VMFS Deepdive Paper

I received this question yesterday about material around VMFS. Of course I pointed them to the white paper Cormac recently published, which is an awesome read. But I also had this other link laying around which I forgot to share with the world. This paper is written by Satyam Vaghani (former VMware Principal Engineer, … [Read more...]

New Beta Program option: VMware Hosted Beta

Many of you probably have participated in one of the many beta programs VMware has offered in the last couple of years. I personally have participated in various beta programs when I was a customer / partner and I always loved going through the various exercises. The challenging part for me always was finding the time … [Read more...]

Nimbus Data releases HALO 2013

Last week Nimbus Data reached out to me to update me on what they are working on, and more explicitly what they are releasing today. Today Nimbus announces HALO 2013 (their storage operating system). Those who are not familiar with Nimbus Data my colleagues Cormac Hogan wrote a great article about what they offer last … [Read more...]

Awesome Fling: vCenter 5.1 Pre-Install Check

One of the things that many people have asked me is how they could check if their environment was meeting the requirements for an upgrade to 5.1. Until today I never really had a good answer for it but fortunately that has changed. Alan Renouf has spent countless of hours developing a script that validated your … [Read more...]

Startup Intro: AetherStore

Every once in a while you see a solution by a startup and you get all excited. AetherStore is one of those type of solutions. The funny thing is that AetherStore is not directly related to my day-to-day job, but I can fully relate to their pitch. So what is AetherStore and who are the folks behind it? AetherStore was … [Read more...]

VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor-Manager 1.1 is out, sign up for it!

VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.1 is a minor release with the following new capabilities: Migration of virtual machines from Hyper-V to ESX or ESXi hosts. Support for the latest Microsoft Hyper-V3 hypervisor (as well as the earlier versions). Increased scalability with regards to the number of supported … [Read more...]

Startup Intro: SoftNAS

Last week I had a chat with Rick Braddy from SoftNAS. Some of you might know Rick from when he was the CTO of a hosted virtul desktop company called Virtual-Q and others from when he was the CTO of Citrix for XenApp and XenDesktop. Today Rick is the CTO for SoftNAS, a software and appliance based storage solution. Rick … [Read more...]

What is: Current Memory Failover Capacity?

I have had this question many times by now, what is “Current Memory Failover Capacity” that is shown in the cluster summary when you have selected the “Percentage Based Admission Control Policy”? What is that percentage? 99% of what? And will it go down to 0%? Or will it go down to the … [Read more...]

VMworld 2013 call for papers open!

VMworld 2013 Call For Papers opened today. I know many of you are excited about this and hoping to have a session accepted at this top-of-the-bill event. Personally I always submit various sessions and for the last years always had atleast one of them excepted, and some years even multiple. So the obvious question I … [Read more...]

Top 25 bloggers 2013 results are out…

The top 25 bloggers 2013 voting results are out again. This year the competition was insane. With newcomers like Cormac Hogan and Chris Wahl, but also old-timers like Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Eric Sloof and of course Frank “resource management” Denneman. First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to Eric Siebert who took … [Read more...]