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Citrix Canada: Multi Generations Panel

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:54:21 +0000

(image) Citrix Canada recently hosted a panel, moderated by Citrix Canada’s Michael Murphy, with insights from a Boomer, a Gen Xer, and a Millennial focused on their perceptions and realities of productivity across generations in the workplace. This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

AWS for Retail – #AWS Video

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:34:06 +0000

(image) The retail industry is going through incredible transformation. Options for online, in-store, and mobile purchases are growing. Customers are very knowledgeable, want access to a variety of relevant products on their own terms, and expect exceptional customer service & unique in-store and online experiences. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers the cloud computing infrastructure and services […]

Citrix XenApp Scalability v2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:30:07 +0000

(image) I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again — best practices should evolve. We need to constantly evaluate leading practices, so with that in mind, it’s time to change another best practice related to XenApp scalability. If you remember my last article on this topic (v2015), I suggested altering the default Intel microprocessor snooping mechanism if […]

Microsoft Store 2017 Black Friday PC Games Promo Video

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:10:20 +0000

(image) Save big on Black Friday deals on popular PC games, gaming PCs, gaming accessories, and Mixed Reality headsets with controllers. Shop Black Friday deals at Microsoft Store: This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17046 for PC

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:33:53 +0000

(image) Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17046 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and for those who opted in to Skip Ahead. Microsoft Edge Improvements Form Fill for Address fields: Microsoft Edge can now save and automatically fill your preferred information in addresses and related forms. When filling in […]

Build an application-aware, cloud-centric network with Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:30:18 +0000

(image) How NetScaler SD-WAN supports your transition to the cloud. This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

Bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to the industrial edge

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:03 +0000

(image) When I was a student some thirty years ago, I spent my vacations working for a company that developed industrial control systems. They could actually be regarded as rudimentary industrial IoT systems — we would take readings from sensors located inside the machines, parse them through  simple processing scripts, and then send the outputs over […]

VMware: IT Orchestration Stories from CDW

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:10:14 +0000

(image) Hyper-converged infrastructure powered by VMware vSAN empowers organizations to scale quickly, improve application performance and lower storage costs. Implementation by the experts at CDW lets you shift your focus to innovation. This video is from the fine folks at VMware Storage.

Android enrollment using Samsung Knox with ManageEngine MDM

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:55:45 +0000

(image) You can easily enroll devices over-the-air in bulk, with Samsung Knox in a jiffy using MDM. This video demonstrates how to easily enroll a fleet of devices with Knox, through Mobile Device Manager Plus. Learn more: This video is from the fine folks at ManageEngine

AWS IoT Update – Better Value with New Pricing Model

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:51:50 +0000

(image) Our customers are using AWS IoT to make their connected devices more intelligent. These devices collect & measure data in the field (below the ground, in the air, in the water, on factory floors and in hospital rooms) and use AWS IoT as their gateway to the AWS Cloud. Once connected to the cloud, customers […]

VMware: HPE simplifies data protection for Hybrid IT with HPE RMC 5.0 and Cloud Bank Storage

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:31:04 +0000

(image) RMC 5.0 is here! This new release enables end‑to‑end 3PAR application protection across all consumption models, delivering flash-speed protection while efficiently utilizing low-cost cloud storage for long-term retention and disaster recovery. Hybrid IT—the blending of traditional and cloud services—is the new normal. It’s not hard to understand why. In the idea economy, finding your right […]

GDPR offers guiding principles for building a secure IT infrastructure

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

(image) GDPR principles may impact your IT infrastructure selection. HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers can help with “privacy by design” innovations that offer best-in-class firmware protection, malware detection and recovery. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—set to go into effect May 25, 2018—is built on principles that may directly impact your IT environment. While complying […]

Microsoft on How we made backups faster with SQL Server 2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:53:34 +0000

(image) In my previous blog post on enhancements in SQL Server 2017, we briefly introduced improved backup performance for smaller databases in SQL Server 2017 on high end servers. In the recent PASS Summit 2017, Pedro and I delivered a session on Intelligent diagnostics where we explained how we leveraged the indirect checkpoint heuristics to enable […]

VMware Delivers Multi-Cloud Container Management With Confidence

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:20:03 +0000

(image) As containers become increasingly popular with businesses, there’s a kind of sinking dread that accompanies all that promise. How do you deploy them efficiently across the entire enterprise? How do you keep the applications secure? Heavy questions require heavy hitters, which is why VMware has taken on some major partners in its latest initiative. Developed […]

Introducing Logs in Datadog

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:44:04 +0000

(image) As any software engineer knows, logs are a critical resource for troubleshooting complex problems in production. They provide rich, open-ended context about exactly what happened, when, and where, to help you quickly determine the why. But working with logs can be a pain, to say the least, whether you rely on targeted use of grep […]

IoT Data: Reducing Unplanned Downtime through Predictive Analytics

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:44:03 +0000

(image) IoT in ManufacturingData —one of the biggest challenges and biggest opportunities in the Internet of Things. It is also creating the most compelling business case for investing in IoT solutions. A report by ABI research says “across the enterprise sector, the business case for Internet of Things (IoT) deployments is increasingly based on big data […]

7 Essential Real-World Security Questions to Ask Today – Part 2 of 2

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:59:03 +0000

(image) For questions one through four, check out 7 Essential Real-World Security Questions to Ask Today (Pt. 1 of 2) Question 5: Do we have a consistent process for adding new applications (including cloud/SaaS) to our whitelist as demanded by the business — and applying the appropriate policies to them? Your business isn’t static. In fact, […]

7 Essential Real-World Security Questions to Ask Today – Part 1 of 2

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:50:42 +0000

(image) Every company needs to be secure. And there are lots of security technologies that help address this goal. In the real world, however, security has a context. And that context is a business or organization that’s pursuing goals other than state-of-the-art cybersecurity perfection. So if you’re a cybersecurity leader, you have to do more than […]

Sharing is Caring: Docker Enterprise Edition Access Control

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:50:04 +0000

(image) Multi-tenancy has many benefits in organizations. Clearly it increases hardware utilization but it also allows IT roles to specialize more, and provides better separation of concerns. This leads to more manageable infrastructure. Multi-tenancy is a challenging practice though, as it requires strict security control over resources without becoming too cumbersome for application deployment. This blog post […]

VCSA 6.5 Migration Deployment Sizes Limited!

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:30:40 +0000

(image) Mike Preston wrote a very detailed and interesting blog post about VCSA 6.5 Migration Deployment sizes and we wanted to share this. We are as always very thankful for very helpful posts in the community. Thanks Mike! Recently I finally bit the bullet and decided to bring the vCenter portion of a vSphere environment up […]

Docker for Windows 17.11 with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:17:27 +0000

(image) Experimental support for Microsoft’s Linux containers on Windows (LCOW) feature has been available for Windows Server 1709 via the Docker EE “Preview” release. The same functionality is now available for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update with the release of Docker for Windows 17.11. In fact, it’s been available since Docker for Windows 17.10. How to […]

How do I launch an Amazon EC2 Linux instance under the Free Tier? – AWS Knowledge Center Video

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:24:14 +0000

(image) Find more details in the AWS Knowledge Center: Vanishree, an AWS Support team member, shows you how to launch an Amazon EC2 Linux instance under the Free Tier. This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Google Cloud Video: Machine Learning with Google Cloud and Intel IoT Gateway Technology

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:30:42 +0000

(image) Machine learning is one of the ways that we can make sense of large data sets and begin to predict the behavior of a monitored system – from predictive maintenance in a factory to creating better cyber security. In this session, you will learn how to forecast the weather using the Intel® NUC gateway and […]

The Size Is Right European Nutanix Sticker Sweepstake!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:19:14 +0000

(image) Share the post “The Size Is Right European Sticker Sweepstake!” Hi all, The Nutanix Sizer tool ( has been available for quite some time now, but we of course never stop innovating on it. One of the latest additions is the ability to import the popular RVTools ( output files straight into Sizer, completely removing […]

VMware Securing Native Cloud Workloads with VMware NSX Cloud Blog Series – Part 1: Getting Started

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:10:04 +0000

(image) As businesses evaluate their applications in the constantly evolving world of IT, new strategies are emerging for delivery. These strategies include keeping applications on-premises or moving them to one or more public cloud providers.These public clouds come with their own networking and security constructs and policy management. This results in a new set of technology siloes […]

VMware: Cloud backup made simple with HPE Cloud Bank Storage

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:50:23 +0000

(image) HPE is announcing general availability for HPE Cloud Bank Storage. Learn how simple and efficient cloud backup for long-term retention, archive and disaster recovery can benefit your organization. Low-cost, high-capacity object storage in public, private or hybrid cloud continues to gain traction as a solution for the challenges of explosive data growth, strict retention policies […]

Happy Holidays! Win a FREE trip to a VeeamON 2018 event

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:37:05 +0000

(image) This has been a remarkable year in Veeam’s history, one in which we received recognition from the world’s leading analysts, as well as the confirmation of different industries’ leaders in terms of customer satisfaction. We are committed to delivering the #1 Availability for any app, any data on any cloud and our customers are at […]

New VMware KB articles published for week ending 19th November 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:20:04 +0000

(image) VMware ESXi HPE SimpliVity Stretched Cluster Technical Overview 2017/11/14 Veritas InfoScale Enterprise 7.x in guest storage, high availability, and disaster recovery support (Partner Verified and Supported) 2017/11/15 VMware vCenter Server End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 2017/11/16 VMware SDDC Manager Bringup or Workload Domain operations fail in VMware Cloud Foundation 2.2 on backup or […]

VMware: New architectures challenge traditional views of data locality

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:14:03 +0000

(image) There’s been a fair amount of digital ink spilled lately over the topic of “data locality”. If you missed the discussion, you can read a detailed analysis by in their published report. But to save you some time, here’s the quick recap: Data Locality (DL) in the context of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) refers to […]

AWS re:Invent 2017 Video – Top Tips for the Week!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:05:48 +0000

(image) Hear from the AWS re:Invent Team on their top tips for surviving the week of re:Invent! Learn more about re:Invent 2017 at – This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

VMware: Terminology Tuesday Presents: Microservices – Network Virtualization

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:45:51 +0000

(image) Microservices is the philosophy of designing software programs by breaking what used to be a singular function or command into multiple components, known as services.  The ultimate goal is to reduce complexity and increase speed (basically the goal of anything nowadays).Think of Thanksgiving.  A traditional approach would have the same person cook the entire meal.  […]

Red Hat and Partners Deliver New Performance Records on Prominent  Risk Analytics Benchmark

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:30:11 +0000

(image) While performance benchmarks are often application or industry specific they can also provide useful insights that are widely applicable. Risk analytics applications used in financial services industries have performance characteristics similar to many technical computing applications. These applications are large, compute intensive, and take full advantage of parallel processing and compute accelerators. STAC®, the Securities […]

Be among the first to see Project New Hybrid IT Stack at HPE Discover Madrid

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:14:19 +0000

(image) At the Discover Vegas event in June, HPE announced Project New Hybrid IT Stack, a multi-cloud management tool that will enable enterprises to achieve a digital transformation with broader visibility and management. Using this new tool, organizations will be able to seamlessly compose, operate, and optimize all workloads across on-premises, private, hosted, and public clouds. […]

Citrix: Congratulations to the Citrix Innovation Award for Partners finalists!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:05:26 +0000

(image) If you’re looking for one more reason to attend Citrix Summit 2018, January 8-9 in Anaheim, California, this is it! Every year, we celebrate Citrix partners who think about IT in new and strategic ways. Meeting the finalists for the Citrix Innovation Award for Partners is one of the highlights of Summit: you’ll get to […]

AWS re:Invent 2017 Video – JAM Sessions & Lounge

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:49:23 +0000

(image) The JAM Sessions are highly gamified events where participants complete tasks that challenge and educate on the use of a wide range of AWS Services and have fun in the process. The Security Jam is returning and will be delivering brand new content. We are also expanding format to include an Analytics JAM (including IOT […]

AWS re:Invent 2017 Video – The Security JAM

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:42:13 +0000

(image) The Security JAM has challenges using a wide range of AWS Services, from security analytics, hardening, remediation, to incident response and recovery! AWS and sponsors will provide all infrastructure required to take part in this gamified event where you compete to score points. This is the original JAM and returning at re:Invent 2017 with brand […]

AWS re:Invent 2017 Video – The Analytics JAM

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:30:47 +0000

(image) Join this gamified event with points to be won for completing tasks that challenge and educate on the use of a range of AWS Services in the Analytics, IOT and ML/AI domains. Can you use AI to find the Jeff’s look alike? This is the opportunity to find out. Location: JAM Tent / The Park […]

AWS Knowledge Center Video: How do I reset the administrator password using SSM?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:15:50 +0000

(image) Dmitry, an AWS Cloud Support Engineer, shows you how to reset the adminstrator password using SSM. Find more details in the AWS Knowledge Center: This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Dell: Five Ways to Engage With the Hyper-Connected Customer

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:02:45 +0000

(image) Technology is ubiquitous and how it has taken over our lives is astounding. Today, it might be a better idea not to check whether someone is connected, but with how many devices they connect to the Internet each day, and for how long. In 2014, the number of mobile devices connected to the Internet surpassed […]

Xen Project Membership Spotlight: Citrix

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:47:32 +0000

(image) The Xen Project is comprised of a diverse set of member companies and contributors that are committed to the growth and success of the Xen Project Hypervisor. The Xen Project Hypervisor is a staple technology for server and cloud vendors, and is gaining traction in the embedded, security and automotive space. This blog series highlights […]

Veeam is now the CLEAR MARKET LEADER – #1 Availability for any app, any data, any cloud – Video

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:42:25 +0000

(image) Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President of Veeam, reflects on our 2017 analyst and media recognitions, discusses the strong results of our customer satisfaction survey, and highlights our continued investment into and from our partner ecosystem to bring you the very best Availability solutions in the market today. This video is from the fine folks at […]

Citrix XenApp Essentials!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:30:18 +0000

(image) Have you used XenApp Essentials yet? Have you seen XenApp Essentials “in living color”? Have you heard the intimate details of the inner working of XenApp Essentials? If you answered “No” to any of the above, then this episode of TechTalks To Go is for you. In the first part of this two-part series Kireeti […]

Secure your Citrix NetScaler GSLB configuration

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:23:05 +0000

(image) Recently I was working on a couple of NetScaler Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) configurations. One of these customers put NetScaler on the edge of the network. Although I always recommend to put NetScaler behind a firewall, this customer had a good reason to not follow my advise, simply because the workload is to heavy […]

Turbonomic Honored with CRN 2017 Tech Innovator Award

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:14:18 +0000

(image) Turbonomic has been recognized by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, as a CRN 2017 Tech Innovator, taking top honors in the Software – Enterprise Management category. These annual awards honor standout hardware, software or services that have helped to move the IT industry forward. This year, CRN editors evaluated 216 products across 32 technology categories using […]

Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection defense for corporate networks against recent Office exploit attacks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:59:44 +0000

(image) The Office 365 Threat Research team has seen an uptick in the use of Office exploits in attacks across various industry sectors in recent months. In this blog, we will review several of these exploits, including a group of Office moniker exploits that attackers have used in targeted as well as crimeware attacks. We will […]

Microsoft: Transforming your VMware environment with Microsoft Azure

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:46:32 +0000

(image) Just as each organization is unique, each organization will take a unique path to the cloud. Whether you are transferring data, migrating infrastructure, modernizing applications, or building a new app, Azure allows you to move to the cloud in a way that makes the most sense for your needs. As part of this journey, one […]

Mix ‘n Match Flexibility That’s Uniquely Workspot

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:30:02 +0000

(image) Most organizations have different types of users who have unique computing requirements. A doctor may need a complete Windows 10 desktop to access all the applications and data that contribute to patient care (and she needs access from her personal devices too), whereas a scheduler may only need access to two or three applications.  A […]

Software-Defined Cloud NAS/SAN for AWS EBS

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:22:00 +0000

(image) SoftNAS Cloud® Enterprise and SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials for AWS extend the native storage capabilities of AWS and feature the POSIX-compliant and required storage access protocols needed to create a virtual cloud NAS, without having to re-engineer existing customer applications. SoftNAS Cloud products allow customers to migrate existing applications and data to AWS with NFS, CIFS/SMB, […]

GPUs Power Groundbreaking VR Experience

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:11:34 +0000

(image) If you’ve ever dabbled in Latin poetry, you may have stumbled upon Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Its tales of transformation and reality have fascinated artists for centuries. In a similar theme, a new artwork, La Dispersion du Fils, tells the story of Actaeon — a hunter who’s turned into a stag by the goddess Diana and devoured […]

Flexera Named a 2017 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:03 +0000

(image) Workplace Culture Recognized for the Fifth Year Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today announced it’s been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Chicago Tribune for the fifth year.  The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading […]

VMware Releases NSX-v 6.3.5 and New Features and Fixes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:50:00 +0000

(image) Released: NSX-v 6.3.5 and New Features and Fixes Last week VMware released NSX-v 6.3.5 (Build 7119875) that contains a few new features and addresses a number of bug fixes from previous releases. Going through the release notes there are a lot of known issues that should be known and there are more than a few […]

Gartner: Accelerating 3D Printing from Prototype to Production

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:43:53 +0000

(image) Formnext is a leading indicator of where the industry is headed — up. This year’s exhibition had 50% more 3D print technology providers (470 from 33 countries), 100% more hall space (two expansive floors of equipment) and 60% more attendees (21,500 total) than the 2016 event. Moreover, from what I could see in the aisles […]

Microsoft Video: How IoT, Big Data and AI Technology Intersect for Business Results

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:18 +0000

(image) See IoT in Action with Microsoft in San Francisco on 2/13/18 Dr. Rashmi Misra, GM, IoT and AI Solutions at Microsoft, explains the areas of growth for data and cognitive services as technologies intersect in the internet of things (IoT). As terabytes worth of data can now be processed through the emergence of artificial […]

Nutanix: Primer on General Data Protection (GDPR) Regulation

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:25:02 +0000

(image) The European Union (EU) is putting a framework in place to protect the personal data of its citizens. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is intended to help strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the EU. This regulation was adopted in April of 2016 and will be enforceable starting May 25, 2018. […]

Taking the Awesome Audit from Myth to Reality

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:10:58 +0000

(image) There are a lot of myths floating around out there. Things that we believe to be true because people tell us they are. But are they actually true in reality? Let’s take the example of the famous snack cake, the Twinkie. The durability and longevity of the delicious cream-filled cake has led to the myth […]

Building Serverless Websites with Lambda@Edge – #AWS Online Tech Talks Video

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:27:47 +0000

(image) This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Learning Objectives: – Understand how to take advantage of Lambda@Edge and Amazon CloudFront – Response generation with Lambda@Edge – How to optimize Lambda@Edge responses with CloudFront cache usage

Cohesity Source Side Dedupe & Oracle RMAN Protection Jobs

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:20:59 +0000

(image) Configuring Oracle Database Multi-Stream Protection Jobs with Cohesity Source Side Dedupe & Oracle RMAN This video is via Rawlinson Rivera at Punching Clouds.

Microsoft Azure Advisor – your personalized best practices service got better

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:47:58 +0000

(image) This blog post was co-authored by Matt Wagner, Program Manager, Microsoft Azure. Azure Advisor is your personalized cloud service for Azure best practices that help you to improve availability, enhance protection, optimize performance of your Azure resources, and maximize the return on your IT budget. Azure Advisor was made generally available earlier this year. Since […]

RE:Invent session GPSTEC316 featuring Liquidware Solutions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:02:54 +0000

(image) Amazon RE:Invent 2017 is right around the corner and I am excited to announce that I have been selected to co present during a session this year. Justin Bradley, one of the top solution architects from the Amazon EUC space and we will be presenting session GPSTEC316 titled “GPS: Image management Best Practices for Amazon […]

The Complete Package: Nutanix AHV certified on Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:43:33 +0000

(image) Earlier this year, we joined forces with Klas Telecom to bring Nutanix Enterprise Cloud to the edge with the Voyager Tactical Data Center (TDC) – a rugged, enterprise-grade compute and data storage solution that fits in an airline carry-on compliant rollaway case. After a rigorous testing and evaluation process, we have further streamlined our tactical […]

Expedition to the Heart of the Internet of Things at HPE Discover: Explore the IoT Demos

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:20:32 +0000

(image) Where the digital realm meets the physical, the Internet of Things is creating vibrant new technologies and environments. If you’re heading to Madrid for HPE Discover 2017, join us for an expedition through some of the most exciting IoT terrains. We’ll be offering a self-guided tour through smart agriculture, future cities, automated in-plant auto testing, […]

Microsoft Azure Reserved instances and pitfalls

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:43 +0000

(image) Microosft recently released Reserved Instances back to Microsoft Azure (Yes it was the before, but was pulled and is now back) which can provide a huge discount on running virtual machines in Azure which are static in nature. With Reserved instances you commit for a certain amount of compute capacity either 1 year or 3 […]

Veeam Video: Health Care Organizations Rely on Veeam for their Always-On Strategy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:54:58 +0000

(image) Veeam addresses some of the data challenges health care organizations face today including: downtime, data management across hybrid environments, complying with stringent regulations around data protection, and disaster recovery. Check solutions: This video is from the fine folks at Veeam.

VMware: IT Orchestration stories from CDW

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:39:53 +0000

(image) CDW orchestrates a datacenter refresh with Hyper-converged Infrastructure Powered by VMware vSAN. This video is from the fine folks at VMware Storage.

Microsoft: Last week in Azure: News from Connect(); 2017, Azure Virtual Data Center, and more

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:30:02 +0000

(image) As covered in Scott Guthrie’s post, the annual Microsoft Connect(); event last week focused on developing for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge to put “AI into the hands of every developer so they unleash the power of data and reimagine possibilities that will improve our world.” If you missed any parts of Connect();, you […]

Best Way to Back up VMware Virtual Machines

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:02:18 +0000

(image) VMware has long been an industry leader in providing enterprise-level virtualization solutions, such as VMware vSphere – a powerful platform with many key features and functionality, which empowers organizations to be agile and scalable with their SDDC strategies. When developing your data protection plan and seeking to find the best way to back up VMware […]

AWS re:Invent 2017 Video – The All-In JAM

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:50:53 +0000

(image) To register, log back into your account and reserve your seat today! – This is the opportunity to go all-in game on AWS – migrate data, re-platform and learn DevOps. This is blog-trotting adventure where you tackle technical challenges to close a series of data centers around the world as you embark on your […]

Microsoft Video: Enabling Partner Innovation and Success with IoT in Action with Microsoft

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:29:46 +0000

(image) IoT in Action with Microsoft is coming to San Francisco on 2/13/18 As Microsoft’s IoT in Action wraps up its Boston event, Tom O’Reilly, GM, IoT Device Experiences explains the importance of partnerships in the Internet of Things. Tom explains how the technology is already here – it’s time to mature our business models […]

Microsoft: Update 1710 for System Center Configuration Manager

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:15:22 +0000

(image) Happy Monday! We are delighted to announce that we have released version 1710 for the Current Branch (CB) of System Center Configuration Manager that includes new features and product enhancements! One of the key features in the 1710 release is co-management which enables a new and more practical path to transition the management of Windows […]

BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT: Save 50% on Remote Desktop Manager Enterprise

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:59:21 +0000

(image) On Thursday, November 23, millions of people in the U.S. (and Americans abroad) will celebrate Thanksgiving by reuniting with family and friends, watching football games, and enjoying a feast of turkey, stuffing, potatoes…and the list goes on. But that’s not the full story. Because the next day is another momentous event: BLACK FRIDAY! You Could […]

Cohesity’s Space Efficient Target and Source-Side Dedupe Integration for Oracle RMAN

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:45:32 +0000

(image) As of lately, I’ve been interfacing with a lot of enterprise customers who are looking for practical ways to overcome the challenges they are currently facing with data protection and recovery strategies of their large and growing Oracle database infrastructures.Oracle application owners and database admins face tough challenges when it comes to protecting a large […]

Cisco: Verizon Partner Solutions Announces SD-WAN Managed Service Powered by Cisco Meraki

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:26:13 +0000

(image) By 2020, we can expect to see a 4X cloud traffic increase, with half of connected devices being machine-to-machine and 9X more video traffic flowing across service provider networks. The blending of these dynamics leads to a sizable economic opportunity for service providers over the next decade through new services and operational savings. Automation, effective […]

Windows 10 to Windows 10 Migrations are Starting, Say What?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:19:03 +0000

(image) Yes, Windows 10 to Windows 10 migrations are now officially a “thing.” Confused? Don’t be, read on… By several indications, Windows 10 adoption rates are not even at 50% for enterprise sized businesses, and plenty are still running Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 in pockets. However, even as Windows 7 still dominates the […]

Citrix HDX Adaptive Transport and EDT: ICA’s New Default Transport Protocol – Part II

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:04:50 +0000

(image) In Part 1, we talked about why EDT was needed, as well as its main features. In Part II, which I am co-authoring with our HDX Product Manager Fernando Klurfan, we would like to switch gears and explain the configuration aspects of the protocol. Even though we are turning HDX Adaptive Transport to Preferred by […]

Docker: Multi-arch All The Things

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:55:44 +0000

(image) True multi-platform workload portability has long been the holy grail of enterprise computing. All kinds of virtualization strategies have been used over the years to approximate this dream to varying levels of acceptable performance or usability. On the one hand, virtual machines and hardware virtualization are flexible enough that you can mix and match operating […]

Microsoft Public Preview of New Azure Policy Features

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:44:29 +0000

(image) In the week of the Microsoft Ignite Conference, we announced a private preview of a set of new features for Azure Policies in Azure Compute session, Azure Governance session, and Azure Resource Manager session. All of them are now in public preview. Brand new Azure Policy UI with Continuous Monitoring We have built a brand […]

Board Game Night at AWS re:Invent 2017 Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:35:50 +0000

(image) Learn more about re:Invent 2017 at – Love board games? Stop by Board Game Night on November 27. Watch this short video to learn more! This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Citrix: 3 Easy Steps to Citrix Identity Platform Email Verification

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:28:01 +0000

(image) Do you ever have a hard time remembering the right username and password combination? With the Citrix Identity Platform, which is integrated into the Citrix Cloud management plane, you can securely use any of your login credentials or any of your login credentials to gain access to your Citrix Cloud services. Please see […]

How to Avoid VMware vSAN Compatibility Issues

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:15:35 +0000

(image) Recently, a customer contacted us with the very curious case. The SureBackup job was failing with the generic error message during snapshot creation phase: “The specified feature is not supported by this version.” There were several VMs included in the SureBackup job, but only one specific VM failed. Moreover, the source backup job itself worked […]

Commvault GO 2017 Keynote: Google Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:06:49 +0000

(image) This video is from the fine folks at Commvault.

Cisco: Once again, Proud to Be First – IoT Performance

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:59:03 +0000

(image) Over the past three decades, industry standard bodies like the TPC and SPEC have developed several standards for performance benchmarking. These standards have been a significant driving force behind the development of faster, less expensive, and more energy efficient systems. The two most influential database benchmark standards have been: TPC-C, the industry standard for benchmarking transaction processing systems, and TPC-D and its […]

Industrial Browsers to the Rescue!

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:49:58 +0000

(image) How Browsers Can Ease the Transition to Modern Mobile Platforms While planning for the end of life of the aforementioned legacy Microsoft platforms is likely underway, there are commercially viable solutions that can help ease the transition to modern mobile platforms. Industrial browsers have been architected to incorporate critical data-capture technologies that are critical to […]

Citrix: Cloud & SD-WAN. A Match Made in Heaven?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:38:20 +0000

(image) Cloud, cloud, cloud. All I’m hearing at the moment is “cloud, cloud, cloud” and “SD-WAN-this, SD-WAN-that.” It’s reaching fever pitch. They are both technologies that are making a lot of noise in the IT arena and anyone that knows anything about either of them will find it easy to understand why. However, I am not seeing […]

Microsoft Azure SQL Databases Disaster Recovery 101

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:22:27 +0000

(image) Why should I care? As a PaaS service, Azure SQL provides automated backup for all databases. It allows customers to recover their data from system or human errors and restores the databases to any point in time during the retention. But it won’t guarantee that your data will be always available, in some extreme cases. […]

Commvault GO 2017 Keynote: Cisco Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:02:02 +0000

(image) This video is from the fine folks at Commvault.

Learn how HPE is building a sustainable future with IoT: Smart Cities, Agriculture and more

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:50:55 +0000

(image) In its broadest sweep, the Internet of Things embraces entire geographies. But it does so by attacking immediate, pressing problems, like how to improve security in cities or help farmers in remote locations grow more crops. Join us at HPE Discover 2017 Madrid, November 28-30, to learn how IoT is – quite literally – changing […]

Cisco: A Venture Capitalist’s POV on What is Coming in Tech

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:28:43 +0000

(image) Venture capitalists terrify me. I know I’m painting a large and probably diverse population with an awfully broad brush stroke, but really, can you think of a more intimidating group? Brilliant, competitive, comfortable with extraordinary levels of risk, and capable of surviving in what has regularly been reported to be a cutthroat work environment? I […]

#disruptEUC: IGEL is Driving Innovation in End User Compute. Making VDI and Thin Clients Relevant and Sexy Again!

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:11:58 +0000

(image) About a year and a half ago I joined IGEL, a company few people had ever heard of… and if you had heard of IGEL you were probably German and knew them as a niche thin client hardware manufacturer. Thin Clients? Why should you care? Boring dumb terminals, commodity hardware right? VDI a slow growth […]

Veeam Extends Availability to IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris to Address Data Protection Requirements of its Enterprise Customers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:02:18 +0000

(image) Enterprise customers can now replace their legacy backup solution with Veeam Availability Platfom – a single comprehensive data protection and Availability solution to protect mission-critical applications, systems and data that exist in enterprise environments Veeam partners with Cristie Software to expand its industry-leading Availability Platform for virtual, cloud and physical environments to now include UNIX […]

AWS re:Invent 2017 – Campus Overview Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:54:45 +0000

(image) Get familiar with the expanded campus for AWS re:Invent 2017 with this short video. Start exploring the re:Invent campus at – This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Cisco: Five to Thrive in a Disruptive Environment: Part 2

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:45:11 +0000

(image) In my previous blog, I introduced the concept of Five to Thrive. These leadership tips can help you navigate a world of astounding change and mind-boggling opportunities. And, hopefully, avoid the risks and threats hiding around every corner. To learn about the first three—Recognize the Source of Value, Take Action Against Blind Spots, and Stop […]

VMware Education Services – Your Path to Success – Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:32:28 +0000

(image) VMware Education provides training and certification programs designed to grow your skills so you can exploit the opportunities made possible by VMware technology. Learn more at This video is from the fine folks at VMware Education.

Microsoft: R3 on Azure: Strengthening our partnership

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:32:24 +0000

(image) Blockchain is increasingly prevalent as a topic of interest in our conversations with business leaders. A growing number of our customers and partners are experimenting with the technology as a secure and transparent way to digitally track ownership of assets, and are partnering with Microsoft to build a new class of distributed applications on Azure. […]

Microsoft Video: Paint 3D adds another dimension of creativity for Katherine

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:27:18 +0000

(image) With the new program Paint 3D, children’s author Katherine Roy can explore new worlds and take her story on sharks to a whole new dimension of creativity. Windows 10 PCs do more. Just like you. Learn more: This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

Server Disaggregation: Sometimes the Sum of the Parts Is Greater Than the Whole

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:25:13 +0000

(image) The notion of “the whole being greater than the sum of its parts” is true for many implementations of technology. Take, for example, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions like the Dell EMC VxRail. HCI combines virtualization software and software defined storage with industry standard servers. It ties these components together with orchestration and infrastructure management software […]

Gartner: Accelerating 3D Printing from Prototyping to Production

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:19:31 +0000

(image) Formnext is a leading indicator of where the industry is headed — up. This year’s exhibition had 50% more 3D print technology providers (470 from 33 countries), 100% more hall space (two expansive floors of equipment) and 60% more attendees (21,500 total) than the 2016 event. Moreover, from what I could see in the aisles […]

Microsoft Package Management adds upstream source

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:06:24 +0000

(image) Until now, we’ve focused on making Package Management in Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server the best place to store your private NuGet and npm packages, but we haven’t focused as much on the packages you use from public sources like We’ve had basic support for as an “upstream source”, but that’s […]

Red Hat: Automate your RHV Configuration with Ansible

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:30:59 +0000

(image) As many of you are aware, Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) provides ways to access its functionality via REST APIs or SDKs (Python, Java, Ruby), and recently Ansible has also joined this growing list. Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 and later now includes support for the Ansible automation tool. Ansible can be used to configure systems, deploy […]

Microsoft: Measuring Latency and Throughput Between Azure Regions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:05:33 +0000

(image) If you want to implement disaster recovery, latency and throughput between your primary and secondary location are key factors. These determine how quickly and how much data you can transport to the secondary location, and hence how much data will be lost in case of failure of the primary location. More formally, the latency and […]

Nutanix .NEXT Europe 2017 Day 2 – Afternoon Keynote Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:20:14 +0000

(image) This video is from the fine folks at Nutanix.