About Peter van de Bree

My name is Peter van de Bree and I’m currently working as a Lead Architect Infrastructure & Cloud. I am a Infrastructure & Cloud vConsultant/vArchitect with more than 20 years of experience in IT. I have extensive knowledge in the field of designing, building and setup Governance for complex enterprise IT infrastructures. I have worked in the IT industry since 1996 and have a broad knowledge of both technical and organisational aspects of IT. I like to work with complex tasks and projects and apply my broad knowledge of methods, practical knowledge and procedures. I am used to work very structurally and methodically. I specialise in Architecture, Infrastructure, Virtualization and Cloud. I am employable as an Architect and Consultant. I can communicate and act on different layers within an organisation. Can very well translate the core business into IT. Be enterprising and controlling and take business pragmatically. A true Rotterdam mentality by raising the sleeves and not applying words but actions, I work accordingly ‘actions speak louder than words’. A well-known statement for Rotterdam residents. I am a true ‘Rotterdammer’ born and raised. (Picture is of my hometown) I can easily translate the requirements and wishes of the client into concrete proposals or solutions. As an architect, I work structured and my way of working is result-oriented. With my strong communication skills, I work very well with my colleagues in a group and can act as a coach. ✓ I create insight and overview ✓ I am a winner and go for 1st place, 2nd place I see as the best loser ✓ I design and build (cloud / server) infrastructures ✓ I want to save costs by using Cloud Techniques and using them optimally ✓ I spot opportunities ✓ I have a keen eye for risks and come proactive with advice to mitigate it ✓ I migrate infrastructure from A to B in the cloud without business impact ✓ I analyze and control security and governance impact of a cloud implementation and transition ✓ I would like to share my knowledge and experience in various communities and coach colleagues and blog about it I have a fond interest in new technologies within DevOps, cloud management and cloud adoption. Strong focus on, but certainly not limited to, VMware technologies. I have specialised myself in the areas of enterprise (cloud) (virtual) infrastructures, compute, storage and Cloud solutions. Next to my daily work, I regularly attend big events like VMworld, VMUGs and other industry events and Blog about it. Also I write articles for several websites like Dutch IT Channel, Computable, ICT Magazine and Executive People. In my spare time, I like to be with my wife and kids, doing fun stuff together, we go camping a lot and enjoying nature. Next to that, I am a big fan of Feyenoord, the biggest club in the Netherlands. I’m attending as many games as I can, else I will watch the game on TV because I never want to miss a game of Feyenoord. Also I’m a big fan of Cycling especially the Tour de France. Do you have a storage, cloud or virtualisation question or issue? Or maybe just want to brainstorm about cool new solutions. Just contact me! I’m very open and always want to meet new people 🙂 Everything I post on this blog is based on my personal view.

Best Practices for increasing Security with Zero Trust architecture in A Zero Trust World Cloud era.

In recent years, the Zero Trust model has been emerging in the IT world: the idea that you are skeptical about identities and constantly verifies users. But how do you build such a thing without driving users insane by typing in additional codes or other security questions?

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AWS Config Best Practices for Compliance


Use AWS Config the Right Way for Successful Compliance

It’s well-known that AWS Config is a powerful service for monitoring all changes across your resources. As AWS Config has constantly evolved and improved over the years, it has transformed into a true powerhouse for monitoring your deployment’s compliance. Monitoring for compliance — whether for HIPAA, CIS, internal auditors, etc. — is a detailed and complicated process, and it’s of utmost importance to provide a clear history of all actions so that auditors can easily assess and approve your organization. With that in mind, let’s check out the following three best practices to use AWS Config for Compliance.

Joe Nemer posted a great blog about Compliance best practices on AWS config. Read his blog article here for more info and details.

AWS Config Best Practices for Compliance


AWS Architecture Icons

Architecture diagrams are a great way to communicate your design, deployment, and topology. AWS has published an official collection of AWS Architecture Icons (formerly Simple Icons) that contain AWS product icons, resources, and other tools to help you build diagrams.

Customers and partners are permitted by AWS to use the resources below to create architecture diagrams. The icons are designed to be simple so that you can easily incorporate them in your diagrams and put them in your whitepapers, presentations, datasheets, posters, or any technical material.


Get started with one of these toolkits.


Microsoft PowerPoint
Compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 and newer (.pptx format).

Download PPTx for Dark Backgrounds 

Download PPTx for Light Backgrounds 


Compatible with legacy Microsoft PowerPoint versions (.ppt format).

Download PPT for Dark Backgrounds 


Import an asset package into your favorite diagramming tool.


Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons for 2019

What makes this so good is that they were the same ones as used in the official VMware Validated Design Documentation!

What’s new?

These are screenshots of what is included in the new Visio files. Keep in mind that these are SDDC focused so you will find Compute, Network and Storage icons with a strong focus on the SDDC within the set.





So how do you get hold of the Visio files?

Simply go to the direct link on the VMTN forums here. Read the instructions on the page from Ryan, as these will make using the icons much easier! – Don’t forget to like the page if you find them useful.

Also, be sure to check out the VMware Validated Design Documentation to give you an idea of how they should be displayed.

Download visio files here


New VMware Releases

VMware has released Site Recovery Manager 8.2, vSphere Replication 8.2, Workstation 15.1.0 and Fusion 11.1.0.

Site Recovery Manager 8.2

What’s new:

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2 adds compatibility with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2.
  • Simplified management and increased security with Photon OS-based Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance.
    Reduce layers of complexity associated with Windows Server by leveraging a new operating system, purpose-built for only disaster recovery functions. Streamline deployment by installing the Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance directly from vCenter Server.
  • Enhancements to the Site Recovery Manager HTML-5 User Interface:
    • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2 Configuration Import/Export Tool is now available in Site Recovery Manager User Interface.
    • With Site Recovery Manager 8.2, you can change the color schemes in the Site Recovery Manager HTML-5 User Interface to display the interface in a dark theme.
    • Ability to display capacity information in the Protection Groups Datastores tab.
    • Ability to provide in-product feedback with the Site Recovery User Interface.
  • Enhancements to Site Recovery Manager public API. Site Recovery Manager 8.2 introduces new methods in the product’s Public API:
    • Listing Array Managers information
    • Listing replicated RDMs
      For information about Site Recovery Manager public APIs and more extensive product automation, see Site Recovery Manager API Developer’s Guide.
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.2. For information about the management pack, see the VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.2 Release Notes.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2. For information about the new workflows, see the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2 Release Notes.
  • Ability to send Site Recovery Manager logs to a remote syslog server.

See the full release notes here

vSphere Replication 8.2

What’s new:

  • VMware vSphere Replication 8.2 adds compatibility with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2.
  • Support for VM encryption: You can replicate encrypted virtual machines if you are using VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 or later.
  • Minimize security risks by enabling network encryption: You can enable encryption of replication data transfer in VMware vSphere Replication 8.2, if you are using VMware vSphere 6.0 or later.
  • Enhancements to the Site Recovery user interface: With vSphere Replication 8.2, you can monitor target datastores in the replication details pane of the Site Recovery user interface, and use vSphere Replication reports that display transferred bytes per virtual machine and per hour.
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack: The new vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSphere Replication 8.2 provides increased visibility into the status of your vSphere Replication environment, RPO violations and other details. For more information, see VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSphere Replication 8.2 Release Notes.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Replication 8.2. For information about new workflows, see VMware vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Replication 8.2 Release Notes.

See the full release notes here

Workstation 15.1.0

What’s new:

  • Support for new guest operating systems:
    • Windows 10 19H1
    • Ubuntu 19.04
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0
    • Fedora 30
    • ESXi 6.7 Update 2
  • Stretch guest display: This feature is now extended to support all guests running on Windows hosts.
    In Workstation 15.0.x, stretch guest for Windows was supported only for versions earlier than Windows 7. This limitation has been removed in Workstation 15.1.

See the full release notes here

Fusion 11.1.0

What’s new:

  • Support for the following operating systems as guest.
    • Windows 10 19H1
    • Ubuntu 19.04
    • RHEL 8.0
    • Fedora 30
    • ESXi 6.7 U2
  • Bug fixes and security updates

See the full release notes here

VMware Cloud on AWS is Now Available to…

VMware Cloud on AWS is Now Available to…

Customer momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS continues to accelerate with AWS and VMware delivering major new capabilities every month. With a new purchase agreement in place, customers can now buy VMware Cloud on AWS directly through AWS and APN Partners in the AWS Solution Provider Program. Through..

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My vision of Cloud Computing 2019


The past few years in IT have been very interesting, because of the many, increasingly faster opportunities and techniques, especially as an IT professional and this will only become more interesting next year. Developments are fast, as said, and change is the order of the day. Geo-politics will throw the playing field upside down is my expectation.

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VMware Cloud on AWS expands across Europe and…

VMware Cloud on AWS expands across Europe and the U.S.

VMware Cloud on AWS expands across Europe and…

In August this year, VMware Cloud on AWS turned one, and with that we announced a slew of capabilities to accelerate enterprise cloud migration projects. Today at VMworld Europe 2018, we are excited to announce our service expansions in Europe and the United States with new regions forthcoming in AWS Europe (Ireland), US West (N. The post VMware Cloud on AWS expands across Europe and the U.S. appeared first on VMware Cloud Community.

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VMworld Europe 2018: Enabling a More Digital,…

VMworld Europe 2018: Enabling a More Digital,…

Anyone who knows me knows that this is my favourite (and also busiest!) week of the year. And this year is even more special. We announced huge leaps at VMworld U.S. My friend and colleague, Cameron Haight, recapped the news in his article, VMware at 20: What’s Next? Only two months after all the amazing […] The post VMworld Europe 2018: Enabling a More Digital, Connected Enterprise appeared first on VMware Radius.

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VMworld 2018 Europe Day 1 Recap: Technology as…

VMworld 2018 Europe Day 1 Recap: Technology as a Force for Good

VMworld 2018 Europe Day 1 Recap: Technology as…

After attendees conquered Day 0 like the VMware champions they are and survived a cold and rainy Barcelona evening, the skies cleared this morning for Day 1 of VMworld 2018 Europe and the conference truly kicked into high gear. It was an incredibly exciting and celebratory day at VMworld 2018 Europe—not only was VMware taking The post VMworld 2018 Europe Day 1 Recap: Technology as a Force for Good appeared first on VMworld Blog.

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