by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces New & Enhanced Cloud Operations Services At VMworld 2018

Today at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. announced that it was making additions and enhancements to its Cloud Operations Services to tackle the issues of multi-cloud environments head on. According to the company these new services will enable cloud operations, DevOps, and security and compliance teams to better manage cloud costs, operations, security, and compliance across clouds. The enhancements announced today include new cloud automation services, VMware Cloud Assembly, VMware Service Broker, and VMware Code Stream; a new cloud configuration security and compliance service, VMware Secure State; and significant enhancements to Wavefront by VMware.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Expands Its Cloud On AWS To Asia-Pacific

Today at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. announced that is was expanding its popular VMware Cloud on AWS to the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Asia Pacific (Sydney) region. This expands the reach of VMware Cloud on AWS to nearly all the way around the globe. VMware is also announcing several new updates and capabilities for the service with the aim of rapidly migrating applications and data centers to a secure cloud service that meets enterprise application needs.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware vSAN with Intel Optane Review

We’ve talked about it and teased you with it, and now we are finally delivering the VMware vSAN with Intel Optane Review. This will mark the third major review of vSAN starting with a multi-part review of a hybrid vSAN 6.0 followed up by an all-flash review of vSAN 6.2. This go-round, instead of leveraging our Dell PowerEdge R730xd cluster, we are using Supermicro’s 2029U-TN24R4T+ 2U, 24-bay server running vSAN 6.7. For storage we are using an all NVMe configuration with Intel Optane P4800X (375GB) SSDs for the write tier as well as Intel P4500 (2TB) SSDs for capacity tier.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Introduces Radeon PRO V340

As VMworld 2018 is about to kick off tonight and into the next few days, AMD announced a new vGPU for high-performance graphics in the datacenter, the AMD Radeon PRO V340. The new virtual GPU is designed to tackle the most demanding datacenter visualization workloads, including CAD, design, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and rendering. AMD will be demoing the vGPU at booth #2501 at VMworld.

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by Michael Rink

NetApp Announces Verified Architecture for VMware Private Cloud

On August 23rd, NetApp confirmedthey are planning to offer a new service on top of their Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions; NetApp Verified Architecture (NVA) for building a VMware Private Cloud. Using known and trusted VMware toolsets, the NVA provides a blueprint for a private cloud. They plan to offer demos at VMworld at booth 1036 and are encouraging interested parties to schedule private demonstrations ahead of time.

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by Michael Rink

Maxta Introduces A Hyperconverged Red Hat Virtualization Offering

On August 22nd, Maxta Inc announced a pre-configured system of Red Hat Virtualization software and Maxta Hyperconvergence software bundled together on Intel Data Center Blocks hardware. Maxta specializes in hyperconverged software like this and will be demoing it next week at VMworld, booth #1518.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung USB 3.1 BAR Plus Review (256GB)

Samsung has updated its BAR USB drive with a modern design, more color options and much more capacity. The drive is now for USB 3.1 and comes with more performance, including up to 300MB/s in read speeds. The drive comes in a range of capacities with the top going up to 256GB, the previous BAR we tested topped out at 64GB. 

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by Michael Rink

AWS Adds T3 Instances for Amazon EC2

On August 21st Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced the availability of T3 instances; the next generation of burstable general-purpose instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The new T3 services are generally cheaper per hour than T2 and are designed for applications with variable CPU usage that experience occasional spikes in demand.

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by Michael Rink

ClearSky Data Announces Native, Cloud-Based Backup for VMware Cloud on AWS

Today ClearSky Data announced that it now supports Vmware Cloud on AWS. ClearSky Data lets VMware Cloud on AWS customers protect all their data in the cloud exactly as they do on-premises – without replication or egress fees, and with on-demand access from anywhere. This news comes just days before VMworld in Las Vegas. 

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by Michael Rink

SolarWinds Releases Server Configuration Monitor

On August 21 SolarWinds introduced their Server Configuration Monitor (SCM). At the same time, they also announced a wave of updates to their other services including their Server & Application Monitor (SAM), Virtualization Manager (VMAN), and Storage Resource Monitor (SRM). SolarWinds will publicly demonstrate its updated systems management portfolio for the first time at VMworld 2018 US in Las Vegas, Nevada, booth 2301.

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