Category Archives: Virtualization

Everything about the Virtualization technologies

I’m IN … vExpert 2019

I’m honored to be part of the vmware vExpert program (3 years in row) and I would like to say Thank You to vmware, that recognized me with this award!
This is valuable program for all IT professionals who are using vmware products and solutions. One of the respectfully award while there are only 1800+ members in this year so I’m proud to be part of the vExpert Community.

Official announcement is here

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vmware ReCertification will be removed …

Right away from the new vmware Certifications 2019 we have another great news that the mandatory re-certification requirement will be removed from all current certifications.

For more details you can check here.
And the FAQ you can check here as well!

Stay tuned …

vmware VCP 2019 Certifications …

vmware announced new certifications for the VCP in 2019, including another new track:

VCP – DCV (Data Center Virtualization)
VCP – NV (Network Virtualization)
VCP – CMA (Cloud Management & Automation)
VCP – DTM (Desktop & Mobility)
VCP – DW (new) (Digital Workspace)

VCP certifications 2019 …

vmware certification are really valuable in nowadays and in most job requirements related to the vmware solutions & products, you need to have at least 1 VCP level done! My opinion is that they are still on demand so choose the track that you belong to and prep yourself for the new Certification 2019. You know that this is not all and after VCP track you will be qualified for more advanced vmware certifications that are VCAP (Design & Deployment) and the highest level VCDX. But first, good luck with your VCP track and wish your more success with next certifications!

Stay tuned!

2019 – Nutanix Technology Champion NTC

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Starting new year with another great award from the next generation Data Center & Cloud company – Nutanix. I’m honored to be selected for the third time in row as Nutanix Technology Champion for 2019. Thank you @Nutanix and Angelo Luciani for the great support for this unique community around the World.

This is the NTC 2019 announcement and I’m proud to be part of the list!

With few words what NTCs are :

Nutanix Technology Champions (NTC). This group of IT professionals, are from every cloud, application and technology group. Their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and expertise help their organizations and the virtualization community to challenge the status quo.

Stay tuned …!

 

Cohesity – One Software Platform for Multiple Cloud Use Cases

Had the opportunity to be invited from Stephen Foskett (Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Days) – Cloud Field Days at Cohesity – one of the attractive companies covering lot of the Secondary Storage Data including Cloud and supporting AWS, Azure & GCP. Cohesity as Data Platform company is taking care to bring simplicity in your data centers (on-prem & Cloud).

We had high technical presentation and live Demos – yes, live demos never fails in the Cohesity (at least till the last one that we had) with super technical staff: Rawlinson Rivera, Aaron Delp, Sai Mukundan, Jon Hildebrand, Sameer Nori, Dayanand Sharma etc.

Cohesity has lot of the Cloud solution for your Data in the Cloud like: Long-term retention (VM Migration) for Archive Data to the Cloud, Storage tiering to move cold Data to the Cloud, Test/Dev – provision new Apps or move on-prem Apps to the Cloud, Apps mobility across DataCenter & Public Cloud, Full Lifecycle Disaster Recovery for Failover & Failback + Granular Recovery using the Cloud for cost-effective DR, Multi-Cloud mobility so you can move data between clouds, Direct Backup to Cloud, (new) Cloud Native backup to automate backup of Cloud Apps.

So all above are ready based on Cohesity Cloud key capabilities:
Cloud Archive
Cloud Tier
Cloud Replicate
Cloud Edition
Cloud Retrieve
Cloud Spin (new) – spinning up on-prem VMs in the public Cloud, policy based for schedule/setup the backup to be converted and stored in the cloud without need to run Cohesity in the cloud so the VM can be activated in the cloud.
Native API Integration –  Integration with public Cloud snapshot APIs for the native backup of cloud applications.
All of these operations can be done via their super simple GUI just in few clicks and super monitoring dashboards.

So in general Cohesity supports all public Cloud providers like AWS, Azure & GCP so regarding the Cloud it has Dataplatform Virtual Edition for the ROBO/Edge as well as DataPlatform Cloud Edition for AWS, Azure, GCP and Compatible Cloud (S3/NFS). Also you can scale very fast (Web-Scale), it has Global Deduplication, you can Clone and Snapshot in infinite way, Global indexing for all objects, Security and QoS. – One Software Platform for Multiple Cloud Use Cases.

 

I can say that the Cohesity is super player in the Global market to cover your Secondary Storage in anyway that you can imagine!

Recently they just announced the new stuff that is Cohesity Helios – Unified Global Management for Edge/ROBO – onPrem – Virtualization – Cloud & much more.

Stay tuned …

 

Tech Field Day about Cloud … CFD4

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:

Cohesity, Veritas, Aviatrix, LightStep & SoftNAS

About delegates – what to say, all of them very focused on the Cloud technologies with true experience about it, we talked and give our feedback for the company’s solutions, so here they are: @AtherBeg @vDestination @DugiDM @jpiscaer @KeithWardWrite @KenNalbone @LFoverskov @nickjanetakis @stingray92 @RaffaPol @nathaniel_avery 

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

For more in details you can check here

Stay tuned …

 

 

vmware vSphere 6.5 Update 2

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.

Official update and more info >>>

Stay Tuned …