On my recent ActualTechMedia #RoadCast2017 Silicon Valley trip, I interviewed Vivek Saraswat, Sr. Product Manager for Docker Datacenter, to learn more about the latest release of Docker Datacenter (DDC), the company’s enterprise-level container management solution. As Saraswat explains in our #RoadCast2017 video interview, the newest release is all about security – keeping Docker deployments safe and ensuring there are no vulnerabilities.

One exciting, new feature Saraswat told us about is Docker On-Premises Security Scanning, which allows enterprises to scan through their Docker applications to obtain key information, like locating all of the packages that are in an application and matching them against known vulnerabilities so you can determine what types of vulnerabilities you might be dealing with for each individual application. Because the security scans are being performed on a continual basis, IT teams are able to quickly and easily spot any possible vulnerabilities in their deployment that already have or could potentially be exploited. The feature essentially allows IT to take preventative actions, offering continuous vulnerability monitoring and protection for your cluster as new vulnerabilities are discovered.

Another security feature that’s new to Docker Datacenter is Secrets Management, which allows organizations to add passwords, config data and other sensitive information to a container without exposing the information to other containers in the cluster. As Saraswat explains, Secrets Management lets Docker Datacenter users store confidential data in the cluster and inject it into a running service whenever it’s needed. Combined with the access control features in Docker Datacenter, this becomes a powerful feature for managing and monitoring the use of privileged information.

In addition to the new security features, Docker Datacenter also has several networking features including HTTP routing mesh, which allows users to rout host names to a specific application, according to Saraswat. It also allows organizations to do very complicated routing, which was only available as an experimental feature before.

Visit docker.com to learn more about the latest release of Docker Datacenter and to get your free trial.

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Free Forever vSphere Backup from Vembu

by David Davis on February 20, 2017

I’m a big fan of free vSphere tools and every vSphere infrastructure needs to protect their VMs with reliable backup & recovery (I can’t say that enough). For those reasons, I was excited to hear that Vembu, announced a new release of their datacenter backup solution – Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 – and with the latest release, it will be available in 2 different versions – Free Forever and Paid. You get a 30 day evaluation of all the paid version features and, after that, if you choose not to license it and use their paid features, the product will still work, with the exception of some enterprise-grade functionality (you can compare free vs paid editions here). The cool thing about the free edition is that there is no limit to number of sockets, VMs and servers. If at some point you want to go to the paid edition, you can always do that by applying a license (and keep all your backup jobs, backup data, and history).

Introduction to Vembu

For those who have never heard of Vembu, you might be wondering who they are is and what their data protection solution offers. Vembu has been around since 2002 and has over 4,000 partners. Their primary product is their BDR suite – which is very comprehensive. Vembu BDR offers:

  • VMBackup – VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V Backup
  • ImageBackup – Image-level backup for phyiscal servers, desktops, and laptops
  • NetworkBackup – for offsite backups of file servers, application servers and endpoints
  • OnlineBackup – for data protection to the Vembu cloud
  • SaaSBackup – backup for protection of MS Office365, Google Apps (now G Suite) data

Optionally, you can add on to the BDR Suite:

  • Offsite DR – for disaster recovery protection
  • CloudDR – for disaster recovery replication to the Vembu cloud
  • BDR360 – a centralized monitoring tool for all types of data protection

I’ll be blogging more about my personal experience with Vembu in my lab but, until that blog is ready, here’s a nice overview video of how Vembu can help to make data protection easier in the datacenter..


How to Download Free Forever Data Protection

I can tell you from personal experience, I downloaded Vembu AND installed it in my vSphere infrastructure in about 10 minutes. Here’s a screenshot of my Vembu VMBackup console, right after I initiated my first backup with Vembu…

To try out the latest Vembu BDR Suite in your own lab, you can download it here –

FREE FOREVER DATA PROTECTION

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In episode #43, David talks with Wes Higbee of WesHigbee.com to discuss containers vs virtual machines. Wes is an author  of 12+ Pluralsight.com courses, he’s a great speaker, educator, and very knowledgeable developer. For those reasons, this vChat turned out especially great (which you’ll see for yourself)! Watch this vChat to get the real truth about containers!

WATCH NOW to see the full episode!

In the podcast, Wes talks about …

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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In episode #42, Simon and David talk with Dan Appleman, CTO at Full Circle Insights to find out the best ways for infrastructure admins to learn more about development. You want to get started in coding and the cloud? You want to ensure you future success in your career? Dan’s got some great advice for you! WATCH NOW to see the full episode!

In the podcast, Dan talks about the tremdeous opportunity in developing applications for the Salesforce cloud (Force.com) and the largest software conference in the world – Dreamforce. Dan is the also the author of Advanced Apex Programming book and the author of numerous Pluralsight.com courses including:

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

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In episode #41, Simon and David talk with vExpert James Green about his favorite VMware Labs Flings including DRS Doctor, I/O Analyzer, and PowerCLI tools. We also cover the vBlog 2016 results and what we are doing with our home labs. WATCH NOW to see the full episode!

Show Notes and Hyperlinks

Here are notes and links to many of the things we covered in episode 41 of vChat:

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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In this milestone episode #40, Simon and David talk about EMCworld 2016, OpenStack Summit 2016, home labs, Megacasts, vSphere-Land Voting, vSphere 6 training, and LOT of hot new tech (like kickstarter gadgets). Show notes with hyperlinks are below. WATCH NOW to see the full episode!

Show Notes and Hyperlinks

Here are notes and links to many of the things we covered in episode 40 of vChat:

  • OpenStack Summit 2016 in Austin

David interview David Safaii at of Trilio Data at OpenStack Summit

David interviews Laurent Denel, CEO of OpenIO.io at OpenStack Summit

vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, Cloud Computing, Virtualization News, and maybe some geeky humor. Regular contributors are 3 vExperts – Simon Seagrave (TechHead.co), Eric Siebert (vSphere-Land.com), and David Davis (VMwareVideos.com).

You can now SUBSCRIBE TO VCHAT on iTunes!

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