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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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Making the leap from 2015 to 2016

As I begin the New Year feeling refreshed and revived from a well-deserved break, I’ve been reflecting on what happened in 2015 and where I think things may go in 2016. Just to warn you – this is not some sort of technology predictions type blog, but instead some musings on how the type of work we delivered in 2015 seemed to take a turning point, and where I think this may lead to in 2016.

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How to be a market disruptor with microservices

As you round out 2015 reflecting on all your IT achievements throughout the year, you’re probably starting to look ahead and think about upcoming priorities for 2016 to enhance your digital experiences or build completely new services. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, you may be contemplating your approach and giving consideration to which new technologies you should be deploying and methodologies you should be leveraging to help you deliver these projects more effectively.

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SDDC: Is the jigsaw complete?

Over the last eight years at the helm of ViFX and the cutting-edge of virtualisation, I have watched with interest as the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle have come together: compute, storage, network, infrastructure automation, and BUDR capability. The underlying principles of virtualisation (abstraction and software control) have provided significant functional benefit. We can now do things that were impossible a few years ago, and in many ways, small parts of the jigsaw have been built.

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VMs and Containers - better together for sure

IT Infrastructure, SDDC, DevOps


19 Nov 2015

With the growing adoption of containers; Docker in particular, and the rising popularity of OpenStack, there has been talk that this could spell the end for virtualisation. The initial thoughts amongst container and open source advocates were that you had to choose one over of the other, but you can now integrate them to get increased synergies from the combined approaches.

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How to Enhance your IT Infrastructure

As disruption continues to stamp its mark across most industries the pressure for IT departments to adjust to the new business world is building. We’re increasingly hearing from our customers that they need more flexibility to incorporate new technologies, development approaches and services, and they need this done with speed. Their IT infrastructure has to be nimble so the organisation can move quickly and capitalise as opportunities arise.

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