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Presentation from South Florida VMUG

Back in early March I was invited to speak at the South Florida VMUG, and I gave this presentation on vSphere networking challenges and solutions. The idea behind the presentation was to give attendees some visibility into IEEE and IETF efforts at creating new network technologies and protocols. I’m posting it here just in case someone might find it useful or helpful.

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Installing XCP-XAPI on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

As part of my 2012 projects (see here plus an update here), I’ve been familiarizing myself with the Xen hypervisor. To that end, I’ve been working to get XCP (Xen Cloud Platform, the open source version of XenServer) running on a test system in my home office. It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I think I’ve finally got it, and I wanted to share the information here.

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Thoughts on a VMworld Unconference

So the “good news/bad news” that is the VMworld submission acceptance/denial notifications happened today. As is typically the case, lots of very talented people submitted proposals for what I’m sure are very informative and useful sessions were turned down. As a result, a lot of ideas were being tossed around about some sort of “unconference” where speakers whose sessions were not accepted could have an opportunity to speak.

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Thinking Out Loud: Why Not MPLS-in-IP?

As I was reviewing my list of actions in OmniFocus this morning, I saw an action I’d added a while back to review RFC 4023. RFC 4023 is the RFC that defines MPLS-in-IP and MPLS-in-GRE encapsulations, and was written in 2005. I thought, “Let me just read this real quick.” So I did.

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Mid-Year Project Update

In early January, I posted a 2012 project list. To summarize, here are the four broad goals that I set for myself for 2012:

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Choosing the Right Tool

Kyle Mestery of Cisco recently shared a link on Twitter about Marco Arment’s choice to move back to a dual Mac setup. The article started me thinking along two parallel lines:

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Technology Short Take #23

Welcome to Technology Short Take #23, another collection of links and thoughts related to data center technologies like networking, storage, security, cloud computing, and virtualization. As usual, we have a fairly wide-ranging collection of items this time around. Enjoy!

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Thoughts on a Couple of Books

I’ve been remiss in posting some thoughts on books that I’ve recently read, so here is an attempt to catch up a little bit on a couple of titles. I don’t know if I would classify these as true reviews, but here are my thoughts and key take-aways from these titles.

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Spousetivities at a New Conference

In case you hadn’t heard, Spousetivities–the spouse activities that had their genesis at VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas—has expanded once again! Last year, Spousetivities expanded to include EMC World, and just last week Crystal concluded her second year of activities at EMC World 2012 in Las Vegas. This year, Spousetivities expands to not only include VMworld and EMC World, but also Dell Storage Forum 2012, located this year in Boston, MA.

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It's Not Too Late

It’s not too late to sign up for Spousetivities at EMC World 2012! The conference is upon us next week, and if you have a spouse/partner/friend/family member traveling with you then you owe it to them to check out Spousetivities. More information on the activities, costs, and the ability to actually register for activities can be found on the registration page. Go sign up now!

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