Writing for a new site

It is always an honour when people you like and respect approach you to work together. I was delighted when Scott Lowe (the “Other” one, not the one talking about NSX all the time) and David Davis asked whether I’d like to write some articles for their web sites, VirtualizationSoftware.com and the newly launched EnterpriseStorageGuide.com. The sites are both filled with articles by independent community members and with interviews and videos that Scott and David have produced with vendors. There are quite a few articles there that I want to have a read over when I get a moment. The two articles of mine that have been published are Why RAID Cannot Cope With Large Disks: Rebuild Times and An Introduction to Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out Storage there are a few more that should appear on the site over time.

For a full listing of the pieces I have written please take a look at my Other Publications page. It’s getting quite long since three articles a month for two years adds up. If you are looking for writing services do get in touch via my About page.

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Virtualization Field Day – Day 0

I’m in silicon valley for VFD3, this is my first time in the valley so I’m having the experience of seeing tech company signs on way more buildings than I’m used to in New Zealand.

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Infinio sponsors AutoLab

This is my big news for February, I approached Infinio to become sponsors of AutoLab and they said yes! Starting this month Infinio is the sole sponsor of the AutoLab and their help will allow me to spend more time on AutoLab and thanks those other community members that have contributed.

The first immediate change is that AutoLab now has a logo which you can see proudly displayed on the AutoLab web site over time you may see the logo on shirts and buttons too.

Infinio has an awesome storage accelerator application for vSphere, if you are planning on adding trays of disk to an old NFS array just to get better performance then Infinio is probably a better solution.

AutoLab 1.5 is close to shipping, I now need to update the deployment guide and make it much more understandable.

2014 has been an amazing year so far & it keeps getting better. I hope your year is the same, or becomes the same.

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Getting ready of VFD3

On Monday I head to Silicon Valley to spend a few days at Virtualization Field Day 3, run by the incomparable Stephen Foskett and his merry band. This will be my first visit to the valley, previous SF trips have been two VMworlds, so all about the Moscone centre. I was going to arrive early and relax a bit to get used to the time zone, my relaxing time is now filled with going to the VMware and Nutanix HQs.

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Send your desktops on a moon shot

I cannot believe that it’s nearly two months since HP Discover in Barcelona, a very busy and chaotic couple of weeks. I started this post on the plane back from Barcelona but didn’t get it finished until today.

Disclaimer: I attended HP Discover in Barcelona at the invitation of HP, who paid for travel and accommodation, thanks HP. HP has not asked me to write about anything nor seen anything I write before it is published.

Data centre based desktops come in a few flavours: Virtual machines, terminal servers and dedicated physical desktops. HP are bringing an option for the dedicated physical desktop by putting an AMD APU in a Moonshot cartridge which provides 1800 physical desktops in one server rack. There are two new things here, the APU and the Moonshot chassis.

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On the road to HP Discover in Barcelona

My thirty six hour travel to Barcelona has begun, I’m at Auckland airport waiting for my flight via Los Angeles and London.

I’ve been looking at a few of the HP Discover tweets, there’s some messaging around a new style of IT, I wonder what new style will be unveiled. It is hard for a large company with an extensive portfolio to make wholesale direction changes, evolution rather than revolution is favoured by corporate structures. Having spent some time with startups in converged infrastructure I’ll be looking out for what HP is doing with it’s converged infrastructure.

If you’d like to follow along with the official live stream of the announcements here: http://hpstorage.me/1buyzV4

I’ll be doing my best to report what I think, but looking at the schedule of briefings for the bloggers it looks like a pretty packed schedule, maybe I’ll get a chance to write about it later.

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Heading to HP Discover

I am very happy to have been invited to attend HP Discover in Barcelona as a guest of HP. This follows from attending HP’s Storage day in Colorado and a Cloud briefing in Sydney in 2012 as well as the HP Tech @ Work event also in Sydney, this year.

The event is pretty huge, hundreds of sessions in nine tracks. I’m expecting to spend a fair bit of time with the Converged Cloud track, hopefully with some time left for the Converged Infrastructure and Mobility tracks. Maybe this show will also be the one where we see a mainstream use for the MoonShot scale out servers. I wonder whether massive scale out will prove to be the next revolution in IT Infrastructure, possibly combined with a lot of automation and developers working better with infrastructure teams. Of course I’m also interested in the all-flash 3Par array and anything that makes a fleet of thin or zero clients easier to manage. I’m also expecting that all my plans will go out the window as soon as we start the conference.

There is an interesting list of blogger attending Discover in Barcelona, including a fellow Kiwi and a few friends from other events. There should be lots of interesting conversations, I will try to capture a few of those.

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vForum Sydney – vBrownBag TechTalks Schedule

The vBrownBag TechTalks are back at vForum in Sydney, allowing community members another opportunity  to share their experience and learn from one another. The sessions will be recorded for posting to the vBrownBag YouTube channel and hopefully live streamed on this page, they are happening live in a back corner called Parkside Foyer Level 1 on this map.

Monday Tuesday
11:30am Simon Sharwood – Extracting technical knowledge from PR Arron Stebbing – Enterprise vs Commodity for Cloud
11:45am Chris Jones – Living in Harmony with vCenter Orchestrator
12:00am Josh Odgers – View Composer for Array Integration (VCAI) & Nutanix Craig Waters – Building a VMUG
12:15am  Vaughn Stewart - Solving IO Issues with Flash… A-Ah!

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vBrownBag TechTalks at vForum Sydney 2013

Great news, the vBrownBag TechTalks are coming to vForum Sydney. For those familiar with TechTalks you can go straight to the signup form here.

Tech Talks originated at VMworld 2012 where they provided an opportunity for community members, whose presentation submissions were not accepted into the main catalogue, to present the core of  a topic. TechTalks are a ten minute presentation by a community member for the benefit of the community. Since almost everyone working in technology has solved problems and learned something almost everyone could present a TechTalk. The format can be a slide deck or simply talking, they are usually about how to solve a problem or get the most out of a product. The TechTalk is captured on video and published on all of the vBrownBag distribution channels, on YouTube and Vimeo.  If the conference Internet connection allows, the talk is also live streamed from the show.

TechTalks are for community members to reach other community members, any topic that will help other people is good.  The one thing that TechTalks are not is an opportunity to present the corporate slide deck about a great product you would like us to buy. TechTalks are about up skilling and education, the only marketing should be from the TechTalk sponsors who help make the whole thing happen.

If you will be at vForum Sydney and you have learned something on the job then you should share your knowledge, signup to present a TechTalk, the audience is friendly and supportive.

By the way while you are signing up make sure you also register for VMDownUnderground, the community party before vForum.

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VMDownUnderground party 2013

I’m very please to thank Veeam, NetApp and VMUG for sponsoring the VMDownUndergroud party which aims to get virtualization folk to talk together before vForum in Sydney.

The format is the same as the last two years, although the venue has changed. The format is drinks and snacks for a couple of hours, letting you mix with other people who are going to be at vForum.  Catch up with old friends you meet once a year or make new friends, we encourage the sponsors to also send their tech people so bring questions for the sponsors. The venue is Cohibar, which is closer to the vForum venue and has view of Darling arbour.

Head over to EventBrite and register, we will see you there.

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