Why don’t we do like AWS do? – Multisite Networking

When I started playing with virtual machines, I got a real buzz at how easy it was, spin up a vm, move it between servers or storage, right click and action. I get a similar buzz from working with AWS, they make technically complex but desirable solutions look easy. For example distributing an application across […]

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – Routing Protocol and Topology

This third section follows Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – NSX Components, vCenter Topology, Connectivity Considerations and Edge Cluster Design   Routing Protocol and Topology Enterprise vs Datacenter Routing Don’t run multiple protocols Multi-tenancy indicates use of BPG Physical Core and Aggregation routing should be handled by the Enterprise team responsible for […]

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – Edge Cluster Design

Following on from Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – NSX Components, vCenter Topology, Connectivity Considerations This post covers reference architecture for NSX Edge clusters   NSX Edge Cluster Design Design considerations for Edge Cluster Design Establish the type of resources required for the edges: Load Balancers, VPN, dLR Control VM What is […]

VMworld Sessions – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere – NSX Components, vCenter Topology, Connectivity Considerations

Nimish Desai, Senior Technical Product Manager at VMware, network guy, the face behind the Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere. This blog covers Part one of the two VMworld advanced technical sessions, focused on establishing a reference architecture, reviewing use case and best practices for NSX architecture. I have divided Part 1 into three sections to […]

VMware Optimization Assessment and Marginal Gains

Marginal gains theory is again in focus following the Rio Olympics. In sport where the margins between glory and disappointment are so slender, coaches look for opportunities to optimize athletes natural ability through small cumulative changes. For example in preparation for the 2016 games when Team GB coaches noticed that women track cyclists sometimes missed […]

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 […]