vCenter is dead! Long live vCenter!

VMworld 2017 kicks off today at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Normally there are some major announcements that are made each year during the first general session, and I”m looking forward to those. However, last week VMware dropped some news on their blog… Goodbye Windows vCenter That’s right! VMware announced that the windows based vCenter server would be deprecated in the next major version release.  a couple years back, VMware introduced the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) which runs the vCenter server functions on a Linux based VM appliance.  At[…]

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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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Nothing but ClearSky Ahead

This last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a Tech Field Day event, in Boston, Massachusetts. During the event, ClearSky invited us to their headquarters and took the time to present their vision and solution.  I must admit, I had not heard of ClearSky prior to the event, but doing some quick reading, my appetite was whet to learn more. The Lowdown: Founded in 2014, ClearSky aims to provide storage in a way that is a little outside the box.  Most storage admins are aware that the majority of[…]

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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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Time for a Change

  After 15 years of working with various IT consulting companies, or VARs (Value Added Resellers) – I’ve decided it’s time for a change.  While I’ve enjoyed the time, and the opportunity to work with lots of different technology and products, what I’ve found is as an IT generalist, you sometimes feel like you can’t dive deep enough into certain areas.  To change that, I’ve decided to dive deep into a product I love and focus on it and it’s ecosphere.  Thus, the big news: I am joining Veeam! I[…]

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Talking about Community at VeeamOn 2017

  Last week was Veeam’s Availability conference, VeeamOn, in New Orleans, LA.  I was able to get some time with Nigel Hickey and Matt Crape on the showroom floor and talk about the community that surrounds IT and virtualization.  I am currently a VMUG leader for Cincinnati, OH.  Nigel is a VMUG leader for Houston, TX. Matt Crape is a VUG (Veeam User Group) Leader in Ontario Canada.

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Ransomware Talk with fellow Veeam Vanguards

  While at VeeamOn 2017, I had an opportunity to talk with my fellow Veeam Vanguards.  With the hot topic of WannaCry ransomware the week before, we decided to sit down and talk about ransomware, employee education, and backup protection from encryption.  Thanks to Ian Sanderson and Dean Lewis.

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