DCI#12 – EMC VSPEX BLUE with Chad Dunn

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In this episode I speak with Chad Dunn, EMC’s Senior Director of VSPEX, about VSPEX BLUE, how hyper-converged architectures fit into the IT industry, what differentiates EMC’s EVO:RAIL based hyper-converged product, and also go into more depth on VSPEX BLUE itself. EMC VSPEX Blue is a scale-out reference architecture based on EMC hardware and the VMware EVO:RAIL product.  VMware EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastucture product, that combines virtualized compute, storage and networking … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (FT)

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One of things holding many companies back from moving their tier 1 business critical applications across to VMware’s vSphere virtualized platform has been its inability to provide fault tolerance (FT) for virtual machines (VMs) running more than one virtual CPU (vCPU), which is a requirement for many applications, particularly those of the tier 1 variety. Up until vSphere 6, it has only been possible to provide real-time fault tolerance for single vCPU VMs.  What this meant for those VMs with … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Maximums

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  VMware vSphere 6 has finally been announced!  Yes, that’s right folks, after a 3+ year wait since the last major vSphere release, VMware have announced vSphere 6 which will be publically available sometime in Q1 of this year (2015). This is an evolutionary update to the widely adopted vSphere product, with over 650 new features and enhancement,  and as with all previous major upgrades to vSphere there has been increases to the resource and configuration levels (maximums) at the … [Read more...]

VMware Online Launch Event – February 2015

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Just a quick post to make you aware that VMware have an extra-special online launch event happening on Friday 2nd 2015.VMware aren’t giving away any details around what the online launch event will entail, though it wouldn’t be hard to guess what it will likely be about - I’ll let you come to your on conclusions on this one.  That said, I’ll be surprised if VMware doesn’t bring a few other announcements out of their back pocket to spice up the event further.  Definitely one to … [Read more...]

Singapore VMware User Conference (23rd Jan 2015)

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Calling all Singapore TechHeads!  Next week sees the Singapore VMware User Conference hit town, and what a great event it looks to be. I have been kindly asked to speak at the conference, which I am joined by some great speakers such as Scott Lowe, Scott Drummonds and Michael Webster – all of whom I have seen present before, and can definitely recommend. If you haven’t attend a VMware User Group meetings or conference before, then I highly recommend that you come along.  There is always a … [Read more...]

2015, Here We Go!

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Well here it is… the first official full week back at work for 2015.  Firstly, Happy New Year to all my readers!  I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday with family and friends. Now the holiday period is over I’m looking forward to the many inevitable exciting times and challenges this year, in an industry that still continues to move and innovate at a breath-taking pace.  For me, I can’t wait to get my feet back under the table to be part of this ride in the year ahead. My blog posts … [Read more...]

vChat – Episode 36 – It’s Been a While!

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Hi Folks, It’s back at it again! In vChat #36 Eric, David and myself talk about the latest trends in virtualization and enterprise computing – starting off with a vCatchup about what we’ve been up to. Specifically we talk about vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP Microservers, Apple Mac Minis, and what we plan to chat about in the future! We wrap it up by talking about Dr Who.   vChat is a regular virtualization video chat covering VMware vSphere, … [Read more...]

EMC VSI Plugin v6.3 for VMware vCenter Now Available!

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The latest version (v6.3) of EMC’s Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plug-in for VMware vCenter is now available to download for free from EMC's support portal. What is a VSI plug-in? If you're running EMC storage, or are thinking of implementing some EMC storage in the future, then definitely check out my earlier blog post which runs through what the EMC VSI plugin is and the functionality and benefits that it can offer (keeping in mind this was for the pre-web based version of vCenter).  In … [Read more...]

Lenovo EMC/Iomega PX NAS Update – New Look UI

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An update (4.1.102.29716) for the Lenovo/Iomega PX range of NAS devices is now available. This update is significant as it dramatically changes the look and feel of the PX devices web management interface, along with providing the following updates: New user-friendly setup sequence walks users through configuring basic device settings and commonly used options for Business or Home profiles. Includes optional guided tour for first-time users. NAS device is automatically secured during device … [Read more...]