VMware recently announced there EVO:RAIL Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCIA) offering. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is a combination o..
VMware officially introduced us to Virtual SAN yesterday. They showed what features to expect and statements from users of the product and..
This is a question that came up which made me wonder why does the enterprise really need an open source cloud platforms like Openstack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, etc. What I tend to hear is that our IT needs to be more like AWS, Rackspace or Azure but what does that really mean? When I dissect that response here is what I think about the open source cloud platform question in the enterprise. I make these statements purely from my experience and by defining the “enterprise” as the internal organizations of a business.
Now I don’t think I have to say that this came from someone employed at a certain company that starts with an “S” and ends with an “E”. I have nothing against the company or this person that sent the email because I understand where that persons motives are. But don’t try to sell me on something because two big influential companies are potentially playing a game for children.
PHD Virtual Backup has been updated to 6.5 and with this upgrade comes a few very important new features. If you have seen any of my previous reviews of this product you’ll note that I’m using it to backup and protect VMware vSphere virtual machines. This version supports vSphere 5.1 and comes in an easy to install and configure virtual appliance. I will not get into the step of deploying the virtual appliance since I’ve done this before and it’s a really simple thing to do now a days if your familiar with VMware vSphere.
Do you have vCenter plugins that you need to get removed. Well here is a quick easy tip.
For those of you who are still using vCenter Lab Manager the time is growing near till it’s End of Life (EOL). A couple years ago VMware announced that it has discontinued further major releases of the product. Taken from the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix Lab Manager 4 will end general May of this year.
PHD Virtual Backup has another update that brings with it features that help enhance an already great backup solution for VMware virtualized guests. PHD Virtual Backup 6.1 now has a feature called Rollback Recovery. With this feature you’ll be able to do a full VM restore from a PHD Virtual Backup much faster than you could before. With Rollback Recovery you’ll get a much better RTO than doing the typically full VM recovery.
I’m not sure about anyone else but I’m really over hearing how big of a VM a vendor can create or the promise of 1 million IOPS. This really became annoying while sitting in a presentation about Microsoft’s latest version of Hyper-V but VMware, you also think the size of your “V” M is what really matters. So I wonder at what point does size NOT matter for the typical customer?
vCloud Director and V-Commander are both solutions that are designed to help companies move pass plain ole virtualization. With the latest release of vSphere 5.1 those licensed with vSphere Enterprise Plus have to the option for a limited time to get a free upgrade to the new vCloud Suite Standard which includes vCloud Director 5.1. Having already used V-Commander I asked myself should I start looking at vCloud Director? Both products brings the promise of self service automated provisioning of VMware vSphere virtual machines templates but is one better than the other? Here is what I have found out by some spending time with both product.