CloudPhysics helps unearth some scary statistics in the Halloween spirit

I have written about CloudPhysics in the past and I think the tool has some cool features. They continue to add features and think up new ways to use all the data they collect about your data center and compare to others.

There are some scary things that can hide in your data center. The infographic below was pretty cool. The part that scared me was 22% of vSphere 5.5 hosts are still un-protected for SSL Heartbleed vulnerability. Take some time if you have not already and get to know the CloudPhysics offering.

You can read more about the features at the official CloudPhysics blog post here.

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About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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CloudPhysics updates, now with more awesome included

On the first day of VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, CloudPhysics kicks the conference off with a big announcement. The patform is receiving another round of new features that will blow your socks off. I’ve followed CloudPhysics closely over the past couple of years since they announced themselves to the world. Given the way they built their hosted offering I immediately began to dream of what might be possible. Some of the new features are exactly what I dreamed of and others are just more awesomeness that they dreamed up.

Global Data Set

CloudPhysics has been collecting data from every environment that installs their observer appliance. The observer is necessary to use the CloudPhysics offering, this is how data is collected and uploaded. The tools then crunch the data, for a lack of better description. You are able to use your data for reports and monitoring. CloudPhsyics also has been collecting two years worth of annonomized customer data that is now like the hive mind.

No one else has this level of information about virtualization. Oh the things that could be done with this, well I’m glad to say that they now have enough unique data that represents unique environments of all sizes that can be used for comparison purposes. I can’t tell you how cool this is going to be.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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CloudPhysics secures new funding and attacks storage problems

I’ve been a big fan and supporter of CloudPhysics for the past couple of years. Since the day that I first got a peek at what they were building I was hooked. Over time I have been lucky enough to work with them as an independent and through my work at a partner. Both avenues have allowed me to work closely and see what is being built. The product has grown greatly since its release and with this latest offering they are declaring they are more than just a reporting tool.

 

New Funding for CloudPhysics

Today CloudPhysics announces that they have secured a new round of funding adding $15 million dollars to their cause. This brings the total funding to $27.5 million for CloudPhysics. The new funding will help CloudPhysics scale their teams and continue to add features to the product. Read the official press release from link below.

Also today CloudPhysics announced $15 million in funding from Jafco Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield: [http://www.cloudphysics.com/press_releases/cloudphysics-funding-15-million-from-jafco-kleiner-perkins-mayfield]

 

New Storage features for CloudPhysics

CloudPhysics has bolstered their monitoring and reporting features around storage. Along with additional metrics around storage CloudPhysics is now offering Smart Alerts. I’ve pasted some details from the official announcement below.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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How to install VMware Log Insight 2.0

Log Insight is a fairly new product from VMware and has been getting some good attention since its release. It was just updated with version 2.0 and I thought it was time to write a few posts about it. In this one I will cover the base setup to get you up and running and collecting logs.

The install is started by downloading and deploying the Log Insight virtual appliance. I am not going to cover the appliance deployment since its like other VMware virtual appliances. To deploy all you must do is supply it with networking details or choose DHCP and follow the prompts. What I wanted to cover was the post appliance deployment steps and those are covered below.

Once the virtual appliance is deployed and powered on you will need to navigate to the appliance in the browser of your choice. The link should be similar to the one below. You will see the following page and only need to click on Next to get started.

Https://IP_address_of_appliance

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Log Insight – Step 1

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Nakivo releases Multi-Tenancy backup option

I was able to get an advance peak at Nakivo’s v3.9 of their backup solution. I have not had the chance to work with the product yet but the thing that excited me was the support to Multi-Tenancy. I know that this is not something that most customer IT shops have a need for but as cloud is becoming more widely used this type of offering is sure to be appreciated by customers.

The simple idea here is that as a customer of a hosted service or cloud offering I would be able to manage my own backups as expected. Also be able to control restores and any other features that are related to the product. On the hosting provider the product should be flexible enough to handle a large number of customers and the licensing model should be flexible.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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CloudPhysics releases the Card store and VMworld contest

As VMworld continues to inch closer and closer the number of announcements continues to grow. There are people announcing new jobs and companies taking the covers off of new product offerings before the big show even starts. Well today I’m happy to help CloudPhysics announce their new Card Store feature and this years VMworld contest.

VMworld Contest

Much like they did last year the team at CloudPhysics will be running another contest for VMworld. This year they are taking it up another notch by running the contest in two phases. The first phase starts today and runs up to VMworld. They are giving away some amazing prizes again this year.

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Best of all they have already released a large amount of cards that were suggestions from the community in last years contest. The cards created in this years contest will be available for all to use, this is good for the community and is helping CloudPhysics build a better product.

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You can find out the full details of the contest by reading the post from CloudPhysics.

CloudPhysics Card Store

The card store from CloudPhysics takes the Card Builder feature they released this summer and adds the ability to share with your company or the community. The image below is a snapshot I grabbed from the Card Store this morning it was already populated with a number of new cards released from CloudPhysics. This allows users to add these cards to their Deck or view and start getting more detailed reporting about their VMware environment.

I really like the idea of a Card Store, today people go off searching various blogs for posts looking for a script that might do what they are trying to accomplish. I think many of these needs could be met with cards in the Card Store and would ease the anxiety of admins not strong with scripting that they can trust these cards over a mystery script.

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How to play the game

To enter and play the contests all you need to do is have or sign up for a free CloudPhysics account. You will then be able to create cards with the Card Builder and share they with the community. You can then start earning points based on cards you build and how popular they are. So please do not create a bunch of redundant or rubbish cards people. lets really dig deep and create some cards that would be valuable to yourself and other VMware admins.

how-to-play

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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