So here's a dirty secret: I don't have near enough time in the day to worry about everything that I want to worry about. If the day had 40 hours in it, there would still be too much to do, and as an admitted workaholic (just ask my wife if you need confirmation) I need to […]
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This topic has been discussed a lot, but Scott Lowe's posts here and here shows that the argument still has life. More importantly, some of the new hardware being released (Cisco UCS, HP ProLiant G7, etc…) is creating tension between the desire to conserve capital, and mitigate risk, especially with virtualization in […]
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In the service provider world, oftentimes we have to develop our own definitions. With much of the technology that is in use today having been developed by, with and for the enterprise customer, sometimes the popular way of referring to something doesn't have a lot of relevance to our business.
Such has been the challenge […]
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Storage tiering is one of those concepts that has been around for a while, the question has always been "what's the trade-off?" Compellent was the first storage vendor I worked with who offered the feature, and others have followed with offerings of their own. EMC, whose arrays support our Enterprise Cloud platform, released their FAST […]
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Man, this has been one of those weeks where there's so much out there to comment on, that it's hard to keep up. Rather than try to put together a full post about each of them, I'll point out the stuff I've read and try to put some context on them from a service provider […]
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As a follow up to my post yesterday (this morning, whatever…) about disk sizing, we came across some interesting data I wanted to share.
I want to preface this post with an admission: I am crazy about data. The bigger the pile the better. I love digging through a mountain of seemingly unrelated information […]
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My company offers a number of different "enterprise cloud" product for our customers, and one of them is a Hosted VM offering. Customers can choose the level of availability and SLA they want (from 99%, Non-HA to 100%, FT-protected), they get an included amount of VPU, RAM and production storage and then they can build […]
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I've written a lot about the process we went through in the lab, and some of the challenges we faced from a business standpoint, but I wanted to try and give a straight technical review of the UCS platform. Regardless of your business model or focus, there's a lot to like there, and there are […]
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If Wednesday was spent finding all of the questions, Thursday was where we started looking for the answers. Thank goodness for the team I have here with me, because I don't know what we'd do without their patience and creativity.
The network is still complex, and there are still things that need to be ironed […]
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Today was brutal, and my head hurts.
"We choose to [do these] things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we […]
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My team has been invited into the Cisco labs in RTP to build out a type 1 vBlock and see what sort of value it provides for us as a multi-tenant cloud provider. The process of the evaluation should be interesting, and I'll detail what we do here. If you have any questions, please let […]
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Sometimes I get an idea in my head as to how something should look, how something should turn out or how a project should go, and while that vision can be helpful to keeping things on track I need to do a better job of managing my expectations. The reality is that it's technology, and […]
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The next two weeks are going to be exciting for us, as we join both the EMC vSpecialist team (Chad's Army) and the EMC lab team in a green-field of a type 1 vBlock, complete with Cisco Nexus 7000-series 10GE switches and a pre-release version of the EMC Ionix UIM software.
This is a critically […]
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From both a personal and professional standpoint I'm a big fan of VMware as a company and a partner. My company enjoys a significant partnership with Microsoft as well (which I think most hosting/service providers almost have to have these days, don't they?) but VMware has managed to stay ahead of the curve on the […]
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I finally got one of my senior executives out to a VMware event, and we had a fantastic week. I've spent the last few hours working on an Executive Briefing for my employer for Monday, so I thought I'd jump over here and give my impressions of the event.
First off, you just can't beat Vegas […]
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