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

On May 21, 2010 By

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 lack of voices, and his is [...]

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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 from one coast [...]

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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 capital, and mitigate risk, especially with [...]

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In the service provider world, oftentimes we have to develop our own definitions.  With much of the technology that is in use today having been developed by, with and for the enterprise customer, sometimes the popular way of referring to something doesn't have a lot of relevance to our business.

Such has been the challenge [...]

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Hello everyone!  My name is Brett Impens (a.k.a Jeramiah’s favorite VMware Ninja).  Today I would like to share with you how we pulled the data from vCenter to support our thin provisioning analysis.

There are a few ways to get the data you need to determine how much [...]

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Storage tiering is one of those concepts that has been around for a while, the question has always been "what's the trade-off?"  Compellent was the first storage vendor I worked with who offered the feature, and others have followed with offerings of their own.  EMC, whose arrays support our Enterprise Cloud platform, released their FAST [...]

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Snippets

On March 12, 2010 By

Man, this has been one of those weeks where there's so much out there to comment on, that it's hard to keep up.  Rather than try to put together a full post about each of them, I'll point out the stuff I've read and try to put some context on them from a service provider [...]

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As a follow up to my post yesterday (this morning, whatever…) about disk sizing, we came across some interesting data I wanted to share. 

I want to preface this post with an admission: I am crazy about data.  The bigger the pile the better.  I love digging through a mountain of seemingly unrelated information [...]

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Disk Sizing Dilemma

On March 3, 2010 By

My company offers a number of different "enterprise cloud" product for our customers, and one of them is a Hosted VM offering.  Customers can choose the level of availability and SLA they want (from 99%, Non-HA to 100%, FT-protected), they get an included amount of VPU, RAM and production storage and then they can build [...]

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