Use PowerCLI to mass assign tags and storage based policy management

Storage Based Policy Management (SBPM) has been around for a while, when working with storage tiers, metro clusters, or vSAN, it's either fundamental or best practice. But clicking on anything more than half a dozen vms and datastores is a bit too much hard work. Using a mix of PowerCLI and the web client I …

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 …

VMware Cloud on AWS – Elastic Resource Management

In my previous post, I talked about the setup of a SDDC on AWS. Now I want to focus on resource management and the scalability features Add/Remove Hosts One of the coolest features of VMC, is the ability to scale up or down (keep in mind 4 hosts is the minimum). The Add /Remove Host feature allows …

VMware Cloud on AWS – Overview and Setup

VMworld 2017 was a great opportunity to learn about VMware on AWS or VMC (VMware Cloud). What is being offered is a SDDC stack, ESXi, vSAN, and networks built on NSX. AWS will provide bare metal hosts with dual 18 core 2.3 Ghz CPUs, 512 GB of memory and 16 TB of SDD storage, VMware will …

VMworld 2017 – The Exploding Cloud

VMWorld General Session US In the General session for VMWorld US, Pat Gelsinger, (VMWare CEO) looked to me like a guy who knew the party was coming to a close and it was time to make a move for the girl on the other side of the room. Amazon Web Services might not think of …

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 …

VMware Advanced Certifications – Good, but must try harder

Although estimates are only approximate, it seems the numbers of advanced level certified engineers for Cisco and Microsoft are vastly greater than for VMware. More than 41,000 Cisco users have obtained CCIE status, those with VMware advanced qualifications don’t even reach 25% of that. I’m not even going to mention MCSE. I’m just blogging ideas here, feel free to …