Category Archives: Reviews

Building a Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud…

Building a Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation and Hybrid Cloud Extension

Building a Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud…

IT administrators have been hearing about the hybrid cloud for what feels like eternities. You hear it discussed at conferences like VMworld, read about it in product guides and blogs (like this one), and even see it in commercials on television. You understand the reality of a multi-cloud world and see the benefits of deploying The post Building a Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation and Hybrid Cloud Extension appeared first on Cloud Foundation .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Advertisements

Use these PowerCLI cmdlets to automate VMware…

Use these PowerCLI cmdlets to automate VMware vSphere

Use these PowerCLI cmdlets to automate VMware…

VMware’s PowerCLI — a module on top of PowerShell — is a powerful tool for administrators managing complex environments. With a few PowerCLI cmdlets, admins can enable vSphere automation by making migration and configuration tasks easier via a programmatic interface.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Learning Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Part 2:…

Learning Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Part 2: Migration Types

Learning Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Part 2:…

I recently attended a cloud migration session. The first thing the speaker said was “we want you to migrate to the Cloud, but we don’t care how you do it”. There was no discussion of service level agreements (SLA), dependencies, or migration options, only get to the cloud! Before migrating any workload, it’s important to […] The post Learning Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Part 2: Migration Types appeared first on emadyounis.com .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

VMware Cooking Tech Talk – Michele Apa e…

VMware Cooking Tech Talk – Michele Apa e Rodolfo Rotondo: Episodio 6

VMware Cooking Tech Talk – Michele Apa e…

VMware Cooking Tech Talk – Crostata e trasformazione della rete e della sicurezza. I nostri esperti VMware discuto di rete, sicurezza ma soprattutto di come sia necessario trasformarle. Abbiamo impersonificato le diverse esigenze, ben separate ed ognuna con la propria identità, con “un’unica infornata” all’interno di una sola torta!


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Automating Upgrade of VMware Tools and VMware…

Automating Upgrade of VMware Tools and VMware Compatibility

Automating Upgrade of VMware Tools and VMware…

Next up in our Automating your vSphere Upgrade blog series is your VMware Tools and VM Compatibility. Upgrading these both have different requirements so we will cover when and how you should upgrade your VMware Tools and VM compatibility in the below post. Upgrading VMware Tools When it comes to keeping your VMware Tools The post Automating Upgrade of VMware Tools and VMware Compatibility appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Radar against Ransomware: how Rubrik stops the threats

One of the last innovation in Rubrik, a lot I’ve to say, is a feature built over Polaris, the new SaaS solution presented a few months ago.

The technology used to empower this weapon is machine learning based on models that evolve following behaviours met on the protected VM and by that users.

Ransomware is the main target, Radar can recover in a bunch of seconds all the volumes affected.

radar

Evolution of Ransomware attacks are followed by evolution of Radar itself, thanks to that evolving models. The intelligence applied to these attacks is reinforced and supported by several actions, like analysis of the data running inside the whole environment, identifying strange behaviours (out of the previous mentioned models), detection of these anomalies through a continuous monitoring of the environment and users behaviour – monitoring is mainly focused on metadata in order to be more reactive and fast in detecting the anomalies, and last, recover the affected data easily and quickly, with no (or minor) loss.

I still didn’t have a chance to put personally my hands on the solution, but following some webinars and blog post I was seriously interested in going deep inside the topic. What excites me is the intelligence applied to detection of the attacks, not simply adopting schemes, models, but modifying them according to behaviour, either of the attack and of the users. Machine learning and artificial intelligence were always attracting me, setting myself a little bit closer to my beloved Sci-Fi books and movies.

Automation is another point of attention. Today APIs are used for every single device, included domestic appliances. In this case they come to help for several tasks, from monitoring to manage an adequate reaction workflow to prevention, not necessarily in this order.

Once again Rubrik isn’t simply a backup solution. With Radar it become one important and active component of the enterprise security stack.

Python SDK in Rubrik – joining all the new last features

As shouted from its blog, Rubrik welcomes a new set of sdk for Python to manage its platform.

As far as I remember a first approach was made by Aaron Lewis in a post of his blog reporting an example of API management via python scripts.

rub

After a long series of launches, Rubrik announcing officially the use of python as main language to integrate all the vendors accessing the platform with a unique code.

The choice was intuitive: python is an easy to understand and to code high level language, is a new one and very flexible.

Considering the simplicity concept that Rubrik applies to the backup role, adopting Python is the natural consequence of this characteristic: simple as Rubrik is, in all its aspects.

Download and installation is easyalso. Download the SDK from https://github.com/rubrik-devops/rubrik-sdk-for-python (this link is also for documentation).

“Quick Start” section, you can install the SDK via “pip” or directly from the source.

Well… to the next announcement, Rubrik! In the while I’ll reinforce my (still weak) knowledge of Python using your API.

Storage is not just a bunch of disks, said SoftNAS

Attending my first Cloud Field Day (CFD#4) in San Jose I had a chance to learn of an innovative storage integration product from SoftNAS. I will blog about it in 2 posts, this is the first one.

The introduction was led by the CEO, Rick Braddy, that gave us a company overview.

sn

He had a long experience on Cytrix, noticing that virtual desktop running Windows needed a very large number of IOPS to feed the system. This was (is) true also in a VMware environment, but, as you can imagine, this kind of storage is quite expensive

The concept on which SoftNAS is based is that “storage is not just a bunch of disks”.

The business model is subscription so no upfront needed subscription based.

Data are no more datacenter-centric, but moving across several DC around the globe, on SaaS app, multiple cloud providers not necessarily public. Manage and control these data is hard and critical: “FABRIC for BUSINESS DATA” is the paradigm.

SoftNAS Cloud is a “Data control and Management Platform”, it means a pre-integrated set of capabilities and tools to manage a very large amount of data natively on the cloud, no more locally. This set is a dedicated Data on-Ramp to the cloud (ideally, a full cloud, more realistically a hybrid solution). I’d like to underline that it’s based on an open source project.

The product will take care of 4 kind of problems:

sn

SoftNAS Cloud integrates the following storage sources using the technology shown in the ring:

sn

This image is full of technology, really, integrating all of them has been an impressive work, especially if paired with an easiness of management, kind of drag&drop Java-driven, and this is one of the open source project.

A summary of what previously shown, in a layered way:

sn

So, the core is an open architecture, SoftNAS leverages this architecture automating and integrating all the single components. APIs are part of this process.

Twitter, http, https, hadooop, webservices, redshift, s3, azure, the list is long, could contribute to this amount of data to manage.

After Rick, John-Marc Clark took the stage, illustrating in a deeper detail the product.

SoftNAS Cloud product is based on the Open ZFS file system (a good post about it from Stephen Foskett here), an open source project, and on Apache NiFi, another open source project, a system built to automate flow of data between platforms running in a Java environment.

First goal: avoid cloud vendor locking, giving the user a freedom in choose the best kind of storage at the price and performances he needs, including any on-premises storage.

A lot of problems that companies encounter approaching the cloud are file-system related, mainly for performance degradations and cost to solve it. IoT and machine learning add another level of complexity when moving these data to the cloud – this is much more a Data as a service rather than a Storage as a service. As Joep stated during his presentation, that’s more a consulting solution rather than a technology solution, helping companies moving their workload (not just storage, but more generally data) to the cloud.

One of the goals that Ultrafast supply is to let this migration from and to the cloud, from and to on-premises systems, faster. Same across clouds.

Another primary goal accomplished by the product is make an object storage performant nearly as a block one.

To summarize, customers encountered different problems moving to the cloud, to be solved, by SoftNAS point of view, through 3 different editions of the product: Essential, Enterprise and Platinum. Details are shown below:

sn

In very few words, the essentials edition is dedicated to the companies that need to move to the cloud backups, DR, object storage and so on. Enterprise is for customer that chose to move their main data to the cloud, the production ones with no recoding of their apps. Last, Platinum, is for all data, a complete integration and automation of the company premises with the cloud in the perspective of moving these data across cloud and on-premises – a complete hybrid solution.

We could consider this product as a Private Cloud NAS.

(Second and last part coming soon).