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Look, I know what you are here for.  You want me to use my powers of industry awareness, combine them with my proximity to VMware, EMC and Cisco and tell you exactly what the acquisition of Whiptail means, not just for VCE but for the industry as a whole, right?

Well, good luck.  I counted [...]

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Quick note: I wrote this weeks ago, apparently finished the whole thing and then never uploaded it to the server or published it.  I’m an idiot.  It’s not a bad post, so I’m going to pretend that the intervening weeks don’t matter and throw it up anyway. Sorry.

Hurricane, then Superstorm, Sandy certainly affected all [...]

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In a bit of cool, cross-company promotion, folks from VCE will be posting articles to Cisco, EMC and VMware blogs, highlighting releases that are being made at VMworld.  If you are interested in the entire list of events and sessions that VCE is participating in, check it out here. What I want [...]

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The big news this morning is VMware’s announcement of the upgraded vSphere 5.1 and the introduction of the new vCloud Suite licensing model.  As the world’s most advanced converged infrastructure, Vblock Systems are going to naturally take the lead in support and availability for this powerful new technology and simplified licensing model.

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UPDATE: Alex Bligh gives a great rebuttal to my comments here: http://blog.alex.org.uk/2012/08/21/in-defence-of-the-death-of-private-clouds/ Kudos to Alex and the Flexiant team for being good sports.  His comments make sense, and my guess is that after a pint or three we’d meet somewhere in the midde.

DISCLAIMER: I actually feel bad having written this. It seems pointedly [...]

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As every one of you knows by now, VMware announced its intentions to acquire Nicira for $1.26B last Monday.  I’ve waited a few days to post this, just because I’ve been fascinated by the conversations that have happened in response.  To recap, here are some of the conversations, and a description [...]

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I love to point at “converged” infrastructure and call it boring.  I even have a slide that I use to kick off some presentations that says it in 66-point font.  But you know what isn’t boring?  Data center construction and operation.  In fact it’s damn hard, and we’ve seen that fact brought front [...]

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On Thursday, at the Omaha VMware User’s Group meeting, CoSentry announced they had entered into an partnership with VCE.  CoSentry will be able to host your Vblock, deliver and implement a Vblock for you on your site or theirs, manage your Vblock for you and even let you consume capacity in a [...]

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As we work to educate people on the value of a truly converged infrastructure product, two of the things we talk a lot about are the concepts of balance and context.  Balance within your architecture is important because it helps ensure that no part of the stack overwhelms any other, helping eliminate performance and availability issues and [...]

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With the day one issues all put to bed, day two was awesome.  The conference seemed much more lively today, and we ended up having a great day of booth presentations, VPLEX demos and hands on labs.

One of the presentations that I enjoyed the most was from Gideon Wilkins, the Director of [...]

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Listen, I’ll acknowledge right up front that the premise of the title of this post is ridiculous.  But considering some of the other more outlandish and dogmatic arguments I’ve seen around the topic of AWS and it’s position in the IaaS market lately, maybe it’s not that out of place.  Let’s all take a deep [...]

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I had almost the exact same conversation with three customers over the last few weeks, and one of them ended with the EMC vSpecialist who had invited me to the call telling the customer “Keep an eye on his blog, I’m sure he’ll have more up there soon!” With pressure like that, who needs deadlines? [...]

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More and more of the discussions I have with service providers revolve around how to tackle the challenges being placed on the operations side of the house.  Fortunately, VCE and the Vblock have lots of tools and features that we can bring to bear on that issue, and one key piece of that story is [...]

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With the announcement of vSphere 5, and more importantly it seems, with the change in the way that enterprise licenses are sold and managed, there has been a lot of talk (here and elsewhere) about how the cost of virtualizing, especially in a dense fashion got more expensive.  I won’t bore you with [...]

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I was lucky enough to have Jay Cuthrell (@qthrul) back out at the last minute (ha) and was offered a spot in one of the daily vblogs that Cisco’s Didier Rombaut (@drombaut) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely) are doing every day here at Cisco Live 2011.  Also in the video is my fellow Charlottean and good [...]

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Kevin McLaughlin did a lengthy story over on CRN.com in May about how Unified Communications is the “next big thing”, and while his reasoning is sound, including his observation that Cisco is leading the pack, I would argue that we’ve passed the tipping point with this technology. There are a [...]

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