Year: 2014

Synergy Open Source software for increased productivity in your Lab

I previously wrote a post HERE where I described using a Gaming PC running VMware Workstation as one virtual datacenter, connected to a MacBook Pro running VMware Fusion running another. I run SRM between them to simulate having two datacenters with a small Gig switch in between. It works well and is a pretty simple configuration. It’s […]

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VMware NSX, SDN and the operational challenges ahead

Earlier today Ed Grigson posted a tweet on Twitter which turned into a mini conversation. It ended up involving Dan Barber, Gregg Robertson, Ed and myself and went like this: The subject was how experienced IT architects will engage with NSX and other complex SDN solutions. Not only whether we CAN but also whether we SHOULD. […]

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#VCDX Constraint: LBT (and vSphere Distributed vSwitch) ?

While creating a VCDX design, you consider common decision criteria and use cases and revisit them over and over. You baseline & compare design decisions against alternatives. These alternatives can be raised for your consideration during your defence. One of the most common and subjective examples is the use of different logical network designs in […]

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Moving on to HDS (Hitachi)

It’s been too long since my last post. I’m glad to say I have something exciting to report. Next Tuesday I start a new role with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) as Principal Consultant EMEA for VMware Solutions. This is a wide-ranging role that centres around HDS’ strategic decision to focus (even more) on VMware Solutions as […]

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Silicon Valley: The gift that keeps on giving (VFD3)

Being a delegate at Virtualization Field Day 3 (VFD3) gave me an opportunity to spend 5 days in San Jose/Santa Clara/Mountain View/Palo Alto, also known as “The Valley”. It was not only great to meet vendors but also to hang out with Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth who know most people within the industry and […]

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CloudPhysics…..Is this about Physics or IT? at VFD3

Some Background This week at Virtualization Field Day 3 we visited the guys at CloudPhysics to hear all about their product. To introduce them, CloudPhysics is a Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution designed to provide intelligent infrastructure analysis of Enterprise vSphere infrastructure platforms. They are also targeting Openstack and Hyper-V to provide heterogenous hypervisor support. They […]

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Atlantis Computing … A different approach at VFD3

  When it comes to customers considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments, many will end up “bolting on” a VDI workload to existing storage that is servicing mixed workloads such as databases, file services etc. This is likely to be mid-range VNXe, FAS or other. When VDI is “added” to that mix it can result […]

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