Posted by Alex Samoylenko on January 9, 2020
Tanzu Mission Control: VMware’s Vision for Unified Environments for Containers and VMs

Just as VMware’s Project Pacific implies, the plans for the further submergence into the world of containerized applications for vSphere clusters intends to deepen. VMware Tanzu Mission Control is to allow admins to manage Kubernetes clusters regardless of their residential environment. The tool is rumored to become the single base of all K8s cluster operations.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on November 19, 2019
VMware Project Pacific: VMs and containerized applications – best of both worlds

Security issues, unfortunately, remain a priority even today, because, obviously, there is no such thing as too much protection. In the case of the custom domains on your apps, the same rules apply. Luckily, there is a new security feature for Azure App Service released. App Service Managed Certificates will help you to secure your domains on Windows and Linux apps!

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on October 31, 2019
vSphere 6.7: hot migrate VMs to different clusters with vMotion

Not every company owns a sophisticated infrastructure packed with shared storage, virtual SANs, NVMe, etc. Migrating systems, especially VMs, in an average IT environment could create workload disruptions because you’d have to stall other processes. Finally, however, those days are over: vMotion can migrate your VMs while keeping all systems active and operational.

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on March 14, 2019
Storage Controllers in VMware vSphere

Storage controllers are virtual environment tools essential for locating and accessing both block-based devices and SCSI devices. Storage controllers in VMware vSphere virtualization platform can operate with different storage controllers, varying in types, purposes, and usages. A wide range of functional capacities allows you to establish storage controller compatibility, choose configurations, and process SCSI emulation and paravirtualization. Use a storage controller as best suited for your preferred OS!

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on February 21, 2019
Changing the hardware resources on a running VM

Each virtual machine (VM) is a collection of resources provided by the infrastructure layer, usually organized in a pool of resources and assigned dynamically (or in some case statically) to each VM. VMs “see” a subset of physical resources in a form of virtual hardware components defined usually by the certain minimum elements. Adding hardware components can be useful in some cases, or they can be necessary for performing some basic operations, like, for example, installing the guest OS where a video driver, a keyboard and a mouse device are needed to use the remote console. That is why you should be aware of which hardware resources can be hot-add and which hot-remove.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on October 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere Linux Software RAID configuration

StarWind & VMware vSphere users get unrestricted VSAN from StarWind features, storage capacity, and outstanding cost-efficiency. Using StarWind VSAN, the process of deploying VMs, providing fault-tolerant storage, connecting it to hypervisor, and creating highly available VMs becomes a “piece o’ cake!”. But what about software RAID configuration? How not to get lost in a variety of choices between the different RAID levels?

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on October 11, 2018
Migrate On-Premises Virtual Machines to AWS

Migration of virtual machines is an important feature of virtualization technology that allows applications to move transparently along with their runtime environments between physical machines. AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) allows the migration of one or multiple on-premises virtual machines to AWS in an easy way from a single pane of glass. Plan, automate, and track step-by-step replication of running server volumes with just one tool — the AWS console!

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on September 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere

In this article, I discuss what VSAN from StarWind for vSphere is and how to set it up on the hardware RAID. StarWind VSAN for vSphere is a Software-Defined Storage solution that is designed specifically for vSphere environments. It comes as a preconfigured VM template, so just a couple of quick steps are needed to start running your vSphere environment on StarWind VSAN: download the solution, deploy it, and “play”. Here, I want to share some tips and tricks on working with VSAN for vSphere.

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on August 9, 2018
Security threats in a virtual environment

Security is typically a hot-topic due also to several regulations and compliant rules and laws. But more important, a security breach can have huge collateral effects, also if no data has been stoled, or compromised. But, for example, a “simple” DoS attack that makes a service not available can have a bad effect on the reputation of a B2C company. This post will try to give an idea of some possible security threads in a virtual environment based on VMware vSphere (but several concepts are quite general also for other virtualization platforms) and some possible approaches to minimize the effect or prevent the attacks.

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Posted by Askar Kopbayev on July 26, 2018
Hybrid Cloud Extension – Part 2

If you ever worked with vSphere, you definitely used at least one of those. However, in HCX they are used with Secure Proxy. All migration traffic is proxied via HCX WAN Interconnect appliance (WAN-IX). Deployed WAN-IX simulates new ESXi host under local vCenter. You can actually see it in the Web Client inventory. From the point of view of vCenter and other ESXi host the WAN-IX is just another regular host.

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