Eye on VMware 04/17/2017

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The two big news from last week were the announcement of vSAN 6.6 and VMware acquiring Wavefront. There are numerous new features of vSAN. You will find a few articles below on them. This week I will be out at Dockercon in Austin, TX. I will be live blogging/tweeting from the conference. So, follow me on this blog or Twitter @virtualsheng.

Sales News:

  • VMware vSAN: An Industry Perspective from Yanbing Li – downloadVMware Senior VP and GM, Storage and Availability Business Unit, Yanbing Li shares her perspective on what’s new in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and explains the many benefits customers can expect from VMware vSAN™ 6.6.
  • VMware Acquires Wavefront – It is clear to me that customers are responding enthusiastically to our Cross-Cloud strategy and our Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) team has a central role to play as we deliver a consistent operating environment across clouds. Our team is rapidly innovating for on-premises products while we also building out our Cross-Cloud management services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization. To accelerate our delivery for the cloud, today I’m excited to announce our intent to acquire Wavefront, the leading metrics monitoring service for companies born in the cloud era.
  • Partners: VMware Acquisition Of Wavefront Provides Channel With ‘Powerful’ Multi-Cloud App Management [www.crn.com] – Partners are cheering VMware’s planned acquisition of cloud application management specialist Wavefront.
  • VMware Cloud Exec On Wavefront Acquisition, AWS Strategy, And Why VMware Does Not Want To Be In Public Cloud Business [www.crn.com] -Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit, told CRN that the company’s acquisition of Wavefront provides the virtualization market leader with microservices and DevOps prowess for its Cross-Cloud Services offensive.
  • download (3)More bad news for OpenStack – Intel Pulls Funding from OpenStack Effort It Founded With Rackspace [fortune.com] – Chip giant and Rackspace announced the effort in 2015 and are ending it now.
  • Defense Info Systems Agency (DISA) Adds VMware vSAN HCI Platform to VMware vSphere STIG Framework [vmware.com/radius] – The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added VMware vSAN® to the VMware vSphere® Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG).
  • Why hospital data centers are moving to the cloud – Hospitals are asking how to get rid of their data centers because of the associated costs, Medstar CTO Ed Fisher said.As hospital data center infrastructures age and resources shrink, IT leaders are increasingly looking to the cloud to meet their storage needs. Not only is it cheaper than investing in upgrades and replacements of existing hardware and software, but it can add a level of security, especially in disaster-prone areas. The trend has some wondering if hospitals will still have physical data centers in the future or whether they will go the way of the dinosaurs.
  • Hospital datacenters: Extinct in 5 years? download (2)[www.healthcareitnews.com] – Prominent healthcare executives are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud. That includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and analytics.

Technical News:

  • Orchestrate Stateful Containers Using Docker Swarm and vSphere Docker Volume Service download[blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks] – As described in this blog, we can see that users have strong demands to run data intensive workloads in containers. Although Docker has good support for running stateless applications which dominate the micro services era, it lacks enough support to enable users to run stateful applications effortlessly.
  • vSAN 6.6 – Goodbye Multicast [blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks] – For a history of why Multicast was used, as well as what changed to prompt the shift read the history of vSAN multicast on storagehub. As vSAN technology and hardware have advanced we no longer need to use it for efficiency, or cluster discovery reasons.
  • Episode #385: vSAN 6.6 w/ Jase McCarty (@jasemccarty) – After Tuesday’s release of vSAN 6.6, Staff Technical Marketing Architect Jase McCarty joins the podcast crew to walk us through some of the details of the feature packed release.
  • VXLAN and OTV – What is the difference ? download (4)[www.ttlbits.com] – Thanks for the previous responses on the various topics i posted in this blogs. I knew there are lot of topics on the Data-center discussion and people are moving more to the datacenter technologies. It has been seen that there are lot of changes done in the design of the datacenter environment.
  • Getting Started with NSX Load Balancing download (6)[blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization] – In my conversations with customers and peers, load balancing is becoming an increasingly popular discussion. Why you may ask? Simple, load balancing is a critical component for most enterprise applications to provide both availability and scalability to the system. Over the last decade we have moved from bare metal servers to virtual servers and from manual deployment of operating systems to using tools like Chef, Puppet, vRA or other custom workflows. In addition to the movement towards virtualization and the API being the new CLI, we are also seeing a movement to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) where Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) such as routing, VPN, firewalls, and load balancing are moving to software. The value of…Read More
  • Upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 to 6.5 [wuchikin.wordpress.com] – There are two phases of upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5, it is Operating System and product upgrade. To upgrade vRealize Operations Manager to the latest version please follow the below procedures:
  • vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide now available download (1)[blogs.vmware.com/vsphere] – Announcing the GA release of the vSphere Security Configuration Guide! Rename As I mentioned in my previous blog post where I announced the availability of the Security Configuration Guide (SCG) Release Candidate, the term “Hardening Guide” will no longer be used starting with vSphere 6.5. Only an increasingly small subset of the settings are…
  • vSphere Integrated Containers Demo [Video] – Check out how to use the latest features of vSphere Integrated Containers.
  • download (5)Project USB to SDDC – Part 2
    [www.virtuallyghetto.com] – In the previous article, I provided some background on the origin of the project. In this article, we will now focus on the technical details and how the solution actually works. Hardware This solution was originally developed against an Intel NUC but I had designed it to be generic so that it could run on any system which meets the minimum requirements […]

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