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VMware vSphere and EMC Isilon – One datastore or many?

VMware vSphere and EMC Isilon – One datastore or many?

As a vSpecialist, I am a member of a group that focuses on Big Data solutions. I primarily focus on Big Data storage, notably Isilon. I was introduced to Isilon early last year and really liked it. I got my first deep-dive with Isilon before EMC World 2011, where I was given the Isilon vLab, and asked to finish it up. I took the content that the Isilon team had provided, made some subtle changes, and polished it up a…

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Virtualization is (not) the problem – A real life debunking

Virtualization is (not) the problem – A real life debunking

One thing that is always true, as new technology comes along, some people are going to criticize, ridicule, or simply not believe it does what it says it does. Many years ago, I was approached by some guys in development that were having issues with an application that had a SQL database backend, this is the story of how they questioned VMware, and what transpired. The environment The development environment was comprised of several application servers and SQL servers that…

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Nested vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation – Faster/Affordable/Portable Storage Alternative

Nested vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation – Faster/Affordable/Portable Storage Alternative

Pre-lab days Before I had access to a lab, it was difficult to test nested vSphere configurations due the performance. With vSphere 4.1, I could run nested ESXi hosts on VMware Workstation, but there was always one bottleneck.  Much like many enterprise environments, I was constrained by my storage. Running VMware Workstation on top of Windows 7 was fine, despite the fact that my workstation only had 8GB of physical RAM.  I started out using the Starwind iSCSI SAN solution…

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vSphere Home Lab – What type of hosts?

vSphere Home Lab – What type of hosts?

A lab environment is a very effective tool to keep up with technology, without having to worry about messing something up in a production environment.  Several of the places I have worked have development/test/demo environments setup for the purpose of exactly that, development/test/demo work.  I really couldn’t imagine testing new code, application or OS updates, or “what if” type scenarios in a production environment.  But those environments weren’t really “lab” environments. From my experience, lab environments are often comprised of…

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Team05 GeekWeek – Powered By

Team05 GeekWeek – Powered By

Joe Adams (@vJoeAdams) compiled a list of what was used and consumed by Team05 during our GeekWeek. Technology Cisco UCS EMC NS960 ~125 Virtual Machines ~200 GHz of CPU ~6TB Virtual Disk ~1.5TB RAM vSphere vCloud Director vCloud Connector VMware View VMware SRM