Store your user profile data in cloud based object storage with Liquidware!

Today Liquidware has announced the release of ProfileUnity 6.7.6, with this release they now support the ability to store user profile data on Object Storage in the cloud. With this release user information is able to be stored in AWS S3, Azure Blob storage or Google Cloud Storage. This will help businesses with the transition to desktop as a service (DaaS)

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What's new in Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0 in a glance

What's new in Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0 in a glance

Today Zerto have released the latest and greatest version of Zerto Virtual Replication, version. 6.0 builds on their hybrid cloud functionality of previous releases with a number of new additions including the ability to replicate VMs between Azure regions, recover VMs back from AWS to on-premises after a DR event and also replicate from one cloud provider to another. 

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@Tintri beyond storage interview at #VMworld 2017

The world of storage is changing with the movement towards the cloud and the rise of hyperconverged storage. We spoke about how Tintri have transformed to be much more than just a hybrid shared storage vendor. In fact we didn't even talk about speeds and feeds and the lastest piece of tin that has been launched! Try interviewing a storage vendor 5 years ago and these subjects not coming up!

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So that was 2016! What's next? Videos by the IT Infrastructure Community

So that was 2016! What's next? Videos by the IT Infrastructure Community

So 2016 is now long gone and we are now hurtling into 2017. With the pace of change within IT being faster than ever before, we wanted to take a few minutes to reflect and ask the community what their main take away's were from 2016, in terms of IT trends and ask 'What is likely to be the major trends for 2017'? Finally what advice would they give to those in IT for 2017. 

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BizTech Brief #19 - 2016 Summary

BizTech Brief #19 - 2016 Summary

This year has had many big announcements within the IT industry. This was my first full year within IT and I personally was amazed at how many product updates, acquisitions, announcements and also hiccups there are within IT. This BizTech Brief issue is a brief summary of the biggest news (in my opinion) from the past 12 months. 

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VMworld Barcelona 2016 - Part 2

So today VMworld kicked off, I can't believe it's been a year since I was sat in this hall listening to last years announcments!!! The hall was packed, the drummer was playing, it must be time for the VMworld keynote to get started!! 

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Pat Gelsinger took to the stage reflecting on where we have been in the IT industry but more importantly where we are going. The future direction until at least 2030 is a hybrid infrastructure, in fact VMware predicts it is going to take this long to get 50% of workloads into the public cloud. I would love to see these statistics further subdivided by the size of customer and the sector they sit in. Today's announcements focused on what I will call the traditional infrastructure, that being compute, storage and networking. We saw Pat Gelsinger announce vSphere 6.5, notably, there was a single slide on this, gone are the days where a whole keynote would be spent on this. VSAN 6.5 was also announced, this further builds on 6.2 that was largely seen to be the first enterprise-ready release. I'm not going to breakdown what was new in these releases here, check out the links below form more information. https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vsphere-6-5.html

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The majority of the keynote was taken up with information regarding the newly announced Amazon Web Services (AWS) partnership. We saw a demonstration of the user interface, we rolled out a brand new vSphere infrastructure straight from the vSphere AWS portal, we could see a choice of T-Shirt size solutions starting at 4 hosts upwards, we also saw the option to choose our commitment length from hourly to a year to 3 years, with a promise of discounts the longer you choose to commit. VMware cloud on AWS includes vCenter server appliance  connected to your on premises vCenter using enhanced linked mode, ESXi and VSAN, along with NSX for security and connectivity. We saw how you could connect your on premise DC to the cloud use AWS Direct Connect and NSX. There was also a demonstration of vMotion migrating a workload from an on premises DC into AWS and the mention of a new technology elastic DRS available only in the AWS, this is able to use the power of DRS but also is able to spin up or down new hosts when demand requires.

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There was also demonstrations of VMware cross cloud services billed as the management layer on top of the public cloud. Tomorrow we have been promised more from the end user computing and the cloud native apps teams! 

Here is my doodle from the keynote

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Watch the recording of the keynote below:

 

For the rest of the day I sat on several sessions one regarding VMware and AWS, the doodle from this session is below, others regarding the use cases and integration between airwatch and Workspace ONE.

I also spent an amount of time taking in the solutions exchange, speaking to partners and contacts and understanding others opinions on the show and the announcements. The solutions exchange seems smaller this year, it's in a different hall so that maybe why, or maybe it is the layout, or maybe because Dell and EMC now only have one stand and apparently Nutanix have been restricted to a smaller stand, who knows?

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The day ended for me with a trip to the vExpert gathering in the middle of town, it took place in a nice small bar with some nice food and drink, it was great to catch-up with other fellow vExperts and discuss anything and everything!  

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It has been a good day at the conference for me, I am left deep in thought regarding the future and where my customers will be going but I am excited by the AWS relationship and the vision for cross-cloud management. In the short term it is clear that hyperconverged is now a major consideration but ultimately choice and flexibility are the order of the day. You want a traditional infrastructure, VMware do that, you want hyperconverged, VMware do that, you want AWS VMware do that etc etc. Tomorrow I am looking forward to hearing more from the EUC team. 

BizTech Brief #14

BizTech Brief #14

Following one of the biggest mergers in IT history between Dell and EMC, VMware has announced their own strategic partnerships within the cloud. This weeks BizTech Brief covers the latest and biggest news from the past week in the industry. 

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