The Cloud Orchestration Layer is Changing

With the recent purchases of a couple key companies within the cloud orchestration space I felt it was time to write about it.  The companies I am referring to are Cloupia, who was purchased by Cisco in December and Dynamic Ops, who was purchased by VMware in July.  In my opinion these companies had such a huge head start on where both of their parents were at the orchestration/cloud layer that there really wasn't a way for the parents to catch up without the purchases.  Thankfully they picked some bright stars to buy. We know that both Cloupia and…

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The Cloud Orchestration Layer is Changing

With the recent purchases of a couple key companies within the cloud orchestration space I felt it was time to write about it.  The companies I am referring to are Cloupia, who was purchased by Cisco in December and Dynamic Ops, who was purchased by VMware in July.  In my opinion these companies had such a huge head start on where both of their parents were at the orchestration/cloud layer that there really wasn't a way for the parents to catch up without the purchases.  Thankfully they picked some bright stars to buy. We know that both Cloupia and…

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vSphere Replication and SRM Implementation Notes

I went through a vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager implementation this week and overall it went very well.  There are a few things that aren't really noted in the documentation that I wanted to get out there just in case anyone else runs into the speed bumps I did this week.  While I've implemented SRM with array based replication many times, this was my first go with vSphere Replication.   First, and most important, is to use the FQDN throughout the entire implementation of SRM, VRMS, and VRS.  While we used the FQDN for the vCenter server when we installed…

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vSphere Replication and SRM Implementation Notes

I went through a vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager implementation this week and overall it went very well.  There are a few things that aren't really noted in the documentation that I wanted to get out there just in case anyone else runs into the speed bumps I did this week.  While I've implemented SRM with array based replication many times, this was my first go with vSphere Replication.   First, and most important, is to use the FQDN throughout the entire implementation of SRM, VRMS, and VRS.  While we used the FQDN for the vCenter server when we installed…

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Kemp Loadmaster: The Best Load Balancer You've Never Heard Of

I was contacted recently and asked to check out the latest virtual load balancer by Kemp Technologies and I have to say for the size of the package it sure packs some punch! The load balancer has all the features and functionality of the large scale "enterprise class" load balancers you've heard of but comes in an extremely small (30 MB) package.  It only requires 1GB of RAM so it is extremely efficient on system resources as well.  The architecture is what you would normally see in this type of solution, but for any noobs out there here…

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Kemp Loadmaster: The Best Load Balancer You've Never Heard Of

I was contacted recently and asked to check out the latest virtual load balancer by Kemp Technologies and I have to say for the size of the package it sure packs some punch! The load balancer has all the features and functionality of the large scale "enterprise class" load balancers you've heard of but comes in an extremely small (30 MB) package.  It only requires 1GB of RAM so it is extremely efficient on system resources as well.  The architecture is what you would normally see in this type of solution, but for any noobs out there here…

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VCP 5 Study Guide Review

Fellow vExpert Brian Atkinson asked me to review his latest book VCP5 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide and I'm glad I agreed to do so.  What a great resource for future VCP 5 test takers to have available to them!  I wish I had had it when I was studying for my test a few months ago.  I highly recommend anyone planning to take exam VCP-510 to buy this book. Link to the book on Amazon is here: link It already has a couple 5 star reviews so I am not the only person impressed.  And don't…

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VCP 5 Study Guide Review

Fellow vExpert Brian Atkinson asked me to review his latest book VCP5 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide and I'm glad I agreed to do so.  What a great resource for future VCP 5 test takers to have available to them!  I wish I had had it when I was studying for my test a few months ago.  I highly recommend anyone planning to take exam VCP-510 to buy this book. Link to the book on Amazon is here: link It already has a couple 5 star reviews so I am not the only person impressed.  And don't…

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