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VMware vSphere Beta – Indicate your interest!

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  NOTE: If you are looking for the 2017 vSphere Beta Program, go here.   ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————— We are excited to announce the upcoming VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables participants to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform. Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this Read more...

Oracle U2VL With Virtual SAN And The Batch Processing Use Case

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Unix to Virtualized Linux (U2VL) is a critical step towards SDDC, it targets to migrate applications and data from physical Unix servers to Linux virtual machines running on x86 virtualized infrastructure. These applications are typically business critical, therefore, customers normally take a very cautious approach by doing a carefully planned and executed Proof-of-Concept (POC) in Read more...

Making Security Easier – An ESXi Fling for US Federal Customers

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Running systems in the US Federal Government presents its own unique challenges. From specific system login requirements (CAC/PIV smart cards) to specific regulations like DISA STIG’s, managing systems in this environment comes with a healthy dose of security. Today we’re taking a small step towards making that easier with the introduction of a VMware Fling Read more...

Technical Paper: Installing VMware ESXi 6 Using PXE

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It’s 2016, are you still installing VMware ESXi by mounting ISO images in a browser-based console? That’s probably fine for one-off efforts, and it sure beats making a trip to the datacenter with physical CDs, but network deployments are the way of the future. If you have not yet made the move to PXE deployments, Read more...

Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management for Databases

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In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In the second part of this series we examined in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery capabilities for business critical databases, specifically Oracle .In the Read more...

DRS Keeps Admins Happy

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DRS is not just about keeping VMs happy.  DRS has many other operational benefits that keep your admins happy too. Let’s dive into the top ways that DRS makes the day in the life so much better for the vSphere admin. Read more...

VMware NSX: Virtual Network Architecture for SAP HANA and Mission Critical Deployments

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SAP HANA Network Design Considerations In keeping with the theme of moving the Software-Defined Data Center from concept to reality, I discussed in my previous blogs why VMware vSphere is the perfect platform to deploy cutting edged technologies like SAP HANA. This is because vSphere enables our customers to agilely react to rapidly changing hardware/software Read more...

SSLv3 Protocol Disabled by Default in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b

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Background Why has the SSLv3 protocol been disabled by default in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b? Across the industry, enterprise software products and solutions are dropping use of and support for the SSLv3 protocol. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) officially deprecated the SSLv3 protocol in RFC 7568 due to its obsolescence and inherent unfixability. Instead, Read more...