Author: Nico Guerrera

Custom Script Monitoring with vRealize Operations 8.0

One of the cool new features that VMware has introduced into vRealize Operations 7.5 is the ability to deploy agents to monitor the operating systems and applications inside your virtual machines. With vRealize Operations 8.0, we have added the extra feature to be able to run custom scripts using the Application Monitoring agent, and then collect the script output as a metric. This provides a lot of flexibility and robustness to our in-guest monitoring feature, since now you can monitor any information that can be pulled by running a script inside your operating system. 

In this blog, I will show off a simple bash script that checks for security patches in an Ubuntu VM, and then passes that metric to vRealize Operations, where we can create an alert to let us know if there are any patches available for our OS. This lets us centralize our Linux patch management into vRealize Operations, and lets us corollate our patching with other metrics collected by vRealize Operations to do things like patch when the system is the least busy, or when our app is least busy as reported by the application monitoring features in vRealize Operations.  

AWS re:Invent 2019 Recap

Amazon AWS introduced almost eighty new services or service enhancements this year at re:Invent. Let’s go over a few of the more important ones.


Serverless was one of the main focuses of re:Invent 2019. The big announcement was the launch of ‘provisioned concurrency’ for Lambda. Currently, there is some latency the first time Lambda is invoked because of ‘cold starts’, when containers need to initialize in the background to do processing for your functions. Provisioned concurrency mitigates this by allocating a pool of pre-initialized Lambda containers in the background. This should allow for better latency when a Lambda function is initialized for the first time.

Link to announcement:

A few other major announcements in the serverless compute space:


IAM Access Analyzer was the biggest security announcement from re:Invent. This new feature continuously monitors your IAM policies for changes and alerts if anything has changed. When an IAM policy violates your security and access standards, it can be remediated faster.

Link to announcement:

Other major releases and announcements in the security space:


ARM based compute is the coolest thing that came out of the major compute announcements. Graviton processors, custom ARM based CPUs designed by Amazon, can perform almost as well as x86 CPUs at a fraction of the cost.

Link to announcement:

Other major releases and announcements in the AWS compute space:


The big announcement here seems to be AWS Wavelength, AWS services embedded into the datacenters of telecommunications providers. This will provide very low latency for sensitive applications.

Link to Announcement:

Other major networking releases and announcements:



AWS Outpost was announced in 2018, but is now generally available. This allows for true hybrid functionality for the cloud with AWS services on-prem and in the public cloud. VMware also offers VMware Cloud on AWS Outpost for customers that want to bring the strengths of AWS and VMware together in their datacenters.

Link to Outposts GA announcement:

AWS re:Invent 2019 Keynotes & Further Announcements

If you’re interested in watching any of the keynotes, the re:Invent 2019 YouTube channel has them all here:

Announcements for the dozens of other new technologies we didn’t cover here can be found on the 2019 re:Invent announcement page:

That’s about everything we’re going to cover. There was so much more announced this year, but these are what I think they key highlights are for. Thanks for reading!

VMworld 2019 Europe Recap

Happy Sunday everyone, lets discuss some new announcements from our 2019 VMworld Europe conference.

Recap & Announcements:

– VMware Tanzu Progress and Design Principles: At VMworld US in San Francisco in August, Pat Gelsinger and Joe Beda were on stage to announce VMware Tanzu as a portfolio of products and services for customers that want to build, run and manage their applications on Kubernetes. Now here we are at VMworld Europe in Barcelona having made rapid progress toward our VMware Tanzu vision.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:

Announcing VMware NSX Disributed IDS/IPS: Six years ago, VMware pioneered the concept of micro-segmentation to stop the internal, lateral spread of malware. We then launched the NSX Service-defined Firewall, an internal firewall that’s built into the hypervisor, distributed, and application aware. Shortly thereafter we introduced NSX Intelligence to automate security rule recommendations, streamlining the deployment of micro-segmentation. Now we are announcing that we will be taking internal security to the next level by introducing optional Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS) for our Service-defined Firewall. Built on the same philosophy, the new NSX Distributed IDS/IPS will allow enterprises to fortify applications across private and public clouds.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:

– Interested in the Project Pacfic beta? Ever since we announced the technology preview of Project Pacific at VMworld 2019 back in August, customers and partners have been excited to hear more. It’s easy to see why. Leveraging vSphere to deploy and manage containers and Kubernetes infrastructure is a win-win for both vSphere administrators and application developers alike.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:

– VMware Introduces “Workspace ONE for Microsoft Endpoint Manager” to Enable Modern Management for Windows 10: VMware and Microsoft are working together to enable customers’ rapid move to modern management solutions that are built on cloud intelligence; and automate Windows 10 management tasks to help IT spend their precious time in the most impactful ways.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:

– Announcing vRealize Network Insight 5.1: VMware is announcing the upcoming release of version 5.1 of both vRealize Network Insight and vRealize Network Insight Cloud. This next version of vRealize Network Insight will build on the momentum of the 5.0 release and include additional capabilities to help you discover, optimize and troubleshoot application security and network connectivity, no matter where the application livesdata center, cloud or even the branch.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:

– Introducing Project Maestro: Today at VMworld Barcelona, VMware announced as a technology preview its new solution for telco cloud orchestration and automation: Project Maestro. This announcement heralds a critical milestone in VMware’s ongoing advancements in supporting the CSPs telco cloud transformation journey. This new purpose-built solution complements our growing Telco Cloud portfolio, providing capabilities that streamline network service orchestration and automation for any 4G and 5G networks.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:


VMworld Day 1 General Session Video:

VMworld Day 2 General Session Video:

VMworld 2019 – Day 2 Recap

Day 2 Keynote

In the general session we had some nuts and bolts discussions and demos of the topics that Pat covered yesterday. We discussed the cloud infrastructure required to deliver our modern applications and how VMware delivers that infrastructure at all levels. We wrapped up with some light Q&A by Olympic medal winning skier Lindsay Vaughn and hall of fame quarterback Steve Young, delivered by VMware COO Sanjay Poonen.

The general session was hosted by Ray O’Farrell, VMware’s recently former CTO and now EVP leading VMware’s expanded Cloud-Native Apps business unit. Ray broke down in depth how we manage this new complex, multi-cloud infrastructure that is the future of the digital, connected word.

He broke it down into four categories:

  • Build and Run
  • Connect and Protect
  • Manage
  • Experience

You’ll have to watch the general session to get the details on each of these steps to properly manage a multi-cloud, fully digital, app driven infrastructure!

Key Product Announcements:

You can watch the General Session replay of today’s and yesterday’s sessions here. In addition, VMworld breakout session playbacks have been posted. If you missed a breakout session or couldn’t attend VMworld this year, you can still listen to the experts.

VMworld 2019 – Day 1 Recap

Day 1 Keynote

The day one general session was hosted by Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO. He started with a quick mention of it being his seventh year as CEO of VMware, and then moved onto the theme for the day: “Tech in the Age of Any”. He spoke about the tremendous amount of variety that defines technology today, and how overwhelming all this choice can be if not managed properly.

The big news that everyone expected Pat to talk about was the acquisition of Pivotal and Carbon Black. He officially welcomed the two new companies into the “VMware family” and talked about the synergies that they will bring to the VMware portfolio.

Key Product Announcements:

  • VMware Tanzu, a portfolio of products and services to transform how enterprises build software for Kubernetes.
  • Project Pacific, which will re-architect Kubernetes into vSphere to create one platform to unite developers and operators to one platform.
  • CloudHealth Hybrid, which will take CloudHealth’s capabilities across both public and private clouds to optimize cost, usage, and performance.
  • Secure State, to help manage the security challenges and governance issues across multiple clouds.
  • Azure VMware Solutions is expanding its global reach with three areas currently available, five planned for 2019 and two planned for Q1 2020.
  • VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, a co-engineered Datacenter-as-a-Service solution between VMware and Dell built on VMware Cloud Foundation and Dell vxRail.
  • New versions of vRealize Operations, vRealize Automation, and vRealize Lifecycle Manager.

Key EUC Product Announcements:

  • “Consumer simple and enterprise secure” is VMware’s digital workspace philosophy.
  • Workspace ONE Virtual Assistant powered by Watson AI
  • Workspace ONE “Digital Employee Experience Management” to proactively identify and automatically remediate potential performance issues before they impact the computing experience.
  • New Trust Network integrations are GA for Lookout, Carbon Black and Netskope to incorporate third party risk information into Workspace ONE Intelligence.
  • Details on each of these new technologies can be found on VMware’s EUC Blog.

The day one general session can be watched here.