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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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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vCenter 5.1 SSO and Linked Mode …. recap …

I was talking to a customer yesterday about a storage solution and we strayed into a discussion about the vSphere Web Client, and compatibility with this, that, and the other (VUM and SRM to be specific). While we were at it, the subject of Single Sign-on (SSO) on vSphere 5.1 arose again. SSO is a […]

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I’m in a Fibre-Channel State of Mind

This post covers an area that is close to my heart, Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel-based systems. The Monolith becomes the Mid-Range I’ve been working in this space for 13 years. Back in 2001 I installed a pair of EMC Clariion FC4700 arrays, a product of the (at that time) recent acquisition of Data General […]

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