Secure your VMware Horizon Access Point with an A score on SSL Labs

Nowadays security in IT is becoming more and more important. So what about your own infrastructure? Are you allowing external access through a web portal? A lot of companies who are implementing a web portal for external access with VMware Access Point or Citrix NetScaler for example are considering two-factor authentication to upgrade their level on authentication security. But what about the Protocols being used? Or the algorithm used for the protocols to setup the secure connection? In … [Read more...]

Watch out with VSAN FTT=1 and Maintenance Windows… Lessons Learned the Hard Way

A couple of weeks back I had a less fantastic Friday evening… When performing a one hour maintenance window to update some filter drivers on some of our ESXi 5.5  hosts.. this evening turned out to be not so pleasant Friday the 13th… In our company, for some workloads we run VSAN. And I must say that I love the simplicity of the product. Not much to configure and if everything is setup right, and with the right hardware you have a bunch of reasonably fast Terabytes of storage on your … [Read more...]

Atlantis announced USX 3.0 with VVOLs , SmartSnap and Replication

Atlantis Computing just announced version 3.0 of their USX platform and factory-integration of its Atlantis HyperScale appliances available on Cisco, HP, Lenovo and SuperMicro server platforms. Atlantis has worked hard to build more  data services into their platform like VVOLs, Snapshots and Replication. What’s New in USX 3.0? VVOL Support Atlantis is the first hyper-converged vendor that fully supports VVOLs. it will provide the ability to apply service levels (performance, capacity and … [Read more...]

vSphere APIs for IO (VAIO) Filtering is finally here to stay

VMware committed and continued to work on the API’s for IO filtering for a long time now. This very interesting feature was originally announced last year at VMworld 2014 back together with VVOLs and was expected to be released together with vSphere 6 and really got my interest back then. Where Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) was finally released in vSphere 6. The VAIO part was still not yet there. This piece of the puzzle was “just not  yet’ finished. Some vendors currently make illegal use of kernel  … [Read more...]