Nutanix Community Edition! be warned: You are going to buy new lab gear!

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As one of 20 NTC’s worldwide, I was selected to join the closed Nutanix CE alpha group to test the heck out of this new cool software: The “Nutanix Community Edition”. Nutanix CE is a 100% software solution enabling technology enthusiasts to easily evaluate the latest hyper convergence technology at zero cost. Nutanix Community Edition is a lighter-weight, free version of the Nutanix Operating System (NOS), which powers the Nutanix Virtual Platform. The Community Edition of NOS is designed for … [Read more...]

Cool tool: Unitrends Free Edition. Backup Up to 1TB Free!

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I’m currently testing the new (currently in beta) Unitrends FREE Edition in my home lab to see if this new cool free backup appliance is anything that you should try? Yes, you should. read more about it below: About Unitrends Free Edition Unitrends Free Edition deploys on a server running ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, Hyper-V 2012 or Hyper-V 2012 R2. The appliance is deployed using an .EXE installer. You must run the installer from a Windows machine on which you have both .NET Framework v3.5 and v4 … [Read more...]

TintriOS 3.2 update introduces per VM level QOS

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Yesterday I had a great chat with Tintri Sr. Director of Products Chuck Dubuque about their newest TintriOS update. My first post about Tintri is exactly from 2 years back. Tintri was the first to have VM-aware storage where VMware is currently doing a similar thing with VVols and other vendors are following their footsteps. New capabilities include: Tintri OS 3.2. Administrators can now allocate exact maximum and minimum IOPS to each individual VM. This granular capability is paired with … [Read more...]

Scale Computing Adds Disaster Recovery for SMB

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend a great meeting with Scale Computing at Virtualization Field Day 4 in Austin, Texas. I had met Jason Collier (@bocanuts) before at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2012. Jason has managed to build Scale Computing HC3 System into a real mature product in the last 2.5 years. Scale Computing HC3 There are three models – the HC1000, HC2000, HC4000 – that support anywhere from 3 quad core to 6 hex core CPUs, from 96GB to 384GB DRAM and from 6 to 28.8TB … [Read more...]

VMTurbo giving away uber-cool Home Lab!

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For their new 5.1 release, VMTurbo is giving away a home lab to 3 lucky winners who sign up for our 5.1 release webinar! Pretty cool right?! THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT 1:30 P.M. EST VMTurbo Director of Product Management, Eva Tuczai & CTO,Charles Crouchman, give a sneak peek of 5.1, including brand new Demand-Driven Application Control! So, what’s in the VMTurbo home lab? Check this out! Intel NUC with Intel Core i5-4250U G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2x8G) 204-Pin DDR3 … [Read more...]

VMware & StorMagic deliver a 2-node HA Storage Solution with vSphere ROBO edition next to VSAN

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StorMagic (a UK company) has a very interesting and cost effective product called SvSAN which is a iSCSI Virtual SAN specifically designed for Remote Branch Offices which require a local HA storage infrastructure and central management. Today Stormagic announces a new collaboration with VMware to deliver a 2-node HA Storage Solution for the existing VMware Remote Branch Offices edition. The VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Edition (datasheet) will combine vSphere with StorMagic’s … [Read more...]