VMware Metro Storage Cluster Explained – Part 1: The Challenge

First and foremost, vMSC stands for vSphere Metro Storage Cluster, that is, a vSphere HA/DRS cluster stretched over distance. After attending Duncan Epping & Lee Dilworths presentation at VMworld 2013 on vSphere Metro Storage Clusters (Session BCO4872), it got me thinking about writing this article. The use case for vMSC is pretty clear….to provide VM mobility and resilience across Data Centers. As a storage practitioner for 12 years, one of Read More …

The Phony War Continues – Shooting Blanks

This article is in response to a recent Microsoft Technet post, published here which is a rebuttal of the content in my last post, entitled  “Calling out the Phony War: vSphere and Hyper-V”. You can find that post here. In my last post I called out what I believe is vendor FUD at play. There is further Microsoft commentary at the bottom of my original post should you wish to Read More …

VMworld…..What was in it for you ? : Introduction

In this post I’d like to share my recent experience of VMworld at Fira Convention Center in Barcelona. I plan to write three further posts over the coming week with some notes and commentary on what I experienced. First and foremost the logistics and facilities at Fira Convention Centre were excellent – getting around was easy – the metro made things very handy and thanks for free Metro tickets, sponsored Read More …

VMware #VCDX Boot camp review 13/10/13

I was lucky enough to attend the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) boot camp the Sunday before VMworld started at Hotel Melia, Barcelona. I would highly recommend it to anyone at advanced certification stage getting ready to launch into the VCDX process, and especially for those getting ready to defend their VCDX submissions. It’s open to Advanced Certified VMware practitioners (VCAP) only, in normal circumstances. I wanted to put my Read More …

My VCAP-DCD Experience at #VMworld–Take #1

I’m studying for VCAP-DCD (VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Design) en route to hopefully achieving VCDX (VMware Certified Design Expert). The DCD exam is the final pre-requisite step for application and submission into the VCDX process. That is a personal goal of mine I plan to achieve next year. I did the DCD exam last Wednesday at VMworld in Barcelona, but I wasn’t actually planning on taking the exam Read More …

vSphere and Hyper-V: The Phony War

With the release of vSphere 5.5, it’s inevitable there will be a lot of blogging by vendors comparing their products to vSphere. That is expected and not surprising. It’s the job of vendor “Evangelists” to do this. Apologies for the length of this post in advance. I am a freelance consultant – I have done quite a lot of work with vSphere and hope to do more. I also fully Read More …

Commentary on What’s new in vSphere 5.5

In the attached link you can find a list of the major improvements in vSphere 5.5 summarised by VMware. What’s new in vSphere 5.5 Everyone will have features that will be most relevant, or favourite, either due to personal experience or active projects being worked on. When you look at what’s on the list, there are a lot of very significant substantial improvements. The doubling of most configuration maximums is Read More …

The Software Defined DataCenter: The Next 10 years

It is with excitement that all IT professionals peer into the future. Many of us have come from a past where we watched the UNIX operating system die a slow death. I worked with Solaris UNIX for many years and had customers who ran their mission critical development systems at 90% CPU on Solaris every day of the year. That was never a problem. The longer the uptime the more Read More …