by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces AppDefense Security For Virtualized & Cloud Environments

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. introduced VMware AppDefense, what it is calling a breakthrough solution for securing applications running on virtualized or cloud environments. The new solution monitors running applications against their intended state by leveraging virtual infrastructure. In doings so, AppDefense is able to detect and automatically respond to outside attacks against those applications it is monitoring.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware & AWS Announce Availability Of VMware Cloud on AWS

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las vegas, VMware, Inc. and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. First announced last year, VMware Cloud on AWS combines the two companies services to allows customer to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services. Now the service will be available in AWS West Region and spread to other regions throughout the world in 2018.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces Several New Updates At VMworld 2017

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. announced several new updates to its products. These new releases include VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight aimed at modernizing data centers and increasing networking and security. The company is updating its popular vSAN HCI solution with new HCI kits to speed deployment and expanding vSAN reach well beyond the data center. VMware is also introducing a new vSphere Scale-Out Edition that will tackle Big Data and HPC workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Reports 2Q18 & vSAN Looks To Hit 10,000 Customers

Today VMware Inc. reported its second quarter 2018 earnings. VMware continues to be one of the top players in the HCI field and looks to stay there with today’s announcement. Going into VMworld 2017, VMware is not only announcing some good numbers, but it looks likely to surpass the milestone of 10,000 customers for vSAN.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco To Acquire Springpath

Today Cisco announced its intent to acquire the hyperconvergence software company, Springpath, Inc. Cisco will acquire the company for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention-based incentives. The acquisition is expected to close in Cisco's first quarter of fiscal year 2018, following customary closing conditions and regulatory review.

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by Adam Armstrong

Datrium Introduces Split Provisioning For DVX

Today Datrium introduced what it is calling a fundamentally new and different method of scaling converged infrastructure for private clouds, DVX 3.0 with Split Provisioning. This new software will enable the server-powered converged infrastructure system to fully separate scaling of host storage speed and persistent capacity. This will match resources to the changing requirements. Datrium intends to demonstrate its DVX platform with Split Provisioning at the VMWorld conference in Las Vegas, Aug. 27-31, booth #618.

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by Brian Beeler

VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 for vSAN Review

VMware vSAN has delivered on the promise of HCI in large part by simplifying the purchase, deployment and maintanence of vSAN clusters, while still delivering on performance and data services requirements. In June VMware made sweeping updates to the intelligence side of the house, by adding or enhancing vSAN support for vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. vRealize Operations 6.6 now pulls together all management functions in one integrated platform. In this review we take a look at the new enhancements through the lens of vSAN, highlighting the new and updated features across the vROps spectrum that VMware identifies as; Ensure Readyness, Operationalize vSAN and Optimize and Scale vSAN. 

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by Brian Beeler

VMworld 2017: Top 10 vSAN Sessions

VMworld 2017 is around the corner; I've just booked the travel and look forward to another year of learning, cultivating relationships and kicking off new reviews. We're getting busy with vSAN content in the lab again, which reminded me to check out the vSAN specific sessions at VMworld this year. The good news and bad news of it though, is that there are currently 119 vSAN sessions listed. While far too many for any one sane person to attend, I've done the legwork for you and identified the Top 10 vSAN sessions to consider. These cover everything we love about vSAN ranging from intro-level content for the uninitiated, to sessions on performance testing and tuning (Kevin's favorite). I also selected a few future looking vSAN sessions, be it via emerging hardware, or a fun personality, like Chad Sakac's session on how Dell Technologies views cloud, converged and analytics. Whatever you choose it will be hard to go wrong; VMworld is always one of the event highlights of the year and vSAN is rightfully a massive focus this year. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Unveils Its Open Source HCI

Today Red Hat Inc. announced that it was jumping into the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market with what it is calling the industry’s first production-ready fully open source HCI solution, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The new HCI solution is all about taking data center capabilities and squeezing them into smaller spaces such as branch offices and other remote facilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces Its Largest Data Center Portfolio

Today Lenovo unveiled its new and largest end-to-end data center portfolio. This new portfolio is designed to help its customers to harness the power of the “intelligence revolution” and create a strong technology foundation that supports transformative capabilities such as data analytics, high-performance computing, hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Lenovo is also launching new sets of brands including ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile.

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