Hyper-converged infrastructures are extremely popular. But the one size fits all approach isn’t for everyone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLcL87C15oA
I’ve watched more than my fair share of home renovation television shows. I can’t remember one episode in which the host exclaims, “Look at the details of the threads of this ionized pipe!” But I have seen episodes where a project was completely derailed because of substandard plumbing. Infrastructure is the plumbing of information technology. […]
I was listening to the VMware Community Podcast with one of their Advisory practice leaders. He made a comment I found to be pretty interesting. He mentioned how organizations are moving away from the private cloud as the mechanism for transformation and moving toward the software-defined data center (SDDC). This made me consider how is […]
As the saying goes, “Two things are certain in life. We pay taxes, and we die.” One of my more nerve striking posts and point of views is on the death of virtual desktop infrastructure VDI. I understand the tension. People have banked their careers and in some cases their entire business model on VDI. […]
I don’t look at the “partnership” of VMware and Google on the VDI client for Chromebook as a validation of the future of VDI. I believe it actually helps to further my argument that VDI will be regulated to the role similar to that of mainframe terminal emulators. Windows applications running on Chromebooks don’t align with the […]
We may be a long way away from the datacenter vision that VMware calls software defined data center (SDDC) or what Microsoft calls the cloud based data center, but we have arrived at the virtual first data center. The SDDC is the idea that the entire data center is an abstracted concept that is controlled […]
It’s a more common question than you think. Enterprises are feeling the pressure to save on operational expenses. It’s common to look to open source as a potential cost saver. In episode 36 we have the conversation.
In TechTalk #35 I ask the question if SDN is enterprise ready. It’s a fair question seeing I posed a similar question for OpenStack.
While Dell isn’t exactly the biggest player in networking, it’s still relevant to note how important their announcement of a bare metal switch is to Software Defined Networking (SDN). I believe people inside of the virtualization community get the advantages of SDN. At least the virtualization community gets the advantages for the virtualized infrastructure. The […]
I’ve been considering the idea of multiple hypervisors for some time now. The primary challenge that comes up in this discussion is the ability to manage the environments seamlessly. I even had an extended conversation with a vendor about this just a couple of days ago and general challenges of managing multiple hypervisors. The idea […]
Recently, I wrote a post on about VMware and Cisco jockeying for the position as the dominate player in network virtualization. The two vendors have differing views on how to solve the challenge of offering a programmable network. As a high level recap, the industry has been asking for a solution that allows for the […]
Episode 34 it’s all about the impact of the Cloud on the IT worker. – Chris Wahl – Geek Whisperers Episode 34 – The Role of the Enterprise Engineer
Popular thought is eventually every product gets commoditized. Some industries may take longer than others, but competition normally catches the market leader and costs a driven down. Or more efficient ways of providing a product or service is developed. Vendors then have to find some way to add value around the commoditized product. I’m wondering […]
I go into a deep dive discussion on why I believe OpenStack isn’t enterprise ready yet.
I was wondering what ever happened to Oracle’s “SDN” solution they inherited from their purchase of Xsigo. I hated that Oracle labeled it a SDN solution. It seemed a stretch at the time, and I don’t see anything fundamentally different in the solution. It looks identical to the product Xsigo was selling over a year […]
I don’t believe Cisco will miss their release date for their SDN product ACI, but that doesn’t mean it’s not vaporware. This is a follow-on discussion to my post asking the question if ACI is Vaporware or not. http://virtualizedgeek.com/2013/12/30/is-ciscos-aci-vaporware/
2014 is going to be my year of excellence or at least the year I focus on it. One of the things I’ve struggled with over the years is being a “detailed focused” person. I’m very good at taking very big problems, digesting them and coming up with creative solutions. I’m not good at taking […]
I am wondering if Cisco’s ACI Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution is vaporware. We will start by looking at the traits of vaporware, which include: Product announced as a result of a competitor’s action Loosely or undefined release date Non-Specific set of features Lack of product demos or customer betas VMware’s purchase of Nicira seems […]
In this tips and tricks TechTalk I walk you through installing VMware’s OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) on your laptop. This is a tip of the cap to Kenneth Hui’s post over on cloudarchitectmusings.com. He wrote a pretty good step-by-step guide to deploying the VOVA on a laptop. Some notes: My system has 8GB of RAM […]
A follow-on discussion on if VMware it too heavily focused on vSphere and if they are in effect a one hit Wonder.
Earlier I posted my goals for 2013. One of my biggest goals was to run 1500 miles. Read what I learned from my failed attempt. http://www.keithtownsend.co/2013/12/what-i-learned-from-my-failed-goal-of.html
In my opinion, VMware is much too dependent on their vSphere product suite. This is not an analysis of VMware’s sales or market share. This is a practical look at innovation. It is a look at what happens when companies quickly grow and do not continue to innovate. The innovation needs to compel customers to […]
As a follow up to a couple of related posts, I talk about the challenge of getting enterprise shadow IT give up their AWS account. Related Posts OpenStack vs. AWS: It’s about the developers Amazon AWS really wasn’t designed for the Enterprise Is Amazon AWS Desktop as a Service (VDI) ready for prime time?
I know we are just at the beginning of the network virtualization movement but, I have some pretty high hopes for the technology. I believe IaaS Cloud is one of the “killer” applications for network virtualization. A lot of attention is paid to the orchestration that comes to provisioning networks in the enterprise and within […]
Every now and again I attempt to peak outside of my enterprise infrastructure bubble and think about one of our primary customers – Developers. I’ve been on record in saying one of the primary reasons for adopting a private Cloud is to build Cloud aware applications and services. There is some advantage to providing self-service […]
Forbes is asking the question if solutions like Docker mark the end of virtualization. Without getting into the debate of how containers can be a compliment to virtualization, it got me to thinking about how out of touch the tech news media is with the enterprise. If you only read sources like Forbes you’d think […]
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is “The” power house in Cloud computing. However, Amazon has struggled to gain a foothold in the enterprise. This is the case even when the geekiest of the enterprise SMEs finds creative uses for the service itself. EMC’s Chad Sakac provides a use case where his team builds an AWS application to test their ScaleIO […]
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 now know, investing in my Cisco certification, in 2001 was a much better idea than updating my […]
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[UPDATE] My Rackspace colleague, James Thorne, has a post on his extremely useful blog that uses the 4.2.1 release of the Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) to install the Havana release of OpenStack on a laptop using Vagrant and Chef. Since James’ post actually uses the GA version of RPC…
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. […]