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6 Top VMware Tips & Tricks for the New Year

What new VMware products and features can you add to your arsenal this year? Here’s a peek at the top tips and tricks to make virtualization easier than ever.

1. VMware for SMBs

VMware isn’t just for large enterprises. Increasingly, they are rolling out products and features to make it easier for IT to utilize these powerful virtualization tools in the small- to mid-size business.

Until recently, VMware was primarily an enterprise and large organization thing. But VMware has put considerable effort into making their products useful, efficient, and effective in the small- to mid-size business, as well. The virtualization tools, containerization technologies, and other solutions offered by VMware are useful to all size businesses. For example, the vSphere Essentials kit scales readily for the strong growth experienced by SMBs. Similarly, it offers SMBs a choice in whether to opt for a virtualized infrastructure or to choose a cloud-based infrastructure.

2. EVO: RAIL

Though it took awhile for VMware’s partners to jump on board, EVO: RAIL is finally gaining speed. It enables an entire suite of software-defined services, including the EVO: RAIL engine and vCenter Server. From the hardware perspective, EVO: RAIL appliances provide four independent servers with dual processors and two 10GB Ethernet ports. It comes with three years of support for both the hardware and the software, and also includes VSAN within its software stack.

3. VMware vSphere 6

vSphere 6 comes packed with 650 new features. Among these are Virtual Volumes and long-distance vMotion, and upgrades to its existing software features, such as VMware Web Client. You can learn more about installing and using vSphere 6 at Opvizor.

4. VMware Certifications

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The updated and upgraded certification process makes it more affordable to get VMware certified and it represents a broader skills set than previous certification programs.

The VMware Certified Advanced Professional tracks have been replaced with the VMware Certified Certification Implementation Expert certification. Certifications are an excellent way both to break into an IT career and to advance above your current position and pay grade. The changes to the VMware certification process are designed to make it more worthwhile to pursue advanced learning opportunities. The certifications are now more affordable and represent a broader set of skills than the previous process.

5. vSphere Integrated Containers

Following the lead of the popular Docker containerization product, VMware has released its own container solution, vSphere Integrated Containers. This technology establishes an environment in which to deploy and manage lightweight Virtual Machines, adding flexibility and scalability. The new product allows users to manage Integrated Containers using vSphere Web Client and to enable Instant Clone technology, which helps to prevent cross-communicating among containers in order to prevent malware and crashes.

6. vRealize Orchestrator

vRealize Orchestrator helps manage multi-cloud workloads. It’s highly visual, making it much easier to design workflows without in-depth scripting knowledge. Abbreviated VRO, this product also packs some features like linked clone technology and the power to create a snapshot off of an existing snapshot. The snapshot can then be cloned itself. VRO also comes with excellent documentation to help get you started.

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Use Case - Tamper-resistant Clinical Trials

Goal:

Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

Still the goal of data immutability as well as client verification is a crucial. Furthermore, the system needs to be easy to use and operate (allowing backup, maintenance windows aso.).

Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

Having that single source of truth with versioned, timestamped, and cryptographically verifiable records, enables a whole new way of transparency and trust.

Use Case - Finance

Goal:

Store the source data, the decision and the rule base for financial support from governments timestamped, verifiable.

A very important functionality is the ability to compare the historic decision (based on the past rulebase) with the rulebase at a different date. Fully cryptographic verifiable Time Travel queries are required to be able to achieve that comparison.

Implementation:

While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

That allows the use of immudb’s time travel capabilities to retrieve verified historic data and recalculate with the most recent rulebase.

Use Case - eCommerce and NFT marketplace

Goal:

No matter if it’s an eCommerce platform or NFT marketplace, the goals are similar:

  • High amount of transactions (potentially millions a second)
  • Ability to read and write multiple records within one transaction
  • prevent overwrite or updates on transactions
  • comply with regulations (PCI, GDPR, …)


Implementation:

immudb is typically scaled out using Hyperscaler (i. e. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure) distributed across the Globe. Auditors are also distributed to track the verification proof over time. Additionally, the shop or marketplace applications store immudb cryptographic state information. That high level of integrity and tamper-evidence while maintaining a very high transaction speed is key for companies to chose immudb.

Use Case - IoT Sensor Data

Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

Use Case - DevOps Evidence

Goal:

CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
A very high Performance is required as the system should not slow down any build process.
Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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