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  • 365 Total Protection for Microsoft 365
    Introduction Over the past few years, an increasing number of organisations have chosen to implement cloud computing, distributed system architectures, and as-a-service or subscription based operating models throughout their IT environments. The most popular example is Microsoft 365 (M365); providing SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) based versions of Microsoft’s productivity suite, which is embedded into the processes and […]
  • What is VMware Cloud on Dell EMC?
    VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is a fully managed Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) local-cloud deployment. A dedicated rack with all supporting hardware and equipment is wheeled into the customer site where it is maintained directly by VMware Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). The customer provides the physical location for the rack to sit, the power source, and the […]
  • vRealize Operations Capacity Shows 100% Cluster Utilisation
    Recently we were examining a vSphere cluster where vRealize Operations Manager was showing 100% CPU utilisation, with zero capacity remaining. However, the usage of all resources in the cluster was generally low. We know that the cluster capacity is based on demand rather than usage. CPU demand is the amount of CPU resources a virtual […]
  • VMworld 2021 Updates and Announcements
    Introduction VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram opened VMworld 2021 by highlighting that “it’s no longer about a ‘cloud first’ approach—it’s about being ‘cloud smart’. Organisations should have the freedom to choose the ’right’ cloud, based on their strategic business goals.” To this end, “Multi-cloud is the digital business model for the next 20 years, as entire […]
  • Securing Enterprise Mailboxes with Hornetsecurity
    Introduction In 2020 Microsoft reported over 258 million monthly commercial users of its Office 365 productivity suite. For decades Microsoft has been powering business with software like Outlook, Word, and Excel. As technology and connectivity have improved, so has functionality and user requirements. Now, over 75 million people use Microsoft Teams every month for virtual […]
  • Multi-Cloud Management with vRealize Operations
    This post will take a look at how vRealize Operations (vROps) can provide a single monitoring and visibility tool into your on-premises data centre, native public cloud services, and hybrid cloud platforms like VMware Cloud on AWS, or Azure VMware Solution. vRealize Operations provides VMware customers with monitoring and alerting, troubleshooting and remediation, dashboards and […]
  • Why Bother With VMworld 2021?
    VMworld is VMware’s flagship event, typically attracting 20,000+ people in the US (San Francisco) and 13,000+ in EMEA (Barcelona). As with 2020, VMworld 2021 is virtual and online. The annual conference is in its 18th year, currently focused on accelerating business innovation by delivering and securing modern applications, managing multiple clouds, and seamlessly supporting an […]
  • How CloudHealth Optimises and Secures Your Cloud Assets
    Introduction Over the past 12 months we have seen further growth within the cloud, as many organisations scale or create new digital services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Improved speed and agility has allowed businesses to pivot where traditional siloed infrastructure may have caused them to stall. As the usage of cloud services expands, […]
  • Cloud Disaster Recovery Options for VMware Virtual Machines
    Introduction In my day job I am often asked about the use of cloud for disaster recovery. Some organisations only operate out of a single data centre, or building, while others have a dual-site setup but want to explore a third option in the cloud. Either way, using cloud resources for disaster recovery can be […]
  • How to Upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 8.3
    Introduction Recently I installed vRealize Operations Manager 8.2 in my home lab environment. Less than a week later 8.3 was released – of course it was! The new version has some extra features like 20-second peak metrics and VMware Cloud on AWS objects, but what I’m interested to look at is the new Cloud Management […]
  • Disaster Recovery Strategy – The Backup Bible Review
    The following post reviews The Backup Bible, a 204 page ebook written by Eric Siron and published by Altaro Software. I’ve decided to break this down into a short discussion around each section, 3 in total, to help with the flow of the text. The Backup Bible can be downloaded for free here. Initial thoughts […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vRealize Operations Manager 8.2
    Introduction In this post we take a look at a vRealize Operations (vROps) deployment for vSphere 7; building on the installation of vCenter 7.0 U1 and vSAN 7.0 U1. Shortly after installing vROps 8.2, vRealize Operations 8.3 was released. The install process is similar, you can read what’s new here and see the upgrade process here. […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vSAN 7.0
    Introduction This second post in a new lab series provides a walkthrough for installing the latest iteration of vSAN 7. At the time of writing the latest version of vSAN is vSAN 7.0 Update 1. To read about what’s new see vSphere 7 and vSAN 7 Headline New Features. VMware vSAN is a software-defined storage […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vCenter Server Appliance
    Introduction This opening post in a new lab series provides a walkthrough for installing the latest iteration of vSphere 7.0; bringing cloud-native workloads to the data centre with embedded Kubernetes and Tanzu. vSphere 7.0 was initially released in June 2020, and followed up with vSphere 7.0 Update 1 in October 2020. The current version at […]
  • What is Oracle Cloud VMware Solution?
    Introduction Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS) provides high performance dedicated hardware using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), running the full VMware software stack. Announced August 2020, Existing VMware and Oracle customers can now take advantage of: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model with VMware overlay – abstracting functionality into the software for the customer to control, whilst consuming the […]
  • Relocating UK Public Sector to the Cloud
    Introduction A recent guidance paper published by The Commission for Smart Government urges the UK Government to take action towards transforming public services into intrinsically digital services. The Commission advises the government to move all services to the cloud by 2023. It is clear from the paper that strong leadership and digital understanding amongst decision […]