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VMware released NSX-T a few days back and changed the product name to VMware NSX in order to simplify the naming. As you know, NSX-V isn't going any further and NSX-T is the way to go forward, the rebranding to VMware NSX makes sense.

NSX is a major release offering new features in all the verticals of NSX: networking, security, and services. The product also allows up to 10% faster upgrades.

There are also some licensing changes where new users are able to access only those features that are available in the edition that they have purchased. Existing users who have used features that are not in their license edition are restricted to only viewing the objects.

Some of the major enhancements are the following:

  •  IPv6 external-facing Management Plane introduces support for IPv6 communication from external systems with the NSX management cluster (Local Manager only).
  •  Block Malicious IPs in Distributed Firewall is a new capability that allows the ability to block traffic to and from Malicious IPs.

In addition to the features, many other capabilities are added in every area on the product. More details are available below in the detailed description of added features.

Details: VMware NSX 4.0 | 02 AUG 2022 | Build 20159689


Product Name Change

With the release of the product name changes from “VMware NSX-T Data Center” to “VMware NSX.” This new name better reflects the multi-faceted value that NSX brings to customers. This update is apparent in the product graphical user interface as well as documentation. This change has no impact to the functionality of the product or changes to the API that impacts compatibility with previous releases.

VMware NSX 4

VMware NSX 4

This latest release has many new features, but there is also many features that has been deprecated. Here is the full release notes from VMware:

Layer 3 Networking

IPv6 external-facing Management Plane introduces support for IPv6 communication from external systems with the NSX management cluster (Local Manager only). The NSX Manager now supports dual-stack (IPv4 and IPv6) in the external management interface. IPV6-only deployments are not supported in this release.

The following external communication and systems are supported:

  • Access to NSX User Interface (UI) through IPv6
    Access to NSX API through IPv6
    IPv6 communication with vCenter

In this release vCenter services and clients using vCenter Extension Manager to communicate with NSX Manager, such as vLCM, WCP and Supervisor Cluster, will be using IPv4 to connect to NSX Manager.

  • IPv6 syslog
  • IPv6 SNMP
  • IPv6 SSH
  • IPv6 SFTP (Backup & Restore)
  • IPv6 communication with DNS server (name resolution)
  • IPv6 communication with NTP server
  • IPv6 Cluster VIP
  • IPv6 communication with LDAP/AD servers, for user authentication and IDFW
  • IPv6 interaction with Operations tools: vRNI, vRLI & vROPs
  • IPv6 support for telemetry/VAC
  • Internal T0-T1 transit subnet prefix change after Tier0 creation allows users to change the prefix used for the T0-T1 transit subnet after the Tier-0 creation. Before this feature the user was allowed to change the default value ( only at the Tier-0 creation time.

Networking Services (NAT, DHCP, DNS)

  • NAT support for Policy-based VPN on T0/T1 Gateway allows the configuration of DNAT/NO-DNAT rule that matches traffic decapsulated from the Policy-based VPN. At the time we want to translate the Destination IP for the traffic decapsulated from the VPN we can configure DNAT/NO-DNAT and select “match” for the policy based VPN. The default behavior will be kept to bypass which means it does not match traffic decapsulated from policy-based VPN.
  • DHCP UI configuration workflow improvement offers in a simpler and easier configuration of Local DHCP server; Gateway DHCP server or DHCP Relay . It also offers better visibility and monitoring options.
  • DHCP Standby relocation improves the availability for the DHCP server, allowing the configuration of standby relocation where, in case of failure, the new standby Edge will be elected.

Edge platform

  • Edge relocate API gives the option when an Edge VM enters maintenance mode, to gracefully relocate all T1 auto allocated SRs to other Edge VMs.
  • Maintain Edge Node parameters during upgrade – post-upgrade all user-edited settings of Edge Node will be preserved and not reset to default.

Distributed Firewall

  • Block Malicious IPs in Distributed Firewall is a new capability that allows the ability to block traffic to and from Malicious IPs. This is achieved by ingesting a feed of Malicious IPs provided by Vmware Contexa. This feed is automatically updated multiple times a day so that the environment is protected with the latest malicious IPs. For existing environments the feature will need to be turned on explicitly. For new environments, the feature will be default enabled.
  • NSX Distributed Firewall has now added support for these following versions for physical servers: RHEL 8.2, 8.4, Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8.2, 8.4.


  • Physical servers are now supported are on Local Managers that are part of a Federation. Physical servers can now be part of groups defined on Global Manager, those groups can then be used in firewall rules (DFW or Gateway Firewall).

Service insertion

  • Service Insertion has now added additional alarms to monitor the health and liveness of the Service Insertion components.

NSX Application Platform and Associated Services 

  • NSX is compatible with NSX Application Platform 3.2.1 version, along with the related NSX features (NSX Intelligence, NSX Network Detection and Response, NSX Malware Prevention, and NSX Metrics).
  • If you are running NSX Application Platform 3.2.0, you must upgrade to NSX Application Platform 3.2.1 (or any subsequent maintenance release) before you can upgrade to NSX

Installation and upgrade

  • Faster Upgrades – benefit from up to a 10% reduction in NSX upgrade time overall to use the maintenance windows more effectively.
  • Monitoring – New alarms for lifecycle status of physical servers (install, uninstall, upgrade).
  • Usability Enhancements: Generate system notifications when newer NSX versions become available.

Operations and Monitoring

  • Live Traffic Analysis & Traceflow support for VPN – get an end-to-end view of live packets in a VPN tunnel using Traceflow or the Live Traffic Analysis Tool
  • Edge Support for Live Traffic Analysis – use the Live Traffic Analysis tool to perform packet capture on NSX Edge interfaces
  • Enhancements to events, alarms & operations – several known issues with the Live Traffic Analysis tool and Traceflow have been addressed in this release. Also, high latency alerts have been added in the the management and network infrastructure.

AAA and Platform Security

  • Improved Local User Password Configuration – NSX supports additional complexity requirements to align with newer industry regulations


  • Logging of Deprecated APIs: The system will flag in the logs when an API involved is deprecated in order to simplify the transition from deprecated APIs to their replacement.


  • License Enforcement – Enhanced feature-level enforcement on NSX Firewall license editions, restricting access to features based on license edition. New users are able to access only those features that are available in the edition that they have purchased. Existing users who have used features that are not in their license edition are restricted to only viewing the objects; create and edit will be disallowed.

Feature Deprecation

  • Support of Non-VIO OpenStack and KVM: NSX will no longer support either KVM based hypervisors or OpenStack distributions from third-party vendors. Support for VMware Integration OpenStack (VIO) remains. Please see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for details on which versions of NSX and VIO are compatible.
  • NSX N-VDS Host Switch support: NSX 3.0.0 and later has the capability to run on the vSphere VDS switch version 7.0 and later. This provides a tighter integration with vSphere and easier NSX adoption for customers adding NSX to their vSphere environment. Please be aware that VMware has removed support of the NSX N-VDS virtual switch on ESXi hosts starting this release, NSX N-VDS will remain the supported virtual switch on NSX Edge nodes, native public cloud NSX agents, and bare metal workloads.

New deployments of NSX and vSphere must take advantage of this close integration and deploy using VDS switch version 7.0 and later. In addition, for existing deployments of NSX that use the N-VDS on ESXi hosts, VMware recommends moving toward the use of NSX on VDS before upgrading to this release. To make this process easy, VMware has provided both a CLI based switch migration tool, which was first made available in NSX-T 3.0.2, and a GUI based Upgrade Readiness Tool, which was first made available in NSX-T 3.1.1 (see NSX documentation for more details on these tools).

The following deployment considerations are recommended when moving from N-VDS to VDS before upgrading to this release:

The N-VDS and VDS APIs are different, and the backing type for VM and vmKernel interface APIs for the N-VDS and VDS switches are also different. As you move to use VDS in your environment, you will have to invoke the VDS APIs instead of N-VDS APIs. This ecosystem change will have to be made before converting the N-VDS to VDS. Refer to KB for more details.

Note: There are no changes to N-VDS or VDS APIs.

VDS is configured through vCenter, while N-VDS was vCenter independent. With the deprecation of N-VDS, NSX will be closely tied to vCenter and vCenter will be required to enable NSX in vSphere environments.

NSX Distributed Firewall has now deprecated support for these following versions of physical servers: RHEL 7.8, 8.0, and 8.3, CentOS 7.8, 8.0, and 8.3

NSX Advanced Load Balancing Policy API and UI deprecation

  • Configuration of NSX Advanced Load Balancer(Avi), using NSX Advanced Load Balance Policy API and UI, is deprecated starting NSX and will be removed completely in future releases. It is recommended to use NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi) UI and API directly for the configuration of Load Balancers in NSX-T integration across all deployment models.
  • Installation of NSX Advanced Load Balancer appliance cluster and cross-launch of NSX Advanced Load Balancer UI from the NSX-T manager will continue to be supported.
  • The users consuming NSX Advanced Load Balance Policy API and UI in the earlier releases of NSX-T 3.1.x, NSX-T 3.2.0, and NSX-T 3.2.1 upgrading to NSX will need to clean the NSX Advanced Load Balance Policy configuration in the NSX manager(using Deactive workflow) and will retain the configuration in VMware NSX Advanced Load balancer (Avi). From there on, users can consume Load balancing functionality directly from VMware NSX Advanced Load balancer (Avi).
  • Migration of NSX-V Load Balancer for User-Defined Topology Lift-and-Shift Migration will not be supported in NSX In future releases, NSX-T 4.0.X or 3.2.X, the migration path from NSX-V LB to NSX-T LB will be provided and users would require a 2-phase migration (first migrate from NSX-V LB to NSX-T LB, then migrate from NSX-T LB to NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi) to upgrade to NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi).

API Deprecation and Behavior Changes

  • New pages on API deprecation of removal have been added to the NSX API Guide to simplify API consumption. Those will list the deprecated APIs and Types, and the removed APIs and Types.
  • The following MP APIs for service insertion have been removed. Their corresponding UI have also been removed.

Release notes of VMware NSX are here.

Training course NSX can be found here.

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Killexams : Easy VMware backup with officially certified data protection vendor Vinchin

According to Gartner, as the pioneer in the virtualization industry, VMware holds a market share of more than 70% for virtualization infrastructure software globally. They have more than 500,000 customers.

With so many options with different features and costs, are you thinking of every aspect of a data protection solution?

Vinchin makes every measurement guide for VMware users with reasonable pricing based on specific business needs.

These are backup frequency, productivity-enhancing features, and which recovery option to use. For those unfamiliar with Vinchin, it’s an experienced data backup vendor officially certified by VMware Ready.

The company was named G2 High Performer Summer 2022, whose solution Vinchin Backup & Recovery is fully compatible with VMware.

It’s been adopted in over 60 countries across 20+ industries. These include government, health care, education, finance, IT services, manufacturing, etc., by SMBs, large-scale businesses, and state-owned companies.

Here are some major features of how simple Vinchin can make VMware backup solutions easy to practice.

What are Vinchin’s major features of VMware protection?

Easy agentless backup

Instead of installing a backup plugin or agent on VMware VMs, Vinchin Backup & Recovery resorts to agentless backup, which centrally controlled disk-to-disk backup from a single point of administration.

Thus, no installation downtime, easier management, and no agent licensing fee are necessary.

Automatic VMware backup with speed

Vinchin solution calls CBT API of VMware that only extracts changed data blocks to boost incremental backup rests on an initial full backup, which avoids data redundancy and saves backup time and storage.

Users can backup VMware VMs under HotAdd transmission mode to let the backup server directly get the disk data from the virtual machine.

Vinchin Backup & Recovery has another two techniques, backup schedule, and job mail alerts, which deliver greater efficiency.

Set up a backup schedule on a daily, weekly, and monthly bases, coupled with job mail notification, and you can leave it alone. The backup task will run at a certain time and send you messages in pre-set scenarios.

Backup storage saving

The solution eliminates non-business-critical files with 3 technologies to save more storage space.

Data deduplication and data compression are optional in the strategies through which you can downsize the backup data size by excluding the same data blocks and compressing them by at least 50%.

BitDetector is another data reduction technology that rules out swap files, partition gaps, and the like to preserve more room for recently added backup data.

Anti-ransomware backup storage protection

Use Vinchin Backup & Recovery for VM backups with backup storage protection to protect backup data in the backup repository.

Every data modification request from an unauthorized application will be rejected by the real-time I/O monitor. Thus, it guarantees that only the Vinchin backup server can access crucial VM backups.

This provides VMware backups with double security amid the skyrocketed ransomware attacks

Fast recovery with different options

An offsite backup copy can be saved through Vinchin Backup & Recovery in a different location. This is to brace for situations if you delete, lose, or corrupt primary backups.

Three recovery choices, including full VM recovery, instant recovery, and granular restore, are available for you.

Full VM recovery recovers the entire VMware VM, and granular restore aims for a specific folder or file. While instant recovery resumes a failed VMware VM in 15s to reduce RTO and business disruption.

Their recovery resources could be local backups, offsite backup copies, and archived data.

Vinchin Backup & Recovery grants users the V2V data migration in one platform between VMware vSphere and other 9 platforms such as oVirt, XenServer, RHV, etc., without extra agents and management console.

The solution offers 2 cross-platform restore methods to perform the migration: Full Restore and Instant Restore.

You can select the restore point from one VM’s backups saved in the software and recover it to another virtual platform. You complete the V2V migration once you restore the job.

Compliance with data retention policy

The company supports archiving data to Amazon S3, Azure, Wasabi, and MinIO through an encrypted transmission path under a backup schedule (or once-off) and settable retention policy.

The cloud archive optimizes data storage for security and complies with regulation policies. 

How to back up and restore VMware VMs with Vinchin backup & recovery?

For VMware VM backup

  1. Select VMware VMs that you wish to back up from added servers.
  2. Specify a backup destination.
  3. Configure backup strategies in detail.

In the web-based console, you can set up a backup schedule, data reduction technologies, GFS retention policies, etc. in the General Strategy section;

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Enable HotAdd or other backup data transfer modes, including Encrypted Transmission (LAN-Based) and LAN-Free in the Transmission Strategy section; 

Image: Vinchin

And configure more advanced features, including quiesced snapshot and CBT in the Individual Strategy section if you need. 

Image: Vinchin

When the backup job is processing, you can also monitor the job in real-time in the console.

Image: Vinchin

For VMware VM full restore

In Vinchin Backup & Recovery, the VM restore job configuration is as simple as that of backup, just follow through the same 4-step wizard: Choose a restore point of VMware VM > Specify a restore destination > Setup Restore Strategy > Submit the job.

Vinchin Restore destination
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Vinchin Restore point
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For VMware VM instant restore

Vinchin Backup & Recovery offers an independent job config wizard for instant VM restore.

After that, select the target to restore point and restore destination. Then, configure the restored VM in general information like VM name, CPU, and RAM; virtual disk, network, etc.

Image: Vinchin

By the way, for cross-platform full VM restore and instant restore, the configurations are basically the same, and you just need to choose another Vinchin-supported virtual platform as the restore destination.

Image: Vinchin

Vinchin offers a great solution with stable performance. Not only that– it has responsive support and steady progress in giving solutions from the perspective of customers.

The best part is that Vinchin knows how to deliver the most appropriate data solutions. Whether it’s VMware or other virtualizations it supports.

And it makes upgrading or deployment of data management easier at every stage.

Try the 60 days full-featured free trial version, test the features for VMware backup now and explore more.

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Mon, 08 Aug 2022 01:13:00 -0500 Chris Smith en-US text/html
Killexams : Inside the rush to build ‘superclouds’

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. is in the midst of a massive cloud migration that will affect more than 40,000 systems and applications across the globe running on everything from Windows servers to mainframes.

The company has already moved 68% of its workloads to the public cloud and aims to slim down from three data centers to just one by 2024. “Our ultimate goal is to get 100% to cloud,” said Eric Drobisewski, senior architect for global digital services at the insurer, which employs 45,000 people in 29 countries.

But Liberty Mutual isn’t tying itself to a single cloud. Part of its migration strategy is to build or re-platform applications on top of an abstraction layer that makes the underlying cloud service invisible.

“In the end, these resources are all utilities and we need to treat them the way we’d treat home electricity,” Drobisewski said.

Liberty Mutual’s Drobisewski: “We need to treat [cloud resources] the way we’d treat home electricity.” Photo: LinkedIn

In pursuit of that goal, the company created a set of implementation standards that provides for consistent speed, reusability and security. “It’s a curated set of reusable patterns that let developers and engineers get off the ground quickly and automate features they might have otherwise built themselves for back-end security and governance,” he said. “Hundreds of people across the organization came together to put the technology, security and processes in place.”

Not long ago, such an ambitious strategy would have been unthinkable. As recently as 2019, the concept of a comprehensive multicloud environment was considered a pipe dream. But technology providers and their customers have been hacking away at the problem and are now beginning to build applications – both for internal use and commercial sale – that combine resources from multiple public and private cloud platforms in a way that is nearly invisible to the user.

This extension of multicloud computing goes by various names. SiliconANGLE’s research affiliate Wikibon adopted the term “supercloud,” a term coined by Cornell University researchers in 2017. Others have referred to them as “metaclouds,” “cross-clouds” and even “cloud of clouds.” The nomenclature matters less than the expected payoffs.

“We’re able to bring new insurance products and integrate them back into consumers’ hands much more quickly,” Drobisewski said. “We’ve invested heavily in allowing software developers to move quickly with modern toolsets to be more effective and faster.”

Natural evolution

The concept of a supercloud is less revolutionary than evolutionary. “It’s industry clouds and multiclouds munged together,” said Gartner Inc. Analyst Craig Lowery. “This is a continuation of edge, hybrid and multicloud technology stacks that brings more immediate value.”

A exact survey of 1,800 IT decision-makers by VMware Inc. found that 73% said their enterprises use two or more public clouds today and 81% plan to do so by 2024.

Gartner’s Lowery: Supercloud is a “continuation of edge, hybrid and multicloud technology stacks that brings more immediate value.” Photo: Twitter

“It’s been growing as a thing for the last five years and somebody just gave it a name,” said David Linthicum, chief cloud strategist at Deloitte LLP. “The idea is to stop building security and operations systems three times and instead use a layer of technology above the clouds that provides all that functionality.”

There are sound business reasons behind that goal. The VMware study found that organizations that leverage multiple clouds with automated operations and secure access to applications and data from any device and location release new applications 42% faster and spend 41% less time fiddling with infrastructure. Liberty Mutual expects its supercloud to reduce annual IT expenses by 28% through 2024 and eventually eliminate as much as 40% of fixed-run costs, Drobisewski said.

But the mechanics of building superclouds are a lot trickier than the concept. Basically, each public cloud provider does things a little bit differently, ranging from the way they store data to how they manage networks. Abstracting each provider’s infrastructure into a common service layer runs the risk of also abstracting away the unique value each provides.

Third-party vendors have come up with some solutions. They say that in most cases, they can not only preserve each cloud service provider’s unique value but can even Boost service quality by building on top of the common layer.

However, at this point, there is no governing standards body or set of generally accepted tools for building superclouds. Most solutions are handcrafted and unique, a fact that’s likely to hold back supercloud adoption until standards become clearer.

The drive to create those standards “won’t come from the public cloud vendors because they have an incentive to keep you in their clouds,” said Danny Allan, chief technology officer at Veeam Software Corp., a maker of backup and data protection software. “It will come from outside vendors or an industry working group and there’s no such effort now that I know of.”

Still, a lack of consensus isn’t likely to slow the trend. “At the end of the day it is, in essence, an abstraction that gives enterprises what they call their ‘four-plus-one’ strategy: one cloud that uses all the major cloud service platforms plus whatever is on-premises,” said Steve Mullaney, chief executive of Aviatrix Systems Inc., which sells a cross-cloud networking platform.

“Long-term, the infrastructure should be completely transparent,” Allan said. “Customers should choose the consumption rate and be able to move seamlessly across infrastructures.”

Commercial firms lead

Veeam’s Allan: “Long-term, the infrastructure should be completely transparent.” Photo: SiliconANGLE

In the commercial software arena, superclouds are becoming commonplace and even emerging from companies outside of the traditional technology sphere.

For example, the Goldman Sachs Financial Cloud, which was launched last November by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., delivers analytics tools developed internally by the financial services on top of the Amazon Web Services Inc. cloud. Goldman Sachs expects the package both to generate revenue and differentiate itself from other financial firms.

Deloitte LLP’s ConvergeHealth is one of a series of vertical market commercial services the company is assembling from multiple clouds. Capital One Financial Corp. recently entered the software business with a suite of data management tools it developed on top of Snowflake Inc.’s cross-cloud data warehouse. It sees its Slingshot cloud manager as the first of a line of cloud data management products that will create a new revenue stream.

“It’s challenging to bring new software to the world but our teams have perfected ways to to build [software-as-a-service] with security, resiliency, performance and scale,” said Salim Syed, Capital One Software’s vice president of engineering. “We feel we have a very good product.”

Snowflake is one of the most advanced commercial supercloud providers, according to Wikibon, with a multicloud platform that spans all three major infrastructure-as-a-service platforms — AWS, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure and Google Cloud — while making the location of data transparent to users, according to Christian Kleinerman, Snowflake’s senior vice president of product.

Snowflake’ Kleinerman: For customers, “multicloud portability “has gone in importance from a one or two to a nine or 10.” Photo: SiliconANGLE

“We didn’t want to become another version of silos in the data center,” he said. “It was important to have a single, central system that interconnects them all.” The technology the company developed, called Snowgrid, enables people to collaborate on a single copy of data with a common set of controls and governance policies regardless of where the data physically resides.

As recently as three years ago, few prospective customers asked for such features, but “over the last year they’ve realized the value of having a single stack,” Kleinerman said. Multicloud portability “has gone in importance from a one or two to a nine or 10. Cloud independence is now a major reason customers come to Snowflake.”

Other data management vendors such as MongoDB Inc., Couchbase Inc. and Databricks Inc. also tout cross-cloud compatibility as a selling point. MongoDB is “a developer-friendly platform that is moving to a supercloud model running document databases very efficiently… and creating a common developer experience across clouds,” Wikibon Chief Analyst David Vellante recently wrote.

Dremio Corp., a high-profile distributed data startup, addressed the problem by building an architecture that processes queries in a distributed fashion on the infrastructure where the data lives. “We connect to all these different things and push down the query processing to that system,” said CEO Tomer Shiran. “We will actually spin up Azure or [AWS] EC2 instances with our code running on them.”

Such technical wizardry is typical of the solutions that developers are inventing to deal with the supercloud’s inherent complexity. “It’s a lot of do-it-yourself stuff right now as far as what the stacks should look like,” said Deloitte’s Linthicum. “There haven’t been a lot of people thinking about it until recently because, until the last year, there wasn’t a lot of interest in it.”

Driving forces

The need to bridge cross-cloud incompatibilities has been driven by several factors. One is the rise of edge computing, an architecture that distributes processing across a wide network of devices and compute nodes. Each of the big cloud providers has its own edge strategy, but enterprises with far-flung networks don’t want to be tied to a single provider.

A big reason for that is latency. Edge devices, particularly those that collect data in real-time, need to be close enough to a cloud data center, or region, to enable the high-speed communication this is needed for rapid decision-making. For latency-sensitive applications, that distance may be as little as 100 miles.

Deloitte’s Linthicum: “We don’t want to limit the ability of innovators to use best-of-breed services.” Photo: David Linthicum

“Where you place elements of your workloads matters,” said Matt Baker, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Dell Technologies Inc. “Latency of more than 10 milliseconds can kill some applications. Locality becomes critically important.” Superclouds provide organizations more latitude in which cloud regions to use.

Snowflake touts its multiregion reach as a strength. “Once a customer makes a query, all the code that runs in a specific region is native to that region,” Kleinerman said. “Instead of a software translation layer, the user model is the point of abstraction.”

A second factor is simplicity. Businesses don’t want to have to wrestle with the fine points of each cloud provider’s operating and management stacks, particularly at a time when IT skills are in desperately short supply.

“If you’re having trouble hiring for your AWS cloud, how are you going to add Azure into that?” asked Amanda Blevins, chief technology officer for the Americas at VMware.

Economics and labor scarcity means that “the dumb thing would be to solve every security and FinOps problem for each cloud and keep around the skill sets to run them,” said Deloitte’s Linthicum. “We’re going to reach a complexity state where the number of tools and talents we need exceeds the operations budget.” FinOps is the practice of creating visibility and accountability to manage cloud spending throughout an organization.

Like many firms, Dremio developed its own workarounds for managing distributed data across clouds, said CEO Shiran. Photo: SiliconANGLE

The VMware study cited these low-level compatibility issues as a major disadvantage of the current multicloud landscape. “For developers, each cloud provider has unique infrastructure, interfaces and APIs that add work and slow the pace of their releases,” it said. “Each additional cloud increases the complexity of their architecture, fragmenting security, performance optimization and cost management.”

Snowflake’s Kleinerman likened the current situation to the need for smartphone developers to build functionally identical applications for both Apple Inc. and Android platforms. “Developers are 10 times more excited than CIOs about this,” he said. “Instead of building three versions of one app, you can write it once and run it in multiple locations.”

A third motivator is to gain access to the offerings from the different cloud service providers that best meet their needs. Google, for example, is widely recognized as having the best analytics tools, while Microsoft’s business applications are its strength. “We don’t want to limit the ability of innovators to use best-of-breed services,” Linthicum said.

Formidable barriers

But there is a multitude of impediments to be overcome. One of the biggest is data gravity, or the difficulty of moving large amounts of data between clouds. Organizations building sophisticated data analytics and artificial intelligence training models don’t want to wait hours for a terabyte of data to move from one cloud to another.

“A lot of the solutions for shifting workloads don’t address the data challenge,” said Liberty Mutual’s Drobisewski. “Data mobility in many ways is the most challenging problem right now.”

Distributed data management vendors have come up with some clever ways to address the gravity problem, usually involving distributing queries to the infrastructure where the data resides. “You can’t be transferring terabytes of data to do a join,” said Dremio’s Shiran. His company uses local caching and technologies such as the nonvolatile memory express storage access and transport protocol, “so we don’t have to keep going back to the [original] resource for every single input and output.”

Each cloud service provider also has its own approach to networking, security and backup “and those are burdens to developers,” Drobisewski said. “We’re looking at how we can have a common protocol that allows you to interact with all of those equally,” with a common API layer, “so you’re not that panic about which cloud provider you’re working with.”

Aviatrix built a supercloud that optimizes network performance and automates security across multiple CSPs. “We actually Boost the functionality,” Mullaney said. “The CSPs provide primitive networking and are limited to a shared service designed for millions of small customers. We not only connect across all of them but also add in advanced services.” The approach appears to be resonating with customers: Mullaney said Aviatrix is on track to book $100 million in annual recurring revenue this year.

Maribel Lopez: Supercloud has “some real problems to solve around authentication, identity, data lineage and data security.” Photo: SiliconANGLE

Then there’s the problem of data portability. Each CSP favors a different storage protocol, which doesn’t necessarily work with another’s. Each also offers different kinds of block, file and object storage. “Making a storage system looking the same across every provider takes some doing,” Linthicum said.

Here, again, third parties are inventing solutions. Snowflake uses external tables that interact with each provider’s preferred storage format and loads data into a neutral format.

Veeam addressed the problem with a self-described file system similar to that used in compression algorithms such as ZIP and RAR. The compressed object includes not only files but also the software needed to decompress them. ”It’s a file system within a file,” Allan said. “It enables the supercloud because now you have a portable, self-describing thing that can be moved anywhere, powered on and it knows the format of the host.”

Security is also a multicloud hairball. “Each cloud provider has its own security tools and approaches,” the VMware study concluded. “In addition to implementing security controls in individual clouds, enterprises must also secure communication between clouds and their respective workloads, applications and end users.”

“We’ve got some real problems to solve around authentication, identity, data lineage and data security,” Maribel Lopez, founder and principal analyst at Lopez Research, said in a SiliconANGLE Supercloud22 interview. “Those are going to be sort of the tactical things we’re working on for the next couple of years.”

At Liberty Mutual, supercloud security has been “a huge focus,” Drobisewski said. In the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns, the company adopted a zero trust model for perimeter security and has since applied access controls down to the individual cloud API. “As we get more cloud native architectures in place, we’re looking to move our focus on zero trust beyond redefining the perimeter and taking a more workload and application-centric approach,” he said.

Finally, the observability challenges of monitoring even a single hybrid cloud are daunting. Sophisticated tooling will be needed to manage supercloud environments that may encompass thousands of services. “If any service suffers an outage it could cause you to have an even bigger outage,” Lowery said. “It’s a question of not knowing when you’re going off a cliff.”

Roll your own

All of those solutions have one thing in common: They are bespoke projects that are unique to individual vendors and user organizations. Are broad industry standards likely to emerge? Some efforts are underway.

Crossplane, for example, is an open-source project being incubated by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation that’s intended to let organizations build cross-cloud control planes. However, it requires users to run software containers and the Kubernetes container orchestrator, which are cloud-native constructs that don’t apply to most legacy applications.

“The CNCF can make things happen from a Kubernetes perspective, but they’re fairly limited to containers,” said Veeam’s Allan. “Kubernetes workloads are certainly rapidly expanding but the vast majority of workloads are images” running on bare-metal or virtualization layers that can’t easily be moved across platforms.

VMware is one of the most prominent providers bidding to become the arms dealer for superclouds. “There’s been a big shift to cross-cloud services at VMware to let customers run workloads where they choose,” said VMware’s Blevins. “We have those higher-level services to be able to manage and observe.”

For example, the company’s vRealize cloud management suite, CloudHealth FinOps application, Secure Access Service Edge and Tanzu Observability platform have all been adapted to support multiple clouds. The company’s virtual desktop infrastructure can play a part in unifying clouds at the user level. VMware also has a strong portfolio of edge services and relationships with all the major CSPs.

“The hyperscalers’ partnerships with us are recognition that this is something customers want and need,” Blevins said.

Unstoppable trend

Dell’s Baker: “In the early days of architectural shifts, the best thing to do is to use as open an ecosystem as possible.” Photo: SiliconANGLE

All this begs the question of whether the big public cloud providers will ever provide in and agree to cooperate in the name of making superclouds possible. The expert consensus is that won’t happen soon, if ever. “Letting users run on [other clouds] or in their data centers isn’t part of their business model,” Blevins said.

There are signs, however, that even the biggest of the big now acknowledge that customers favor more interoperability and that a rising tide will ultimately lift all boats. “The reality is that they’re going to make more money if the supercloud is successful,” said Linthicum. “Adoption of cloud computing will go up. Everybody’s going to win.”

Lowery said the big cloud providers may have concerns about third parties taking over the relationship with their customers, but they don’t have much of a choice. “It won’t be possible for the hyperscalers to build superclouds for what everyone wants. Ultimately, they will see this as a way to sell more,” he said.

Dell’s Baker believes that all cloud services will ultimately be hybrid. “In the early days of architectural shifts, the best thing to do is to use as open an ecosystem as possible as opposed to carving out a stack,” as each hyperscaler has done so far, he said.

That doesn’t mean underlying infrastructure is ever likely to be completely abstracted. For example, private networking services typically establish a direct link between the customer and a particular cloud vendor. Some applications will be best built to take advantage of a particular database or analytics suite. And the supercloud may actually provide platform providers more incentive to develop services that don’t lend themselves to cross-cloud abstraction.

Nevertheless, the overall trend is clear and that’s goodness for organizations that have struggled with years of complexity. “Clouds are really very sophisticated operating systems with services that meet business needs, not just programmer needs,” Lowery said. “We’re moving away from operating systems and focusing on the business value. That will continue.”

Indeed, said Linthicum, it’s the “single most exciting thing” in cloud computing. “It’s a tectonic shift,” he said. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do, but there’s a tremendous amount of work still to be done.”

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Killexams : VMware brings Carbon Black Workload to AWS

VMware launched Carbon Black Workload for Amazon Web Services. The solution runs on AWS and secures on-premises and public cloud workloads.

Carbon Black Workload isn’t new. VMware launched the service in 2020. Deployment options were limited to on-premises. That changes with the arrival of Carbon Black Workload for Amazon Web Services. The service is now available on the AWS Marketplace.

Carbon Black Workload watches over all workloads running on a system. The solution recognizes suspicious changes to prevent attacks. If, for instance, a cybercriminal executes a payload and pushes an unknown workload to a system’s processor, Carbon Black Workload is the first to know.

Carbon Black Workload has allowed users to secure workloads on AWS cloud infrastructure since 2020. It wasn’t easy, however. The new release simplifies the process. Carbon Black Workload for Amazon Web Services runs on AWS and is designed to secure workloads on AWS hardware.

The solution recognizes suspicious changes and malicious workloads. In addition, Carbon Black Workload analyzes the system designated for a workload prior to its deployment. The solution verifies whether the system is clean and meets compliance conditions.

Carbon Black Workload for AWS automatically integrates with vSphere. Users can manage the solution from the vSphere interface. Although the solution runs on AWS, any (on-premises) system managed by VMware Cloud can be secured just as well.

“Security and IT teams lack visibility and control in highly dynamic and distributed environments”, said Jason Rolleston, vice president of product management and co-general manager for VMware’s Security Business Unit. “VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS improves collaboration between these teams via a single consolidated platform for all workloads, regardless of where they’re running, to help defenders see and stop more threats.”

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Killexams : VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS helps defend against emerging threats

VMware Inc. today introduced VMware Carbon Black Workload for Amazon Web Services to help defend against emerging threats and deliver comprehensive visibility and security across on-premises and cloud environments for AWS customers.

VMware Carbon Black for AWS has been designed to deliver advanced protection purpose-built for securing both traditional and modern workloads. The service uses a single unified console that integrates into existing infrastructure, allowing security and information technology teams to reduce attack surfaces and strengthen security postures. The improved security postures are delivered while achieving consistent and unified visibility for workloads running on AWS, VMware Cloud and on-premises.

The service allows security teams to see ephemeral and transient workloads, providing context to help AWS customers better secure modern applications. Features include automatic gathering and listing of vulnerabilities to help identify risk and harden workloads, further shrinking the attack surface. Support for continuous integration and continuous integration packages used in sensor deployment is said to simplify agent lifecycle management further.

By onboarding their AWS account, AWS customers using the new service can achieve more complete, comprehensive and deeper visibility into the workloads that extend beyond when the VMware Carbon Black Workload sensor was first deployed.

VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS combines foundational vulnerability assessment and workload hardening with Next-Generation Antivirus to analyze attacker behavior patterns over time and help stop never-seen-before attacks.

The inclusion of enterprise threat hunting for workloads with behavioral endpoint detection and response allows AWS customers to turn threat intelligence into a prevention policy to avoid hunting for the same threat twice. Telemetry gathered feeds into VMware’s Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence cloud that shrinks the gap between attackers and defenders while enabling greater visibility, control and anomaly detection for workloads.

“Security and IT teams lack visibility and control in highly dynamic and distributed environments,” Jason Rolleston, vice president of product management and co-general manager for VMware’s Security Business Unit, said in a statement. “VMware Carbon Black Workload for AWS improves collaboration between these teams via a single consolidated platform for all workloads, regardless of where they’re running, to help defenders see and stop more threats.”

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Killexams : Broadcom's VMware buy got you worried? provide these 5 FOSS hypervisors a spin No result found, try new keyword!These suggestions are like our principles. If you don't like 'em ... we have others Comment Last month we shared four VMware ESXi alternatives for enterprises hedging their bets over Broadcom's ... Fri, 08 Jul 2022 22:54:54 -0500 en-us text/html Killexams : VMware Fusion Tech Preview Brings Windows 11 to Apple Silicon Macs

VMware this week announced that its latest VMware Fusion update brings Windows 11 support to both Intel and Apple silicon Macs. Available as a free tech preview, the 2H22 version of Fusion will finally allow Apple silicon Mac users to obtain and use Windows on their machines through virtualization.

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Features include Windows 11 support with 2D GFX and networking, VMtools installation for Windows on Apple silicon machines, improved Linux support on Apple silicon machines, and more.

  • Windows 11 on Intel and Apple Silicon with 2D GFX and Networking
  • VMtools installation for Windows 11 GOS on M1
  • Improved Linux support on ‌M1‌
  • 3D Graphics HW Acceleration and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux VMs* (Requires Linux 5.19+ & Mesa 22.1.3+)
  • Virtual TPM Device
  • Fast Encryption
  • Universal Binary

While the new functionality was designed with Windows 11 in mind, VMware says the tools can be used with other VMs too. At the current time, Fusion on Apple silicon devices is "still a work in progress" and there are some limitations to be aware of.

  • Fusion will not support running VMs across different architectures. (I.e. no x86_64 VMs on ‌M1‌ Macs).
  • macOS virtual machines are out of scope for this release, but it's something we're looking into.
  • Ubuntu 20.04.4 and 22.04 for arm64 are not currently booting (Ubuntu 20.04.4 builds from July 5 and onward) We are working to resolve this.

VMware says that it is looking for feedback from users in order to iron out kinks and add new capabilities in preparation for more formal support later this year. While in the testing period, VMware Fusion will be free to use. The VMware Fusion Tech Preview can be downloaded from the VMware website.

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Killexams : HCL Technologies teams with VMware to launch a new dedicated VMware business unit

Companies expand efforts to help enterprises accelerate cloud and app transformation

NOIDA, India and PALO ALTO, Calif., July 27, 2022 – HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, and VMware, Inc (NYSE: VMW) announced the launch of HCL’s dedicated VMware business unit to help enterprises unlock the untapped value of multi-cloud and app modernization. The new unit combines the power of HCL’s CloudSMART Framework with VMware’s Cross-Cloud services to help enterprises accelerate cloud transformation, scale cloud-native platform operations and empower hybrid workforces.

HCL’s new VMware business unit is part of its Strategic Alliance Partner Ecosystem, which leverages the CloudSMART Framework to provide multi-cloud and app modernization solutions. HCL will help enterprises pursue the path of digital dominance by aligning transformation with overall business objectives while remaining agile through cloud freedom and enterprise control enabled by VMware product and service offerings. 

“We are in a macroeconomic environment where ecosystems must collaborate to provide innovative and effective solutions that the industry requires,” said Anand Swamy, Senior Vice President, Head of Tech OEM Ecosystems, HCL Technologies. “Our new VMware business unit leverages the HCL and VMware synergies to incubate, construct and architect innovative, customized cloud implementation strategies with our CloudSMART approach as the baseline.”

“Today, we are witnessing the unstoppable forces of digital transformation in almost every industry, and VMware is providing the trusted foundation to accelerate customers’ innovation,” said Zia Yusuf, Senior Vice President, Strategic Ecosystem and Industry Solutions, VMware. “With HCL, we are helping our mutual customers by providing the smartest path to app, cloud and edge modernization and a more secure, frictionless experience for the distributed workforce. VMware preserves customer choice and protects against lock-in through multi-cloud services that offer businesses the freedom and flexibility they need to build the future.”

Over the past 14 years, HCL and VMware have driven successful client outcomes with services and solutions built for the modern enterprise. HCL has more than 8,000 professionals trained on VMware technologies, manages three VMware centers of excellence and has created four cloud-native labs. These dedicated environments and resources help customers accelerate the deployment of VMware solutions and allow enterprises to experience next-generation VMware technologies. Recently, HCL won the VMware 2022 Partner Value Award for delivering business growth through VMware solutions and providing customers with high-value results and support. VMware and HCL Technologies also recently announced efforts to deliver Telco transformation powered by vRAN, ORAN & 5G.

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HCL Technologies has a broad focus across the key themes of digital, engineering, and cloud. The organization offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS), and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations, and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering. P&P provides modernized software products to global clients for their technology and industry-specific requirements. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities, and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals, categorized as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology & Services, Telecom & Media, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare, and Public Services. 

As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability, and education initiatives. For the 12 months ended June 30, 2022, HCL had consolidated revenue of US$ 11.79 billion. Its nearly 211,000 ideapreneurs operate out of 52 countries. For more information, visit

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Killexams : VMware Earns Top Score on Disability:IN's 2022 Disability Equality Index

Northampton, MA --News Direct-- VMware

July 26 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ― an important civil rights law that works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. At VMware, we believe that technology plays a critical role in building a digital future that is equitable, accessible and inclusive.

For putting this commitment into action, VMware received a top score on the 2022 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) and has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by Disability:IN. Of 415 participants, 335 companies scored 80 or above, with VMware earning a score of 100.

The Disability Equality Index® (DEI) is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 200 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors. Now in its eighth year, the DEI exists to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities.

“We’re proud to be recognized for VMware’s commitment in action to create a welcoming, inclusive workplace for employees of all abilities,” said Rachel Hodgson, Global POD Leader of the Disability@VMware Power of Difference (POD) community. “We also realize that we’re still a long way from true representation, and we’re continuing to do more work to make VMware a great place to work for all, including those with disabilities. We understand creating a more inclusive workplace – and encouraging others to do the same – requires sustained effort and greater integration of accessibility into our products, services and culture.”

“Disability inclusion is a rapidly expanding aspect of corporate culture, and it’s gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN. “These top-scoring companies not only excel in disability inclusion, but many are also adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures that can move the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and ultimately, genuine belonging."

The DEI is a joint initiative between Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and is acknowledged today as the most robust disability-inclusion assessment tool in business. It measures Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; provider Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations (Non-Weighted).

VMware is striving to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace for employees of all abilities. Our goal is to foster a culture where everyone feels empowered by their unique talents and to work towards advancing VMware’s dialogue and progress on disability inclusion, accommodation strategies as well as physical and technological accessibility.

VMware believes that technology will play a critical role in building an equitable, accessible, and inclusive digital future for all. Our CEO, Raghu Raghuram, has committed to building disability inclusion into VMware’s leadership agenda as we join the Valuable 500. We are now part of a global business collective that is igniting systemic change and unlocking the business, social and economic value of more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world.

Through our 2030 Agenda, VMware is building a more sustainable, equitable and secure future for all by embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into everything we do, throughout our technology strategy, business model and culture. As part of this agenda, we are redefining the workplace of the future through initiatives that include our DEI efforts. Learn more about DEI and ESG at VMware.

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