Month: July 2015

Ravello Systems – Inception without the kick!

If you have at all visited this blog in the last 4 or so months you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that I’m a pretty big Ravello Systems fan!  I was part of their beta for nested ESXi and I’ve wrote about my thoughts on that plenty of times.  With the beta out of the way and access granted to all the vExperts, Ravello Systems took hold of the clicker at VFD5 in Boston for their first of what I hope is many Tech Field Day presentations. Disclaimer: As a Virtualization Field Day 5 delegate all of my flight,...

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VMTurbo – allowing smart people to do smart things

Let’s face it, our environments now are way more complex than they were 10 years ago!  Although some tasks and components may be easier to work with and not quite as specialized, we have a lot of them – and they all need to work, in perfect harmony, together.  The problem with this is at times we get a couple members of the choir that get a little out of key – CPU starts screaming, network gets chatty and next thing you know we have an environment that’s screaming out of control, CPU start shoving network, network starts over drowning memory and to be quite honest, pretty much everyone in the choir at this point sounds like $@#!. Although this scenario may sound a little far-fetched or a wee bit out there – I mean, CPU can’t sing we all know that!  Either way you put it any choir needs a conductor, a leader, someone who overlooks the complete environment, instructing certain members to gear down, and others to ramp up – Last month in Boston at VFD5, VMTurbo showed us just how they can wave the baton when it comes to bringing together the components of enterprise IT. Disclaimer: As a Virtualization Field Day 5 delegate all of my flight, travel, accommodations, eats, and drinks are paid for. However I do not receive any compensation nor am I...

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As of today I shall be referred to as Vanguard!

I’m super excited today to finally announce that I’ve been selected to be a part of the newly announced Veeam Vanguard program!  Now I’ve been a vExpert a handful of times now, however was never involved during the early years of the program – so to be part of a community recognition program like the Vanguard right from the get go is a pretty cool honour and something I’m really looking forward to.  As for what the Vanguard program is and how it works, I’ll leave you to the Rickatron’s article published earlier today! Veeam has always been a company that’s been near and dear to me – they were really one of the reason’s I started blogging here in the first place – to help share some of the experiences I had while using their software!  They were my first sponsor of this blog and have been around the whole time I’ve been engaged with the virtualization community! Congrats to the other original nominees and the more that there is to come!  It’s really cool to see all of the countries represented on the Vanguard page – it truly is a global program!  I excited to see how this program grows and how it all pans out!  Also being able to call myself a Vanguard is pretty cool, in a midevil warfare kind of...

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Chrome and the endless Client Integration plug-in install prompt!

I think we can all agree that ol’ Al Einstein was a pretty smart dude right?  Especially when it came to his thoughts around insanity and the “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” spiel.  The thing is Al’s not here anymore and while yeah, he was a wise one, he never had to install the vSphere Client Integration plug-in inside of the newest version of Google Chrome – if he did, he’d certainly place himself inside of his own definition! So here’s the issue at hand – One fine July morning I find myself sitting in front of the same message shown above!  “How odd…” I thought, “I could’ve swore I’ve already installed this!”  Either way it’s not a big deal, I’ll just install it again!  So, shutdown the 84 tabs inside of Chrome that I have open and away we go – next, next, next my way through the wizard, re-open my 84 tabs and… Huh?!?  Now I know that I’ve installed this!  Maybe it’s just not enabled!  So I check out plugins section within Chrome to see that… Wow!  It’s not even listed anymore!  Now I know it used to be there as I can remember going in and ensuring that it was always allowed to run.  After another failed attempt at installing it with the same result I do what I always...

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Rubrik brought Apple simplicity and Google scale together, you’ll never guess what happens next…

Finally I have figured out a way to incorporate techniques from the vast amounts of click-bait on my Facebook into this blog!  Did it work? In all seriousness though Rubrik, who recently presented at Virtualization Field Day 5 in Boston have brought together both the simplicity of Apple and the scale of Google and what happened next was a scalable, converged backup and recovery solution containing both hardware and software. Disclaimer: As a Virtualization Field Day 5 delegate all of my flight, travel, accommodations, eats, and drinks are paid for. However I do not receive any compensation nor am...

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