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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See what I did there?  For a moment I pretended I worked for a bastion of technology news reporting and made up a completely ridiculous title just to attract page views.  Of course, I don’t advertise on this site at all, so I guess the joke is on me…

Anyway, I’m not a Mac guy.  [...]

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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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Man, Cisco definitely knows how to put on a show, that’s for sure.  Way up here at the top of the first paragraph, I want to thank Cisco and the many, many, many people who were responsible for the activities of the last four days.  From a great (great) venue, to good keynotes, [...]

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So, I’m still working on my Cisco Live write-up, but after five days of walking at the conference and three days of walking through Legoland and Disneyland, I’m going to need a little while to recuperate!  In the meantime, I wanted to drop a few quick thoughts on the awesome community that we (all of [...]

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I’ve had this post sitting around for a while, and I’m still not sure I should publish it.  Of course if you are reading it then I’ve pushed the button and am bracing for the inevitable…

Today, in the technology arena, there is an endless debate that borders on religious at times.  Sides are drawn, [...]

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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 Cisco Live only days away, I wanted to give everyone an overview of what VCE has going on at the show and where you’ll be able to find us to get questions answered.

First off, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be reprising our Workload Mobility [...]

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Chad Sakac and Chuck Hollis have done a fantastic job of introducing the world to the VMAX 40K in all it’s peerless splendor, but of course there’s one more question being asked:  when will we get to see this behemoth, along with the 5876 Enginuity code at the storage [...]

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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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Totally by chance, I happened to catch the interview that John Chambers did with Charlie Rose last week.  If you can’t watch the video, Businessweek did a good recap here.

For those of us who have heard John speak before, much of what he covers is common [...]

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