The Darkest Sides of vSphere

In our post “The Lightest Sides of vSphere” we talked a lot about retrospection and introspection, and we asked people what they thought the best feature of vSphere was. Continuing the astronomical theme with longest days and longest nights, today we ask about the dark sides of vSphere. What is the most underrated vSphere feature, a feature you wish more people knew about? How are you backing up your vCenter Server appliance? Are you just taking a snapshot of it or backing it up as an image somehow? vSphere 6.5 introduced File-Based Backup and Restore (FBBR) as a method to protect your vSphere environment from failures. In short, it exports configuration information as a file to a remote file share or system. If you have issues you can restore a vCenter Server appliance using the installer and that file. ;

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Discovering SCVMM and Its Features

Article | May 2, 2023

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is a management tool for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform. It is part of Microsoft’s System Center product suite, which also includes Configuration Manager and Operations Manager, among other tools. SCVMM provides a single pane of glass for managing your on-premises and cloud-based Hyper-V infrastructures, and it’s a more capable alternative to Windows Server tools built for the same purpose.

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Managing Multi-Cloud Complexities for a Seamless Experience

Article | July 26, 2022

Introduction The early 2000s were milestone moments for the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) entered the market in 2006, while Google revealed its first cloud service in 2007. Fast forward to 2020, when the pandemic boosted digital transformation efforts by around seven years (according to McKinsey), and the cloud has become a commercial necessity today. It not only facilitated the swift transition to remote work, but it also remains critical in maintaining company sustainability and creativity. Many can argue that the large-scale transition to the cloud in the 2010s was necessary to enable the digital-first experiences that remote workers and decentralized businesses need today. Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud setups are now the norm. According to Gartner, most businesses today use a multi-cloud approach to reduce vendor lock-in or to take advantage of more flexible, best-of-breed solutions. However, managing multi-cloud systems increases cloud complexity, and IT concerns, frequently slowing rather than accelerating innovation. According to 2022 research done by IntelligentCIO, the average multi-cloud system includes five platforms, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM Red Hat, among others. Managing Multi-Cloud Complexities Like a Pro Your multi-cloud strategy should satisfy your company's requirements while also laying the groundwork for managing various cloud deployments. Creating a proactive plan for managing multi-cloud setups is one of the finest features that can distinguish your company. The five strategies for handling multi-cloud complexity are outlined below. Managing Data with AI and ML AI and machine learning can help manage enormous quantities of data in multi-cloud environments. AI simulates human decision-making and performs tasks as well as humans or even better at times. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that learns from data, recognizes patterns, and makes decisions with minimum human interaction. AI and ML to help discover the most important data, reducing big data and multi-cloud complexity. AI and machine learning enable more simplicity and better data control. Integrated Management Structure Keeping up with the growing number of cloud services from several providers requires a unified management structure. Multiple cloud management requires IT time, resources, and technology to juggle and correlate infrastructure alternatives. Routinely monitor your cloud resources and service settings. It's important to manage apps, clouds, and people globally. Ensure you have the technology and infrastructure to handle several clouds. Developing Security Strategy Operating multiple clouds requires a security strategy and seamless integration of security capabilities. There's no single right answer since vendors have varied policies and cybersecurity methods. Storing data on many cloud deployments prevents data loss. Handling backups and safety copies of your data are crucial. Regularly examine your multi-cloud network's security. The cyber threat environment will vary as infrastructure and software do. Multi-cloud strategies must safeguard data and applications. Skillset Management Multi-cloud complexity requires skilled operators. Do you have the appropriate IT personnel to handle multi-cloud? If not, can you use managed or cloud services? These individuals or people are in charge of teaching the organization about how each cloud deployment helps the company accomplish its goals. This specialist ensures all cloud entities work properly by utilizing cloud technologies. Closing Lines Traditional cloud monitoring solutions are incapable of dealing with dynamic multi-cloud setups, but automated intelligence is the best at getting to the heart of cloud performance and security concerns. To begin with, businesses require end-to-end observability in order to see the overall picture. Add automation and causal AI to this capacity, and teams can obtain the accurate answers they require to better optimize their environments, freeing them up to concentrate on increasing innovation and generating better business results.

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ProtonVPN iOS app now supports the OpenVPN protocol

Article | September 9, 2022

Your ProtonVPN iOS app is now better equipped to fight censorship and offers more flexible connection options with the launch of OpenVPN for iOS. The OpenVPN protocol is one of the best VPN protocols because of its flexibility, security, and because it is more resistant to blocks. You now have the option to switch between the faster IKEv2 protocol and the more stable and censorship-resistant OpenVPN protocol.

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Scaling Your Business the Easy Way—with SD-WAN as a Service

Article | May 28, 2021

SD-WANs are a critical component of digital transformation. Using software-defined networking (SDN) and virtual network functions (VNF) concepts to build and manage a wide area network (WAN) helps businesses successfully transition their infrastructure to the cloud by securely connecting hybrid multicloud architectures. But SD-WANs can do more than just facilitate a transition to the cloud —they make it faster and less expensive to expand your business.

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Innovative MSP Trusts Scale Computing to Modernize its IT Infrastructure and Boost its Bottom Line

Prnewswire | April 20, 2023

Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Managed Services Provider (MSP) customer success with its SC//Fleet Manager solution, the first cloud-hosted monitoring and management tool built for hyperconverged edge computing infrastructure at scale. Integrated directly into the Scale Computing Platform, SC//Fleet Manager consolidates real-time conditions for a fleet of clusters, including storage and compute resources, allowing IT leaders to quickly identify areas of concern from a single pane of glass. Cat-Tec, an MSP based in Ontario, Canada, provides enterprise-level computer network consulting to small and mid-sized businesses. Before modernizing its infrastructure with Scale Computing, Cat-Tec relied on a combination of Nutanix, VMware, and Hyper-V virtualization technologies to run its infrastructure and resell to its customers. However, they soon realized that the cost and complexity of deploying these systems were limiting their ability to scale their business and secure new customers. "While our clients all have very different operating requirements, they all have one thing in common – they want to spend less time troubleshooting their technology stack and more time focused on running their business," said Genito Isabella, co-founder and VP of Systems Integration for Cat-Tec. "Every hour that one of our IT professionals spends manually updating firmware on a server or trying to correctly diagnose a performance issue is time that could be spent on other strategic, revenue-generating projects." To overcome these challenges, Cat-Tec decided it was time to invest in a modern hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution that could help their team manage and scale their distributed infrastructure in a more efficient, cost-effective, and holistic manner. Following a rigorous vendor evaluation process, Cat-Tec selected Scale Computing due to the simplicity of its modular architecture, the ability of SC//Fleet Manager to monitor and manage multiple clusters from a single console, as well as the SC//Platform's native integration with leading third-party backup systems which ensures resilience in the event of a system-wide disruption. "We estimate that the ability to pre-stage hardware has saved us an average of four hours per deployment per client implementation. Meanwhile, using SC//Fleet Manager to proactively troubleshoot issues remotely has dramatically improved our ability to meet our SLAs," continued Isabella. "This means we can now devote more time helping customers solve real problems rather than just constantly having to put out fires. It's not an exaggeration to say that Scale Computing has completely transformed our business." About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest-growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing's products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease of use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate, G2, and Trust Radius.

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Tintri Continues Exponential Growth with 2H 2021 Earnings

Tintri | February 21, 2022

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, announced 42% global revenue growth from 1H2021 to 2H2021, including a double-digit revenue increase from net new logos. This expansion is fuelled by Tintri's enhanced global executive sales team and continued VMstore innovation, driving the company's mission to deliver hands-off, cutting-edge and highly adaptive technology to help enterprises manage complex infrastructures. Tintri has had exponential growth in the second half of 2021, driven by the upswell in demand from our customers due to the popularity of containerized applications in virtualized environments. The containerization movement is making serious headway into enterprise data processes and platforms, and Tintri is perfectly positioned to service these emerging markets. We've put together an outstanding global sales team to ensure that customers know our technology was architected for these types of workloads from day one." Phil Trickovic, senior vice president of Revenue, Tintri Enhanced Global Executive Sales Team Following the appointment of a new executive team in Q4 2021, Tintri's latest investment to operate under strong management comes with the newly structured global executive sales team. Comprised of Tintri veterans with invaluable experience, this team best understands the unique challenges of data-centric enterprise customers and the ways in which Tintri's technology can help overcome specialized pain points and evolve to continue to meet enterprise's changing needs. The new global executive sales team is comprised of: Zachary Bertamini, vice president of Sales, Americas, whose strategic vision has been a catalyst to fuel Tintri's growth in the Americas over the past year. Josh Marlar, vice president of Global Business Development, who is responsible for building a multimillion-dollar net new pipeline quarter over quarter and brings over a decade of experience in IT business developments. Mark Walsh, vice president of Sales, EMEA, who brings over 30 years of experience in the IT storage sector and re-joins Tintri from IBM. Norimasa Ono, general manager of Sales, Japan, who led start up efforts in the Japanese market and brings strong relationships with local resellers and enterprise customers, as well as the ability to open new markets for Tintri. Continued VMstore Innovation Tintri continues to innovate, constantly enhancing, updating and advancing capabilities for its customers. This dedication is underscored by VMstore's double-digit revenue growth YoY. The latest releases to VMstore, the world's most intelligent virtual data management system, include: vSphere Tag Support – VMstore now recognizes and reports vCenter tags and can be used for filtering objects in the Tintri Global Center (TGC) user interface (UI). vSphere tags can also be used in service groups to ensure protection policies, snapshots, replication. vSphere tags also carry across the Tintri ecosystem and are available for use with Tintri Analytics. Additional Hardware and Software Validation – 2TB, 4TB or 8TB drives are configurable with all VMstore T7000 systems, allowing customers to tailor the configuration to meet specific business needs. The T7000 systems are also now certified for DAC connections, joining MPO-12 configurations. In addition, VMstore is CitrixReady certified with Hypervisor 8.2. Improved Visibility with UI Enhancements – System admins now can configure and filter alerts with notifications and additional parameters, including Engine ID, which can be configured with Single Network Management Protocol (SNMP). A new "Task Manager" in the UI allows customers to track long running activities and monitor status, as well as reporting on advanced battery backup health to provide fortified data protection in the event of a T7000 series system power loss. NFS 4.1 Beta – VMstore T7000 models now support NFS v4.1 for VMware vSphere, which will be made generally available later this year. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN) delivers unique outcomes in Enterprise data centers. Tintri's AI-enabled intelligent infrastructure learns your environment to drive automation. Analytical insights help you simplify and accelerate your operations and empower data-driven business insights. Thousands of Tintri customers have saved millions of management hours using Tintri.

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Lightbits Labs Wins 2022 BIG Innovation Award

Lightbits Labs | January 18, 2022

Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), the first software-defined and NVMe-based data platform for any cloud, is pleased to announce it has been named a winner in the 2022 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. This is recognition for the company’s unique Complete Data Platform, which is an innovative architecture of NVMe/TCP, Intelligent Flash Management, and VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 compatibility that delivers high performance, simplicity, and cost-efficiency for VMware environments. As such, Lightbits, the inventor of NVMe/TCP, is quickly becoming the defacto standard for managing, analyzing, and storing data on any cloud. Leveraging NVMe/TCP protocol and a shared storage architecture, Lightbits delivers the lowest latencies and highest scalability while delivering performance equivalent to local flash. Lightbits solves the storage challenges for cloud-centric applications with greater efficiency than proprietary appliances and when combined with VMWare vSphere is giant leap forward in delivering an end-to-end NVMe solutions ecosystem. This recognition is further validation that Lightbits fills a critical need for modern IT organizations looking to inject efficiency and agility into the data center. We invented NVMe/TCP, its native to the software, and thus delivers all the low latency and high performance of local flash. And Lightbits is the only solution available with Intelligent Flash Management for maximum cost-efficiency. So, while we may pause to appreciate this recognition, we’ll keep making BIG innovations that enable customers to efficiently leverage their IT investments to extract maximum value from their data.” Carol Platz, Vice President of Marketing, Lightbits Labs “Innovation is driving growth in the global economy,” said Maria Jimenez, chief operating officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Lightbits as they are one of the organizations leading this charge and helping humanity progress.” About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs (Lightbits) is leading the digital data center transformation by making high-performance elastic block storage available to any cloud. Creators of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits software-defined storage is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable and cost-efficient for any cloud. The NVMe, and NVMe/TCP word marks are registered or unregistered service marks of the NVM Express organization in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use strictly prohibited. About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, these programs are judged by business executives having experience and knowledge. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

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Innovative MSP Trusts Scale Computing to Modernize its IT Infrastructure and Boost its Bottom Line

Prnewswire | April 20, 2023

Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Managed Services Provider (MSP) customer success with its SC//Fleet Manager solution, the first cloud-hosted monitoring and management tool built for hyperconverged edge computing infrastructure at scale. Integrated directly into the Scale Computing Platform, SC//Fleet Manager consolidates real-time conditions for a fleet of clusters, including storage and compute resources, allowing IT leaders to quickly identify areas of concern from a single pane of glass. Cat-Tec, an MSP based in Ontario, Canada, provides enterprise-level computer network consulting to small and mid-sized businesses. Before modernizing its infrastructure with Scale Computing, Cat-Tec relied on a combination of Nutanix, VMware, and Hyper-V virtualization technologies to run its infrastructure and resell to its customers. However, they soon realized that the cost and complexity of deploying these systems were limiting their ability to scale their business and secure new customers. "While our clients all have very different operating requirements, they all have one thing in common – they want to spend less time troubleshooting their technology stack and more time focused on running their business," said Genito Isabella, co-founder and VP of Systems Integration for Cat-Tec. "Every hour that one of our IT professionals spends manually updating firmware on a server or trying to correctly diagnose a performance issue is time that could be spent on other strategic, revenue-generating projects." To overcome these challenges, Cat-Tec decided it was time to invest in a modern hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution that could help their team manage and scale their distributed infrastructure in a more efficient, cost-effective, and holistic manner. Following a rigorous vendor evaluation process, Cat-Tec selected Scale Computing due to the simplicity of its modular architecture, the ability of SC//Fleet Manager to monitor and manage multiple clusters from a single console, as well as the SC//Platform's native integration with leading third-party backup systems which ensures resilience in the event of a system-wide disruption. "We estimate that the ability to pre-stage hardware has saved us an average of four hours per deployment per client implementation. Meanwhile, using SC//Fleet Manager to proactively troubleshoot issues remotely has dramatically improved our ability to meet our SLAs," continued Isabella. "This means we can now devote more time helping customers solve real problems rather than just constantly having to put out fires. It's not an exaggeration to say that Scale Computing has completely transformed our business." About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, Scale Computing Platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime, even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. Edge Computing is the fastest-growing area of IT infrastructure, and industry analysts have named Scale Computing an outperformer and leader in the space, including being named the #1 edge computing vendor by CRN. Scale Computing's products are sold by thousands of value-added resellers, integrators, and service providers worldwide. When ease of use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing Platform is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate, G2, and Trust Radius.

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Vsphere

Tintri Continues Exponential Growth with 2H 2021 Earnings

Tintri | February 21, 2022

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, announced 42% global revenue growth from 1H2021 to 2H2021, including a double-digit revenue increase from net new logos. This expansion is fuelled by Tintri's enhanced global executive sales team and continued VMstore innovation, driving the company's mission to deliver hands-off, cutting-edge and highly adaptive technology to help enterprises manage complex infrastructures. Tintri has had exponential growth in the second half of 2021, driven by the upswell in demand from our customers due to the popularity of containerized applications in virtualized environments. The containerization movement is making serious headway into enterprise data processes and platforms, and Tintri is perfectly positioned to service these emerging markets. We've put together an outstanding global sales team to ensure that customers know our technology was architected for these types of workloads from day one." Phil Trickovic, senior vice president of Revenue, Tintri Enhanced Global Executive Sales Team Following the appointment of a new executive team in Q4 2021, Tintri's latest investment to operate under strong management comes with the newly structured global executive sales team. Comprised of Tintri veterans with invaluable experience, this team best understands the unique challenges of data-centric enterprise customers and the ways in which Tintri's technology can help overcome specialized pain points and evolve to continue to meet enterprise's changing needs. The new global executive sales team is comprised of: Zachary Bertamini, vice president of Sales, Americas, whose strategic vision has been a catalyst to fuel Tintri's growth in the Americas over the past year. Josh Marlar, vice president of Global Business Development, who is responsible for building a multimillion-dollar net new pipeline quarter over quarter and brings over a decade of experience in IT business developments. Mark Walsh, vice president of Sales, EMEA, who brings over 30 years of experience in the IT storage sector and re-joins Tintri from IBM. Norimasa Ono, general manager of Sales, Japan, who led start up efforts in the Japanese market and brings strong relationships with local resellers and enterprise customers, as well as the ability to open new markets for Tintri. Continued VMstore Innovation Tintri continues to innovate, constantly enhancing, updating and advancing capabilities for its customers. This dedication is underscored by VMstore's double-digit revenue growth YoY. The latest releases to VMstore, the world's most intelligent virtual data management system, include: vSphere Tag Support – VMstore now recognizes and reports vCenter tags and can be used for filtering objects in the Tintri Global Center (TGC) user interface (UI). vSphere tags can also be used in service groups to ensure protection policies, snapshots, replication. vSphere tags also carry across the Tintri ecosystem and are available for use with Tintri Analytics. Additional Hardware and Software Validation – 2TB, 4TB or 8TB drives are configurable with all VMstore T7000 systems, allowing customers to tailor the configuration to meet specific business needs. The T7000 systems are also now certified for DAC connections, joining MPO-12 configurations. In addition, VMstore is CitrixReady certified with Hypervisor 8.2. Improved Visibility with UI Enhancements – System admins now can configure and filter alerts with notifications and additional parameters, including Engine ID, which can be configured with Single Network Management Protocol (SNMP). A new "Task Manager" in the UI allows customers to track long running activities and monitor status, as well as reporting on advanced battery backup health to provide fortified data protection in the event of a T7000 series system power loss. NFS 4.1 Beta – VMstore T7000 models now support NFS v4.1 for VMware vSphere, which will be made generally available later this year. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN) delivers unique outcomes in Enterprise data centers. Tintri's AI-enabled intelligent infrastructure learns your environment to drive automation. Analytical insights help you simplify and accelerate your operations and empower data-driven business insights. Thousands of Tintri customers have saved millions of management hours using Tintri.

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Vsphere

Lightbits Labs Wins 2022 BIG Innovation Award

Lightbits Labs | January 18, 2022

Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), the first software-defined and NVMe-based data platform for any cloud, is pleased to announce it has been named a winner in the 2022 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. This is recognition for the company’s unique Complete Data Platform, which is an innovative architecture of NVMe/TCP, Intelligent Flash Management, and VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 compatibility that delivers high performance, simplicity, and cost-efficiency for VMware environments. As such, Lightbits, the inventor of NVMe/TCP, is quickly becoming the defacto standard for managing, analyzing, and storing data on any cloud. Leveraging NVMe/TCP protocol and a shared storage architecture, Lightbits delivers the lowest latencies and highest scalability while delivering performance equivalent to local flash. Lightbits solves the storage challenges for cloud-centric applications with greater efficiency than proprietary appliances and when combined with VMWare vSphere is giant leap forward in delivering an end-to-end NVMe solutions ecosystem. This recognition is further validation that Lightbits fills a critical need for modern IT organizations looking to inject efficiency and agility into the data center. We invented NVMe/TCP, its native to the software, and thus delivers all the low latency and high performance of local flash. And Lightbits is the only solution available with Intelligent Flash Management for maximum cost-efficiency. So, while we may pause to appreciate this recognition, we’ll keep making BIG innovations that enable customers to efficiently leverage their IT investments to extract maximum value from their data.” Carol Platz, Vice President of Marketing, Lightbits Labs “Innovation is driving growth in the global economy,” said Maria Jimenez, chief operating officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Lightbits as they are one of the organizations leading this charge and helping humanity progress.” About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs (Lightbits) is leading the digital data center transformation by making high-performance elastic block storage available to any cloud. Creators of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits software-defined storage is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable and cost-efficient for any cloud. The NVMe, and NVMe/TCP word marks are registered or unregistered service marks of the NVM Express organization in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use strictly prohibited. About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, these programs are judged by business executives having experience and knowledge. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

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