Monthly Archives: November 2021

My experience at Tweakers Privacy & Security Meet-up.

Two weeks ago I attended a great meet-up organised by the Dutch technology website Tweakers, I love this site so much I am an elite member. I decided on electronic attendance since the live event was in Hilversum, which would have been a 3 hours drive on a Saturday.

You can now view most of the sessions on Youtube through this page, but let me give you some pointers on what I found more than a little interesting that afternoon. Maybe it can guide you in what to watch. (some of it is in Dutch).

Wesley and Rick from gave a great talk – hacker worthy – on Microsoft 365 security. What vulnerabilities to look out for as well as tools to help you. Very interesting to watch if you use this Microsoft subscription service.

Jilles Groenendijk had a great talk about his hardware hacking, IoT security and right to repair.

One of the most thought provoking talks was by Melanie Rieback. She talked about startups in security and the problems with Silicon Valley style funding and takeovers. Imagine starting a company in The Netherlands, compliant with all governing laws, getting some customers that trust you. Even from a legal perspective. What happens if you get acquired by a British holding that now is governed by different laws ? How can you protect your company? Apparently there are some forms of social enterprise to go for. Or even foundations. Definitively something I want to look into more.

The most fascinating talk was with Inge Bryant! I did not know this lady before, but honestly was more than a little impressed. Apart from an incredible career in intelligence and the police, she is very precise and thoughtful in her statements and obviously has a level of empathy and warmth you would not expect… well from an ex-cop! I was blown away by her stance on privacy, which is certainly not what you would expect from someone in that position. She actually defended the right to encryption! Very much recommended.

New True Visibility Suite options!

In my vRealize Operations announcement post from VMworld, I stated that there were some shocking changes coming to the TVS Suite – née Blue Medora – so this post is overdue now that these updates have been confirmed by VMware!

The latest updates to VMware vRealize True Visibility Suite are here. If you need a reminder these management packs originated with Blue Medora and allow you to bring monitoring data from your complete stack into vRealize Operations: storage, compute, networking, applications and even other management platforms.

With the new update all compute and storage management packs will be free in all versions of Operations! No licenses! Yes, you read that right! This means TVS Suite Standard will disappear and the other levels will go through some changes. Formerly only the DellEMC tech was included in the standard level and all others required advanced licenses. Well, no more. Needless to say this is a big step! Now your Operations will include support for things like Cisco UCS or HP Oneview by default! See the announcement blog post.

And if you thought Christmas came early, there is more! The connectors are now part of the TVS Advanced level, including ServiceNow! This means to connect your other management platforms like Nagios you do not need to shell out for an enterprise license! The Enterprise license is still needed to connect apps like MS SQL or Postgres.

You want more? Well here we go. And this is a bit of a surprise…. VMware is launching Technology Modules, the ability to buy only certain management packs and not the whole suite. There is a module for networking, apps, connectors, database and virtualization. When I was in sales I had many customers that asked for a flexible licensing approach similar to this… At least this proves that they listen to the field!

Overview of new TVS versions and Technology Modules

Of course all of the TVS Suite and technology modules also work on vRealize Operations cloud, so you can build this incredible centralised overview of your whole infrastructure – including multicloud – in your browser!

Let me know your questions. And as always at Comdivision we are a VMware Premier Partner, we can help you with all vRealize Operations projects! Get in touch!