August 29th, 2018 by Adam Armstrong
VMworld 2018 News Bits
Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas there were a handful of announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. These announcements come from companies such as Asigra, Lakeside, Morpheus Data, Quest Software, VMware, and NVIDIA.
Asigra Unveils Its TrueNAS Backup Appliance
Asigra is showing off its backup solution, Asigra TrueNAS Backup Appliance at their booths (#224 and #2230) at VMworld. According to the company, the new backup solution combines Asigra Cloud Backup V14 software with iXsystems’ TrueNAS storage and can converge data protection and cyber security. The Asigra TrueNAS Backup Appliance is available now for $10,000.
Lakeside Releases SysTrack 8.4
Lakeside released the latest version of its workspace analytics platform, SysTrack 8.4. The latest version comes with AIops Tool (a tool that leverages AI for end-user computing data), Natural Language Processing (to analyze and score end-user feedback to address needs), Insight Engine Training Tool (to help users “train” the Ask SysTrack feature), a Self-help app, and new product integrations including Splunk, Service Now, OMS, and SCOM.
Morpheus Data Makes Major Updates To Its CMP
Morpheus Data announced a major update to its cloud management platform (CMP). These updates center around helping IT Operations teams as they work in software defined networks, multi-cloud high availability, and leading configuration management tools. Key benefits include:
- Simplify networking with VMware NSX and phpIPAM
- Assure service levels with the Zerto IT Resilience Platform
- Scale IT automation with Ansible Tower and Ansible Vault
Quest Software Releases Foglight For Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.8
Quest Software announced the release of the latest version of its analytics platform, Foglight For Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.8. Key features include:
- Cost Director: Accurate chargeback and hybrid data center cost management aggregates costs associated with space, software licenses, add-ons, hardware and operating expenses.
- Hyperconverged Infrastructure Support: Helps IT teams monitor VMware vSAN and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct in context with compute to expose contention and reduce troubleshooting to minutes rather than hours.
- Support of VMware Cloud on AWS: Customers benefitting from VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center software and looking to implement elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from AWS with VMWare Cloud on AWS can control costs and increase compute utilization efficiencies and create operational consistency across on-premises and cloud environments.
- Enhanced Business Service Management & SLAs: Advanced visualizations of service relationships, automatic OS-level dependency discovery, and a simplified service-building workflow help IT teams easily find the root cause and understand the true impact of an issue.
- Foglight Container Management: In technical preview, Foglight Container Management shows live heatmaps that track Kubernetes and Docker Swarm container resource consumption and historic charts that reveal performance-impacting trends to keep container environments healthy.
- EMC VPLEX Array Support: Support for EMC VPLEX storage Virtualization to view performance, availability and visual dependency mapping from VM through to the supporting physical storage.
VMware Intends To Acquire CloudHealth Technologies
VMware announced that it intended to acquire CloudHealth Technologies. The acquisition will add the ability to deliver consistent operations across clouds. The transaction is expected to close in VMware’s third fiscal quarter of 2019.
NVIDIA & VMware Share Technology Preview Of vSphere vMotion For NVIDIA GPUs
During the show NVIDIA announced it was previewing vSphere vMotion for NVIDIA GPUs with the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1. The live migration capabilities of vMotion have long been requested for vSphere. The companies stated that they expect general availability later this year.