VMWorld vendor update: Infinio 2.0

Infinio is just one of those small startups you just cannot love enough. Most of that is actually due to their great choice of people. From CEO down to localised sales engineers or one of my personal best friends in this industry Matthew Brender (@mjbrender

Infinio 2.0

Infinio launched last year with a storage accelerator product. The short elevator pitch is basically that you’d deploy one small appliance per VMware host that uses 8GB of your RAM to offload NFS-read requests, through a distributed caching pool.

Today Infinio is announcing Infinio Accelerator v2.0. You can follow a deepdive about the updates on Wednesday through their presentation for TechFieldDay. But I had a brief chat with Matthew yesterday and thought I’d share some more information to go with the press release.

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VMworld – Feel Good – Do Good

Almost ready to leave again for the single most exciting week a year for our technical (niche) community. It is both physically and mentally the most exhausting week as well. Whether you have 10 speaking sessions, running around from Moscone West to South or you have 20 interviews a day, all that is only the first half of the day before the dinners and parties go on till the early morning hours. 

Last year I covered a few tips (work hard – party hard) to take care of that physical part. Socks and shoes, taking showers and a crash break and most importantly WATER. This time I would love to have a go at the mental part.

Feel Good Do Good

Feel Good

I’ll admit it, I have crashed mentally after heavy conference weeks like VMworld. If you’ve seen me there, you’ll probably know why. I live it for 200%! A healthy body is nothing without a healthy mind. These are two moments I found that can help with that.

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My FREE email address is also MY free email address

Yes, I am using GMAIL as provider for my professional conversations. I also have a hansdeleenheer.com account which I only use for really really important stuff like bank, leasing, social security, … communication. This means that my primary inbox is gmail. This both for communication with people or application/account registration. And here is the topic of the day with that:

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Lead, leads, leads …

I know, I know. I’ve had this discussion dozens of times and it always comes down to these two major reasons:

  • We don’t want anonymous competitors downloading our software
  • We need your personal information to SPAM you as a new lead

I’ll leave the first reason to you for judgement. Personally if I trust my software, I wouldn’t mind my competitors using a public trial (not beta!). That second reason is where I’d like to focus our attention on for a moment.

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Making ADHD work – Getting Stuff Done!

This is ridiculous. About 6 weeks ago I wrote a series on making ADHD work (landing page) and the one with the title getting sh*t done ends up staying in draft till now (can’t tell you what ‘now’ will be yet).

Tomorrow

Procrastinators Unite … tomorrow!

It’s the single most annoying thing about ADHD. Putting off stuff to do in five minutes – later – tomorrow. There are multiple reasons for procrastination:

  • It’s is so hard to concentrate on something that when we have focus, it’s impossible to allow something/someone to interrupt that. Once interrupted it’s gone. This is why I can signal you ‘the hand’ when I am typing that important email.
  • Since we fail / have failed at every big project, every next project feels overwhelming so you just don’t feel like getting started.
  • Gotham needed me

Design for success

That being overwhelmed is a very big deal. I am behind on my expense reports and taxes all the time. And not just a few days or weeks. I filed 6 quarters in february. I entered my last expense report for Veeam 6 months after I already left the company. Just because I don’t see the end in the pile of paperwork.

Somehow I have this idea my accountant won t really like my procrastination issues

This also goes for tasks like cleaning the kitchen. If I don’t see the end of it straight away, the overwhelming part of not being able to succeed will be the reason for being triggered by other stuff that gets my attention priority. The trick I have found is a classic trick in project management: break down the tasks in as small as possible pieces. This gives two positive results:

  • every small task achieved gives a positive vibe in going for the next part
  • if one or two small parts of the entire task are not finished, you still accomplished quite a lot. If you don’t break the bigger task down in smaller ones, it will always be a complete failure.

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TechFieldDay Extra at VMworld US

Oh yes, I’m honoured to be included in the TFD crew yet again. I previously was included in Storage Field Day 1 and Storage Field Day 5 but also at several of the smaller RoundTable events at VMworld, Cisco Live and Interop New York. TechFieldDay is by far the most interesting event for an independent blogger like myself. This for two major reasons:

  1. You get to see the newest of new technology (or newest iterations) explained by the smartest brains of the respective companies
  2. The team of likeminded delegates brings the best out of yourself and each other. This is way more than just an old boys club ;-)

Those IT convention roundtables are also a very good way to actually get a few of the bloggers onsite that would otherwise never make it on their own dime. Therefor I am very grateful to all the sponsors that make it possible for me to cross the Atlantic and have a nice bed on site!!! (this was a disclaimer, peeps!). And before I forget it: Thank you VMware for the bloggers pass! All together this type of sponsorship saves me at least $4000 !!!

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VMworld #BeerTweetup is a go!

BEERTWEETUP LOCATION UPDATE

(BeerTweetup is tomorrow, Wednesday 27 August – see details on regsitration link below)

There were two possible locations for the BeerTweetup; a small MicroBrewery at walking distance or a Restaurant at Warfs with a bunch of Belgian beers. The latter was a bit too far and the former was going to be too small (50people max) as the regular partners in crime that organise #UNparty want to go to the party this year. I managed to find you a better spot that has the space, the good beers AND at walking distance:

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Mikkeller Bar has an impressive list of draft beers with some Belgian gems in there:

  • Vanderghinste Oud Bruin (Bockor)
  • Tarras Boulba (De la Senne)
  • Petrus Aged Pale Ale (Bavik)
  • Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge (Bockor)
  • Abt 12 (St-Bernardus)
  • Oerbier (De Dolle)
  • Cuvée Delphine (De Struise)

I’ll be there around 8 o’clock till 11. They also have some snacks and sausage plates so you can eat htere as well. Feel free to join whenever you feel like. It’s walk in-n-out. Remember: it’s BYOWallet but we won’t hold you from taking parts of the bill as a vendor.

I do apologise upfront that the swag did not come through on time. I’ll go above and beyond for next year! Promised.

!!! START SPREADING THE NEWS !!!

BEERTWEETUP LOCATION UPDATE

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REGISTER HERE

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I have made it a tradition to invite friends for a #BeerTweetup at either the last night of a convention or the night of the party. As a lot of people are already leaving Thursday afternoon, it will be during the official party, that is too crowded with bad beer anyhow, on Wednesday night.

The intent of a #StorageBeers or #vBeers for example is for people with a joint technical interest to meet up for a drink. So the logical result is that the #BeerTweetup will be about the beer! The location is TBD for now but it will not be Toronado Bar this time. Expect an awesome location as near as possible to Moscone/SOMA.

#BeerTweetup is by it’s nature a BYOWallet gathering although sponsors are always allowed to pick up (parts of) the bill. This time I have gone ‘the extra mile’ and there is a unique SWAG item you probably don’t want to miss! 

REGISTER HERE

#BeerTweetup pictures

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my VVols vendor info landing page

After almost two years of teasing the audience we finally can start getting a grip on VMware VVols. Why so long you ask? If you ask VMware they’ll probably point you at how slow the vendors are and if you ask the vendors they’ll probably tell you VMware is not the fastest in providing finished API’s :)

Nevertheless it’s a very interesting next step in handling virtual storage. Finally we will no longer have the need for buckets of storage (datastores) where we will dump a pack of VMDKs in. No, finally we are going to treat every ESX file as a storage object in itself. That’s true VM-centric storage management. I can’t help it to give kudo’s here to Tintri whom have lead the way all that time in production! Others have followed their example, VVols will bring make it a standard.

VVols

This blogpost will be my landing page for all info on VVols. I will specifically focus on all the arrays that will have a different type of readiness/supported/… status. A second thing I want to make sure is that VVols is not just a checkbox! We’ve seen this with VAAI where there are several primitives of which you only needed to comply with one to be able to check the box. I will make those distinctions if necessary.

TO ALL: if you work for a vendor that is planning to support VVOLS, please get in touch if I haven’t yet. If you are a reader and you find an interesting link I have missed > send it over. 

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