There were many interesting takeaways from VMworld 2016 in Vegas, one of which was the continuing love-hate relationship that storage vendors have with VVols. The storage management technology, which shipped with vSphere 6.0, has been in the public spotlight for so long (remember the first tech previews back in 2012?) that it’s sometimes hard to […]
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Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything here. Startup life, yo. I’ve written probably more than a blog post or media byline a week for the last two years, but all of them had a SolidFire logo on them, and none of that content ended up here. Cobbler’s shoes and […]
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I think I’ve been pretty clear that I’m a fan of boring hardware. I’ve said it publicly, I’ve said it in presentations, I’ve said it on stage: no one cares about hardware, they care that the applications and workloads are available and performing appropriately.
Of course, just because it’s boring, doesn’t make it easy, […]
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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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One of the core value propositions of the Vblock is the reduction of risk and increase in speed-to-market for our customers as they build out their own private cloud or consuming it from one of our service provider partners. This reduction of risk comes as part of a process that is incorrectly labeled as a […]
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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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This is a quick addendum to the recent posts on my home lab, showing what can happen when you don't think all the way through a migration project!
As part of building out the new lab, I needed to move all of my internal management VMs over. They had been residing on an HP DL360 […]
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With my employer having EMC as a parent company, it’s not surprising that data, and all of the ways it impacts the strategy, operations and execution of businesses of every size, is a topic that comes up often. The interesting part is seeing for myself how much data matters on a day-to-day basis in lots […]
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I apologize that this post is so long in coming. Thanks to everyone who asked if I had more content coming, I’ll try and get everything dumped over the next couple days. I appreciate everyone’s patience!
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I’m in the air and on the way to Las Vegas to participate in the largest EMC World conference ever, and can’t wait to get there. EMC has been gracious enough to plug me into their Social Media Machine™ for the week, so the plan is to live-blog the larger events as they happen, and […]
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One of the challenges with enterprise storage, is well, it usually takes an enterprise full of people, or with some vendors a healthy PS budget, to install, upgrade and maintain them. With some (most?) enterprises trending towards younger, cheaper staff who are asked to be jacks of many trades and masters of none, hardware vendors have […]
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Ran into this a little while back, and wanted to make sure to share with the group.
We do a great job of keeping our vmkernel logs clean, so when we started seeing a bunch of spam in there we dug in to figure it […]
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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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