VMworld Europe 2013 announcements

Like each year VMware saves some of the announcements for VMware Europe. Most are made at the US event. VMware announced in Barcelona new releases of products part of  its end-user computing and management portfolio: vCloud Automation Center 6.0 (general availability middle of November 2013) vCloud Operations Management Suite 5.8 (general availability middle of December 2013) vCenter Log Insight 1.5 (general availability middle of December 2013) IT Business Management Suite 8.0 (general Read more [...]

Release: VMware announces vCloud Operations Management Suite 5.8

vCenter Operations Management Suite version 5.8 has 4 new features: monitor business critical applications monitor fiber channel storage monitor Hyper-v servers monitor Amazon AWS services Monitor business critical applications In the 5.8 release application monitoring is limited to Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server. vCenter Operations Management Packs for Microsoft applications will be available to get insight into the health of Microsoft applications. A management pack (MP) provides Read more [...]

VMware announces Log Insight 1.5 TP 3

A month after the release of TP 2, VMware announces the availabilityof VMware Log Insight 1.5 Technical Preview 3, another fast releaseof this log management, aggregation and analysis tool that is trying to compete with more affirmed competitors like Splunk.   The new features introduced with this release are: The Health page has been replaced from the System Monitor page, in the same way the System Info tab has been replaced from the Resource tab that now also features live charts. Now Read more [...]

Paper: VMware Horizon View Large-Scale Reference Architecture

VMware has released a paper titled: “VMware Horizon View Large-Scale Reference Architecture“. The paper which contains 30 pages details a reference architecture based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads and infrastructure system configurations. The RA uses the VCE Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications, composed of Cisco UCS server blades and EMC XtremIO flash storage, to support a 7,000-user VMware Horizon View 5.2 deployment. Benchmarking was done using the Login VSI Max Read more [...]

VMware hints on VMworld Europe announcements

Each year at VMworld VMware announces new or updated products. This year we saw at VMworld US  the announcement of many new releases like vSphere 5.5 and the public beta of Virtual SAN. VMware saves some of the new announcements for VMworld Europe. The European edition of one of worlds largest IT-events is to be held in Barcelona, Spain October 15-17. While VMware is always very secret about new releases (even about the version number) the content of breakout sessions give a clue. This blogposting published Read more [...]

VMware releases Horizon Workspace Manager 1.5.1

At October 10 VMware released version 1.5.1 of Horizon Workspace Manager. This is a minor update to 1.5.0. New in this release are updated VMware Horizon Workspace Client for Macintosh & Windows. Download here. Horizon Workspace Manager enables mobile devices and mobile users to access corporate data and applications. It can be seen as a broker. For accessing data it can be seen as the Dropbox for the Enterprise. While Dropbox does not allow control by the IT-department, Horizon Workspace Read more [...]

Paper: Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5

VMware has released a paper titled:"Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5". The Paper which contains 17 pages provides details about a new per-VM feature introduced in vSphere 5.5. called Latency Sensitivity. Latency Sensitivity allows virtual machines to exclusively own physical cores, thus avoiding overhead related to CPU scheduling and contention. Combined with a pass-through functionality, which bypasses the network virtualization layer, applications can achieve Read more [...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide beta released

VMware released a beta of the VMware vSphere 5.5 hardening guide. The Excel sheet is full with recommended settings which improve security of vSphere components. The document covers the following components: Virtual Machines ESXi hosts Virtual Network vCenter Server plus its database and clients. vCenter Web Client vCenter SSO Server vCenter Virtual Appliance (VCSA) specific guidance vCenter Update Manager The releases are scheduled as follows: Release Candidate (RC)        – Read more [...]

Release: VMware vSphere 5.5

During the first day of VMworld 2013 in San Francisco VMwareannounced the release of vSphere 5.5 without revealing the date of general availability. Apparently the date is 22 of September and now vSphere and its Suite components are available for download.   As Duncan Epping did in a post on Yellow Bricks we resume the links to the download pages: Core vSphere and automation/tools: ESXi 5.5 vCenter Server 5.5 vSphere Data Protection 5.5.1 vSphere Replication 5.5 vSphere App Read more [...]

VMware announces Log Insight 1.5 TP 2

VMware announced the availability of VMware Log Insight 1.5 Technical Preview 2, its log management, aggregation and analysis solution. This was indeed a very fast release, probably representing the need of VMware to accelerate the release cycle in order to compete with the massive popularity of Splunk. VMware published a video that introduces the new features in version 1.5.   Some of these features can be summarized as follows: Content Gallery – As we continue to expand our Read more [...]