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General Session at VMware PEX 2012 Day 1

VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) is VMware’s premier partner-focused event, and this morning I’m in the general session kicking off this year’s PEX at The Venetian in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see how the session shapes up. I’m writing this post during the session and I’ll be updating it as the session progresses.

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Thinking Out Loud: Is A dvFabric Closer Than We Think?

This is a short post, but one that I hope will stir some discussion.

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Recent Cisco Product Launch

Cisco recently launched a number of new products and new versions of products aimed at showing Cisco’s dedication and innovation in network switching. You can get Cisco’s summary of the products here. I’ll start with the hardware-focused announcements.

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Technology Short Take #20

Welcome to Technology Short Take #20, the latest collection of various data center-related links, articles, and thoughts. I hope you find something useful here.

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What Does FCoE Have To Do With VM Mobility?

I recently read over Stephen Foskett’s Eight Unresolved Questions About FCoE article, in which he outlines eight topics that should be addressed/prioritized in order to make FCoE, in his words, “truly world-class”.

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VSI 5.1 Issue and Fixes

As you might have already seen (Chad broke the news here, Itzik has more details here), EMC has released version 5.1 of the Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI), the vCenter plugin available to customers at no additional charge. I won’t revisit all the new features; rather, I wanted to bring to your attention a late-discovered issue with the VSI 5.1 release. If this information hasn’t already made it into the Release Notes, it should be there soon (there’s also an EMC Primus case being created).

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Technology Short Take #19

Welcome to Technology Short Take #19, the first Technology Short Take for 2012. Here’s this year’s first collection of links, articles, and thoughts regarding virtualization, storage, networking, and other data center technology-related topics. I hope you find something useful!

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Some Projects for 2012

Rather than posting some sort of “2011 in review” article where I talk about how many visitors the site had or how many RSS subscribers there are, I thought I’d instead focus on the upcoming year and some of the projects in which I’ll be involved. By describing some of the projects that I’m undertaking this year in 2012, that gives you—the readers—a rough idea of some of the types of content that will likely appear in the coming year.

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OTV and VXLAN Layer 3 Connectivity Compared

Building large-scale L2 networks, including stretched L2 networks, seems to be all the rage these days, driven in part by virtual machine mobility (aka vMotion in VMware vSphere environments or XenMotion in Citrix XenServer environments). While this isn’t always a good idea—some might say it’s never a good idea–it is still something that many organizations are evaluating.

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VMware View Client for Mac with PCoIP

VMware just released the PCoIP-enabled version of the VMware View client for Mac OS X (download here; login required). After having used it this morning to connect to my corporate View desktop, I must say that I am quite impressed.

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