Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

Exclusion or Not?

A couple days ago I read Stephen Foskett’s article “Alas, VMware, Whither HDS?”, and I felt like I really needed to respond to this growing belief—stated in Stephen’s article and in the sources to his article—that VMware is, for whatever reason, somehow excluding certain storage vendors from future virtualization-storage integration development. From my perspective, this is just bogus.

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Determining an Optimal Design

I had an interesting e-mail conversation last week with fellow EMC vSpecialist Clint Kitson. Now, if you’ve never met Clint, he’s a super-sharp fellow, no questions about it. I love conversations with super-sharp folks as they invariably lead to new thoughts and new ideas, and this conversation was no different. The topic of the conversation, in generalized terms, was this: when crafting designs for customers, what defines an “optimal design”?

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The Right vSphere Design Perspective

I was on a conference call the other day where the topic of the call was VMware View 5.0. If you attended VMworld—or even if you didn’t, it’s been kind of hard to miss—you know already that VMware made significant improvements to PCoIP in View 5. For one reason or another, the topic of the Teradici PCoIP offload card came up on the call, and other participants in the call were immediately asking about the availability of the card in mezzanine card format for blade server implementations. (Continue reading, and at the end I’ll tell you the answer I received to that question.)

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The End of the Infrastructure Engineer?

Is the age of the infrastructure engineer over? While I was at VMworld 2011, I listened to a speaker talk about how people like me—people who are conversant in virtualization, networking, storage, servers, and data center hardware—are going to have to evolve/migrate into the application development space in order to survive in the “new cloud world” (my phrase, not the speaker’s). This speaker isn’t the only one, either. This started me thinking. Are infrastructure engineers really a relic of the past, like punch cards?

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Technology Short Take #14

Welcome to Technology Short Take #14, another collection of links and tidbits of information I’ve gathered over the last few weeks. Let’s dive right in!

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Switching to EagleFiler

Over the last month or so, I’ve taken a strong interest in moving a fair number of my files that are predominantly text-based back to “standards-based” formats such as RTF and plain text. I’ve started using Markdown as a means of storing formatting information in plain text files, and then using tools like Pandoc to convert these Markdown files into the desired destination format. I’ll likely discuss this in more detail in a future post, but what I wanted to discuss here was the affect of this decision on my software usage.

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The Move to Colorado: Day 3

Day 3 of our road trip to Colorado completes our trip and puts us in Denver. The trip today was pretty straightforward. We left Kansas City this morning and just followed I-70 across Kansas into Colorado. When it was all said and done, it took about 9 hours of driving to go from Kansas City to Denver.

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The Move to Colorado: Day 2

I’ve just wrapped up Day 2 of my road trip to Colorado. I started the day in Nashville, TN and ended the day in Kansas City, KS (actually Overland Park). If I had two words to describe today, those words would be windy and corn.

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The Move to Colorado: Day 1

The move to Colorado has begun. I’m typing this from a hotel in Nashville, TN, where we wrapped up our day 1 travel just a short while ago. We’ll be here only one night, leaving in the morning to get to Kansas City for our second night.

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A Couple Vendor Meetings at VMworld 2011

Over the last couple of days at VMworld, I’ve had the opportunity to meet up with a couple of vendors to discuss their product initiatives and offerings. I had lined up several more meetings, but due to my hectic schedule I was unable to make those meetings. To those companies that I missed, I apologize. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

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