Machine Learning with GPUs on vSphere

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The VMware team had a very productive summer when it comes to publishing studies of running Machine Learning workloads using GPUs on vSphere.  Here is a roundup of blog articles published in the last few months.  This series goes over the various options for using GPUs with vSphere, and compares and contrasts the capabilities and Read more...
vSphere 6.5 PWT launch

Timekeeping within ESXi

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Overview Precise timekeeping is a key attribute for many types of applications. At a high level, it allows these applications to accurately construct the precise sequence of events that have occurred or is occurring in real time. For example, in the financial services industry, it’s important to timestamp transactions with sufficient granularity and accuracy from Read more...

vSphere VM Encryption White Paper now available

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I’d like to announce the availability of a new white paper for VMware vSphere VM Encryption! VM Encryption is a feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.5. The audience for this white paper is the Manager/Director/C-level folks who want to understand how vSphere VM Encryption differs from other virtual machine encryption solutions. It addresses some Read more...

vSphere 6.5 DRS and Memory Balancing in Non-Overcommitted Clusters

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DRS is over a decade old and is still going strong. DRS is aligned with the premise of virtualization, resource sharing and overcommitment of resources. DRS goal is to provide compute resources to the active workload to improve workload consolidation on a minimal compute footprint. However, virtualization surpassed the original principle of workload consolidation to Read more...

Hybridity at the Edge: Introducing the AWS Greengrass on vSphere Preview

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At VMworld 2017, we introduced the concept of serverless functions and functions as a service (FaaS) running on VMware vSphere®, noting that our strategy wasn’t just about FaaS, but most importantly focused on enabling organizations to run any application or service – including cloud services – anywhere. Today marks the first major step in that Read more...

Big Data Video – Benefits of Virtualizing Big Data on vSphere

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We often get questions from people who are new to big data about the reasons for virtualizing these newer infrastructures and applications. People are also interested in knowing the benefits you can gain from doing so. This video provides a set of answers to those questions. Summarizing the main points discussed in the video, the Read more...

Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance

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I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of  “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide now available

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Announcing the GA release of the vSphere Security Configuration Guide!   Rename As I mentioned in my previous blog post where I announced the availability of the Security Configuration Guide (SCG) Release Candidate, the term “Hardening Guide” will no longer be used starting with vSphere 6.5.  Only an increasingly small subset of the settings are Read more...