Veeams willingness and responsiveness to change may be their biggest asset.

Let’s set the stage for this article, shall we? At VMworld 2017 this year I had the chance to attend Veeams’ Press Breakfast.  Now, I’ve been to press events before and very seldom have I ever wrote an article about them – I mean, they aren’t a technical deep dive into any technology – sometimes

Ravello expanding HVX platform to bare metal.

I have had the chance to work with Ravello quite  a lot in the last few years – participating in their initial vExpert access program testing out their beta of running nested ESXi – as well as getting a nifty deep dive into their HVX offering at a Tech Field Day a few years ago. 

NetApp SolidFire HCI – Scale what you want, when you want

To say that when NetApp announced their HCI solution back in June created a bit of a kerfuffle would certainly be an understatement.  There has been a lot of back and forth on whether the Compute/Storage node system should be classified as an HCI solution or just a CI solution – and while I find

Consuming the Veeam REST API in PowerShell – Part 1 – Starting a job

Since the version 7 release of Veeam Backup & Replication all of the typical Enterprise Manager functionality has been exposed via an XML REST API.  Being a pretty hefty user of vRealize Orchestrator this has proven to be extremely useful to me when looking to automate certain parts of my infrastructure.  Now that said, there





The concept of “Scale In” for high volume data

When we think of scaling our infrastructure within our data centers a couple different models come to mind – we can scale out, which is essentially adding more servers or nodes into our applications cluster or infrastructure – or we can scale up which involves adding more resources into our already existing servers to support

Is there still a need for specialized administrators?

We have been hearing the cliché’s for quite some time now within the technology industry.  Sayings like “Breaking down silos” and “Jack of all trades, Master of none” have been floating around IT offices for the past 5 years – and while I believe that these sayings certainly hold some clout I still have my

Top vBlog voting is underway

The shear amount of blogs listed over on Eric Siebert’s vLaunchpad is simply amazing!  I don’t know how many there is listed there – but there is certainly a lot of scrolling that needs to happen in order to get to the bottom – it’s awesome to see just how much information is being shared

The StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam

When companies are approaching a data protection strategy something dubbed the “3-2-1 rule” often comes up in conversation.  In its essence, the 3-2-1 rule is designed as a process to ensure that  you always have data availability should you need it.  That’s 3 copies of your data, on 2 different media types/sets,  with one being

Turbonomic 5.9 adds visibility into YOUR cloud!

As of late I’ve been making it somewhat of a personal goal to try to learn more about cloud – AWS in particular.  I’ve been going through the training over at acloud.guru, messing around with the free tier in AWS, and toying with the possibility of writing my AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam.  Now,





SNIA comes back for another Storage Field Day

SNIA, the Storage Networking Industry association is a non-profit organization that is made up of a number of member companies striving to create vendor-neutral architectures and standards throughout the storage industry.  Think Dell, VMware, HPE, Hitachi, all the likely names all behind closed doors working for the greater good.  Ok – that’s their definition.  Mine? 

X-IO Technologies – A #SFD13 preview

In terms of the technology sector we always joke that when startups are 5 years old that sometimes makes them legacy!  Meaning, 5 years is a long time in the eyes of a technologist – things change, tech changes, new hardware emerges.  All of this drives change!  Well if a 5 years makes a mature