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Skating your way to the SDDC

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This week I was reminded of that great Wayne Gretzky quote, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been”. How is that relative to the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)? Well, because things are moving so fast! That virtualization infrastructure you have today (thank you for my paycheck!) Read more...
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Proving Performance: Hadoop On vSphere – A Bare Metal Comparison

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When architects think about putting big data and Apache Hadoop on virtualized commodity servers they usually see virtualization as a performance deterrent.  Virtualization software is just that—software. Additional software layers are overhead and they must make it run slower. Not true. In a recent performance study by VMware, they demonstrated that performance between bare-metal deployments and virtualized Read more...
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VMware Storage Futures Video – Courtesy of VMUG Italia

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I mentioned last month that I would be presenting at the Italian VMUG event in Milan. Well, the VMUG guys recorded the session, so if you are interesting in seeing me talking about some of the cool storage projects we are working on internally here at VMware (such as Virtual SAN, Virtual Volumes & Virtual Read more...
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Download DMZ Design and Deployment Guide

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I am happy to announce the availability of the VMware vCloud Networking and Security – DMZ Design and Deployment Guide. This paper highlights how securing a virtual DMZ environment using vCloud Networking and Security can be a strategic enabler to your organization as it helps you to reduce your capital expenditure and increase agility, while Read more...
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How Smart Is Your Hadoop?

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EMC World kicked off today in Las Vegas, and much of this week’s buzz is focused squarely on big data. Specifically, VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger is hot on how to build big data solutions into the enterprise as a service. During his keynote, Gelsinger and VMware data architect Michael West showed attendees how smart organizations Read more...
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VXLAN Series – Multicast usage in VXLAN – Part 3

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I covered some basics on Multicast in the last blog entry here. Let’s now take a look how multicast is utilized in VXLAN deployments. During the configuration of VXLAN, it is required to allocate a multicast address range and also define the number of logical Layer 2 networks that will be created. For more details Read more...
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Using App Firewall with VXLAN Networks

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VMware vCloud Networking and Security App Firewall is a hypervisor-based firewall that protects applications in the virtual datacenter from network-based attacks. In this blog, let’s look at how to micro-segment a VXLAN network to deploy a 3-tier application using vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 App Firewall. Use Case Each application is deployed using a separate Read more...