Network Virtualisation – The Answer to Data Centre Security

I’m always being asked to write something high-level about NSX, and for a techie I’ve always struggled to keep technology out of these types of articles.

As MTI are sponsoring and exhibiting at ESRM tomorrow, I was asked at the last minute whether I would like to write an article for ESRM’s blog regarding what MTI will be talking about on their stand.

Anyways, with such late notice I hope I’ve done NSX and MTI justice….

http://www.whitehallmedia.co.uk/esrm/uncategorized/network-virtualisation-answer-data-centre-security/

Enterprise Security & Risk Management – 30th Nov 2016, Victoria London

So my company is sponsoring the Enterprise Security & Risk Management event at Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London this coming Wednesday.

As such, I’ve been asked to attend with some of my security colleagues to help spread the NSX love… =)

Not many people are aware that MTI Technology has both a Data Centre and Security business unit, which means we are clearly positioned as a Solutions Provider that can sell you tin (storage/servers/networks), virtualise your workloads and also secure your critical data!

As one of VMware’s NSX Focused Partners in the UK, we are able to offer the full network virtualisation and security package! Whether it’s just using NSX to offer micro-segmentation and automation of network & security policies, or whether you require deeper packet inspection with the likes of Palo Alto or Trend Deep Security.

Anyways, if anyone’s in attendance at the ESRM event on Wednesday, then drop by the MTI stand to say hi and find out more about what we do, which vendors we work with and also why we all love NSX! =P

Oh, and we’re also giving away a Sonos Play 1 Wireless Speaker as a raffle prize! =)

Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products

So VMware have now released a Knowledge Based Article that describes the upgrade path in which vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products must be updated:

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147289

NOTE: At this time current versions of VMware NSX for vSphere, VMware Integrated OpenStack, vCloud Director for Service Providers, vRealize Automation and vRealize Infrastructure Navigator are not compatible with vSphere 6.5. Customers with these products are advised to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 when compatible versions become available.

vSphere/vCenter 6.5 released

So post VMworld, I wrote a long article about what’s new for vSphere 6.5 which I was hoping would be published on SearchVMware.com…. unfortunately I’m still waiting on it to be published, last I heard the article was too long and they were splitting it up into two articles! ¬_¬”

Anyways, whilst I wait for the article to be published, I’ll give a quick summary of things I’ve learnt about the new vSphere/vCenter 6.5 that was released 2 days ago.

  • New HTML5 vSphere Client
  • Fully Integrated vSphere Update Manager and AutoDeploy with vCenter Server Appliance
  • Native High Availability for the vCSA
  • Native backup/restore for vCSA
  • Built-in monitoring web interface for the vCSA
  • Over 2x increase in scale and 3x in performance
  • Easy to migrate from Windows vCenter to vCSA
  • Client Integration Plugin for the vSphere Web Client is no longer required
  • The vCSA deployment installer can be run on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • The installer now supports install, upgrade, migrate and restore
  • vSphere API Explorer
  • VM Encryption / Encrypted vMotion
  • Secure Boot (for ESXi host and VM)
  • VMware Tools 10.1 and 10.0.12 (for older guest OSes that are out of support)
  • Multi-factor authentication with Smartcard or SecurID
  • VMFS-6 (4k drive support in 512e mode – emulating 512 sectors)
  • Automatic Space Reclamation – VAAI UNMAP now automatic and integrated it UI
  • VVOLs 2.0 plus VASA 3.0
  • vSphere HA is now known as vSphere Availability, enhancements to Admission Control
  • HA Orchestrated Restarts (adding in dependencies when HA restarts a VM)
  • Proactive HA (when host components are failing they are put into a quarantine mode)
  • Enhancements to DRS (VM distribution, CPU Over-commit, Network aware)
  • Predictive-DRS if vRealize Operations 6.4 is deployed (forecasted trends will kick off DRS)
  • vSphere Replication enhancements (now 5min RPOs like vSAN)

 

To find out more information, head along to the following:

 

In addition to the GA of vSphere/vCenter 6.5 there were a load of other releases on the same day:

 

I’m still waiting on the launch of vRealize Automation 7.2 and NSX 6.3….. those should be imminent as well!

As always, all downloads are available via the My VMware Portal.

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Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6.5 along with new releases of other SDDC components: VMware vSAN 6.5, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4 and VMware vRealize Operations 6.4. Together, these products help IT more efficiently run, manage, and secure their applications both on- or off-premises.


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