Virtual Updates 2023-05-15

VMs, Containers, or Serverless?
Lots of folks have been talking about this online.
Amazon Prime Video has moved from Serverless, back to EC2 Images.
The reason was cost.
Just goes to show, that you need to use the right tool for the job, and that just because that’s the way you have/are doing it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t review your options.
A post from InfoQ discussing this is here.

VMware Aria Migration
This looks to be about multi-cloud, and running your workloads in the appropriate cloud.
This initial release is focused only on assessing your environment…and they state that this part is free (not sure if it will remain that way).
The next two phases of release will add planning & execution.
This is interesting, as it looks like a combination of pieces of other offerings.
Have to see how this plays out, but it looks interesting.
VMware Blog post is here.

VMCWAF (VMware Cloud Well-Architected Framework)
Even the acronym is a mouthful….
A focus on plan, build, secure, modernize, and operate.
There is a lot of content here already…check it out.
VMware Blog post is here.

Aria Operations – STIG Compliance for vSphere 8
Nice that this is already available!
VMware Blog post is here.

Aria Operations – Maintenance Mode
Use Aria Operations (vROPs), and not sure what Maintenance Mode is for?
It’s not what you think.
VMware Blog post is here.

Arai Operations – License Groups
Use Aria Operations (vROPs), and not sure why you need (or how to use) License Groups?
Simpler than you might think….
Blog post is here.

VMware Converter 6.4 released
Now with EC2 migration!
VMware Converter documentation is here.
How to migrate EC2 to VMware on AWS notes are here.

VMware Photon OS 5.0 released
If you don’t think you use Photon OS, what do you think powers VMware’s virtual appliances, like vCenter?
x84_x64, Arm, OVA, Amazon AMI, Google, Azure, Raspberry Pi….
VMware Blog post is here.

Why use Nutanix NC2 or VMC on AWS/Azure/GCP
Why add a hypervisor on public cloud providers?
Josh Odgers has a well written post articulating things that many of us know.
It is an option, and a valid one at that.
It’s not just the “cost” (which seems to freak out many people).
Give it a read… < 5 minutes.

macOS Terminal eqahcemmtn – Oh My zsh
Forget who told me about this.
This is great little enhancement for the macOS Terminal app.
Check it out here.

cat Command – lots of other switches to use
Bob Plankers had posted this.
What caught my eye was the -n option (to add line numbers during cat), and
the -e option (shown invisible characters … like pesky end-of-line ones).
A full list with examples is here.

Nutanix .NEXT was great!
Lots of friends all in one place.
Only my 4th in person event since 2019….so glad its back!
Also, so many cool things to see them developing…
Nutanix Blog post is here.

Nutanix LCM – v4 APIs available
Finally, Prism Element & Prism Central now use the same APIs!
Nutanix Dev post is here, and very detailed.

Nutanix Central – FINALLY announced
Been waiting on this for a while now.
I know its available in limited form at the moment…
Just imagine Prism Central running in the cloud, and being Highly Available, meeting business continuity goals for the business.
One of the many things announced at .NEXT 2023 in Chicago last week.
Businesswire article highlighting it.

Nutanix Data Lens – Free trial for 1 year!
For all customers who register by August 1 2023, so long as you are running Nutanix Unified Storage (Files, Objects).
Think Files Analytics, but as a Service, and always up to date…
Identifying anomalies with the latest information.
Nutanix link here for the free trial.

Running “Attention” AI on Nutanix
Want to run Attention for AI/ML?
This post covers the setup & config….seems simple!
Nutanix Dev post is here.

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references
(of people who have used those sites & are happy with the results).
VMware Explore 2023 -Aug 21-Aug 24 (Las Vegas, NV)
VeeamON 2023 – May 22-25 (Miami, FL & Online)
HashiCorp Learn
Kode Kloud
Nutanix University
PluralSight / A Cloud Guru (PluralSight purchased A Cloud Guru)
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs
VMware Explore 2022 (sessions)
VMware Explore VMTN Sessions (vBrownBag)
VCDX Mentoring Series