They’ve only gone and done it again haven’t they !! I can’t say you were surprised but Pernixdata have a reputation for enchanting and mesmerising their audience when it comes to Tech Field Day presentations and this was not a disappointment. » Read more
Veeam, famous for Backup and Replication, brings us the first of many forums to be held throughout Europe giving audiences a showcase of modern availability solutions for the datacenter and beyond. These 1 day events are designed to focus on solutions that Veeam can assist with and as an avid follower I will be attending the conference as a guest blogger courtesy of Veeam.
Head on over to this page to register to attend the event in London.
The event is free and if you wish to claim a free prize mention the name of my blog at the registration desk or mention you heard about the event at ‘Amit’s Technology Blog’ and you should get something pretty neat.
Hope to see some familiar faces there and if you see me feel free to come over and have a chat with me.
Atlantis Computing released their next wave of innovation in the form of a neat hyperconverged solution which is going to lead to more disruption in the aggressive space already dominated by the likes of products from Simplivity, Nutanix and VMware. » Read more
So what’s this podcast term all about and why should it matter to you ?? You’ve probably got better things to do than listen to the rantings of some technical folk right ? Think again !! » Read more
Here we go for a new year of voting for the top 10 VMware and Virtualisation Blog. It’s hotting up to be another year for the regular seasoned enthusiasts to battle it out but also gives new and less experienced bloggers to be recognised by the brilliant community that frequent their websites. » Read more
Opvizor is a product that is aimed at proactively addressing any critical errors in your vSphere environment and fixing them. Its unique turnkey solution is built on the premise that it proactively health checks and provides solutions to your vSphere Admin so they can concentrate on other work.
Today sees the release of a new free beta tool called ‘Snapwatcher‘.
You can finally say goodbye to those sneaky broken and invalid snapshots hiding in your VMware environment !!!!
Snapshots are almost a prerequisite in virtualisation, as they give virtual machine administrators the ability to return to previous stages if problems occur inside virtual environments. Unfortunately these same snapshots can quickly hog your disk space if you don’t regularly monitor and manage your virtual environment. Many invalid snapshots occur automatically when backup solutions trigger snapshot creation and deletion; whenever VMware struggles to delete a snapshot, an invalid snapshot is born. Broken snapshots can grow like wildfire if you’re not keeping track of them, and quickly balloon to consume most of your free disk space.
The team at Opvizor noticed hundreds of terabytes of wasted broken or invalid snapshots in their customer environments and had a real passion to attack this head on. The problem with these snapshots are that a single Snapshot’s Delta-file is able to grow to the same size of the original file. Broken snapshots are a common problem and affect 81% of all VMware vSphere environments. If left undetected, they can easily amass and cause space shortages in datastores.
Snapwatcher is designed to be simple to use. With a single click, anyone can find and fix old, broken or invalid snapshots. Through system wide monitoring of the VMware vCenter systems, Snapwatcher monitors all VMware snapshots and sends progress reports to notify you of how much space it was able to free by repairing or removing the snapshots.
You can download and try Snapwatcher here on the opvizor website by clicking “Try Snapwatcher by opvizor.”
If you’d like a video walkthrough please follow this Link
It’s only been a matter of a few weeks since I saw StorMagic at VFD4 and they delivered a great solution aimed at ROBO. Today they’ve made another ground breaking announcement (stop the press !!) » Read more
I was recently privileged to sit in a session at Solarwinds HQ during Virtualisation Field Day 4. I was particularly impressed with the organisation for the day and more importantly, the strategy that Solarwinds aims to change to bring customers both old and new into their way of thinking. » Read more
In a first of series of blog posts covering some of the vendors that caught my eye at VFD4, I’d like to introduce you all to Simplivity.
Hyperconvergence, Convergence, Modular, Traditional – Lots of buzz words used in I.T. covering a multitude of offerings but for the purpose of this post I’d like to define hyperconvergence. Simply put, this involves collapsing several I.T. building blocks such as Compute, Storage, Networking & Apps into a single building block that can be deployed to a datacenter with minimal fuss. Simplivity have taken this a step further by intelligently adding capabilities such as Backup with Dedupe, D.R., WAN acceleration and Cloud Gateway. The diagram below (taken from Simplivity) highlights the journey from the traditional stack to a Hyperconveged stack. This truly simplifies the method of deploying virtualisation stacks to a datacenter and encompasses several technologies aiming to make this a lean and cost effective approach to companies wanting to go down the road of virtualisation. Simplivity uses its patented Omnistack technology on commodity x86 hardware to give you its building block known as the Omnicube.
The company is led by its charismatic CEO – Doron Kempel. This is a man I admire for his tenacity and ambition and moving from a very different life outside I.T. to his MBA and onwards to work for some large I.T companies has helped him to develop his vision and understanding for where Simplivity can deliver value in a simplistic fashion. » Read more
All views expressed in this post are mine and do not represent the company I work for. This event was fully paid for by Gestalt IT and I received no compensation in benefits or money to attend this event.
I’ve been back in the UK for a few days and before I offer my thoughts on some of the vendors that caught my eye, I would like to offer some words of wisdom on the interesting people I met.
The key to any event is PLANNING, PLANNING and more PLANNING. Gestalt IT has run several events over the last few years so I’m sure this is becoming second nature but you can never be sure when there are so many cogs spinning in an intricate timepiece.
Think of Steve Foskett as the master conductor. He directs the orchestra comprised of Tom Hollingsworth and Claire Chaplais to create the most stunning music piece that you could ever imagine. This combined with the percussionists (the vendors) resulted in a display that ensured all the components of the band came together well to hypnotise the audience (the delegates). Organising logistics of the day, the evening activities and ensuring the media crew are on point was fascinating to watch as I am also a planner at heart and enjoy managing several elements in I.T. so it was refreshing to see this from another perspective. Credit to the Gestalt IT team in putting these wonderful events together as they really bring together a great bunch of delegates from around the world to converse and interact with senior representatives from the companies that were represented.
Moving on with this theme, the audience was a group of really knowledgable, diverse and interested minds (not to mention varying accents) and this culminated in an environment that was both collaborative and creative at times in terms of questioning the vendors on their technologies. He’s my breakdown on my illustrious companions :
Larry Smith Jr was a very quiet guy in front of the camera but clearly liked a varying amount of technology both in the networking, virtualisation and the DevOps side. A well liked individual who contributed well.
Amy Manley was the only lady on the delegate panel and she has both the brains and the beauty of a true virtualisation
chick lady. Well thought out questions were posed from her and she had a broad range of experience also. It was also refreshing to hear someone else that had used the Dell Foglight product before as well as her political challenges at work similar to some of mine.
Christopher Kusek (make sure you do not call him Chris) was brilliant in his questions and I particularly liked his questioning process. He had the most diverse set of skills and this has been built up with years of experience both working for vendors and for other companies. I was glad to learn from him also.
James Green, the tallest youngest member of the delegates (made me feel like a dwarf), had attended a previous TFD event and is also very good in the virtualisation (VMware) space and also the blog post master delivering live blog posts after each day. What a machine !!
Emad Younis was a quiet succinct delegate who really thought about the vendors that were presenting before presenting killer questions. A great fellow and very admired amongst the group.
Mike Preston was the only Canadian in the group and got a lot of stick for it. He co runs the Toronto VMUG and has been in virtualisation for a loooong time. A great chap to have in the team and was happy to enjoy the better weather in Austin compared to Ontario.
Julian Wood was my fellow UK blogger (a South African at heart) who was methodical and precise with his questioning of the vendors. It was his first VFD like mine and clearly enjoyed every minute. I’m sure our paths will be crossing again soon.
Matt Simmons was another quiet member of the team who had some great Linux and Virtualisation skills enabling him to dig deep with the presenters where he saw weak areas. A great all rounder.
Jeff Wilson was the only Microsoft centric guy but this was good as its always nice to see how Hyper V is represented amongst the vendors. It was good to talk to Jeff about Systems Center and know how he has used Azure and this spearheaded some of the conversations with the vendors.
Marco Broeken came in from the Netherlands and is someone I have followed for quite some time due to the VMworld events he has attended and the after hours events he has organised. Another previous TFD delegate that has a wide scope of knowledge and very amenable with the crowd.
Lastly, Justin Warren, who has his own company and is a passionate journalist from Melbourne, was one of the guys who I learned a lot from. His calm demeanour and outward appearance may lure you in but you never know what he is going to ask next. His inquisitive mind was what I liked the most and I’m sure I’ll be using some of his tips and tricks in my own posts and future direction.
So that’s a long list of delegates and organisers and I can say the experience is something I will never forget and would relish an opportunity like this in the future. As I cover some of the vendors in my next post I’ll be sure to include the names of the individuals that caught my eye as well as the technology that underpinned much of the vendors core go to market strategies. Stay tuned folks….