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Top Virtualization Blogs (vBlog) 2014 Results Show – STREAMED LIVE #TopvBlog2014

March 25, 2014 |

Join Eric Siebert from vSphere-land, David Davis from Virtualization Software, Rick Vanover from Veeam and John Troyer from VMware as we countdown the top 25 bloggers based on the results from my annual VMware/virtualization blog survey. This event will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts at 10:00am PST … Read More

Free Data Protection and Virtualization Knowledge Videos From Veeam Backup Academy

March 24, 2014 |

I have to give Veeam some “kudos” (thats a good thing for those who aren’t familiar with the term) for their contributions to the virtualization community. Many vendors post whitepapers, blogs, videos, and podcasts about THEIR products but rarely do … Read More

Designing the Next Generation vSphere Storage Systems

March 6, 2014 | 2

Today, most enterprises are using traditional storage arrays (NAS or SAN) with spinning disk from a big name storage company like EMC or NetApp. In fact, I would bet that the vast majority of those companies have even bought new … Read More

Big Data is Coming After Your Data Center And That’s a Good Thing

March 5, 2014 | 3

There’s a nasty little irony in the world of IT.  While business units seek IT’s assistance in creating and leveraging data-based metrics programs to provide deep level analytics into how to improve the business, IT, in many cases, has yet … Read More

Using vSphere Changed Block Tracking with EMC Networker Backup

March 3, 2014 | 1

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is a feature that has been around for a while within VMware virtual machines.  CBT is available if you’re running ESX 4.0 or higher with hardware version 7 or higher on the VM. Basically, VMware can … Read More

Just Released! Free eBook From Nutanix & Scott D. Lowe

February 11, 2014 |

I’m incredibly proud to announce the availability of the Software-Defined Storage for Dummies eBook, now available for free download.

Developed in partnership with Nutanix, a leading player in the software-defined space, this book showcases the possibilities of a software-led world … Read More

What Does the Unitrends and PHD Virtual Merger Mean for Customers?

January 20, 2014 |

If you haven’t heard, there has been some consolidation in the virtualization backup industry when Unitrends bought PHD Virtual. What does this mean for customers as well as the competition? Let’s find out.

Who Is Unitrends?

Unitrends offers data protection … Read More

Free Virtualization Admin Resources From Veeam

January 15, 2014 |

Sure, most companies produce a lot of white paper and video content but much of that is self-serving as it’s only geared toward pushing you to buy their product. I have to give kudos to Veeam, on the other hand, … Read More

Microsoft Cloud OS Review: Datacenter Transformation Model

January 15, 2014 |

Enterprise IT infrastructure is rapidly changing with the introduction of tools for automating datacenter provisioning, monitoring and management. The modernization of traditional datacenters is putting pressure on the decision makers for both vendors and customers engrossed in these transformations. Out … Read More

vSphere 5.5 Application HA, Advanced App Monitoring explained

December 19, 2013 | 4

Application HA is not a new feature in vSphere 5.5; it has actually has been around since vSphere 4.1. vSphere Application HA works with vSphere HA to recover from app failures and Reduces application downtime.

  • Flexible: Protection for several … Read More

An Introduction to vSphere 5.5 Flash Read Cache (vFRC)

December 17, 2013 | 3

vSphere 5.5 Flash Read Cache is a brand new feature which is part of vSphere 5.5. Key Features:

  • Hypervisor-based software-defined flash storage tier solution.
  • Aggregates local flash devices to provide a clustered flash resource for VM and vSphere hosts consumption (Virtual … Read More

vSphere 5.5 VSAN: Introducing Your New Storage Vendor – VMware

December 15, 2013 | 8

The best VMworld 2013 announcement for me has to be the new vSphere Virtual SAN (VSAN). I think this new vSphere feature will change the hyper-converged and storage market FOREVER. VMware created distributed storage on the VMkernel layer. Your right… … Read More

@Pernixdata CEO Poojan Kumar Interview at VMworld by @DavidMDavis on @VirtSoftware

December 11, 2013 |

In this interview, David Davis interviews CEO and Co-Founder of Pernixdata (@Pernixdata) live from VMworld 2013 in Barcelona. In the interview, Mr Kumar talks about how virtualization has changed the way modern data centers run and storage can’t seem to … Read More

Classification and Detection of Zombie Virtual Machines … Which tools should I use?

December 11, 2013 |

In this post I want to discuss what makes an Orphan or a Zombie in a VMware environment. I also want to introduce some of my favourite tools for detecting these malodorous fiendish creatures which can wreak havoc within your … Read More

Win a Free vSphere Lab from @Veeam

December 9, 2013 |

Do you have a home lab? If you do, could it use some upgrades? Most of us are in either one of those two categories as we are either a) “between labs” or b) have a lab but it needs … Read More

Video Blog – You Too Can Be a Data Protection Super Hero

December 8, 2013 |

This week Jason Buffington of Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) posted a nice video blog (I really like this format). In the blog, Jason talks about how non-IT people tend to have very high expectations of the IT group, envisioning a … Read More

Will Virtualization & Cloud Lead to Fewer IT Job Opportunities?

December 3, 2013 | 1

I typically try to write posts about how stuff works, or some cool tech, but something has been bothering me about the trends of cloud computing and am wondering if anyone else sees things moving in the same direction that … Read More

Zerto Virtual Replication Interviews with Josh Stenhouse at VMworld 2013

December 3, 2013 |

Zerto is an award-winning hypervisor-based replication solution for tier-1 applications running in VMware vSphere. Providing enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) for both enterprise virtualized infrastructures as well as the public cloud, Zerto has been quickly replacing array-based replication … Read More

Coho Data Brings SDN to SDS for a Killer Combination

November 26, 2013 | 1

Coho Data, one of the newly unveiled start-ups focused on providing scale-out storage, sends their CTO Andy Warfield to tackle a group of cutting-edge tech bloggers and analysis during Storage Field Day 4. The results were spectacular – getting into … Read More

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform: Video Interviews with @ROIdude and @MSundling

November 25, 2013 |

Winner of numerous innovation awards, the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform is gaining in popularity. To learn more, I conducting two video interviews with Nutanix experts (and well known virtualization experts) – Steve Kaplan (@ROIDude) and Mattias Sundling (@MSundling) while at … Read More