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Month – September 2014

Horizon 6 – Whats New

h6title-250x139In this article I want to highlight the new features in Horizon 6. In one of my next articles I will give an overview on how the solution is priced and packaged.In short words Horizon is a bundle of different products that fit into VMware’s enduser computing strategy. With Horizon View, VMware has already delivered a feature rich, robust and enterprise desktop virtualization solution. The latest major release added now the needed features to call Horizon a complete Desktop Management solution.

Here are the main enhancements in Horizon 6. I will give a short list first and then touch each … Continue reading

Site Recovery Manager 5.5 – Licensing for SMB

VMware-SRM-250x155Today I had a customer situation where I had to dig deeper into Site Recovery Manager or short SRM licensing. Normally this is not a big thing, because VMware provide an excellent SRM FAQ. The challenge was, my case wasn’t explicitly described. So I thought it is worth to share it with the community. As you can see in the header of the post, I need to architect a SRM configuration for a very small environment when it comes to VM count.

Customer Situation:

•Two sites
•Three ESXi hosts per site
•One vCenter per site
•Bi-directional protection
•Less than … Continue reading

Virtual Volumes – VMworld Sessions

vmworld2014As Erik Sloof pointed out today, VMware released several VMworld 2014 top sessions on youtube that can be watched for free. This is a great move if you ask me.

If you are interested in storage related topics I can definitely encourage you to block at least an hour to watch STO1965. This session is about a possible paradigm shift in the storage area. This video is about the upcoming feature called virtual volumes or just vvols.

In short: Virtual volumes are a key aspect of the software defined datacenter strategy VMware is focusing on. With vvols you no longer … Continue reading

VMware vRealize Operations Insight

loginsight-250x129At the recent VMworld in San Francisco VMware announced a new management solution. The package vRealize consists of vCenter Operations Management Suite Advanced edition and vCenter Log insight. You might argue that there is nothing new with this announcement. Be careful, the most important point to highlight is a licensing related aspect. With this new solution, both products can be purchased under the well-known per CPU model, just like the vSphere licenses. There was already a chance to get vCops Advanced per CPU but this opportunity was only a sales promotion. Now you can purchase the extensive Log management, analysis … Continue reading

VMware Infrastructure Planner

VIP-239x250Additionally to my last post, VMware has released another assessment tool. The so called Infrastructure Planner is designed to be executed by VMware Partners. The key differentiator in comparison to the vSphere Optimization Assessment is the visualisation of potential capex savings for customers if they take the next step torwards the Software Defined Datacenter or short SDDC. Beside the capex savings, another point to mention is the shorten data collection time. The time to gather the needed information in this assessment takes “only” 1-9 day. If you look at the minimum of three weeks a VOA should run this is … Continue reading

vSphere Optimization Assessment

vcopslogo-250x228Back in February 2014 VMware launched a program for its partners called “vSphere Optimization Assessment” program or short VOA. Partners are provided with a toolset to do health check like assessments. The VMware Solution Provider can show up as a trusted advisor to its customers and analyze the virtual infrastructure. As a VMware customer you can expect a 30 pages strong report that gives you detailed information on overprovisioned VMs, unused resources and incorrect planning that may result in bad VM performance. As a nice side effect your virtual infrastructure will be enriched with a trial version of vCenter Operations … Continue reading

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