Thursday, January 25, 2018

VMware Pulse IoT Center is Now Generally Available

VMware announces the general availability of VMware Pulse IoT Center, the first solution in a new family of VMware Internet of Things (IoT) offerings.

VMware Pulse IoT Center, a secure, Enterprise grade IoT device management and monitoring solution, through the paces in an extensive beta test with customers and partners going back to June 2017. Companies across a broad range of vertical industries including automotive, entertainment, healthcare and industrial participated in the beta program.

VMware established an ecosystem featuring collaborations with ADLINK, Dell EMC, Eurotech, Fujitsu, Harman, Samsung and SAP, among numerous other leading vendors in IoT, to help customers take the guesswork out of IoT implementations. You can expect more details regarding those collaborations in the coming months as we work together to enable our respective solutions to interoperate.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly transforming traditional business models and operational processes to boost innovation and growth. An IoT-ready infrastructure has unique requirements with onboarding, configuring, managing, and securing connected devices, and as a tidal wave of IoT use cases reaches your organization, your IT and Operational Technology (OT) departments may struggle to keep up. VMware can help organizations achieve IoT infrastructure excellence and deliver successful business outcomes that meet the needs of both your IT and OT organizations.

What Is VMware Pulse IoT Center?

VMware Pulse IoT Center is a secure, enterprise-grade, end-to-end IoT infrastructure management solution that allows OT and IT to have complete control over their IoT use cases, from the edge all the way to the cloud. It helps companies to onboard, manage, monitor, and secure all things and infrastructure for IoT.

Key Features

  • Edge device management – Ability to support heterogeneous things and gateways with different hardware, operating systems, and communication protocols
  • Infrastructure analytics – Ability to identify anomalies with real-time monitoring and perform infrastructure analytics
  • Single point console – A single point of monitoring and management for the IoT infrastructure (composed of edge systems and connected devices) for both IT and OT users
  • OTA updates – Ability to provide over-the-air updates to connected edge systems and things
  • Security across IoT value chain – Provides secure onboarding, authentication and authorization for ongoing communication, over the air updates on secure channels and the ability to contain threats using enterprise wipe
  • Visualize relationships between things and gateways – Provides pictorial representation of the topology of the IoT infrastructure—2 tier or 3 tier—in a parent–child relationship diagram
  • On-premises support – Offered as an on-premises solution for deployment flexibility and security; future versions will also be offered as cloud-hosted
  • Enterprise integrations – Quick and easy integration with existing server-side monitoring and alerting capability through REST APIs along with flexible client-side integration through Python-based SDK
I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Spectre and Meltdown with VMware environments

Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services.

The only way to minimize those security risks is to patch your operating systems or the hypervisor level (if you are using virtual machines).

For VMware this will apply to the ESXi part of vsphere. VMware has released today the below link which have to be updated.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

DR service for VMware datacenters uses AWS Cloud

VMware Site Recovery brings VMware enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Disaster Recovery as a Service to the AWS Cloud. It enables customers to protect and recover applications without the requirement for a dedicated secondary site. It is delivered, sold, supported, maintained and managed by VMware as an on-demand service. 

IT teams manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools—without the difficulties of learning new skills or utilizing new tools.

Auto-discovery of on-premises infrastructure by connecting directly to VMware's vSphere server virtualization platform; a simplified policy engine that provides recovery points and recovery times ranging between one and 24 hours; and failback that brings only modified application data back to a primary site from an AWS disaster recovery site.

VMware Site Recovery is an add-on feature to VMware Cloud on AWS, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation.  VMware Cloud on AWS integrates VMware’s flagship compute, storage, and network virtualization products—VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN TM , and VMware NSX—along with VMware vCenter Server  management. It optimizes them to run on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can now get instant business value via the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience.

VMware Site Recovery extends VMware Cloud on AWS to provide a managed disaster recovery, disaster avoidance and non-disruptive testing capabilities to VMware customers without the need for a secondary site, or complex configuration.
VMware Site Recovery works in conjunction with VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.0 and VMware vSphere Replication 8.0 to automate the process of recovering, testing, re-protecting, and failing-back virtual machine workloads.

VMware Site Recovery utilizes VMware Site Recovery Manager servers to coordinate the operations of the VMware SDDC. This is so that as virtual machines at the protected site are shut down, copies of these virtual machines at the recovery site startup. By using the data replicated from the protected site these virtual machines assume responsibility for providing the same services.

VMware Site Recovery can be used between a customer’s datacenter and an SDDC deployed on VMware Cloud on AWS or it can be used between two SDDCs deployed to different AWS availability zones or regions. The second option allows VMware Site Recovery to provide a fully VMware managed and maintained Disaster Recovery solution.

Features and Benefits of VMware Site Recovery

  • Provides familiar features and functionality with enhanced workflows to reduce time to protection and risk
  • An easy to use disaster recovery/secondary site that is supported and maintained by VMware. This lowers capital costs and makes it easier to protect more virtual machines faster.
  • Application-agnostic protection eliminates the need for app-specific point solutions
  • Automated orchestration of site failover and failback with a single-click reduces recovery times
  • Frequent, non-disruptive testing of recovery plans ensures highly predictable recovery objectives
  • Enhanced, easy to use, consolidated protection workflow simplifies replicating and protecting virtual machines
  • Centralized management of recovery plans from the vSphere Web Client replaces manual runbooks
  • vSphere Replication integration delivers VM-centric, replication that eliminates dependence on a particular type of storage
  • Flexible versioning allows for easier upgrades and ongoing management

VMware Site Recovery is deployed in a paired configuration, for example, protected/customer site and recovery/VMware Cloud on AWS site. This document will use the two terms interchangeably because either the customer site or VMware Cloud on AWS site can be either the protected or recovery sites.

VMware Site Recovery utilizes VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication. For the VMware Cloud on AWS instance, this software is automatically installed and configured by VMware when the add-on is enabled. For the customer site, VMware Site Recovery Manager is installed on a Microsoft Windows server and vSphere Replication is deployed as an appliance, both by the customer. VMware Site Recovery requires a VMware vCenter Server at the customer site as well. The customer site vCenter can be running either VMware vCenter Server version 6.0 U3 or 6.5. There must be one or more vSphere hosts running version 5.0 or higher at the customer site. VMware Site Recovery utilizes vSphere Replication for transferring data between sites.

VMware Site Recovery and VMware vCenter Server as well as the workloads they are protecting require infrastructure services like DNS, DHCP and Active Directory. These must be in place at both the protected and recovery sites.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas gift: vSAN Essentials book available for free

Christmas is coming so Cormac and I figured we would do something special for everyone, after a long debate we decided to make the vSAN Essentials book available for free. Note that this is the “Essential Virtual SAN” book which was published by VMware Press / Pearson and is based on the 6.2 version of vSAN. The book however is still very relevant today, and of course we are considering doing an update of the content to either the latest release, or maybe even to an upcoming release. You can read the book online (which is what we recommend), but you can also download it as PDF, EPUB or MOBI format. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Free vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive E-Book

The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources.

This book explains the concepts and mechanisms behind the physical resource components and the VMkernel resource schedulers, enabling you to:

• Optimize your workload for current and future Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) systems.

• Discover how vSphere Balanced Power Management takes advantage of the CPU Turbo Boost functionality, and why High Performance does not.

• Tune VMkernel components to optimize performance for VXLAN network traffic and NFV environments.

We are proud to announce that you can download the e-book version (PDF only) for free at Just sign up and download your full e-book copy here.

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software to the AWS Cloud. It enables customers to run production applications across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments based on VMware vSphere, with optimized access to AWS services. It is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand service. IT teams manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools—without the difficulties of learning new skills or utilizing new tools.

The VMware Cloud on AWS solution enables customers to have the flexibility to treat their private cloud and public cloud as equal partners and to easily transfer workloads between them—for example, to move applications from DevTest to production or burst capacity. Users can leverage the global AWS footprint while getting the benefits of elastically scalable SDDC clusters, a single bill from VMware for its tightly integrated software plus AWS infrastructure, and on-demand or subscription services.

VMware Cloud on AWS - Getting Started

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VMware Pulse IoT Center is Now Generally Available

VMware announces the general availability of VMware Pulse IoT Center, the first solution in a new family of VMware Internet of Thing...