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Transformation in a time of Crisis

What does a silicon valley leader do when their company's groundbreaking technology starts to lose momentum, faced with strong competition, uncertainty in the board room and falling stock prices, would you have the vision to see through the storm to the other side. Steve Jobs set the bar when he turned Apple around, we remember [...]

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VMworld – On demand video recommendations 2

This is part two of recommendations from the VMworld on-demand library. Applying Software Design Patterns and Methodologies to Your IT Services (CNA2141BE) SRE is the practice of leveraging software development principles for running and managing infrastructure, operations, and applications.  Super interesting concept session that covers methodologies that originated with google to ensure site or service [...]

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VMworld – On demand video recommendations 1

As I have done in previous years, I want to highlight some of my favourite VMworld sessions. I’ve gone with an eclectic selection, I wanted to step away from the day job and feature technology or concepts I think I'll need to know about in the future. All VMworld videos are freely available on https://videos.vmworld.com/global/2018 [...]

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Burro! it’s not about you, it’s about the business!

The Donkey has a well known reputation for stubbornness, a strong sense of self-preservation, means it’s difficult to force a donkey when it senses danger. Yet, Donkeys can be very dependable, although cautious they are intelligent, friendly, playful, and eager to learn. (Ref: wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey) The Managed Service Model One of the terrifying ideas that crystalized for me during [...]

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VMware Cloud on AWS – Storage Overview

This post follows on from the previous posts VMware on AWS – Overview and Setup and VMware on AWS – Elastic Resource Management I will focus firstly on VMC storage and then go to discuss Native AWS storage and how this could be used with VMC. VMC Storage ESXi will be installed directly on the [...]

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Why attend a vmug event

This is one of mankind's oldest riddles, it comes from ancient Mesopotamia probably around 3000 years ago. There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it? The answer is at the bottom of the page While many companies are cutting back on training budgets, giving employees a few hours off [...]

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VMware Services on AWS

VMware have just announced a partnership deal with AWS that will allow the running of dedicated vSphere based services directly on AWS clouds. Customers can either integrate on-premises vSphere services with AWS cloud services, or have a hybrid model of  on-prem and cloud vCenters. For example this would allow an vm running in a local datacenter to leverage [...]

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Surviving a security audit

The main point of a security audit is not to try and strangle the auditor, he is just doing his job, although you might think he is there to make your life impossible. I have put together a collection of posts, the configuration settings are all publicly available, mainly from VMware's Hardening Guide, so there [...]

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From VMworld: Introducing Project Pacific!

From VMworld: Introducing Project Pacific!Today VMware announced Project Pacific, what I believe to be the biggest evolution of vSphere in easily the last decade. Simply put, we are rearchitecting vSphere to deeply integrate and embed Kubernetes. Project Pacific evolves vSphere to be a native Kubernetes platform. What’s driving this shift? Fundamentally it goes to what [...]

VMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and…

VMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and Security eBookVMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and...Check out my latest book co-authored with my colleagues Gilles Chekroun (@twgilles) and Nico Vibert (@nic972) on VMware NSX networking and security in VMware Cloud on AWS. Thank you Tom Gillis (@_tomgillis), Senior Vice President/General Manager, Networking and Security Business Unit [...]