Archives for August 2013

VMworld 2013 – Day 3 Recap

By Josh Townsend Day 3 at VMworld 2013 did not include a keynote session, so there is not much in the way of new products or announcements to talk about in this update. Our engineers have been busy attending breakout sessions, soaking up knowledge on VMware NSX (network virtualization), storage enhancements in vSphere 5.5 (VSAN, vFlash, Virsto), vCloud Suite best practices for upgrades and operations, and what's new and next in VMware's end user computing vision. We've also spent time interacting with vendors in the Solutions Exchange – some of which have been long standing Clearpath … [Read more...]

Veeam v7’s New Features Explored at VMworld

By Dave Cedrone Yesterday on day 2 of VMworld, I attended a deep dive session on Veeam Backup and Replication 7. With this announcement Veeam has included 2 major innovations, 7 new features, and 75 general enhancements. Veeam was already a top choice in my opinion for backing up your virtual environments. They are completely agentless, entirely virtualization focused, and they provide 26 restore options from a single backup. The two major innovations they added are built-in WAN Acceleration, and the ability to backup from a storage snapshot. The built-in WAN acceleration will help … [Read more...]

VMworld 2013 – Day 2 Recap

By Jason Shiplett Tuesday's general session was focused on giving a little more of a deep-dive on a few big items – VMware NSX, VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC, pronounced vee-cake), VMware VSAN, and VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. Since we covered the high points on these yesterday, I'll spare you the repetition. Here is what I thought were the highlights of the keynote: Self-service deployment of Horizon View virtual desktops via the vCAC interface - The demo was a little light on details, but depending on how deep the integration goes, this is a very exciting proposition. The … [Read more...]

VMworld 2013 Day 1 Highlights

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64TB VMDKs? Yes we can.

Here’s a tasty tidbit for you – in the just announced vSphere 5.5, we can now create 64TB VMDK files.  While much of vSphere 5.5 offers a 2x increase in configuration maximums over vSphere 5.1, the increase in VMDK size is a whopping 32x.  (It may actually be a bit less – I’m not sure if the -512B caveat comes into play on the virtual disk size for vSphere 5.5.  I didn’t think to test this out in the lab during my beta testing… the max size is actually 62.9TB as space is reserved in the containing VMFS for snapshots, metadata, etc.). Now just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.  I … [Read more...]

Going Nostradamus Style on VMworld 2013

It's hard to believe that VMworld 2013 is upon us.  Before last year's show I wrote a couple posts on my predictions for VMworld 2012 (here and here).  A good number of my predictions were correct on new products, services, and overall direction for VMware.  Emboldened by my future telling success, I thought I would try to do the same this year.  So without further ado, here's what I see coming at VMworld 2013, based on the VMworld 2013 Content Catalog, earlier announcements, rumors, social media hints, and pure conjecture. A Narrowed Focus First prediction: we'll see a narrowing of focus … [Read more...]

A vGuy in Real Life

I've been reflecting a bit tonight on my vJourney so far as I sit in my hotel room before VMworld 2013 kicks off tomorrow.  I just realized that I'm coming up on five years of blogging on VMtoday. It's been a very cool experience seeing people around the world take an interest in what I have to say, and even more awesome getting to know my fellow vExperts and readers on a personal level. I've strived to keep it real and personal, relating to real VMware users, not tossing out some fluffy cloud B.S. that has no bearing on what the real admin experiences every day in their job. I've got a few … [Read more...]

vSphere Web Client Workflow – VMkernel Port Network Label

By Jason Shiplett As you may know, there are a number of activities within the vSphere Web Client that are different from that in the vSphere C# Client. One of these, as I discovered trying to do some reconfiguration in my lab this weekend, is changing the network label for a VMkernel port. Below are steps to change the network label for a VMkernel port in the vSphere 5.1 Web Client. 1. Click the Migrate Physical or Virtual Adapters button, third from the left, to launch the Migrate Networking wizard.2. Click Next to pass the physical adapter migration. We're not making any changes ...read … [Read more...]

Backup to AWS S3 Calculator

By Nate Reynolds Today we launched our public beta of the Backup to Cloud with AWS estimation tool. With all of the S3 calculators available on the Internet, we’ve been unable to find any that account for the accumulation of data by course of normal backup and retention routines. To that end we leveraged our enterprise storage team to develop a calculator that takes into account data retention frequency of backup and long-term archival using S3’s platform storage tools. We’re hoping that our backup to cloud estimation tool will help you derive the ultimate cost of ...read … [Read more...]

Clearpath Announces New Managed Service DXconnect

By Nate Reynolds Today I am pleased to announce the availability of Clearpath DXconnect. DXconnect is a managed networking service, which can connect your datacenter or MPLS network to Amazon Web Services VPC. Like the AWS direct connect service, DXconnect allows your company to connect directly to Amazon Web services without traversing a VPN or standard Internet connection. The benefits of DXconnect include: Access to AWS VPC without traversal of the internet or VPNs You can store data in S3 & Glacier without making it publicly available/accessible Elimination of the setup … [Read more...]