SDDC, I am your father, and I am called SDI

Listening to one of my favourite albums, by one of my favourite bands, Alt-J, I happened to glance across at the song title “Choice Kingdom”. It reminded me of what is going on in the ICT Industry today. We are in a world where some might say it’s All-or-Nothing. That’s their job, to disrupt, destroy and create doubt in the mind of buyers so they question everything they ever knew. Read More …

Virtualisation Poll Result 1: CPU and Memory Utlilisation

Recently I wrote a post looking for assistance with some questions regarding real-world Virtualisation deployments. It was partly for curiosity and personal reasons and partly for work-related reasons. I’m wishing now I had expanded it to make it more extensive. I plan to run the same thing later in the year and try and make this an annual thing – a kind of barometer if you like – to get a real view on Read More …

Opinion Piece: The truth about Converged Systems

Disclaimer: I work for Hitachi Data Systems. This post is not authorised or approved by my company and is based on my personal opinions. I hope you read on. A couple of weeks back Pure Storage announced their converged stack called the Flashstack. So now Hitachi has UCP Director, VCE has Vblock, Netapp has Flexpod. Now Pure is in the Club. A Personal Experience of a converged deployment Last year I worked Read More …

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 …

Managing your Virtual DataCenter – 4 Key Strategies

While recently studying for VMware Advanced Professional Datacenter Design exam, I had the chance to study documents in the VCAP-DCD blueprint. Some of these documents provide insights into effective strategies to use before, during, and after deploying a Virtual Infrastructure. In terms of the “after” piece, one document caught my eye. It is the Glasshouse Whitepaper entitled “Four Keys to Managing a VMware environment”. You can find the document on the community Read More …

VMware VCAP-DCD Exam – Round #2

THE LOGISTICS Last week I had my second attempt at the VMware Certified Advanced Professional Exam for Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD). Here are my exam tips and experience. My exam was due to start at 9:45 in Dublin. As per my previous post HERE I took this exam recently at VMworld and got close to a pass. I took at VMworld for two reasons: 75% discount The chance to use the Read More …