Virtualisation Poll: Please Help by sharing

Hi, I’m looking to get some information regarding the average utilisation of virtualisation environments across the industry. This is not just for vSphere but Hyper-V and KVM too. There are only a few questions and this is to help me with design considerations and help guide good practice based on what is common in the industry, I will be publishing the results and sharing on this site. If you could help I Read More …

VMware Support Summit #vTechSummit Cork Feb 24-25

On Tuesday and Wednesday I finally made it to the VMware EMEA Tech Support Summit in Cork, sponsored by GSS. I’d never been before and wasn’t sure what to expect.  Would it be a waste of time ? Not quite. In fact it was the opposite. I met up with my good buddy and fellow VCAP Ross Wynne @rosswynne. So both of us were looking for good quality tech content. To save you Read More …

Some new Study resources for VCP

Part of my remit in HDS is to help my colleagues within the EMEA region to focus more on being Virtualisation Architects, and less on being Storage Architects, and to advise and assist based on my own experience. I am a big advocate of VMware’s certification model and the whole ecosystem, so it makes sense to borrow and replicate the most useful parts. It’s daunting when you first face down a blueprint – Read More …

vSphere Metro Storage Cluster and GAD : Rise of HDS Virtual Storage Machine

Sometime around August HDS will launch what is called Global Active Device, also known as GAD. This is part of the new Virtual Storage Platform G1000. What is a G1000? The VSP G1000 is the latest variant of HDS high-end Tier-1 array that scales to thousands of drives and millions of IOPS (if you’re into just counting millions of IOPS like some vendors). And when we talk about an increase in performance, we’re not talking Read More …

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. I know Ed and a few of the other guys are attending a beta NSX Read More …

#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 a 10Gb/s scenario. 10Gb/s is becoming standard especially with the resurgence of blades in converged Read More …

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 have a solid pedigree. Three of the guys driving the company forward are ex-VMware. They Read More …

Introduction to Openstack Storage Systems

Openstack is a word on many people’s lips. The Project is just over three years old, but you can feel how it has already gained mindshare and convinced important companies and people to get behind it. It’s evident from the commitment Corporations like Red Hat, VMware and HP have shown to this Open Source Software project. Despite its relative youth and immaturity, there are plenty of large-scale production platforms in Read More …