Combine the best of two worlds: vSphere stretched cluster and Site Recovery Manager

For Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in a vSphere infrastructure most customers make a choice of two options. Either use VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) or build a  vSphere Metro Stretched Cluster. While both are great options for BC/DR, both also have some disadvantages. VMware announced at VMworld 2014 … [Read more...]

VMware EVO:RAIL FAQ

Over the last couple of days the same VMware EVO:RAIL questions keep popping up over and over again. I figured I would do a quick VMware EVO:RAIL Q&A post so that I can point people to that instead of constantly answering them on twitter. Can you explain what EVO:RAIL is? EVO:RAIL is the next evolution of … [Read more...]

Microsoft introducing three cloud performance competencies for partners

Microsoft announced a new competency for Microsoft partners based on Office 365 and Azure. Three different competencies are available: Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions: for partners selling Microsoft Office 365 to small and Midmarket customers Cloud Productivity: for partners deploying Microsoft Office 365 for … [Read more...]

What is under NDA of vSphere 6.0 and what is not?

VMware vSphere 6.0 is currently in a public beta which means anyone interested in testing and learning new features can download the bits and read on new features. However, the beta program is under NDA which means you are not allowed to spread content to anyone not part of the beta. This was true until VMworld US … [Read more...]

Live from VMworld 2014: Most important announcements summarized

VMworld is VMware's annual conference dealing with all things virtual, software-defined, cloud and more. This article summarises the most important VMworld 2014 announcements and details on: The Software Defined Datacenter, including news on VMware vCloud Suite and VMware NSX. VMware vRealize Suite, a new suite for … [Read more...]

vBeers Eindhoven – In Between VMworlds Edition!

This will be the 3rd vBeers in the southern part of the Netherlands, so mark your calendar for this vBeers on Friday the 19th of September 2014. It will be an informal event, just to network with other persons in the virtualization industry, have some drinks (and food if you want), share knowledge and just … [Read more...]

BSOD and kernel panic in virtual machines running vSphere or Hyper-V on Intel E5-v2 & E7-v2 CPUs

There is a serious issue with virtual machines running on vSphere or Hyper-V on hosts with Intel’s Ivy Bridge, Ivy Town, and Haswell processors (E5 v2/v3 and E7 v2/v3). Virtual machine might randomly crash showing a Blue Screen of Death BSOD (Windows clients and Windows Server) or a kernel panic for Linux systems. This … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 session STO1965 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

This was a great session on Virtual Volumes. This post will provide a summary of the information given in this session. You can watch the recording of the session at YouTube here. I assure you this will be one hour well spent! It will take some time for VMware customers to fully understand the concept of Virtual … [Read more...]

VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash… part 2

There we go, part two of the VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash. I expected a lot of news around VMworld as traditionally is always the case. I hope the below is a good summary, these are the articles / announcements I read and found interesting. It is the Monday after VMworld and I figured I would get this out … [Read more...]

Playlist – VMworld TV 2014

<span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span> The VMworld TV crew is back at the biggest and best VMworld to date! Join Jeremy and Eric for daily updates, news, interviews and general awesomeness as they endeavour to bring you everything this amazing convention has to offer. … [Read more...]