All VMware exams including VCP require authorization by VMware now

As of July 19, 2013, all VMware certification exams will require authorization from VMware before scheduling an exam.  VMware certification exams are delivered by a third-party testing vendor, Pearson VUE.  Pearson VUE will require prior authorization from VMware before exams can be scheduled.  VMware will authorize … [Read more...]

An introduction to VMware vCloud Planner

VMware vCloud Planner (or VMware Infrastructure Planner / VIP) is a new sales tool focused on showing VMware customers the financial benefits of moving from vSphere to a Software Defined Datacenter powered by VMware vCloud Suite . vCloud Planner uses as starting point the current  environment of the customer having  … [Read more...]

Gartner Catalyst session: Modernizing Business Continuity and DR Using Virtualization and the Cloud

One of the presentations at Gartner Catalyst Conference was titled Modernizing Business Continuity and DR Using Virtualization and the Cloud. It can be watched online for free here. If you do not have an account you can create one for free and watch three sessions for free. This blogpost has a summary of what was … [Read more...]

MAT (powered by Project Shift) converts from VMware to Hyper-V in less than 5 minutes

With Microsoft Hyper-V having  a rich feature set and offering a low cost purchase model,  current VMware vSphere customers may be  looking into using Hyper-V as an alternative. However converting VMware virtual machines to Microsoft Hyper-V can be a complex and time consuming task when many vm’s are involved. … [Read more...]

Read what the Dutch vMaffia are blogging about

The Dutch are true Virtualization Evangelists seeing the number of VMware vExperts, bloggers, presenters, book authors etc. For such a small country the number of vGeeks  is impressive. Blog postings from the family of Dutch bloggers grouped in Dutch vMaffia are now centralized  in a site named vMaffia.com with one … [Read more...]

Veeam announces Backup & Replication plug-in for vSphere Web Client

Today Veeam announced that Veeam Backup & Replication v7 (to be released in Q3 2013) will feature a plug-in for the vSphere Web Client. From the same console used for management of hosts, vm’s, networks and storage administrators are now able to get an overview of protection status of VMs. The vSphere Web … [Read more...]

EMEA VMware Partner Exchange on Tour 2013 dates and locations announced

VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) is an annual event held in the United States dedicated for VMware partners. It is a kind of small VMworld but more focus on sales, marketing and technical roadmaps. Also some great breakout sessions showing future technology. Lots of partners are for various reasons not able to attend this … [Read more...]

VMware to become a public cloud service provider: announcing vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware today announced it is expecting to launch a new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform named VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Q2 2013. This post explains what vCloud Hybrid Service is and will explain the setup. For IT staff wanting to learn public cloud using vCloud Connector the vCloud Hybrid Service is a … [Read more...]

VMware announces VMware NSX

VMware is busy bundling and integrating their in-house developed solutions & acquired solutions into suites which deliver more value to their customers. Only recently VMware released the Horizon Suite which offers VDI, centralized management of physical desktops and laptops (Wanova acquisition),  and management of … [Read more...]

Storage issues on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Microsoft struggling to fix!

Storage is a crucial component of any virtualization platform. Issues on storage will have an effect of performance and availability of virtual machines. In Windows Server 2008  Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) had a couple of issues. I remember redirected io issues during backup operations, the way iSCSI is used to handle … [Read more...]