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  • Five Questions with the CIO – Part Two

    Tribal Knowledge
    Morgan OLeary
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    For the second part of our five-part interview series with VMware CIO Tony Scott (check out Part One here), we delve into Tony’s view of the IT market in the near future. Tribal Knowledge [TK]: Tony, how do you see the IT market evolve over the next 12-24 months? Tony Scott [TS]: There has been […]
  • IOUG Survey Webcast Replay Site

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    Don Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    The permanent home for the IOUG “Oracle on vSphere” survey webcast is listed below along with the actual survey itself. The “Oracle on vSphere” VMware press book link is also listed. IOUG Survey http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-The-Empowered-Database-2014-IOUG-Platform-Decisions-Survey-Report.pdf IOUG Survey Webcast…
  • Inter-VM Transparent Page Sharing ESXi default changing (reminder)

    VMware Security & Compliance Blog
    Simon Bodger
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The additional Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) management capabilities that we discussed in our blog post of October 16 have been out for about a month for ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 5.5. The same capabilities for ESXi 5.0 will follow next month. While the recent ESXi patches do not change any TPS setting, the upcoming ESXi Update/patch releases planned for 2014 and Q1 of 2015 will. As we explained in our previous TPS post, the default setting for inter-VM TPS will be such that TPS among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default. Customers are advised to review the usage of TPS in…
  • Tactile 2015 Predictions: The Year of Enterprise Mobility

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    David Marshall
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015. Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive. Contributed article by Chuck... 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.
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    Tribal Knowledge

  • Five Questions with the CIO – Part Two

    Morgan OLeary
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    For the second part of our five-part interview series with VMware CIO Tony Scott (check out Part One here), we delve into Tony’s view of the IT market in the near future. Tribal Knowledge [TK]: Tony, how do you see the IT market evolve over the next 12-24 months? Tony Scott [TS]: There has been […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • IOUG Survey Webcast Replay Site

    Don Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    The permanent home for the IOUG “Oracle on vSphere” survey webcast is listed below along with the actual survey itself. The “Oracle on vSphere” VMware press book link is also listed. IOUG Survey http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-The-Empowered-Database-2014-IOUG-Platform-Decisions-Survey-Report.pdf IOUG Survey Webcast…
  • VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN HCL Component Updates

    Joe Cook
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Virtual SAN Configuration Guide has been updated with new components. We recently certified 12 SSDs, updated 4 existing SSD certifications, and updated firmware information for 2 HDDs. Make sure to visit the VMware Configuration Guide for Virtual SAN for more details! Here is a list of changes: New SSDs •  HGST HUSML4040ASS600 •  HGST HUSML4020ASS600 •  HGST HUSML4040ASS601 •  HGST HUSML4020ASS601 •  HGST HUSSL4040BSS600 •  HGST HUSSL4020BSS600 •  HGST HUSSL4010BSS600 •  HGST HUSSL4040BSS601 •  HGST HUSSL4020BSS601 •  HGST HUSSL4010BSS601 •  NEC S3700…
  • VMworld US 2014 in San Fransisco Panel Discussion “Applications on Oracle on vSphere” Panel

    Don Sullivan
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Mike Adams and Don Sullivan conducted a panel discussion at VMworld in San Francisco in August which highlighted a group of very successful VMware customers. The panelists answered questions pertaining to their varied application implementations running on Oracle on vSphere.  Their applications stories varied from SAP to Homegrown travel applications and from Oracle Identity Management to a broad sampling of Higher Education Applications.  The commonality was that they were all spectacularly successful. Dan Young represented Indiana University when receiving the “VMware Innovation…
  • Operationalizing VMware Virtual SAN: How to configure alarms

    Joe Cook
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    VMware Virtual SAN has received amazing response from the virtualization community. Now as more and more customers are completing the acquisition and implementation processes, we are receiving more requests for operational guidance. Day 2 operations is perhaps my favorite topic to explore. Essentially the questions asked can be summed up as “Ok, I have done the research, proved the concept, and now have this great new product. Help me know the recommended practices to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot the inevitable issues that pop up with any software”. This question is the…
  • SAP SD Benchmark Results on vSphere Shows Near Native Performance

    Mark Achtemichuk
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    I wanted to highlight some recent work done using a 3rd party benchmark and audited certification process that helps to address concerns that virtual overhead is still unacceptable for enterprise applications. Many of our customers are no longer focused on this negligible consumption by virtualization as VMware software defined infrastructures have continued to demonstrate they can meet all their application needs, but yet some people still ask for this information. SAP provides a test and certification methodology known as the Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark which provides several…
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  • Inter-VM Transparent Page Sharing ESXi default changing (reminder)

    Simon Bodger
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The additional Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) management capabilities that we discussed in our blog post of October 16 have been out for about a month for ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 5.5. The same capabilities for ESXi 5.0 will follow next month. While the recent ESXi patches do not change any TPS setting, the upcoming ESXi Update/patch releases planned for 2014 and Q1 of 2015 will. As we explained in our previous TPS post, the default setting for inter-VM TPS will be such that TPS among virtual machines will no longer be enabled by default. Customers are advised to review the usage of TPS in…
  • 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…
 
 
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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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  • Reference Architecture: Creating a VMware Software-Defined Data Center

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    This reference architecture describes an implementation of a software-defined data center (SDDC) usingVMware vCloud® Suite Enterprise 5.8, VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1, VMware IT Business Management Suite Standard Edition 1.1, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 to create an SDDC. This SDDC implementation is based on real-world scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. The configuration uses industry-standard servers, IP-based storage, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking to support a scalable and redundant architecture. An overview of the…
  • 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…
 
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    Yellow Bricks

  • Recommended viewing: VMUG Sessions

    Duncan Epping
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    Last week I presented at a couple of VMUGs and at those VMUGs all whole bunch of sessions were recorded. I receive a lot of requests to speak at VMUGs and although I try to attend many of them, there is still quite a few I have to decline unfortunately. Whenever I visit a VMUG I try to attend various sessions just to get a better understanding of what it is our partners offer, how our customers use our products and what type of questions are raised. Below you can find a couple of the sessions (including my own) which I enjoyed and recommend watching. I understand that it is difficult to find…
  • We are DevOps

    Duncan Epping
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Over the last couple of months I have started running in to more and more customers who are wondering what that DevOps thing is they keep hearing about. They want to know if they need to start hiring DevOps engineers and which software they need to procure for DevOps. I more or less already eluded to what I think it really is or means in my blog post about The Phoenix Project, let me re-use a quote from the review that I wrote for that book: After reading the book I am actually left wondering if DevOps is the right term, as it is more BizDevOps then anything else. All of IT enabling the…
  • Sharing VMUG presentation “vSphere futures”

    Duncan Epping
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Last week I presented at the UK VMUG, Nordic VMUG and VMUG Belgium. My topic was vSphere futures… I figured I would share the deck publicly. The deck is based on this blog post and essentially is a collection of what has been revealed at last VMworld. Considering the number of announcements I am guessing that this deck is a nice summary of what is coming, feel free to use it / share it / comment etc. Once again, I would like to thank the folks of the VMUG organizations throughout EMEA for inviting me, three great events last week with very passionate people. One thing I want to call…
  • 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.
 
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  • Guest Post - Cloud Computing in 2015

    Margaret Walker
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Patricia B. Seybold originally wrote this exclusive prediction for the CohesiveFT ebook “Cloud Memoirs: Views from Below, Inside, and Above"  She is the CEO & Sr. Consultant at the Patricia Seybold Group and the author of Customers.com, Customer Revolution, and Outside Innovation.Customers want to be able to access and manage their own information and activities from anywhere, and they want that information to be securely backed up and redundant. The most cost-effective way to satisfy customers' requirements will be to take advantage of low-cost cloud computing services.
  • 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…
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  • VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 11/22/14

    Rick Scherer
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 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 ESXi Deploying vShield Endpoint through Auto Deploy on vCloud Networking and Security 5.x (2092873) Date Published: 11/18/2014 Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint performance issues with anti-virus software (2094239) Date Published: 11/20/2014 ESXi stops responding with error: PageRetire:1181:Cannot access MPN 0xbdfe6 in range 0xbdfe6, 0xbdfe7 (2094868) Date Published: 11/19/2014…
  • 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. 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 host while powering on VM…
  • 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)…
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  • Enterprise File Synchronization Comparison, Part 1: Intro

    Steven Beaver
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    What Is Enterprise File Synchronization? Enterprise file synchronization (EFS) is a maturing area, and one that is crucial to many modern software deployments—particularly those that involve any form of desktop virtualization. In the past, solutions like Microsoft’s offline files were used to provide this kind of requirement, but it was a technology that was neither… Read more → Enterprise File Synchronization Comparison, Part 1: Intro|The Virtualization Practice
  • News: SimpliVity Announces GA of OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS

    Steven Beaver
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    On November 24, 2014, SimpliVity announced the general availability of its Cisco-certified solution, SimpliVity OmniStack. Fully integrated with Cisco UCS, this product is based on the C240 M3 model. Since the latter’s launch in August of this year, the hyperconverged infrastructure solution has, according to the press release, “realized tremendous global market demand, with rapid… Read more → News: SimpliVity Announces GA of OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS|The Virtualization Practice
  • Mobile Cloud Must Employ Cloud Security Measures for Modern Businesses

    Mitesh Soni
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Mobile Cloud-There are no two ways about the fact that mobile platforms enjoy the frontstage as most preferred internet surfing devices. US statistics reveal that almost 60% digital time of US citizens is spent on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. While business owners have been able to work smartly and more efficiently by mobile optimizing their services, the developments in mobile cloud computing are bringing revolutionary changes in the way mobile computing and communication services are being presented to the users. Here are some reasons why mobile cloud should be on your…
  • The Progeny of Cloud and Mobility holds the Financial Service Growth

    Mitesh Soni
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Cloud and Mobility-The ability to access servers holding important files, the sharing of databases and other useful application can all be achieved today at LAN speeds no matter the location of the users. When it comes to business, all this can be put to good use by colleagues working in the same physical office or those who are on a completely different continent. At the same time, only the activity which is attributed to user terminals passes through the communication links, which means mouse clicks, keystrokes and updates that are seen on-screen. That is why cloud technology is gradually…
  • HP Discover Barcelona 2014

    Marco Broeken
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    HP Discover Barcelona 2014, the worldwide event organized by HP every year. Where the European part is hosted in Barcelona. For the first time I’ve been invited to join a great crew of storage bloggers at HP Discover Barcelona. Thanks Calvin (HPStorageGuy). I have been working with HP for many many years. But mainly on the server side. My main focus for this event are definitely all new things on HP and 3PAR storage and VVOLs, the HP 200-HC (Hyper-Converged) servers that are going to be used in VMware’s Hyper-Converged offering EVO:RAIL, and beside that, my interest in…
 
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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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  • 8 gems in Veeam Availability Suite v8. Part 1: Linux certificate-based authentication

    Luca Dell'Oca
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Veeam Backup & Replication v8, part of Veeam Availability Suite v8, has just been released and customers and partners are already starting to upgrade their environments and explore the several new features that have been added to this latest version of the software. As in any previous release, in addition to the main new features that have been promoted during the launch campaign, there are many enhancement that are not part of the marketing activities, but nonetheless they all contribute to create every time an awesome version of the software. This time, again, the Veeam development team…
  • 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…
 
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    Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST

  • How to disable SSL 3.0 in IIS 8.5?

    Jeremy Calvey
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    In this tutorial, we will disable the SSL 3.0 protocol in IIS, the website application that is found on Windows operating systems. In this tutorial, we will disable the SSL 3.0 protocol in IIS, the website application that is found … Continue reading → The post How to disable SSL 3.0 in IIS 8.5? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Microsoft strengthen the security of AD by acquiring Aorato

    Paul Lopez
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Microsoft seizes the start-up company Aorato, which is specializing in the management of identity and access, to prevent advanced attacks. Microsoft announced on its corporate blog about the acquisition of start-up company Aorato. The latter was created in 2011 by … Continue reading → The post Microsoft strengthen the security of AD by acquiring Aorato appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • How Google tracks the SSL and TLS vulnerabilities?

    Paul Lopez
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Google recently released open source Nogotofail to uncover vulnerabilities in SSL and TLS in applications and terminals. Google encourages webmasters to generalize the use of HTTPS, connections using an encryption protocol. If this exchange provides security at an additional level … Continue reading → The post How Google tracks the SSL and TLS vulnerabilities? appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • OSv – Cloud operating system dedicated to virtual machines

    Paul Lopez
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Still in alpha version, but OSv aims to build an environment specifically tailored to the VM. So the question is it an alternative to container? In the world of Cloud, virtualization plays an essential role. It is what provides the … Continue reading → The post OSv – Cloud operating system dedicated to virtual machines appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
  • Ansible: JSON and SSH Cloud Service

    Paul Lopez
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Ansible, a solution provider for infrastructure management of servers put on front simplicity. Only SSH and Python are thus required to make it work. You might have not heard about Ansible before so FYI it is a platform for configuration … Continue reading → The post Ansible: JSON and SSH Cloud Service appeared first on Official Web Hosting Blog by bodHOST.
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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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  • How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    This the 8th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 7 here. Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology […]The post How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 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: The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS – Part III. 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, […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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