Compute in the cloud and storage on premises ? Are you serious ?

techfielddayI was lucky enough to attend Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld and one company that really raised some eyebrows was Velostrata as they presented their vision for hybrid cloud. Not Hybrid cloud in the traditional sense from running VM’s on premises and running VM’s in the public cloud but a mesh of the two leading to an interesting proposal.

What can this company offer consumers that other companies haven’t tried already ? Read on to hear my take…. » Read more

Opvizor Update – Kill those snapshots !!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

VCP550D – Its over now

I realised that my current VCP was due to expire in March and was even more shocked when I realised the deadline for the Delta exam was 30th November 2014.

Since I don’t get to touch a lot of VMware products these days in my day to day life I wanted to make sure I used my homelab to look at some of the new areas such as VSAN, VDP, vFlash Read Cache and Operations Manager in some detail. I used this great webpage ( Link ) by Anthony Poh to read some PDFs and also ensure I was comfortable around the Blueprint areas. Thankfully I just about PASSED !!!

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PHEW…..now I can concentrate on my day job again….

VMworld Day 1 – TAM day and HOLs

What a great start today especially as it was a dry sunny day in Barcelona. After having an enjoyable evening at the vRockstar party last night and meeting some new faces, it was down to some serious business.

This year I was lucky enough to have a TAM pass from our account manager and it was well worth it. Small crowds were entranced with speeches from Carl Eschenbach (VMware president) and Joe Baguely (EMEA CTO) and as ever Joe was great at painting a picture of the future of I.T with the focus on doing away with infrastructure thoughts and moving to more app centric futures. Since I am under NDA I cannot say too much but everyone will be picking up a lot of it at the keynotes throughout the week.

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I then attended a great presentation from Kit Colbert, who works out of the Office of the CTO for EUC, and he led us though the vision for device management and how recent acquisitions have helped the VMware portfolio. I also had the pleasure of conversing with Kit over lunch which was a nice touch to the TAM day experience.

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Finally, I was very privileged to hear from Ben Fathi (CTO based in Palo Alto) who talked about the strategic direction for VMware. Another great presenter who is passionate about driving change for the end users and within the hallowed walls at VMware. We also saw an interesting slide of when GSX 2.0 was released and how the vision for that grew into the more mature product we see today in the SDDC.

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The day was well worth it and even though Pat Gelsinger was delayed and could not present it was a good day and well worth hearing about the vision for this big software defined company. Watch this blog and feel free to share amongst your peers as there will be more to come over the next few days.

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