Flipping the Cloud Paradigm – part II

A little over a year ago I wrote “Are you a cloud paranoia”. The baseline of the post was that people don’t trust Public Cloud – mostly rightfully so – to own all their business information. We briefly touched on it in last week’s episode of In Tech We Trust as well due to Microsoft Azure (blob storage) going titsup again for more than 11hrs. But it’s the last part of that blog I still think of a lot. I proposed the idea of flipping the Cloud Paradigm and running your total production in (public) clouds but using your local infrastructure as your

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My checkbox is bigger than your checkbox!

This morning Josh Odgers from Nutanix published a blogpost where he rightfully pointed out that having support for a specific feature(set) doesn’t necessarily mean the same for all vendors (link). In this case we are talking about NAS-VAAI. The example given is that there are a lot of vendors that have support for NAS-VAAI but Nutanix is the only one that supports, and is certified for all primitives. Point well taken Josh and luckily there is always the HCL to check that out as you showed. note: the same applies to VAAI for block primitives! Of course when one rep

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The horror of Agent-Based system restores

A day in the life of a Data Protection Auditor STEP 1: List VM hardware details! vCenter (CPU/MEM/vDISK/vNIC) including vNIC & SCSI Controller type!!! STEP 2: List in-Guest Backup Agent details (case-sensitive) http://backup.local Remark: Operating Systems description are not (always) up to date, which could lead to wrong choice of template. Remark: Everyone using the same (personalised) admin accounts is not a best-practise for logging purposes > use admin groups! STEP 3: list IP Configuration details http://cmdb.local Issue: NO DNS information available Remark: everyone using the same (personalised) admin accounts is not a best-practise for logging purposes > use admin groups! STEP 3:

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Ask Me A Question – button campaign

UPDATE: after reading this article you can go here where the project has been “open-sourced” and you can now participate by downloading the artwork or ordering online. A hot topic in the last few years has been awareness around the lack of women in IT. This goes from how we give young girls dolls but boys a plastic screwdriver, to gender equality in the household, i.e., who has responsibility for the children, to how we treat women in IT on a daily basis. At the heart of the matter, I see the gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education as

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vSphere Storage Array FEEDBACK requested

I am working on a lengthy post/presentation related to UNMAP on all levels of the stack (from Guest Volume to Physical disk). During my research I have noticed that there is no way for me to find out through the VMware HCL which arrays support T10 UNMAP. Therefor I need your help. If you find 5 minutes of your time I’d love to get a few details from your array. Vendor + Model + Firmware vSphere Version VAAI Status (screenshot 2) Thin Provisioning Status (screenshot 2) Delete Status (screenshot 1) Screenshot 1: Look up datastore device name: # esxcli storage

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Is the End of the Federation the real question?

Sometimes you get this one single thought that triggers a whole blogpost. This week someone asked me what’s to become of the EMC Federation when Joe Tucci is going on his retirement in 2015. To give this some background; when the EMC Federation got it’s third leg, being Pivotal, next to VMware and EMC itself, there were some chairs being shifted. Once Pat Gelsinger made the move as COO of EMC to become CEO at VMware (2012), Paul Maritz moved into EMC to later become CEO of the third leg Pivotal (2013). In that light Joe Tucci said he wouldn’t

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