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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 54: vSAN Stretched Cluster

One of the most distinguishing features of VMware vSAN is the availability of stretched cluster deployment. Stretched clusters allow vSAN customers to configure two geographically located sites, while synchronously replicating data between the two sites. This provides high availability and protection against a single site failure. Not a new concept with traditional storage…. or is

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 52: Understanding vSAN Encryption

For many IT organizations security is top of mind. VMware introduced advanced security for the modern data center with the release of vSphere 6.5, and are now extending security to vSAN with the industry&#rsquo;s first native HCI security solution, vSAN Encryption. So how does this differ from VM encryption in vSphere 6.5? This week Aaron

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 51: vSAN ReadyLabs

One of the key reasons Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) powered by VMware vSAN is so successful with customers is that it gives them the choice of a wide range of supported hardware platforms and choice of the latest technologies—both of which do not simply happen by chance. This week wespoke with two key members of

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vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer: Size and Deploy vSAN for the workload of your choice

The new All Flash vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer is now available and is accessible here: https://vsansizer.vmware.com/     What are the key features of the vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer? The key features of vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer are: Evaluation Sizer: A basic evaluation version of the vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer which requires minimal input such as the count of

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 50: vSAN Off-Road

vSAN ReadyNode provides the most flexible hardware options to build Hyper-Converged Infrastructure based on VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Software. However, occasionally we get the question about vSAN designs that are slightly outside the standard vSAN ReadyNode configuration. This week we invite VMware SE Manager James LeFort to go off-road with us and share some of the

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 49: Host Resources Deep Dive

The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts, This book was written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This week we discuss this new book with

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 48: VMworld 2017 Preview

The industry’s top cloud infrastructure and digital workspace event is only 60 days away. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we bring Duncan Epping back to share some of his favorite VMworld sessions and some helpful tips to make the best out of your VMworld 2017 experience. Show Related Links VMworld Main Page VMworld

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VMware NSX and Check Point vSEC

One of the current challenges of data center security is the East-West traffic that has become so pervasive as modern applications communicate a great deal between their different components. Conventional perimeter security is poorly placed to secure these lateral flows, to promote a zero-trust model in order to prevent threats moving within each application layer. VMware NSX addresses this, providing virtual firewall at the virtual NIC of each VM with a management framework where micro-segmentation is achievable with a sensible level of overhead. Check Point vSEC can be deployed in conjunction to provide threat and malware protection.

The VMware NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) protects East-West L2-L4 traffic within the virtual data center. The DFW operates in the vSphere kernel and provides a firewall at the NIC of every VM. This enables micro-segmented, zero-trust networking with dynamic security policy leveraging the vCenter knowledge of VMs and applications to build policy rather than using IP or MAC addresses that may change. Tools for automation and orchestration as well as a rich set of APIs for partner and customer extensibility complete the toolset for security without impossible management overhead. While this is a dramatic improvement in the security posture of most data centers, layer 4 policies may not prevent malware or other threats that propagate via standard, likely permitted, protocols.

The NSX NetX API allows the insertion of 3rd party security services into the VMs network traffic flow, including streamlining the deployment of the partner solution and permitting sharing of security tags in order that dynamic security policy can still be used. Check Point vSEC integration with NSX automatically deploys a Check Point vSEC appliance to every host in a cluster then steers traffic to it within the host for inspection according to policy. The Check Point management server also connects to the vCenter API to retrieve vCenter constructs, for example, virtual machine folders.

The combination of both products with dynamic security groups permits effective security control while policy size and readability are maintained promotingeffective auditing and troubleshooting. For more details check out this blog post,Advanced VMware NSX Security Services with Check Point vSEC.


If you are in the Massachusetts area and want to learn more next week, register for our lunch and learn on Wednesday 14th Junehere.


To learn more about VMware NSX and Check Point vSEC

  • VMware NSX and Check Point vSEC Solution Brief
  • Test drive a free Hands-On-Lab (HOL): Advanced SDDC Security with Check Point vSEC and NSX

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 47: vRealize Automation Use Cases

This week VMware releasedthe latest version of vRealize Automation - 7.3, the next iteration of our industry-leading cloud automation platform. In a future episode we arebringing in the vRA team to walk us through this feature packed release, but thought it might be interesting to start by walking through some vRA basics and use cases.

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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 46: NVMe

If you’re listening to this podcast you’ve probably heard it said that Nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) is the future of storage. The goal is to give flash drives in a storage network the same I/O speed as one connected directly to a computer via PCIe. This week John and I bring on Flash expert Dave

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