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cloud, technology and beyond

PowerCLI - Automation's gateway drug

IT Infrastructure, SDDC

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15 Jun 2016

I recall my days as an infrastructure administrator, and I won’t be alone in this, where I would spend a fair bit of time implementing changes manually. The act of selecting the option, entering in a value, and hitting “next”, provided a level of control as well as exposing options and variations, such that I learned a lot about what was going on and how to configure things.

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One does not simply do scalable, high availability NAS

IT Infrastructure, Storage

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27 Apr 2016

What are the best, simplest, high availability large scale NAS file storage options? This is a question that has troubled many of us for many years...

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Get peace of mind with these simple monitoring tips

IT Infrastructure

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23 Mar 2016

If a server falls over in the forest and no one raises an incident, does it actually go down?

As every good VMware administrator knows, there is no known good reason on earth as to why you shouldn't be using some form of monitoring solution to keep watch on your VMware platforms. As the "VMware guy" you really can't afford to waste your time keeping a constant watchful eye on things, just in case something bad were to happen. But let's face it - from time to time bad things do happen!

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Software Defined Advancements with VSAN 6.2

Yesterday saw the release of vSphere 6.0 Update 2 and, as part of that, includes the 4th release of VMware’s Virtual SAN: 6.2.

Since the announcement in February, VMware have been more active in promoting certain features that, in their mind, makes an All Flash solution affordable: Deduplication and Compression, and Erasure Coding.

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The 5 key steps to evolve your Infrastructure team in the Cloud Era

ViFX has the benefit of working with many customers who rely on large scale IT infrastructure. The ViFX Managed Operations team has worked alongside many of them as they transition business systems and their dependencies away from on-premise Virtual Infrastructure to either cloud services or cloud-based IaaS.

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He treats me like an object

IT Infrastructure, Storage

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01 Mar 2016

By now most of us have heard of Object Storage and the grand vision that life would be simpler if storage spent less time worrying about block placement on disks and walking up and down directory trees, and simply treated files like objects in a giant bucket.

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Using VSAN in two or three-node clusters? You must read this

I have been an avid VMware VSAN user for two years now, and whilst I am incredibly impressed by how it performs at scale, I feel there are three considerations that need to clarified with regards to how VSAN works, and how its technology has a profound impact on the usability of two and three-node deployments.

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Musings on the IBM & VMware hybrid cloud partnership announcement

When I read the announcement that IBM and VMware have signed a strategic partnership, that will in their words “accelerate enterprise hybrid cloud adoption”, it came as somewhat of a surprise. Not an earth shattering "they've figured out how to commercialise data storage using DNA strands!" surprise, but still a surprise.

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