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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 …

 

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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 …

 

Announcements from Nutanix .NEXT Conf 2018 US

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.

Check more in details in Nutanix Blog posts …

We will see what’s NEXT in the Nutanix NEXT Conference 2018 EU in London … check and register if you want to attend & see you there!

Stay tuned …

 

vSphere 6.7 – announcement

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
  • 3X reduction in memory usage
  • 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)

And much more:

  • Eliminating one of two reboots normally required for major version upgrades, now with Single Reboot.
  • The HTML5-based vSphere Client – (Fully Featured HTML5-based vSphere Client Coming in Fall 2018)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices and also introduces Virtual TPM 2.0
  • Simplifies workflows for VM Encryption.
  • Encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances.
  • Enhancements to Nvidia GRID™ vGPU technology.
  • vCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode
  • Cross-Cloud Cold and Hot Migration

For all other details: Intro vSphere 6.7

Upgrade Info:
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.

Stay Tuned …

 

Nutanix NEXT Conf 2018

This week is going to be the Nutanix week with its annual event in the US as Nutanix NEXT Conference 2018.

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Nutanix – is the pioneer company in the HyperConvergence but they don’t stop only on it, they are going and moving forward with Cloud as well so they are future Cloud company with lot of the super features for the modern Data Centers.

What Nutanix will bring new in the Technology World we will see during this week in its global conference which will be held in New Orleans so for all live keynotes session you can watch them here

Looking forward for very interesting new stuff …

Stay Tuned …

vExpert 2018 **

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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!

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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!

Check the official announcements here