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  • VMware Project Arctic Graduates to vSphere+
    Introduction Today, June 28 2022, VMware announced vSphere+ and vSAN+; subscription based offerings of their enterprise compute and storage virtualisation solutions. First mooted during VMworld 2021, Project Arctic promised to deliver a cloud operating model to customer’s data centre and edge locations. At a high level, that means hands-off maintenance, proactive monitoring, pay-as-you-grow consumption, subscription […]
  • Hornetsecurity Cyber Threat Report
    Introduction and Chapter 1 Hornetsecurity recently published their Cyber Threat Report Edition 2021/22. This post will examine why cybersecurity, and the Cyber Threat Report, are relevant in today’s digital world. Cybercrime ranks amongst the highest of threats worldwide. In the UK, we have experienced cyberattacks on public services such as healthcare and local authorities. Just […]
  • April 2022 VMware Multi-Cloud Briefing
    The VMware Multi-Cloud Briefing is an online quarterly series, in its fifth iteration, that brings vision, technology, and customer stories to the table. The briefing series has evolved through cloud platform, operations, and application development since its introduction in the summer of 2020. Both cloud technology and cloud adoption is advancing at a fast pace, […]
  • VMware Skyline Advisor Pro Overview
    Introduction Skyline Advisor Pro is a cloud-based, pro-active, support technology that helps VMware customers avoid issues before they occur. It automates the capture and analysis of configurations, support bundles, and trend telemetry, and provides granular visibility throughout the global environment with predictive and prescriptive recommendations. As well as proactive avoidance of downtime, Skyline also monitors […]
  • VMware Sovereign Cloud Overview
    Introduction It isn’t a secret that the overwhelming majority of data hosted by enterprises in the cloud is with US-owned cloud providers. But a study by the Centre for European Policy Studies in 2021 found that a whopping 92% of the western worlds data is currently stored in the US. In principal that has been […]
  • Introducing VMware Cloud Flex Storage 1.0
    Introduction The uptake and importance of both cloud and data services has increased significantly over recent years. Since VMware Cloud on AWS was first introduced in 2017, the customer base has followed a similar trajectory, with new use cases being uncovered. As a result, customer expectations have also risen. Consumers now want elastic compute; the […]
  • VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts Overview
    Introduction Managed and as-a-service models are a growing trend across infrastructure consumers. Customers in general want ease and consistency within both IT and finance, for example opting to shift towards OpEx funding models. For large or enterprise organisations with significant investments in existing technologies, processes, and skills, refactoring everything into cloud native services can be […]
  • VMware Cloud on Dell EMC Overview
    Introduction Managed and as-a-service models are a growing trend across infrastructure consumers. Customers in general want ease and consistency within both IT and finance, for example opting to shift towards OpEx funding models. For large or enterprise organisations with significant investments in existing technologies, processes, and skills, refactoring everything into cloud native services can be […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]