Thanks to some friends at VMware and EMC, I was given the opportunity to discuss the cloud and converged infrastructure from a Service Provider stand point yesterday at VMworld.  John was a very gracious host and hopefully the video will be posted soon!

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2010/08/31/flexibility-is-key-to-success-for-peak-10-and-virtualization-is-the-foundation-of-flexibility/

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Sitting in the VMworld keynote, and there's a lot of stuff to think about… I'm very excited to see VMware looking seriously at the management needs of the cloud, and as a service provider I know how far there is to go.  Nothing scales without a good, well designed management framework, and while vCenter has […]

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A smart person once implored me to recognize the value of the journey as opposed to focusing on the destination, and a younger me refused to listen.  Journeys are how you get where you are going, I insisted, but the destination is what it's all about.

Older and slightly wiser now, I realize that the […]

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Microsoft has reached out to my company to invite us to participate in a series of interviews and surveys around System Center, specifically targeted at the Service Provder space.  Here's the request we got:

We are conducting research to help shape future releases and pricing models for Systems Center.   As you are aware, System […]

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As we continue to build and grow our service provider business, we have been very lucky to have a great group of vendors to work with.  Some of those vendors I would consider to be partners as well, and a select few of them have become trusted advisers.  Because the infrastructure/software is just the enabler […]

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Does anyone out there, especially if you are a service provider with a multi-tenant model, have any experiences with or feedback on your VMware VSPP experience?  We have a proposal we are working through now, and I'd like to hear from anyone out there as to how you feel it works (or doesn't) for your […]

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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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Cold Hearted

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For those of you who haven't seen it yet, Chuck Hollis from EMC has started a(nother) blog, this one specifically about the SP business and how it relates to EMC.  I couldn't be more excited.  One of the reasons I started this was because of the […]

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This post was originally published on May 13th, 2010.  I was forced to take it down less than 2 days later because my employer didn’t like how they were portrayed.  This was one of the reasons I chose to leave the company less than 5 months later.  It’s been over three years, so I’m going […]

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My first EMC World conference was definitely a success, and since it's a little depressing to see the world's most efficient tear-down crew pull everything apart it's time to head out.  I'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who helped make this a great event for me and for the executives I brought […]

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So, I have to say that the coolest part of EMC World so far was the event I just left.  A couple weeks ago I got an invitation to an "EMC Private Cloud Connection" meeting, with little additional information about the format or content.  I accepted just out of curiosity, but man am I glad […]

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I've spent the week at EMC World, and it's been an interesting event.  It's my first EMC World, and I've been impressed with the technical level of the event.  There has been a good contrast between the keynotes (10,000 ft. view), the breakout sessions (2,500 ft. view) and the private meetings (street level).  EMC has […]

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With all possible respect to Chad Sakac (and his post here) I'm still waiting for my VM teleporter.  As a service provider, my customers aren't interested in moving VMs 65 miles, they are interested in moving them from one time-zone to another.  They are interested in moving their VMs […]

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This post was originally finished on May 4th, 2010.  It was never posted, and I was never allowed to share the fact that this issue happened, or try to warn the community about it.  It’s been over three years, so I’m going to take a few of these posts out of the drafts folder and […]

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So here's a dirty secret: I don't have near enough time in the day to worry about everything that I want to worry about.  If the day had 40 hours in it, there would still be too much to do, and as an admitted workaholic (just ask my wife if you need confirmation) I need to […]

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This topic has been discussed a lot, but Scott Lowe's posts here and here shows that the argument still has life.  More importantly, some of the new hardware being released (Cisco UCS, HP ProLiant G7, etc…) is creating tension between the desire to conserve […]

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