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 to […]

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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 virtualization in […]

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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 storage […]

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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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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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I've written a lot about the process we went through in the lab, and some of the challenges we faced from a business standpoint, but I wanted to try and give a straight technical review of the UCS platform.  Regardless of your business model or focus, there's a lot to like there, and there are […]

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If Wednesday was spent finding all of the questions, Thursday was where we started looking for the answers.  Thank goodness for the team I have here with me, because I don't know what we'd do without their patience and creativity.

The network is still complex, and there are still things that need to be ironed […]

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On February 25, 2010 By

Today was brutal, and my head hurts.

"We choose to [do these] things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we […]

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My team has been invited into the Cisco labs in RTP to build out a type 1 vBlock and see what sort of value it provides for us as a multi-tenant cloud provider.  The process of the evaluation should be interesting, and I'll detail what we do here.  If you have any questions, please let […]

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Managing My Expectiations

On February 16, 2010 By

Sometimes I get an idea in my head as to how something should look, how something should turn out or how a project should go, and while that vision can be helpful to keeping things on track I need to do a better job of managing my expectations.  The reality is that it's technology, and […]

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The next two weeks are going to be exciting for us, as we join both the EMC vSpecialist team (Chad's Army) and the EMC lab team in a green-field of a type 1 vBlock, complete with Cisco Nexus 7000-series 10GE switches and a pre-release version of the EMC Ionix UIM software.

This is a critically […]

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