vCenter Operations 5.6

Announced at VMworld in Barcelona this week was vCenter Operations 5.6  I’ve always been a huge fan of vCOps and have been using the product ever since the beta release of 0.9.  It’s been awesome to see this application grow and mature over the years.  When VMware claims that they have done studies that show you can have a significant cost savings by deploying vCOps alongside your vSphere environment they are not joking.  So have a look at it if you have a chance. This release gives you the ability to now group your workloads together and apply flexible and custom policies to them.   I know for myself it has enabled me to pinpoint issues much faster as well as determine where I can reclaim wasted capacity.

vCloud Automation Center 5.1 released

Again more VMworld news.  VMware’s acquisition of DymanicOps has finally came to life as the rebranded vCloud Automation Center.   In a nutshell vCloud AC will give you the ability to provide policy-based self-service provisioning portal (that’s a mouthful) to your end users which operates across private and public clouds (including AWS) as well as supporting multiple hypervisors (including Hyper-V).  The vCloud AC will also be fully integrated into vCloud Director as well.


Now I don’t really have a lot of time to sit around and watch TV but one show that I always try to make time for (on the dvr) is Modern Family. Also, I know this has nothing to do with tech, but my sole reason for creating this series of blog posts (Friday Shorts) was to enable myself to ramble on about whatever I want, so it is what it is… If you haven’t seen this show you really should try and catch an episode every now and then and I’m sure you will be hooked.  Phil Dunphy is one of the main characters in the show and has a humour to him that I really relate to.  This past week he was reading quotes out of a book that he had wrote titled Phil’s-osophy which actually made me, how do you say it, lol!  “When life gives you lemonade, make lemons, then life will be all like what!!?!?!?!”  You have to see it for yourself 🙂

Will you still watch hockey?

An interesting poll on right now is going on which asks the question “Will you return to following NHL hockey when the work stoppage is over?”  Now what really sparks my interest about the results are that currently 44% of people say NO!  Now, I’m not saying that those people are lying but I think that they are, well, lying!  There’s no question to be asked really.  Nobody will stop watching a sport and a team that they love just because part of a season is lost!  It just doesn’t make sense.  Maybe it’s just the die hard fan in me (HABS fan) but I just can’t understand how you could answer No to that question.  People who truly love the sport will support their team through thick and thin…I mean, there’s still leaf fans out there!?!?!  Sorry!