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 September 30, 2021
VMware Multi-Writer Option for VMDK Disks in VMware vSphere for Clustering Solutions

Everything is a bit too complicated when it comes to vSphere, and this feature is no exception. While configuring vSphere clusters, your VMs may need to be accessed by various hosts simultaneously or several VMs in a cluster need to write at once within the same host. Sounds quite routine, but there are several “hoops” to jump through to set that up properly.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on August 10, 2021
5 New Features of VMware vSphere 7 Update 2 That You May Not Know About

Admittedly, the newly released VMware vSphere 7 Update 2 has brought along a lot of new interesting features. However, while the primary upgrades have been widely discussed, not all improvements have got their fair share of the spotlight, leaving some prominent new additions largely unnoticed.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on July 6, 2021
Brand new VMware Customer Connect instead of the old My VMware: What’s Changed?

VMware Customer Connect is definitely better than its predecessor, My VMware. The new Customer Connect portal is powered by a novel AI and machine learning for elevated user experience. It also allows you to manage user assets, licenses, teams and user rights, monitor infrastructure health, create support tickets and do a host of other things within a sleek new design.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on May 11, 2021
VMware Cloud: What the Fuss is All About? Introduction

People working with hybrid infrastructures must know how tiresome it can balance the on-premises and cloud resources. If only there were an option enabling you to manage it as a single environment! Luckily, the new VMware vSphere release, VMware Cloud on AWS, has something to say.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on April 13, 2021
Cloning Technology in VMware vSphere / Horizon: Full, Linked, and Instant Clones

Virtualization machines (VMs) have various use cases, each defined by the IT resources at hand and respective end-goals. VMware vSphere and Horizon offer three types of cloning when it comes to VM interoperability: full, linked, and instant cloning. Each type has its benefits but also takes its own toll on the system.

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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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