VCAP-DCA Lab Talk Part 3: Homelab Physical Networking

It’s been a real long time since I wrote one of these posts concerning home labs. I’ve been using work labs for a while now but need to start working on the gathering rust at home too. I’ve kind of neglected the homelab of late but just did a refurb on the office so now it’s a sweet place to wile away the witching hours geeking it out. Powerline Last time Read More …

HDSPOST: Hitachi Blades …. Have your cake and eat it. Part 1: The introduction

At the Hitachi Data Systems Community Website you will find some posts that are related to my role at HDS. Several people have asked me about our blades. I plan to write the second in a number of articles shortly but wanted to link across to give people an introduction. The original article is posted here:   https://community.hds.com/people/pmeehan/blog/2014/11/14/hitachi-blades-have-your-cake-and-eat-it-part-1-the-introduction I have also posted the article on my personal blog here to ensure no Read More …

It’s all about the Community: Let’s talk storage at UK VMUG [minus Koolaid]

Next week I’ve been asked to run a Community round table session at the UK VMUG. Not a word of a lie when I say this is a real honour for me. I haven’t done many of these so to be able to get involved and help out at this is a real pleasure. This is in Birmingham at the National Motorcycle Museum. It’s an awesome session with some really great sessions and Read More …

Moving on to HDS

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 a core growth strategy for this and subsequent years. The role involves not only engaging with Read More …

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 in one possible outcome…mayhem. That’s primarily from a performance and manageability perspective. Enter Atlantis ILIO, Read More …

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 difficult subject for many people still. Configuring it is tricky for some, and this is Read More …