESXi’s NFS client and does not pertain to NFS clients in a virtual…
  • Fluke Networks – Expert Interview with our CEO, Dennis Zimmer

    cpwpadmin
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dennis Zimmer, our CEO was recently interviewed by Fluke Networks as part of their Expert Interview program. Click here to read the interview and let me know what you think!Infrastructure monitoring can be a tedious and time consuming chore. But if you’re not careful, the rest of your to-do list can grow out of control if you focus too much on this task. Still, with just a little help, a big part of your day can be cleared up. That’s what Dennis Zimmer, CEO of Opvizor Inc. says. I’ve seen so many avoidable issues and a lot of tuning possibilities that system…
 
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