Last week it happened, again one of the very unique and attractive event in the California, USA …it was Cloud Field Day 4 #CFD4 as part of the events series Tech Field Day.
I’m honored that have been invited again from the Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Day Stephen Fossket – Thank you for the invitation, it’s always awesome to meet you in person & your crew as well as other delegates!
This time we had everything related to Cloud (Storage, Networking, Data Protection, Monitoring etc) so we had great companies to present their solutions and products:
More to say, it wasn’t just the event about the Cloud, we had a great time and lot of fun visiting lot of the places like: Seti Institute, Apple Park, Docker Inc, Doing TFD podcast, Startup Escape Room in San Francisco etc.
For full coverage of the this event check Nick’s post (friend of mine & TFD delegate) … here
Stephen’s photos from Cloud Field Day 4 >>> Check here
Recently vmware just announced the vSphere 6.5 Update 2 with lot of the enhancements and with this update, vmware again brings in mind that you need to do upgrades and updates while the support for the vSphere 5.5 will end on September 2018.
Some of the enhancements on vSphere 6.5 U2 are:
IPv6 support for the Key Management Server (KMS) of VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption (VM Encryption).
Additional alarms for expiration of KMS certificates, missing hosts, and virtual machine keys.
Customization of default network ports for the HTTP Reverse Proxy service via the GUI or CLI during the deployment of the vCenter Server Appliance.
Management of multiple namespaces compatible with the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) 1.2 specification and enhanced diagnostic log.
Adding tags to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware version 1.2 on ESXi using ESXCLI commands.
New native driver to support the Broadcom SAS 3.5 IT/IR controllers with devices including the combination of NVMe, SAS, and SATA drives.
Also some specific support for the vCenter Server Appliance:
vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2 now supports Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) when deployed with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)
A Windows vCenter Server that has custom HTTP & HTTPS ports are supported during migration to the vCenter Server Appliance.
Using the TLS Configuration utility to configure SSL tunnels on port 8089.
Backup and restore to Embedded Linked Mode with replication deployment topology API.
vMotion and cold migration of virtual machines across vCenter Server versions 6.0 Update 3 and later, also includes VMware Cloud on AWS.
Important Note: Upgrading from vSphere 6.5 Update 2 to vSphere 6.7 GA is not supported.
As well as >> Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Update 2 from vSphere 5.5 requires a minimum version of vSphere 5.5 Update 3b prior to performing the upgrade.
Last week in New Orleans (US) Nutanix did lot of the great announcements for its vision & mission on their incoming products and solutions as well as those existing with more enhancements:
Nutanix Beam > new stuff from Nutanix, to simplify Multi Cloud optimization & management with intelligent consumption planning, so you will have better Cloud control (Nutanix – AWS & Azure)!
Nutanix Flow > SDN – Software Defined Networking solution, go beyond Micro-segmentation with Nutanix & Netsil (acquired by Nutanix) supported from AOS 6.5 released in April.
Nutanix Era > Databases made simple with 1 Click database Clone/Refresh, Database provisioning and Life Cycle Management (LCM) so you will be able to start with Copy Data Management, initially support for Oracle and Postgres databases … and will be expanded over the time to include MS SQL Server and MySQL.
Nutanix Xtract > support for migration from AWS EC2 to Nutanix AHV…
Nutanix X-Ray > Nutanix is going Open Source with this automation test platform and as latest version will support MS Hyper-V & Storage Spaces.
Nutanix Calm > Apps Automation & Multi Cloud Management (AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Platform GCP).
Acropolis File Services (AFS) > support for NFS v4 and much more on API. Acropolis AOSS (Object Storage Services) – new stuff and for more info check it here.
VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7 – as the latest release in the Hybrid Cloud era bringing the new features and delivers key capabilities to enable IT organizations address the trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure.
vSphere 6.7 vCSA delivers phenomenal performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):
2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
vSphere 6.7. will support upgrades and migrations only from vSphere 6.0 or 6.5. vSphere 5.5 does not have a direct upgrade path to vSphere 6.7. Customers still on vSphere 5.5 will need to upgrade to vSphere 6.0 or 6.5 first and then to vSphere 6.7. Also, a vCenter Server 6.0 or 6.5 managing ESXi 5.5 hosts cannot be upgraded or migrated until the hosts have been upgraded to at least ESXi 6.0.
I’m honored to be awarded for the 2nd time as vExpert – 2018! – Thank you vmware – great to be part of this unique vCommunity group!
Friday (March 9, 2018) … was send the knock knock emails for the vExpert awards to the people who are amazing to the vCommunity. Congrats to all new and renewed people and keep it up with your vCommunity activities and support!