Alex Samoylenko
Alex Samoylenko
Virtualization technology professional. 10 years ago he built #1 website on virtualization in Russia. Alex runs his own virtualization-focused company VMC. He is a CEO of a mobile game publisher Nova Games and a CEO of an international dating site

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 9, 2021
Managing VMware vCenter & ESXi License Keys with PowerCLI

More transparency, fewer hardware restrictions, freedom of choice, clarity of control, and immutability — that’s where backups are headed. Microsoft has been taking too long to adapt its ReFS to those consumer demands. Veeam and Linux, on the other hand, leverage those trends and offer immutability with reasonable freedom of object and cloud storage choice.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on January 28, 2021
VMware vSphere: Time to Prepare for an Upgrade!

With new vSphere versions, it’s not just about one-click upgrades. There are various things an admin has to account for in good time. You need to consider the interoperability of other VMware products and other existing infrastructure components, which upgrade path to take, back-in-time upgrade threats, developing the upgrade plan, and necessary post-upgrade procedures.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on December 1, 2020
vMotion Innovations in VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1: Improved Performance & EVC for GPU

VMware introduced quite a good chunk of innovations this time: performance has been improved dramatically, memory pre-copy technology completely re-architected. But the true novelty lies in new Enhanced vMotion Capabilities (EVC) for GPU, making it a real powerhouse for intense workloads (graphic software, ML/DL-workloads, etc.)

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on October 27, 2020
What is VMware vRealize AI Cloud and How Does it Affect Data Center Optimization

VMware presented vRealize AI Cloud during VMworld 2020 as its next step in cloud automation. The tool is designed for automated performance optimization as part of the Self-Driving Data Center concept. As defined by the vendor, it’s meant to monitor infrastructure performance and apply machine learning to improve performance as workloads change.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on October 6, 2020
Virtualized Environment Threats Today: What Does AMD Have To Say?

Cases like Meltdown and Spectre showed that minuscule flaws in hardware-layer security can become serious breaches in another person’s keen eyes. AMD’s SEV-ES and latest SEV-SNP exist to protect guest OS by encrypting all CPU register content. So, if your hypervisor is compromised, it won’t be able to access any guest OS data.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on August 6, 2020
Protecting Enterprise Workstations with VMware Carbon Black

VMware Carbon Black is a next-gen cloud-native endpoint protection platform (EPP). This solution doesn’t only detect threats on the workstation level, analyze them in the cloud, and take action. It is a complex system for monitoring network connections and applications that exhibit abnormal activity, ensuring your desktop infrastructure security.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on June 16, 2020
VMware vSphere 7: 10 Reasons Why

As a flagship of industry, VMware knows better than anyone a simple recipe for staying on top. If you want to grow, you need to keep going. The latest release of VMware vSphere proves this well enough. So, let’s take a look under the hood what exactly this new VMware vSphere 7 has to offer!
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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on April 30, 2020
VMware vSphere 7: What is off the table?

Generally, people like new things, especially when it comes to technology. But with the new vSphere 7 coming in, little to no focus is offered to what’s been discarded. For example, there is no more Flash-based vSphere Web Client, Platform Services Controller has been dropped, vCenter for Windows — canceled, and so on.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on March 26, 2020
VMware vSAN Cluster Rebalancing: Automatic & Proactive

VMware vSAN clusters are typically aggregates of several ESXi hosts. Local disks with VM data are divided into groups there. It’s preferable that each disk’s load variance doesn’t reach 30%. If it does, there are two options: Automatic and Proactive rebalancing. Each of them has its own pros and cons; you decide which to choose.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 12, 2020
An ESXi host shows as Not Responding in vCenter Server – Now what might be the problem?

Every admin knows that however perfect an environment may be, it’s bound to encounter certain problems along the way. One of the most confusing issues for a VMware vSphere admin is VMware ESXi hosts in vCenter Server being nor responding since there can be too many different reasons. Luckily, you have a chance now to find out the most common ones and means to deal with them!

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