Picking a winning career path in technology is difficult even if you have years of industry experience. The great thing about having over 15 years of experience in IT is that I have great 20/20 rear vision. I know now that investing in my Cisco certification in 2001 was a much better idea than updating […]
Reblogged from Cloud Architect Musings: Introduction Not long ago, I posted an article outlining how you could install a HA OpenStack environment on your laptop or workstation, using Vagrant with a virtualization tool, such as VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, or VMware Fusion. That post borrowed heavily from another post by my Rackspace colleague, James Thorne and […]
I asked for true hardware based network virtualization from Cisco over 3 1/2 years ago. And, I guess Cisco has finally listened and will be giving me hardware based network virtualization. Only thing is it seems the industry has moved on to a software based solution. Cisco is in the middle of a software vs. […]
So, I’ve ignored Amazon’s VDI offering for a few blogging cycles. It’s clear that Amazon is offering their VDI service as a way to get their foot in the door of the enterprise. If you think about it Amazon has little choice but to add a VDI solution to their current offering if they want […]
I just went on a Twitter rant of predictions on where I believe VMware is going ultimately with their plan to live beyond their market leading server virtualization technology and on to eventual data center domination. There’s no doubt in my mind that Citrix and Microsoft are catching up and may even surpass vSphere in capability. The […]
I’ve been thinking a bit more about the Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX debate. It brings about a larger question. It’s not just ACI vs. NSX but Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC). When I started programing back in high school I had this theory about x86 hardware. There was never such a thing as under […]
Back in June, I theorized that VMware would release it’s own distribution of OpenStack. I coined it vOpenstack. I basically argued that VMware’s participation in the OpenStack Foundation was a way to be able to sell more vSphere. I don’t think VMware’s strategy is very complex. If it can’t own all of your virtualization and […]
One of the things I love about blogging is the career opportunities it creates for bloggers. I’ve personally benefited by having my professional profile lifted via VirtualizedGeek. But, as a techie and consumer of some great blogs, one of the things I hate about blogging is that a lot of the great independent voices of […]
There was a time when I could reliably look toward Cisco to lead the network industry in providing capabilities that dragged along in the slow dredge that can be standards boards. Cisco would fill the gap where standards bodies were slow to react. For instance, Cisco long ago expanded the capability of the IGRP routing […]
Both Cisco and VMware have bet big on SDN as the future of the multi-billion dollar network industry. VMware bet big on the purchase of Nicira and released their NSX product network virtualization solution as a way forward away from hardware first solutions such as typical Cisco product. Cisco in kind has answered back with […]
I don’t believe VMware’s NSX or network virtualization for that matter is the innovation being brought by the release of the product. One of the advantages to VMware releasing NSX is that we get to see the true value of network virtualization via the hands of end users. Like most new technologies that progress from […]
Reblogged from Gigaom: The adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) may not have progressed as rapidly as some may have thought, with less than 10 percent of enterprises running significant production traffic through virtualized networks. While there’s no denying the business benefit of the technology, many hesitate to implement. What are the obstacles and how […]
Prior to VMware purchasing Nicira, the company was one of a handful of SDN players on the market. You could argue that they weren’t even the most mature product on the market at the time. Take for example companies such as Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) that has launched similar SDN solutions geared specifically to the Cloud […]
My thoughts on the the general availability of NSX and some challenges facing SDN.
I like Windows along with XenDesktop and VMware View. On the surface they are all fine products. But it is official; I’m so over the concept of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) because I’m so over Windows. Maybe it is the fact that I’ve been using a Mac for the past several months and I no […]
Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is a challenging undertaking even before you introduce disruptive service models such as Cloud computing into the mix. The theory of PPM is simple. The idea is to develop a governance model around the selection and funding of projects. The projects that are in alignment with organizational business and financial goals […]
The classic debate on certification vs. college degree. I talk about my path to IT and advice on the decision.
The return of the TechTalks! Its been almost a month since my last video. This is a quicker hit chat about Cloud Computing as a business solution. A quick conversation on the why of cloud computing. This will spawn an extended blog post at some point.
Convergence is great when you are leading the way and implementing your vision. But, what happens when you are on the “other side” of convergence? I’ve blown the horn for convergence of network and server infrastructures in the form of virtualization for a while. With virtual network ports out numbering physical ports it seems obvious […]
One of the readers of the blog Lennie pointed out this YouTube video of an eBay engineer explaining how they are leveraging Docker for building portable applications in Linux environments. Docker tackles one of the challenges faced in building applications in Linux environments. The dependency of libraries or services being available on the target system […]
NSX needs more than the ability to be innovative in managing networks and “just” adding value similar to how x86 virtualization has done for the server team. One of the key moments of VMworld was when the VMware COO called VMWorld the largest gathering of Network Administrators. There are more virtual ports than physical and […]
I’m wondering how big a barrier is the difficulty associated with installing and managing OpenStack is to its adoptions. OpenStack obviously has a ton of mind share among Cloud Providers and is gaining some mind share among the enterprise crowd. However there is a big difference in skill set between companies looking to create products […]
Does SDN bring with it the type of innovation the original iPhone brought? Innovation takes much more than just really great technology. It’s having the right technology that disrupts the status quo and enables uses that couldn’t be predicted. For example, the iPhone revolutionized the way we look at the smart phone. Prior to the […]
I’m sure I’m not the only technical professional that debated the merits of vendor certifications vs. more formal education options such as college education. I’m a big believer of self-improvement and education. However, there can be debate if to invest your time and money on a formal college degree or vendor certification. This isn’t a […]
I’m wondering if Cisco is fighting a losing battle with their ACI approach to SDN. Basically, they are looking to provide programmability to the network via their Application-Centric Infrastructure. This is different from the current software first movement in that Cisco’s approach is based on their hardware first view of the network. However, if you […]
Episode 26 I give my thoughts on Scott Carlson’s VMworld session on OpenStack integration with vSphere at Paypal. This is a follow up to my session notes from VMworld.
This post is Sponsored by – My Linked Profile There has been a good deal of FUD spread since VMware has announced their NSX network hypervisor based on software from their $1 billion Nicira acquisition. VMware is a large corporation but, $1 billion is a lot of money to any company and a big bet […]
VMworld 2013 was all about NSX, VMware’s network virtualization play. VMware has bet big on NSX and I talked to their customers and partners. Hear what they had to say and what I think.
Presenter: Scott Carlson, PayPal This post is Sponsored by - My Linked Profile I’ve been really excited about this session because of all of the fuss caused by the miss-announced release that Paypal was abandoning VMware for OpenStack. Scott is a Sr. Engineer at Paypal responsible for rolling out their internal Cloud, which runs OpenStack on ESX. […]
Speaker: Martin Casado (VMware Networking CTO) This post is Sponsored by - My Linked Profile Martin started out pretty well, talking about the value proposition of NSX. I asked the question earlier how does NSX bring value to the enterprise. The simple value proposition is what gets a solution in the door. For example, the server […]