Category Archives: VMware

vSphere 6.5 Enhancements and Why You Should Upgrade

VMware updated vSphere to version 6.5 a little more than a year ago—and since a lot of customers tend to take a wait-and-see approach on software updates and new releases to ensure they really live up to the hype, it’s safe to say that vSphere 6.5 is stable, dependable, and built on infrastructure to keep up with new IT demands. If you haven’t upgraded yet, here are some reasons why you should consider making the move to vSphere 6.5.

While a changing IT landscape is exciting, it also comes with a new set of challenges such as combatting sophisticated cybersecurity threats. vSphere 6.5 offers comprehensive built-in security for protecting data, infrastructure, and network access more effectively. VM Encryption allows the encryption of a virtual machine, including disk and snapshots. Secure Boot for ESXi ensures that only digitally signed code runs on the hypervisor.

vSphere 6.5 also improved its ease of use. It now offers a more simplified experience for automation and management at scale and by having a universal app platform, the ability to run any app, anywhere has become that much better.

From an HA perspective, VMware’s vCenter High 6.5 has a new native high availability solution that is available exclusively for vCenter Server Appliance. This solution consists of active, passive, and witness nodes that are cloned from the existing vCenter Server instance. The VMware vCenter High Availability (vCenter HA) cluster can be enabled, disabled, or destroyed at any time. There is also a maintenance mode that prevents planned maintenance from causing an unwanted failover. This feature is a major improvement in HA configurations.

With ongoing new system requirements, it’s important to ask how up-to-date your environment is. VMware’s Wave Two technologies such as NSX, vSAN 6.5, VMware Cloud on AWS, or AppDefense, all require vSphere 6.5. If you’re considering any of those products, be sure to check all the system requirements. In addition, review the expanded hardware compatibility list as a hardware refresh may be required as well.

Last, vSphere (5.5.) is going end-of-support in September 2018 so if you’re on vSphere 5.5 and haven’t had a chance to upgrade, now’s a great time to do it. vSphere 6.5 was set as a major release so it has a five-year support cycle and will be supported until November 2021.

Upgrading your vSphere is not a simple process however; it’s not a point and click and call it a day procedure. It involves scoping out your environment, performing a health check, and applying the right set of rules to correctly and effectively ensure no loss of downtime while also maximizing the full potential of the software.

If you’re looking to perform an upgrade, GreenPages offers professional service engagements where we scope out your environment to ensure your upgrade is done correctly. You can certainly change the oil in your car, but why waste a good Saturday or worry if you’ve done it right when you can bring it to a mechanic who does hundreds of oil changes a day. Same with your VMware upgrade. Trust that your advisor will complete the upgrade correctly giving you peace of mind that your systems will see positive results.

For more information on how GreenPages can assist with your vSphere upgrade, please contact your Account Executive or sales@greenpages.com

By Rob O’Shaughnessy, Director of Software Sales and Renewals

Comparing Parallels Desktop 13 and Fusion 10: macOS and Windows Integration

Over 600 man-years of development have been invested in Parallels Desktop® for Mac. Our latest product, Parallels Desktop 13, is the culmination of all this effort to run Windows on Mac®. Utilizing a virtual machine for your end-user goals is a great way to save time, money, and space. Since 2006, Parallels Desktop has been […]

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Comparing Parallels Desktop 13 and VMware Fusion 10: Ease of Use

Over 600 man-years of development have been invested in Parallels Desktop® for Mac. Our latest product, Parallels Desktop 13, is the culmination of all this effort to run Windows on Mac®. Utilizing a virtual machine to achieve your end-user goals is a great way to save time, money, and space. Since 2006, Parallels Desktop has […]

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On Being Named a VMware vExpert

By Chris Williams, Solutions Architect

I love learning new things.  I also love sharing the knowledge that I have out to folks who are interested in it. That’s why I started this blog. That’s why I help to run VTUGAWS-PUG and host/present for vBrownBag. This is on top of my full time role at GreenPages 🙂 It’s a labor of love and for the most part people don’t know how much time one has to put in on the back end to make something look pretty enough to see the light of day.

How I see every 1st draft I create

The vExpert program is a great recognition of those of us who, in addition to having a full-time day job, also enjoy spending time giving back to the community. vExperts come in all shapes and sizes:  bloggers, presenters, evangelists, user group leaders, podcasters, etc… Simply going through the roster of current vExperts will give you an amazing research base from which to pull knowledge in the future. Every year when the new VMware vExpert Awards are announced, I go through the list and add any new vExperts who are relevant to my particular areas. I am honored to be a part of a community of folks whose articles I’ve been using for years to help me do my job 🙂

Now I’ve been bestowed an even bigger honor in being chosen, among the ranks of the existing vExperts, as deserving of the vExpert Cloud designation. Thanks and congratulations to all who received the award and the team in VMware who makes all of this happen!

Congrats to our very own Chris Williams for his vExpert Cloud designation!

VMworld 2017: NSX Cloud, AppDefense + VMware’s New Direction

Enterprise Consultant, Chris Williams recently returned from VMworld 2017 and gives his take on a few of exciting announcements made at the event. AppDefense, VMware’s newest security solution monitors the steady state of servers and stops infiltration at the application layer. It’s a cloud offering rather than an on-premise based solution. VMware also announced NSX Cloud which allows you to employ a security policy once but also deploy it everywhere, providing companies with a common networking and security model across clouds. To learn more about the key news from VMworld and hear from an experienced technologist, check out the video above.

By Jake Cryan, Digital Marketing Specialist

Emerging Security Trends with Tom Corn, SVP, VMware + VMworld Tease!

 

I recently sat down with Tom Corn, Senior VP of Security Products at VMware, after his keynote presentation at GreenPages’ Cloudscape Summit 2017. While most of his keynote announcements are under wraps until VMworld kicks off next week, he was able to discuss what security trends are emerging in the security industry as well as VMware’s role, including the importance of micro segmentation and how that technology is poised to continue to grow. Check out the video, including a little tease about the upcoming exciting news that will be unveiled at VMworld!

GreenPages’ Enterprise Consultant, Chris Williams, will be presenting at VMworld this year! His session will focus on how an architect designs for availability and recoverability in the cloud. It is on Tuesday, August 29th from 3:00pm t0 3:15pm at VMworld. Click here for more info.

By Jake Cryan, Digital Marketing Specialist

Parallels at Mobile World Congress Press Event

We had a great time at ShowStoppers press event Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the University of Barcelona yesterday, on February 26, announcing to different journalists that Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is now available at Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Parallels RAS on Azure was demonstrated at the event including hands-on demos of how simple it is to use […]

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5 Reasons Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Is Better than VMWare Fusion 8.5

For the last 10 years, the best and most comprehensive option to run Windows® on Mac® has been Parallels Desktop for Mac. Our competitors all have one thing in common: They use cost as a driving reason as to why you should not use Parallels Desktop. However, our competitors often fail to mention the vast […]

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5 Reasons Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Is Better than VMWare Fusion 8.5

For the last 10 years, the best and most comprehensive option to run Windows® on Mac® has been Parallels Desktop for Mac. Our competitors all have one thing in common: They use cost as a driving reason as to why you should not use Parallels Desktop. However, our competitors often fail to mention the vast […]

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vRealize Operations Manager – Improve Monitoring & Capacity Planning Capabilities

vRealize Operations Manager by VMware, is a monitoring and capacity planning solution that comes with vSOM suite. It helps IT administrators monitor, troubleshoot, and manage their virtual environment and is a very helpful tool to help you accommodate more load and tell you when you are going to need to buy your next host or disk. Here at GreenPages, we use it to tell our customers where they need to go next and it has become a very valuable tool.

Click here to download our recap webinar, “Buzz from VMworld 2016: Key U.S. & Europe Announcements” with GreenPages CTO Chris Ward

To find out more about vRealize Operations Manager, email us here.

By Chris Williams, Enterprise Consultant