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Ravello On Oracle Cloud

Earlier this year, I was invited out to Oracle to hear the Ravello and Oracle Cloud teams present their vision for the future.  As I mentioned in my blog, I was quite surprised about what they had planned, and what they had already in place! Check out the blog post here: https://tsmith.co/2017/ravello-and-the-oracle-cloud-journey/ Today’s big announcement, is the availability of Ravello on Oracle Cloud! What’s the big deal? Well, quite a bit actually.  Previously, Ravello was known for running lab and test/dev environments on top of existing cloud services, like AWS[…]

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HPE Discover 2017 – Synergy & The Machine

This week I have been at HPE Discover 2017 in Las Vegas.  HPE released new details on their prototype memory-centric computing platform, The Machine.  The Machine is the world’s first computing system that allows any CPU to access any RAM, on any blade.  They do this using a Photonics network – a newly designed technology that converts the electrical signals directly to optical to create an ultra low latency network for the bus.  In the prototype, they have 160TB of RAM accessible to be able to manipulate some of the world’s[…]

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Ravello and the Oracle Cloud Journey

  I was invited out to attend the first ever Ravello Blogger Day at Oracle headquarters in San Francisco, California.  The event was arranged by the Tech Reckoning team lead by John Troyer. To be completely honest, I was apprehensive to attend an Oracle event.  While I have used Ravello for lab and testing work the past couple years, when they were acquired by Oracle I thought the end was near.  Ravello was a great solution to running VMware-based workloads on public cloud infrastructures like AWS or Google Cloud, but[…]

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Composable Infrastructure and HPE’s Synergy

  Recently, HPE invited me out to California for HPE Tech Day, and also the Nth Symposium.  I had a great time, and was happy to see what HPE has been up to! During the Tech Day briefing, I was introduced to a term I hadn’t heard before – Composable Infrastructure. Let’s start with the definition: A composable infrastructure is a framework  whose physical compute, storage and network fabric resources are treated as services.  In a composable infrastructure, resources are logically pooled so that administrators don’t have to physically configure hardware to[…]

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Tech Field Day VMworld – Asigra and Simplivity

  **This article got lost in my Drafts folder, but I wanted to make sure to publish as a lot of work went into putting on these events from the Tech Field Day team, and the Vendors** I had the privilege of attending two Tech Field Day Events while at VMworld 2013 this year. I was able to sit in on discussions for Asigra, and Simplivity. Asigra While Asigra is a name I have heard, I admittedly know nothing of their product. In fact, even after the event, I didn’t[…]

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Training Resources – TrainSignal

  *Disclaimer: While TrainSignal is sponsoring  my blog, the views expressed in this post are my own. Recently, TrainSignal revamped their website, and delivery method of training classes.  Previously, training was available by ordering a specific class, and receiving some DVDs – either physically, or as a download. They have stepped up the game, and its a good move! Now, they are offering access to ALL of their courses for a monthly fee, which is all delivered via streaming video on the site.  There is also an offline player available.[…]

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Switching to Linux?

I’ve been getting frustrated with Windows lately – like everyone has at some point or another.. So I decided I would attempt to run Linux on my laptop instead. (I’m dual-booting for now). I’ve dabbled with Ubuntu every year or so, but I still a linux beginner.  I don’t like the Unity interface of Ubuntu, but I found out that I can continue to use gnome, or more specifically gnome-shell. The install actually gave me a bit of trouble.  Ubuntu 11.10 would not install grub, and when it finally did,[…]

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