So I think I seen someone say on Twitter its silly season as we enter the winter period with people announcing they are moving jobs etc. And given the number of tweets about new jobs and blog posts, I think they are correct.
Well I won’t drag this out.
I’m joining VMware as a Technical Account Manager in December working across the UK. Over the past few years my focus or rather enjoyment of my roles, has been around the customer and building strategies with them. So this role fits in nicely especially for a company whose products I’ve tried my best to specialise in for the past few years.
Thanks to all those who have helped me in my journey or simply just said “don’t worry, you’ll smash the interview”.
In the event you are unable to upgrade before the End of General Support (EOGS) and are active on Support and Subscription, you have the option to purchase extended support in one year increments for up to two years beyond the EOGS date.
Expect this to be more costly than general support.
SLA’s are more akin to that of basic support rather than production support
Annual security patch. Includes catastrophic/critical security fixes only
Ability to create hot patches for Severity 1 issues only
Technical Guidance for vSphere 5.5 is available until September 19, 2020 primarily through the self-help portal.
During the Technical Guidance phase, VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted.
For example, there was no SPECTRE/Meltdown security patches released for vSphere 5.1
It’s not only the core vSphere 5.5 products that are affected, as we can see from the End-of-Support tracking page provided by virten.net. There are other VMware solutions that you have deployed that may also need upgrading.
11,000 people (the most ever), have descended upon Barcelona this week for the annual European VMware conference. This year sees the event brought forward from October to September, and only a week or so after their flagship Las Vegas Event.
#VMworld in Barcelona tips over 11,000 people – bigger and better than ever.
VMware vRealize Suite will be getting further updates, I expect more on Wednesday about this.
Tighter integration between the products of the vRealize stack, and VSAN.
Expect to see more workings with AWS and Azure now they have solutions running on them as well (VMC on AWS, Horizon on Azure).
VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.2 – the latest updates will push more robustness into the solution, and allow companies to scale further.
VMware Mobile Security Alliance Partners – under the digital workspace term, this is VMware’s big push and it wont stop soon. VMware is king of the DC, but they want a slice of whats outside the DC as well.
VMware vCloud NFV platform – there is now going to be a specific OpenStack for NFV.
Targeted at Communications Service Providers it will enable them to quickly and reliably deploy and upgrade OpenStack NFV environments—allowing them to accelerate service delivery, simplify management, increase agility and service security and readily develop new revenue streams.
You can now see the full day 1 announcements on the below YouTube link.
I’ll be collating my sessions notes separately after the event.
Make sure you follow the hastags #vmworld and #vmworld2017 on twitter, to get an update from the community, its the best way to follow all the individual announcements and see what’s happening during session as well.
The SFA is essentially the same as the previous Nimble Storage devices before it, the same hardware and software. But with one key difference, the software has been optimized against data reduction and space-saving efficiencies, rather than for performance. Which means you would purchase the Nimble CS/AF range for production workloads, with high IOP performance and low latency. And the SFA would be used for your DR environment, backup solution, providing the same low latency to allow for high-speed recovery, and long-term archival of data.
With the deployment of an SFA, you are looking at roughly the same deployment options as the CS/AF array for use with Veeam (This blog, Veeam Blog). However with the high dedupe expectancy, you are able to store a hell of a lot more data!
So the options are as follows;
iSCSI or FC LUN to your server as a Veeam Backup Repo.
Instant VM Recovery
SureBackup / SureReplica
Replication Target for an existing Nimble.
Utilizing Veeam Storage Integration
Backup VMs from Secondary Storage Snapshot
Control Nimble Storage Snapshot schedules and replication of volumes
If we take option one, we open up a few options directly with Veeam. You can use the high IOPs performance and low latency, for features such as Instant VM recovery, where by the Veeam Backup and Replication server hosts an NFS datastore to your virtual environment and spins up a running copy of your recovered virtual machine quickly with little fuss.