My “VM” is Bigger Than Yours! Who really cares?

November 1, 2012
My “VM” is Bigger Than Yours! Who really cares?

I'm not sure about anyone else but I'm really over hearing how big of a VM a vendor can create or the promise of 1 million IOPS. This really became annoying while sitting in a presentation about Microsoft's latest version of Hyper-V but VMware, you also think the size of your "V" M is...
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Getting started with vCloud Director 5.1 – first steps

September 25, 2012
VMware vCloud Director 5.1

This past weekend I decided to dive into VMware vCloud Director 5.1. Nothing fancy, just a small setup in a lab environment for testing, learning, and just getting a feel for what all the product could do for me and/or my customers. I figured this can't be that hard with only a "vmware-vcloud-director-5.1.0-810718.bin" file...
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What does VMware’s new license model mean for you?

September 6, 2012
What does VMware’s new license model mean for you?

If you haven't heard by now VMware announced a new license model for VMware vSphere 5.x. Say it with me "NO vRAM"! That's right the vRAM licensing model is gone. But it doesn't just stop their, VMware has odiously heard the cries of it's customers and has gone even further. In addition to there...
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From vDR to VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP)

September 4, 2012

VMware has made some changes on the virtual machine data protection side again transitioning from VMware Data Recovery (vDR). VMware Data Protection (VDP) is the name of this new incarnation backup product which has been built on EMC's Avamar technology. As an Avamar customer I was pretty excited to hear that VMware was embracing...
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Performance test of ioTurbine with VM in VMware vSphere 5

July 25, 2012

I just wanted to show some simple testing results from using ioTurbine. The environment consists of a HP BL460G7 blades which has a 320GB IO Accelerator from FusionIO.
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Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 from a vSphere lovers perspective.

July 10, 2012

Microsoft is making claims that Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 is the best virtualization platform for Windows. I have to say that they have caught my interest with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V version 3 and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012. So I have been hard at work getting deep into the products, first...
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EMC PowerPath/VE Installation with vSphere 5 and Update Manager

May 7, 2012

Installing updates, extensions, and upgrading esx is very easy with vSphere Update Manager and here is one way how it can be used to install EMC PowerPath/VE. The same process can be used to install other extensions but lets stay focused. PowerPath/VE is used to optimize storage i/o and automate path failures. It ...
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Avamar VMware Virtual Machine Protection Pt.1

April 30, 2012

I wanted to give some insight into how Avamar protects VMware virtual machines. I have been using Avamar 6.0.x and most of the management and configuration from a Mac. Since the operating systems running on the Avamar servers and proxies are linux, having a terminal comes in handy. Plus the management using Avamar Administrator...
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Replication and Exporter for PHD Virtual Backup

March 14, 2012

So, continuing on a post I did for the PHD Virtual backup and recovery solution, which can be used to protect your VMware vSphere environment I wanted to give more detail on the replication and export features of the product. It doesn’t have to be said but backup and recovery is key in any...
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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Suite 5.0 is here!

January 25, 2012
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VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 gets a face lift and some new features. If you haven't use this product yet in any form your really missing out on a tool that provides great information. If you have used the previous version then get prepared for some better data visualization changes (eye candy) as well...
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