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VMworld 2009 Ask the Experts Session: Call For Questions!

VMworld 2009 is rapidly approaching, and along with it are coming the deadlines for us to submit our final presentation for TA2259, Ask The Experts on virtualization design. As you probably already know, this is a joint session with Rick Scherer, Chad Sakac, Duncan Epping, Tom Howarth, and me. TA2259 is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, at 1PM in the afternoon. Now that Schedule Builder is live, you can go register for the session. You are planning on attending the session, aren’t you?

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UCS Class Wrap-Up

Last week’s partner boot camp for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) was very helpful. It has really helped me gain a better understanding of the solution, how it works, and its advantages and disadvantages. I’d like to share some random bits of information I gathered during the class here in the hopes that it will serve as a useful add-on to the formal training. I’m sorry the thoughts aren’t better organized.

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Correction: There Might be an End-to-End FCoE Solution

This post is a follow-up from my post yesterday titled “No Such Thing as an End-to-End FCoE Solution”.

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VMworld 2009 Spouse Activities Update

Last year, after attending VMworld with me for the previous two years, my wife Crystal (@crystal_lowe on Twitter) decided to organize some activities for spouses traveling to VMworld 2008. This year she’s volunteered to do it again! If you’re planning on bringing your spouse—or if you are a spouse traveling to San Francisco while your significant other will be attending VMworld 2009–you definitely want to look into joining Crystal for these activities!

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No Such Thing as an End-to-End FCoE Solution

Update: See this follow-up post for more information.

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Are You a VMware Developer?

Are you a VMware developer? If so, you should be looking at attending VMware Technology Exchange Developer Day. Like a few other bloggers, VMware contacted me asking for some help getting word out about this event, which is a developer-focused event tailored for application builders using VMware platforms.

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Don't Forget to Submit Your Question!

Time is running out! As most of you already know, I—along with Chad Sakac, Duncan Epping, Tom Howarth, and Rick Scherer–will be speaking at VMworld 2009 at TA2259, Ask the Experts.

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UCS Training, Day 1 Wrap-Up

The first day of Cisco UCS training here in San Jose, CA, has just wrapped up. The class is providing some useful information so far, but I’m eager to delve deeper. I really hope the material deepens as the course progresses.

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Potential UCS Issue: Northbound FCoE Connectivity

I’m about halfway through the first day of Unified Computing System (UCS) training in San Jose, CA, and I’ve learned of what I think is a fairly significant limitation. The issue centers around what Cisco refers to as “northbound” traffic and how Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is handled with northbound traffic.

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UCS Training This Week

I’ll be in San Jose, CA, all week for hands-on Cisco Unified Computing System training at the old Nuova Systems location. UCS has seen a great deal of attention, but the chance this week to actually get my hands on the UCS equipment will afford me the ability to form a more concrete opinion on the product, its strengths, and its weaknesses (yes, every product has weaknesses).

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