VCAP6 NV Deploy – Exam Preparation Workbook

For those aspiring to certify as VCIX6-NV, the VCAP6-NV Deploy is the second stop after obtaining VCP6-NV This excel workbook helps keep track of what objectives you feel comfortable with,  what needs to be mastered, as well as including the official references. Content is based on: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88781&ui=www_cert I will add additional references, page numbers etc, […]

VMware NSX Security Features – Who should pay for them?

One of the typical questions when considering NSX deployments is who should be the administrator?  However this is often a two horse race, between Network and Virtualization Systems Administrators. Although NSX is SDN (software defined networking), the driver behind much of what it does is due to security requirements, using vlans to segregate layer two networks, […]

NSX – Availability and Redundancy

vSphere administrators normally have two great fears, failure of Storage and failure in the network layer, as both of these can result in 100s or 1000s of virtual machines simultaneously going off line. Software defined networking such as NSX or vShield have the potential to bring those failures even closer to home. How has NSX been architected to make it […]

vSphere Integrated Containers – Manageability and Security

vSphere Integrated Containers. For the last few years I’ve been noting with increasing anxiety the rise of docker and the predicted invasion of the virtualized machine environment. When VMware previewed the open source Photon platform and the vSphere Integrated Container initiates I breathed a sigh of relief that they had noticed the amassing armies of […]

Using infrastructure qualities to assess new technology

Change is the only constant. Everything changes and nothing stands still. That is especially true of technology. Many of today’s products will be outdated in a single life cycle. As new features are added at each major release products can be completely transformed within a few short years. Technology vendors pitch themselves as solution providers, […]

vmware design math – calculate new cluster requirements

design math – calculate new cluster requirements Question 1   Inventory of 100 physical servers    75 Severs with 2 x 2 core 2.5GHZ intel CPU’s 25 Servers with 2 x 4 core 2.5GHZ intel CPU’s   75 Servers with 4GB of memory 25 Servers with 16GB of memory   Average peak CPU usage PER CORE on […]