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  • VMware Weekly News Recap, Nov. 21, 2014

    Tribal Knowledge
    Morgan OLeary
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    VMware News This week in VMware News, VMware Virtual SAN was included in recent Gartner research. The report, “Predicts 2015: Midmarket CIOs Must Shed IT Debt to Invest in Strategic IT Initiatives,” identifies opportunities for CIOs to simplify IT operations so they can spend more time improving business outcomes. On Tuesday, VMware Education Services launched […]
  • VMware CP&C releases Major Updates to DISA STIG Windows Compliance toolkit in VCM!

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    Pravin Goyal
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the updated DISA STIG compliance toolkit for Windows based environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vRealize Operations (vR Ops). This is a major update release to prior released DISA Compliance Toolkits for Windows based environments. The compliance toolkit product data sheet can be found here. This toolkit contains below DISA STIGs: Windows Server 2012 / R2 – DC and MS – STIG Version V1R4 Windows Server 2008 R2 – DC and MS – STIG…
  • "How to Solve the Top 5 VMware VM Issues" - VMware Expert Webinar

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    David Marshall
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Attention VMware Admins... How would you like to find out what the top 5 virtual machine problems are, how to find them and the steps you need to... Read more at VMblog.com.
  • AWS Pledges To Run Entirely on Renewable Energy

    News
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc. recently joined tech giants like Google and Apple Inc. in promising to run its datacenters solely on renewable energy.
  • Removing OVS Configuration Settings

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    slowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’ve written quite a bit about Open vSwitch (OVS), but I realized recently that despite all the articles I’ve written I still haven’t talked about how to remove a configuration setting to OVS. I’m fixing that now with this article. As part of my ongoing mission to give back to the open source community, I recently started making contributions and improvements to the OVS web site; specifically, I’ve been reformatting the configuration cookbooks to make them more readable (and to clean up the HTML source). Along the way, I’ve been adding small bits of content…
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  • VMware Weekly News Recap, Nov. 21, 2014

    Morgan OLeary
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    VMware News This week in VMware News, VMware Virtual SAN was included in recent Gartner research. The report, “Predicts 2015: Midmarket CIOs Must Shed IT Debt to Invest in Strategic IT Initiatives,” identifies opportunities for CIOs to simplify IT operations so they can spend more time improving business outcomes. On Tuesday, VMware Education Services launched […]
  • VMware Virtual SAN Covered in Gartner 2015 Predictions Report for Midmarket

    Morgan OLeary
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    By John Gilmartin, vice president and general manager, SDDC Suite Business Unit, VMware Today, I am happy to share that VMware Virtual SAN was included in recent Gartner research. The report, “Predicts 2015: Midmarket CIOs Must Shed IT Debt to Invest in Strategic IT Initiatives,” identifies opportunities for CIOs to simplify IT operations so they […]
  • Administrators With Their Head in the vCloud – Keenen

    Morgan OLeary
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    With the help of vRealize Suite, cloud management has become so streamlined that Keenen now has time to master brand new skills.
  • Is your CIO’s Head in the Cloud?

    Morgan OLeary
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    The rise of cloud-based services has made it much easier to procure IT resources and enabled organizations to treat new infrastructure investments as an operating expense rather than capital investment. While this transition continues to bring new agility to things like development and testing, many CIOs and IT departments are being left out of the […]
  • Update: Third Annual Fling Contest Closes

    Morgan OLeary
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Winner to be Announced Before Year End; Tribal Knowledge Catches up with Last Year’s Winner Back in September, we blogged about the opening of VMware’s Third Annual Fling contest, which invites the VMware community to submit ideas that VMware may develop into a “Fling.” “What’s a Fling,” you may ask? Flings are software tools developed by […]
 
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  • VMware CP&C releases Major Updates to DISA STIG Windows Compliance toolkit in VCM!

    Pravin Goyal
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the updated DISA STIG compliance toolkit for Windows based environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM), a key component in the VMware vRealize Operations (vR Ops). This is a major update release to prior released DISA Compliance Toolkits for Windows based environments. The compliance toolkit product data sheet can be found here. This toolkit contains below DISA STIGs: Windows Server 2012 / R2 – DC and MS – STIG Version V1R4 Windows Server 2008 R2 – DC and MS – STIG…
  • New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0011

    Monty Ijzerman
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2014-0011 The advisory documents a critical information disclosure vulnerability, CVE-2014-4624, which has been addressed in vSphere Data Protection 5.5.x last week. Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories.
  • Introducing VMware’s vRealize Air Compliance (vRAC)

    georgegerchow
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Hola Peeps, It is with great pleasure that I introduce our latest and greatest Compliance solution from VMware, vRealize Air Compliance! vRAC gives you event driven compliance checks of your virtual infrastructure and tells you WHO made a non compliant change and when it occurred in near realtime! (As fast as the Seahawk’s defense making Peyton Manning choke in another Super Bowl loss) The vRAC solution is based on SCAP content and takes minutes to install & allows you to set exceptions on the fly. We are making it available (BETA) to our customers as the audit community is…
  • Transparent Page Sharing – additional management capabilities and new default settings

    Monty Ijzerman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Today VMware introduced additional capabilities to manage Transparent Page Sharing (TPS). This addition was prompted by recent academic research that leveraged TPS to gain unauthorized access to data under certain highly controlled conditions. We also announced that starting in December with the next ESXi Update release, TPS among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default. Even though we believe the security risk associated with enabling TPS is very low, VMware strives to be “secure by default” wherever possible. The upcoming changes to the default TPS settings are explained…
  • CVE-2014-3566 aka POODLE

    Monty Ijzerman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Today, a new attack on SSL v3 dubbed POODLE was published. We’ve reviewed the issue and concur with the community that the issue is similar to the BEAST attack published in 2011 but more practical. Like the BEAST attack, to exploit this vulnerability the attacker must have the capability to run his javascript in the victim’s browser and to be able to Man-in-the-Middle the connection between the client and server.  At this time we view this as a browser-based attack and do not see direct relevance to VMware’s products. We will shortly issue a VMware Knowledge Base (KB)…
 
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  • Removing OVS Configuration Settings

    slowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’ve written quite a bit about Open vSwitch (OVS), but I realized recently that despite all the articles I’ve written I still haven’t talked about how to remove a configuration setting to OVS. I’m fixing that now with this article. As part of my ongoing mission to give back to the open source community, I recently started making contributions and improvements to the OVS web site; specifically, I’ve been reformatting the configuration cookbooks to make them more readable (and to clean up the HTML source). Along the way, I’ve been adding small bits of content…
  • Technology Short Take #46

    slowe
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #46. That’s right, it’s time for yet another collection of links and articles from around the Internet on various data center-related technologies, products, projects, and efforts. As always, there is no rhyme or reason to my collection; this is just a glimpse into what I’ve seen over the past few weeks. I hope you are able to glean something useful. Networking This post by Matt Oswalt—the first in a series, apparently—provides a great introduction to 5 development tools for network engineers. I’ve already increased my usage…
  • Setting up the Tools for Contributing to OpenStack Documentation

    slowe
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    For non-programmers, making a meaningful contribution to an open source project can be difficult; this is as true for OpenStack as for other open source projects. Documentation is a way to contribute, but in the case of OpenStack there is a non-trivial setup required in order to be able to contribute to the OpenStack documentation. In this post, I’m going to share how to set up the tools to contribute to OpenStack documentation in the hopes that it will help others get past the “barrier to entry” that currently exists. I’ve long wanted to be more involved in supporting…
  • Learning NSX, Part 18: Routing Without Network Address Translation

    slowe
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 18 of the Learning NSX blog series, in which I talk about using layer 3 (L3) routing with VMware NSX but without network address translation (NAT). This post describes a configuration that offers yet another connectivity option for OpenStack cloud administrators and operators. In part 6, I showed you how to add a gateway appliance to your NSX installation. Part 9 leveraged the gateway appliances to create a L3 gateway service, which—as I explained in part 15—provides the functionality for logical routers in OpenStack. (Logical routing was covered in part 14.) Part 16…
  • Learning NSX, Part 17: Adding External L2 Connectivity

    slowe
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 17 of the Learning NSX blog series. In this post, I’ll show you how to add layer 2 (L2) connectivity to your NSX environment, and how to leverage that L2 connectivity in an NSX-powered OpenStack implementation. This will allow you, as an operator of an NSX-powered OpenStack cloud, to offer L2/bridged connectivity to your tenants as an additional option. As you might expect, this post does build on content from previous posts in the series. Links to all the posts in the series are available on the Learning NVP/NSX page; in particular, this post will leverage content from…
 
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  • VMware Auto Deploy with MSCS won’t work

    Gabrie van Zanten
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our environment is fully built using VMware Auto Deploy 5.1. All the clusters have their own ruleset and we’re very content on how easily we update our hosts and deploy new hosts. However, recently we ran into a major issue with Microsoft Cluster Services inside VMs in combination with VMware Auto Deploy. In a scenario with an “old fashioned” MCSC cluster across boxes with Physical RDMs shared between the two cluster nodes (VMs), these RDMs seem to be stopping an Auto Deployed ESXi host from reconnecting to vCenter Server after a reboot.  A normal reboot of an Auto…
  • [Powershell] vCPU to Physical Core for XenApp VM

    Gabrie van Zanten
    28 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    For our Citrix XenApp environment that runs on ESXi, we tend to keep a 1:1 ratio when it comes to physical cores and vCPUs. In other words, an ESXi host with 12 cores, will only be running 6 XenApp VMs with 2 cores or 3 XenApp VMs with 4 cores or any other combination, just as long as the vCPUs configured on the VM, never exceed the number of physical cores present in the host. What about Hyperthreading? The extra HyperThreads that a physical CPU offers are not used in the core to vCPU ratio because specifically in a Citrix XenApp workload, they don’t offer a guaranteed performance…
  • Win a trip around the world with Veeam

    Gabrie van Zanten
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and is launching an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other prizes (Google Glass, iPad and Microsoft Surface). To participate, visitors need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you have to win the trip around the world and other prizes. We currently have a live pre-registration page. The main contest will start next week. Join in on the fun! We hope you and your readers will participate and celebrate…
  • Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld

    Gabrie van Zanten
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld at the vSphere-land top blogger contest. See full post at: Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld
  • VMTurbo releases Operations Manager 4.5

    Gabrie van Zanten
    30 Jan 2014 | 6:38 am
    Copied from their news release: BOSTON – January 28, 2014 – VMTurbo, provider of the only Software-Driven Control for virtualized environments, today announced a new version of its flagship product, VMTurbo Operations Manager, enhanced with control modules for storage and fabric to drive virtualized environments to their desired state and maintain control in that state across the data center and IT stack. These new solutions enable 30% improvement in utilization while providing greater control over all aspects of the environment the application workload touches – from compute and…
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  • VMware Learning Zone

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    The VMware Learning Zone is a new subscription-based service that gives you a full year of unlimited, 24/7 access to official VMware video-based training. Top VMware experts and instructors discuss solutions, provide tips and give advice on a variety of advanced topics.  <span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span>Your paid subscription also gets you: Training on the latest products and technologies with new titles added all the time giving you the most up-to-date information on how to optimize your VMware solutions.  Powerful search…
  • New Training Course - VMware Mirage [V5.0] and Horizon with View [V6.0]: Fast Track

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    This extended-hours, hands-on training course provides students with skills that they need to deploy a unified image management system using VMware Mirage as well as installing, configuring, and managing the VMware Horizon View component of VMware Horizon.Students learn how to configure security, manage images, perform a Windows migration, set up endpoint protection, and perform various management functions with Mirage. Students will also gain practical experience with View concepts through the completion of hands-on labs that include VMware View Manager, VMware View Composer, and the View…
 
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  • Validate your hardware configuration when it arrives!

    Duncan Epping
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    In the last couple of weeks I had 3 different instances of people encountering weird behaviour in their environment. In two cases it was a VSAN environment and the other one was an environment using a flash caching solution. What all three had in common is that when they were driving a lot of IO the SSD device would be unavailable, for one of them they even had challenges enabling VSAN in the first place before any IO load was placed on it. With the first customer it took me a while what was going on. I asked him the standard questions: Which disk controller are you using? Which flash device…
  • Slow backup of VM on VSAN Datastore

    Duncan Epping
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Someone at out internal field conference asked me a question around why doing a full back up of a virtual machine on a VSAN datastore is slower then when doing the same exercise for that virtual machine on a traditional storage array. Note that the test that was conducted here was done with a single virtual machine. The best way to explain why this is is by taking a look at the architecture of VSAN. First, let me mention that the full backup of the VM on a traditional array was done on a storage system that had many disks backing the datastore on which the virtual machine was located.
  • Project Fargo aka VMFork and TPS?

    Duncan Epping
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    I received some questions this week around how VMFork will work when TPS is disabled in the future, already answered some questions in comments but figured this would be easier to google. First of all, I would like to point out that in future versions TPS will not be globally disabled, but rather it will disabled for inter-VM page collapsing. Within the VM though pages will be collapsed as normal and the way it works is that each virtual machine configuration will contain a salt and all virtual machines with the same salt will share pages… However, each virtual machine by default will…
  • VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash… part 4

    Duncan Epping
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash time again. Took me a while to get a bunch of them, so some of the news is a bit older then normal. Dell and SuperMicro to offer an EVO:RAIL bundle with Nexenta for file services on top of VSAN! Smart move by Nexenta, first 3rd party vendor to add value to the EVO:RAIL package and straight away they partner with both Dell and SuperMicro. I expect we will start seeing more of these types of partnerships. There are various other vendors who have shown interest in layering services on top of EVO:RAIL so it is going to be interesting to see what is next!
  • Non-Uniform configurations for VSAN clusters

    Duncan Epping
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    I have been receiving various questions around support for non-uniform configurations in VSAN environments (sometimes also referred to as “unbalanced” configurations) . I was a bit surprised by it to be honest as personally I am not a big fan of non-uniform configurations to begin with. First, with “non-uniform” I am referring to different hardware configurations. In other words you have four hosts with 400GB Intel s3700 flash and one host with 200GB Intel s3500 flash. The question was if this is an acceptable configuration if the overall flash capacity still meets…
 
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  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: November 17 - 21

    Margaret Walker
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of November 17thCITE World: Microsoft Azure thrown out of gear during a performance updateForrester: Cloud Becomes The Motivator In 2015Light Reading: IaaS: The Telco Tool for Business GrowthCloud Opinion on Medium: Why IT execs need to plan for AWS LambdaRedmonk: The Implications of IaaS Pricing Patterns and TrendsCohesiveFT in the news:We're a finalists in the DCD EMEA Awards for our "Building Multi-Cloud Overlay Networks with Public Clouds" entry. The winners will be announced on December 11 in London.Chris Swan's talk from the…
  • There are databases and then there are Databases: data migration to the cloud and how security will become even more important

    Margaret Walker
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    by CEO Patrick Kerpan When we first started using AWS public cloud and other virtualized environments in 2006, we weren’t sure what kind of data and workloads our enterprise customers would migrate to the cloud. Some early industry watchers predicted the entire IT operation would move in one leap, others thought only non-critical, internal operating systems would migrate.  We first thought that no Database would ever migrate to cloud. Yet, we realized there might be a difference in database versus Database. A Database, a stand-alone, massive collection of compute and storage,…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: November 10 - 14

    Margaret Walker
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of November 10thFrom this week's AWS re:Invent conference, GigaOm wraps up "Top 5 Lessons learned at ReInvent" and for a full list of announcements at re:Invent, the AWS blog has them all.Forrester's 2015 cloud predictions via ZDnet: Docker rises, storage pricing war claims livesDatacenter Knowledge: A Rackspace survey says Nearly Everybody Will be Using DevOps by End of 2015Gigaom: CIOs are getting out of the Data Center business >> "CIO’s and their contemporaries are generally making a move away from data centers. Specifically, moving away from…
  • Announcing VNS3:ms, the Network Management Console for Complex Networks

    Margaret Walker
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Manage the cloud sprawl with VNS3:ms Network ConsoleVNS3:ms is a single dashboard where you can manage and monitor all of your VNS3 networks and VPN connections.Before, VNS3 users and network managers alike had to individually check on security status features. Some status and security records, like keeping an updated snapshot for every single Manager, could be a tedious process. The time and effort it took prevented some from following security best practices.Now, VNS3:ms (think "management system" but shortened) is the one-stop shop to check up on the vital stats of your networks. From the…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: November 3 - 8

    Margaret Walker
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of November 3rdSDN, NFV market to hit $11B in sales by 2018, according to new report from Infonetics ResearchBusiness Cloud News: Google bolsters cloud platform with networking, containers, and price cutsZDnet: The newest frontier in cloud computing: Network Function VirtualizationMSP Mentor: Dell Announces Cloud Application Marketplace BetaFrom @cloud_opinion on Medium: Applications in the Cloud world >> Numbers 8 - 10: 8. Worry a lot about your application security — assume Cloud provider will be of no help to…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/15/14

    Rick Scherer
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:46 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. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM Desktop Provisioning View desktops fails with the error: Master VM or replica no longer exists in the datastore (2091367) Date Published: 11/13/2014   My VMware How to redeem Promotion Activation Codes (2095152) Date Published: 11/14/2014   VMware ESXi Attempting to power on a restored virtual machine fails with the error: An error was received from the ESX…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/8/14

    Rick Scherer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:12 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. My VMware Cannot see all your accounts in the VMware vCloud Air OnDemand Services sign up page (2074540) Date Published: 11/8/2014 Socialcast Backing up to SMB shares fails in Socialcast On Premise (2092876) Date Published: 11/3/2014 VMware ESXi Applying the ESXi host profile fails with the error: Error while setting firewall configuration for VSANVP (2092598) Date Published: 11/3/2014…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/1/14

    Rick Scherer
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:22 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. Grails Test in Stg 10/30 @ 6.50. PM Licensing (2093872) Date Published: 10/30/2014 Test in Stg 10/30 @ 6.53 PM FKM (2093873) Date Published: 10/30/2014 Miscellaneous Test in Stg 10/30 @ 6.44 PM CS (2093871) Date Published: 10/30/2014 Socialcast On Premise v2 MySQL Slave replication stops in Socialcast On Premise with the error: Error running query, slave SQL thread aborted. Fix the problem,…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 10/25/14

    Rick Scherer
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 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. Socialcast Socialcast log format and sources for use with central syslog logging servers (2077010) Date Published: 10/21/2014 Socialcast H.0 On Premise Verifying firewall rules against network port usage for Socialcast On Premise (2091062) Date Published: 10/20/2014 Socialcast On Premise v2 Polling the Ping endpoint to determine cluster health of Socialcast On Premise using HTTP (2058653)…
  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 10/18/14

    Rick Scherer
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 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. Desktop Launching a View Hosted App or Desktop from VMware Workspace Portal fails with the error: The host name in the certificate is invalid or does not match (2091893) Date Published: 10/15/2014 Socialcast H.0 On Premise Collecting diagnostic information for Socialcast On-Premise cluster (2090812) Date Published: 10/14/2014 VMware ESX VMware Products and CVE-2014-3566 (POODLE) (2092133)…
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  • XenApp 7.x: Virtual Reality

    Steven Beaver
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Back in January when Citrix announced that it would be reintroducing XenApp, many cheered. They were delighted that Citrix was finally acknowledging that virtual applications weren’t facing extinction or playing second fiddle to virtual desktops. After all, XenDesktop had been constantly hammered into our brains by Citrix, and there had been little mention of the… Read more → XenApp 7.x: Virtual Reality|The Virtualization Practice
  • When Is a Startup No Longer a Startup?

    Steven Beaver
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When is a startup company no longer a startup? Is it post-IPO (initial public offering)? Is it when the founders exit? After seed funding? After Round A? Round B? Round Z? It seems to me that companies have started clinging to the title “startup” for quite a bit longer than they used to. What prompted… Read more → When Is a Startup No Longer a Startup?|The Virtualization Practice
  • Cloud Dependency: Visibility

    Steven Beaver
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have looked at the hidden dependencies around upgrades (Cloud Dependency: Automated Upgrades) as well as the hidden dependencies around networking (Cloud Dependency: Ubiquitous Networking). Now, we will look at the hidden dependencies on visibility. Or more to the point, the lack of visibility within the cloud. With regard to visibility, the question most often… Read more → Cloud Dependency: Visibility|The Virtualization Practice
  • How to Supercharge Your Content Marketing Strategy with RSS

    Roy Mikes
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Content Marketing is one of those ever-changing fields of study that is constantly evolving with the demands of the masses. Historically speaking, the very first form of mass content dispersal was made possible with the printing press. Large, human operated mechanical machines printed the very first ‘copy’. Today, reaching out to a nation is reduced […] The post How to Supercharge Your Content Marketing Strategy with RSS appeared first on WP RSS Aggregator.
  • Beware the Single Glass of Pain

    Steven Beaver
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Data integration will replace console integration and alert integration in the management software industry. This is the only path by which customers will be able to replace the current glass of pain with something that actually works. Read more → Beware the Single Glass of Pain|The Virtualization Practice
 
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  • Tintri blows the top off with 3 new models and a bucket of features

    Brian Suhr
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Advertise here with BSATintri has been selling storage arrays for almost four years now and we have seen them go from a single model offering to the current three models. Along the way they have added features and supported additional hypervisors. Today Tintri is blowing the top off of things and announcing their biggest update since coming out of stealth. If you would like to learn more about Tintri you can read the in-depth Tintri review over at Data Center Zombie. The T800 Series As part of todays release is a new set of storage arrays from Tintri. The T800 series is a line of bigger,…
  • CloudPhysics helps unearth some scary statistics in the Halloween spirit

    Brian Suhr
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAI have written about CloudPhysics in the past and I think the tool has some cool features. They continue to add features and think up new ways to use all the data they collect about your data center and compare to others. There are some scary things that can hide in your data center. The infographic below was pretty cool. The part that scared me was 22% of vSphere 5.5 hosts are still un-protected for SSL Heartbleed vulnerability. Take some time if you have not already and get to know the CloudPhysics offering. You can read more about the features at the official…
  • People VMware vCAC is not easy, it takes effort to get value

    Brian Suhr
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Advertise here with BSAI tend to get the feeling that many customers expect that if they purchase vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) some type of magic will happen. Maybe it’s a disconnect in how the product is marketed or something else, but the message is not getting through. I’ve noticed this through customer meetings before a sale or during the architecture phase of a project. vCAC as a product can be very powerful and does allow for a lot of flexibility to solve complex problems. But vCAC does not contain a bunch of magical workflows that will automate your data center out of…
  • What does Converged Infrastructure mean to you?

    Brian Suhr
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver the past several years I have been in countless discussion around Converged Infrastructure (CI) and what it is and the benefits that it provides. The one thing that I keep noticing is that there is a large variance in what CI means to different people. So I thought that in effort to get feedback from others and provide some of mine I would write this post to get the discussion started. There are a number of vendors in the market today, that are selling some form of a converged infrastructure product or solution. My definition of Converged Infrastructure In my mind…
  • Why are more vendors not doing internal startups for innovation

    Brian Suhr
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe topic of how the existing large hardware and software vendors innovate for new products has been on my mind for a while now. I don’t claim to be an expert in this topic, but I see new companies kicking the ass of many of these companies with better products. This only seems to becoming a larger issue, and large enterprise keeps trying to keep up by purchasing companies for their product or patents. Sometimes they make the wrong choice, over pay or are just too late. Lets take a look at a couple of the more successful storage statups recently. Both Tintri and…
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  • Veeam ONE v8 – More than just monitoring – Complete Visibility!

    Doug Hazelman (VMDoug)
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    2 weeks ago we proudly announced the general availability of Veeam® Availability Suite™v8. An essential component of the suite designed to complement Veeam Backup & Replication is Veeam ONE™. Veeam ONE is a powerful monitoring, reporting and capacity planning tool for Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructures. It is a key component to helping maintain Availability for the Modern Data Center™ by providing complete visibility of your backup and virtual environments. Complete Visibility Data protection alone is not enough.
  • Veeam Availability Suite v8 is GA!

    Doug Hazelman (VMDoug)
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Today we are very pleased to announce the general availability of Veeam Availability Suite v8! With this release we define Availability for the Modern Data Center and bridge the availability gap found in many companies. Leveraging the technologies of the Modern Data Center, including virtualization, modern storage, and the cloud, we provide five key capabilities that enable the Always-On Business: High-Speed Recovery, Data Loss Avoidance, Verified Protection, Leveraged Data, and Complete Visibility. High-Speed Recovery Building on top of well-known features such as Instant VM Recovery™,…
  • Hyper-V Isn’t Sexy, but it’s Free and it Just Works!

    Chris Henley
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Hyper-V has quietly moved into the hypervisor marketplace. I think the reason for the lack of pomp and circumstance around Hyper-V is that it doesn’t introduce some grand new sexy feature set that no one else in the market place has ever seen. Instead Microsoft gives every IT Pro and CIO what they really want, a free product that just works! How is Hyper-V Free? Windows Server 2012 R2 comes in a couple of different flavors, specifically Standard and Data Center Editions. There is NO functional difference between the editions! They both do the same things. The operating system, roles and…
  • VeeamON 2014 Day 3 Recap

    Andrew Zhelezko
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    For those who missed it, roundup of the day #1, roundup of the day #2 We’re still here, in amazing Las Vegas, and just came from the closing keynote of the first ever VeeamON. Just in case you were unable to join us today, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about day #3 with Veeam!   A Tour of the Modern Data Center Even though it was an exciting (and exhausting!) night at the VeeamON 2014 party, the third day of VeeamON 2014 still launched on schedule and without a glitch. Well, not for everyone…. One group of early risers went on an excursion to Cobalt’s Cheyenne Data…
  • Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

    Mike Resseler
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    We've been very clear about our vision for the Modern Data Center recently: it has key attributes such as being highly virtualized, having modern storage and is ready for a cloud strategy. But what about systems that have data on them that aren't part of the data center? What about endpoints?  Most companies use PCs or laptops for their end users and those devices have data on it that may need to be protected. To help address this need, we just announced a new product via a press release at VeeamON 2014 today. We are happy to introduce Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE! Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE…
 
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  • VMware NSX – L2 Bridge Gateway Whiteboarding Session

    mrlesmithjr
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSAVMware NSX – L2 Bridge Gateway I wanted to share this whiteboarding session as my first attempt. I am trying a new platform that I have been wanting to explore and hope it is beneficial. I apologize for the poor quality but will be working on that as well. Also sorry for the umms and all the rambling.   I hope you enjoy and please leave any comments and feedback. Enjoy!
  • PFSense Snort Logstash

    mrlesmithjr
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Advertise here with BSAI have been working on getting some detailed logging from Snort logs generated through PFSense and thought I would share them. This can also be modified to work with a Snort setup not running on PFSense as well. Can also modify for Suricata if needed. In order to send your Snort logs you will need an instance of logstash running on your Snort node with the following added to your logstash.conf file. Modify to suit your specific log location. input { file { path => "/var/log/snort/alert" type => "snort" sincedb_path => "/var/log/.snortsincedb" } } Here are some…
  • VMware NSX Firewall Logging with Logstash

    mrlesmithjr
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Advertise here with BSASo the past day or so I have been working on getting some good detail from my NSX Edge’s (ESG and DLR) and I have been able to get them working very well. The Kibana dashboard looks great too. So I wanted to share this out with anyone else who may be looking at doing the same thing or just needing a way to get useful information out of NSX in regards to firewall activity. I am also working on some of the other logging facilities within NSX and will share those once I get those tidied up. Below is the code you will need to get started in setting up your…
  • Bro-IDS Logstash Parsing

    mrlesmithjr
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI have spent the past several days working with Bro-IDS and Logstash parsing and wanted to share this with anyone else who may be doing the same and needs some decent parsing. Some pieces of this I have taken from other sources online but have been modifying to suit my needs as well as adding additional functionality. This will be updated as time goes on and will be hosted on GitHub. Enjoy!
  • IP Reputation Lookups with Logstash

    mrlesmithjr
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI had a great question yesterday about how to configure Logstash to integrate IP reputation lookups within Logstash and Kibana without having to copy and paste an IP address and etc. I thought this was a great idea and one that I had not myself thought about so I gave it a shot to see what I could come up with. And believe it or not it was actually quite simple to put in place and I figured I may as well share with everyone as well. So in this setup I wanted to add IP reputation links for Apache type events which added a new field and provided the url to click on…
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  • The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments

    JG
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This the 6th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 5 here. The increased collaboration between Development and Operations teams in the DevOps paradigm of software development introduces compliance challenges. The primary compliance issues come in the areas of change management, code access, production environment access, segregation of duties and data […]The post The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions

    JG
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Linda Sanches, a senior advisor on health information privacy to the Department […]The post Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, this Mr. Churchill’s words could not be truer. Businesses utilizing cloud […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the third piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the second piece here. The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development […]The post The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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