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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So right up front, I’ll tell you there’s no way I’m offering an opinion on this topic. There’s no upside, and I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. For all of you who have sent me a DM, e-mail, etc.. asking if I was going to put up a blog post with my feelings, […]

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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 couple reasons […]

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This post grew out of a conversation I had on Twitter last week with Ed Haletky (@texiwill) and Brent Quick (@brent_quick) on Twitter.  Trying to cram everything in 140-character snippets was driving my crazy, so I threatened to turn my ranting into a blog post.  And here it is!  As always, […]

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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 part one of my whole home computing make-over complete, it’s time to get finish up on the lab!  There are tons of other great blogs out there that talk about home labs (like this one, and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one…), and I […]

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Me! Ha! I know, right? Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies!  Rivers and seas boiling!  Forty years of darkness!  Earthquakes, volcanoes…  The dead rising from the grave!  Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! (What movie is that from?)

All kidding aside, this feels like a weight off my shoulders and […]

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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 have developed a strange fondness for my home lab that is wholly unexpected.  It started as a way for me to get some real stick time with some of the technologies that I work with and talk to customers about every day, and has transformed into part Zen garden, part hobby and part pseudo […]

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It’s good to see that VCE isn’t the only converged infrastructure stack provider out there who has realized that solutions are going to be hugely important to customers.  As part of the team who is tasked with finding out what our Service Provider customers want to implement on top of Vblocks, working with the VCE […]

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The VMware keynote at EMC World 2011 focused on defining the move into a "post-PC" world. It's been a fairly common refrain for VMware for the last couple years, but in this particular keynote I got the impression that we seem to be preparing for a world where the hypervisor isn't front and center […]

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It's possible (probable?) that this is common knowledge for those of you who have to deal with this every day, but I'm going to post it in hopes it's useful, and so I can document it for myself!

I've been working in the lab, trying to get all of the pieces I'll need to be able […]

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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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Day two of EMC World 2011 was definitely my favorite of the week. The trickle of VCE […]

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One of the things that I’m excited about at EMC World 2011 this year is that it feels like EMC is (finally?) coming around to really embrace the Service Providers as a business model, and more specifically as partners.  There were two Monday announcements that highlighted this new trend, both of which will make a […]

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