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Storage I/O Control Revisited

  • simon 

I was surprised to see, when working with a client recently, that they had not implemented Storage I/O Control (SIOC) within their vSphere estate.  When I enquired why, it wasn’t something that they had considered, it hadn’t featured in any of there planning discussions.

Given they were hosting virtual machines from multiple different customers, hosting virtual machines with different I/O profiles and using fewer larger VMFS volumes. Their use case is, in my opinion, a prime candidate for SIOC.Read More »Storage I/O Control Revisited

Cloud Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

  • simon 

Cloud computing has fundamentally changed the way that organisations can do business.  Bringing benefits, that were previously reserved for those that could spend the cash to build capabilities and capacity, to anybody with a credit card.

Digital disruption means that to remain competitive organisations, increasingly have little choice but to utilise cloud technologies.

Migration to the cloud should be about adding scale, being efficient, enabling innovation and providing great value.  It should not result in head scratching and introduced problems! Before pulling the trigger on cloud projects, pause to make sure that you are not about to make an easily avoidable mistake.Read More »Cloud Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

World Mental Health Day

  • simon 

Last week, the 10th October, was World Mental Health day.  A day aimed at breaking down the stigmas that surround mental health and improving awareness on the issue. According to the Mental Health Foundation; One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year.  Statistically then, it is almost guaranteed that some of your peers are struggling with mental health issues themselves or with… Read More »World Mental Health Day

Target Architecture

  • simon 

I had the pleasure recently of working with a client that had a very well-defined target architecture.  They knew exactly where they wanted to get to and perhaps more importantly they knew why they needed to get there.

They had a defined target with defined business justifications for that target.

From a consultative perspective having this clear understanding of what and why certainly helps me to add value with the technical how.

But what if you don’t have a defined target architecture? What if you don’t know where you need to get to?  What do you do then?Read More »Target Architecture

5 reasons why to consider Azure for your public cloud

  • simon 

As part of my day job I was asked to write a short article explaining why I think organisations should consider Azure for there public cloud services.

At a very high level the five reasons, that I believe are part of a compelling growing argument are;

  • Identity Management.
  • Microsoft Trust Centre and Security.
  • Azure App Service.
  • Azure Service Bus.
  • Azure Stack.

As you can imagine reducing the list of Azure services to just five bite size discussion topics was very tough.  It is probably no surprise to those of you that follow this blog, that I prepared information about more than the five!

So after the brake and in no particular order, here are the Azure reasons and services than didn’t quite make the final article, which appears on Xtravirt’s website.

Read More »5 reasons why to consider Azure for your public cloud

Objective 7.5 – Troubleshoot HA and DRS Configurations and Fault Tolerance

  • simon 

Here we are at the end of Section 7, Objective 7.5 – Troubleshoot HA and DRS Configurations and Fault Tolerance.  Sorry for the delay in getting these together, I was actually sitting a vSphere 6.5 ICM course for the past week.

As always, this article is linked to from the main VCP6.5-DCV Blueprint.

Happy Revision

SimonRead More »Objective 7.5 – Troubleshoot HA and DRS Configurations and Fault Tolerance