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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 [...]

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It’s possible this is common knowledge, but since I’ve never run into it before, and since the workaround seems a little obscure, I figured I’d put it up here for future reference.  Hopefully one or two of you find it useful!

Once again, the SSDs in my Synology 1511+ have caused an issue.  First time [...]

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When the vSphere 5.5 bits dropped this weekend, I pulled everything down and started to upgrade my lab, which was on vSphere 5.1U1.  I did the upgrade as outlined in the 5.5 documentation, forgoing the simple install because I had an existing SSO environment that I wanted to update.

Yes, I did a full backup [...]

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Once again, it’s time to break down the vExpert group and take a look at how this collection of people is organized.  I was surprised at how well received this blog post was last year, and to have people asking when I would put it together this year!  Some notes, before we get started:

All [...]

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Man, where to start with this one.  Let’s do a personal level-set first.  I freely admit, I’ve never been a software guy.  I can script, I can hack, I can handle web design with simplistic data-driven back-ends.  I can write SQL queries like a champ.  I’ve been working in and around VMware for half a [...]

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about communities, and the different kinds of communities that are needed in a corporate environment today.  Working through this in my head helped me put some recent discussions and announcements in context, so I’m hoping by sharing we can start a discussion on how to [...]

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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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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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In case you didn’t know it, I’m a stats nerd.  I love spreadsheets, I love pivot tables, I love statistics, I love data mining.  When I worked at Peak 10, my team would roll their eyes every time I’d pull up another Excel sheet to walk through a problem, and our vendors would scowl knowing [...]

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For the next three weeks VCE is starting off 2012, and celebrating a pretty impressive 2011, by holding a series of sales/technical kickoff meetings in Dallas, Boston and London.  These three day gatherings include a number of breakout sessions for the different teams, and include all new collateral, presentations and a first look at some [...]

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And the hits just keep on coming from VMworld.

Day two kicked off with Steve Herrod’s keynote, and he introduced a couple new VMware projects.  Appblast, which allows you to start a Windows App on any HTML 5 client, ThinApp Factory, which scans your local device and lets you ThinApp the applications that [...]

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The first day of VMware is always a tone-setter for me.  Sunday is a way to ease in, get your bearings, try and sync up your body clock and get ready, but Monday really determines what kind of conference it’s going to be.  If today is any indication, we have a great week [...]

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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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If you haven’t seen it yet, the new vCenter Web Client is beautiful.  Seriously, it looks great.  There seems to be a good bit of Flash used which can be painful at times, but it’s definitely the best looking GUI that VMware has ever created IMO.  Is it a replacement for the full vCenter client? [...]

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Playing around in the lab this week, I noticed something interesting.  I’m not sure if it’s a bug, or by design, but it’s new with vSphere 5 so I wanted to share.

I have one lab that has vSphere 5 installed on internal hard drives, and everything looks just like it should.  When I look [...]

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