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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For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, I beg your indulgence as this post is going to be a little different, and a little personal.  I promise to get back on schedule with the technical/business posts, and I have my 2011 recap ready to go for next week, but this is […]

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I think it’s because of the many, many years that I spent playing and managing baseball, but I’ve always been interested in the concept of teams, and the art/science behind building them. Much like a baseball team, where different positions require different skillsets and personalities, enterprises today also require a mix of people with different […]

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Much like my trip to Copenhagen for VMworld 2011, it was very interesting to be able to support the VCE event marketing team at CA World to see how different groups of people respond to the VCE story. Most of the events we go to are, for obvious reasons, infrastructure focused, so it was very […]

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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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As much as I love talking to customers, whiteboarding solutions and doing booth presentations, I miss the days of being able to attend VMworld as a fan, and as a user.  Despite having been to both 2011 VMworld events, I have yet to sit in a session, work through a lab or participate in any […]

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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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Over in the Twitter-verse there was a question asked by @aneel:

It got me thinking, especially since Cisco (@aneeI’s employer) tends to leverage them to a significant degree and VCE (partially owned by Cisco) has traditionally been the opposite side of that coin.  Personally, I think both are valid ways to go to market, […]

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Just a quick post to share with you a milestone that I’m pretty excited about.  I made my first post to this blog on February 13, 2010 and what started out as a way for me to help organize my thoughts and share things with my internal team has […]

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While working with a customer last week on a multi-site, production virtualization design using the 700-series Vblocks, a question came up over the scalability of the Cisco MDS switches.  The customer has MDS 9222i switches in use now, and each Vblock included a pair of MDS 9506 switches for […]

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While there were certainly announcements made and technologies previewed on the last two days of the conference, it was instead, for me, a great time to celebrate community and the great people who have made VMworld great. 

I wish I could give you some sense of the scope of […]

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Let’s be honest: some companies just wish their infrastructure would disappear.  Now, I work for a joint venture between two of the largest infrastructure companies on earth, so while I may get some flack internally for saying that out loud, we all see where the trend is going, don’t […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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