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Zerto Update at VMworld 2018

08/11/2018 • Megan Warren

In this video I (Barry) catch-up with Steve Blow Technical Evangelist at Zerto to learn more about what is coming to Zerto 7.X.

In the forthcoming 7.X release Zerto are further building upon their IT Resilancy Platform to include backup alongside their ability to other replication and mobility on premises and to and from the cloud.

IoT thoughts and reflections from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona

08/11/2018 • Barry Coombs

One of my main focuses from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona was IoT, specifically I was looking to better understand use cases that are going into production, architectures for the ‘things’, gateways, edge computing, data storage and analytics and how to manage, maintain and secure the IoT environment.

You can see some of my thoughts from the sessions I attended in the Doodle below.

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Use Cases

IoT use cases are driven by a business or a personal need to analyse data for insight or to monitor something. There were fantastic examples given during VMworld specifically around how IoT was being used in healthcare to help give patients freedom whilst the healthcare workers are still able to ensure their safety and well being.

Infrastructure

The infrastructure for IoT is different depending on the specific use cases, the infrastructure starts with the ‘things’ or the senors. The specific requirement will dictate which sensors and the quantity however usually the sensors will interact with some form of a gateway due to the sensors either being propriety wired or using wireless using WiFi or more commonly a low energy form of wireless connectivity such as bluetooth low energy (BLE) or ZigBee. The gateway is able to aggregate the sensors from the differing forms of connectivity and forward on to the data storage and analytics location.

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Depending on the use case you may also require edge computing to provide an element of analytics and decision making at the edge. These edge computing infrastructures will differ depending on the task but VMware are currently working on delivering ESXi on ARM based platforms to allow smaller, affordable but highly available virtual environments for these use cases. >> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/27/vmware_esxi_ar64/

Security

If you manage to figure out your use case, collect the data with the correct sensors and infrastructure and you are able to get the answers you require with the correct analytics your work still isn’t done. We all know that security in end user computing and IT in general is a major concern, however if you look at the nature of IoT being disparate, involving many connected components and also not being directly monitored (Used) by humans the attack vector for IoT is massive. This is where VMware Pulse comes into play, VMware Pulse aims to be your management plane for your IoT infrastructure, on each of yours sensors or gateways an SDK Python based agent is deployed allowing the Pulse infrastructure to monitor and maintain your ‘things’. Pulse is able to ensure the ‘Things’ are communicating, working within normal parameters and are up to date, think of Workspace UEM (AirWatch) but for IoT.

This is the very beginning of the IoT journey for myself, I would like to further understand the gateway and sensor technology as well as the management of the IoT infrastructure with Pulse. Watch this space as I learn more.

Megan's Day Three VLOG at VMWorld

08/11/2018 • Megan Warren

Today was my third and final day tat VMworld! I cannot believe how quick this week has gone and how much I have had! Take a look at my VLOG summarising my day!

VMworld 2018 vExpert Interview with Barry Coombs for VMworld TV

08/11/2018 • Barry Coombs

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Martijn Smit for VMworld TV live at VMworld 2018. Martijn asked me about my career, blogging, the VMware Community and much much more.

Megan's Day two VLOG at VMworld

07/11/2018 • Megan Warren

So yesterday was the second day of VMworld 2018 and once again was packed with extremely good session, announcements and content. Watch my video to find out what I got up to and learnt on day 2 of VMworld!

NSX Basics - Creating Networks using Logical Switches

06/11/2018 • Ben Evans

In this video demonstration I will how you how to create new networks within the NSX environment and make them routable on an external network, all without making any changes to physical switches.

My interview with Shawn Bass - By Megan Warren #VMworld 2018

06/11/2018 • Megan Warren

Today, myself, the rest of the ComputerWorld team and our customers who are out at VMworld 2018 were lucky enough to get a chance to hear about VMware’s EUC vision and strategy from the main EUC man himself, Shawn Bass, CTO of EUC at VMware.

VMworld 2018 - Day 1

06/11/2018 • Megan Warren

Today was the first day of VMworld 2018 and what a start to the week it was!

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