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VMware NSX Network Virtualization announced – My take

Today VMware has announced the new network virtualization product VMware NSX.  How cool is that name by the way? Now normally I dont write articles on the new products we announce (excluding vCloud Director related), but if anyone watched my Chinwag with Mike Laverick, I find this one of particular interest.  My personal opinion is that this is the next major wave of virtualization, and VMware is at the forefront of the technology again.  Back in the day when I was a Windows NT 3rd Line Engineer, I got involved in networking a lot more, even passing my CCNA (dont ask me a single question about it, I have forgotten more than I learnt) but I have always found the networking side of the datacenter infrastructure interesting.  Now I am no Kamau Wanguhu, but I know a thing or two about networking, so this technology for me is of awesome […]

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Top Virtualization blog voting now open

Eric Siebert over at vsphere-land has opened the 2013 voting for the top virtualization blogs. I am hoping to make it into the top 50 this year. This is the first time my blog has been listed and included for the voting, so I am excited to see what people think of my blog and its content. The top 10 sites I voted for are: Duncan Epping Kendrick Coleman Chris Colotti Eric Sloof Cormac Hogan Rawlinson Rivera William Lam Alan Renouf Frank Denneman Rick Vanover Anyone looking to vote should follow Eric’s criteria when choosing there top 10. Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their […]

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vCloud Ecosystem components explained

vCloud Ecosystem components explained

During VMworld Chris Colotti and I presented quite a few group discussions on VMware vCloud.  During these discussions some people were amazed to find out how many components/products are involved in making up the vCloud environment.  When planning on building a VMware vCloud, you are not just installing vCloud Director and pointing it to vSphere, you are designing/building a whole Ecosystem. The list below shows which components are used in building a full vCloud environment.  They are listed in order of priority. vSphere ESXi vCenter vCloud Director vShield Manager vCenter Chargeback Vcenter Update Manager vCenter Orchestrator vCloud Service Manager vCloud Connector So why are these components important?  When designing a vCloud environment, you need to take into consideration the availability of certain components, like vCenter for example.  This is no longer a management tool that is used to manage your virtual infrastructure.  This is a critical component of your vCloud […]

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