Webinar – Introduction to VMware NSX (Free)

VMware NSX™ is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. NSX brings virtualization to your existing network and transforms network operations and economics.  Join us for this webinar for an introduction to the major features of VMware NSX including:

  • Logical switching
  • Distributed routing
  • Layer 2 bridging
  • Distributed firewall 

The webinar is designed for you to learn how VMware NSX fundamentally changes the data center by adding agility and efficiency to network operations.

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VMware I/O Analyzer

VMware I/O Analyzer is an integrated framework designed to measure storage performance in a virtual environment and to help diagnose storage performance concerns. I/O Analyzer, supplied as an easy-to-deploy virtual appliance, automates storage performance analysis through a unified interface that can be used to configure and deploy storage tests and view graphical results for those tests.

I/O Analyzer can use Iometer to generate synthetic I/O loads or a trace replay tool to deploy real application workloads. It uses the VMware VI SDK to remotely collect storage performance statistics from VMware ESX/ESXi hosts. Standardizing load generation and statistics collection allows users and VMware engineers to have a high level of confidence in the data collected.

Please post comments and questions regarding this fling to the I/O Analyzer Community.

Features

  • Integrated framework for storage performance testing
  • Readily deployable virtual appliance
  • Easy configuration and launch of storage I/O tests on one or more hosts
  • Integrated performance results at both guest and host levels
  • Storage I/O trace replay as an additional workload generator
  • Ability to upload storage I/O traces for automatic extraction of vital metrics
  • Graphical visualization of workload metrics and performance results

New in version 1.6

  • Upgraded to SLES 64-bit VM
  • Upgraded to 64-bit JVM with 1.6GB default heap size
  • Upgraded to Tomcat6
  • Disabled esxtop CSV output by default to avoid running out of JVM heap
  • Added experimental NFS-client stats collection
  • Added experimental non-persistent configuration option
  • Various bug fixes
  • Updated documentation

Using the VMware I/O Analyzer v1.5: A Guide to Testing Multiple Workloads

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VMware Workstation 11 Technology Preview Now Available

The VMware Workstation team is providing public access to the VMware Workstation Technology Preview to gather feedback from users on a wide range of hardware and software configurations. The VMware Workstation Technology Preview includes changes to the core virtualization engine and new capabilities we are exploring. We would appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • New OS support including the latest versions of Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL and OpenSUSE
  • VMware Hardware Version 11 including improved CPU support and upgraded USB 3.0 controller
  • Graphics memory configuration per virtual machine
  • Windows 8 Unity mode improvements
  • Create and boot virtual machine with EFI

More details including installation instructions can be found on the What’s New page.

Download VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014

Two Available VCAP5-DCA Exams

On April 7, VMware released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VDCA550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VDCA510) is based on vSphere v5.0.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCAP5-DCA certification if you meet the other pre-requisites.

vSphere 5.5 Based Exam – Exam Code VDCA550

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vSphere 5.0 Based Exam – Exam Code VDCA510

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