Simon

Ravello Cloud Lab

As a vExpert for 2018 I get access to Ravello cloud services, what better to do then then continue the home-lab build I started last year.

I’m by no means finished putting the lab together, however I have spent some spare time over the easter weekend starting to pull it together.

The first component of this lab will be the Virtual Center Server Appliance.  Not content with running it on-top of an ESX host, I decided to try and follow the guide below put together by @ian0x0r;

Deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 onto bare metal Oracle Ravello

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations

I recently worked with a customer that had a well developed vSphere environment including;

  • vCenter 5.5 U3
  • vROPs 5.8.5
  • SRM 5.5.1
  • ESXi 5.5 U3

The reason I was working with them was to offer some advice for upgrading the environment up to vSphere 6.5.1, vROPs 6.6.1 and SRM 6.5.1.

This upgrade path is complicated by the need to keep the data held within SRM.  Each of the components outside of SRM is capable of being upgraded directly from 5.5 U3 to 6.5.1…  SRM can not, it must first go from 5.5.1 to 6.0 to 6.1.2 to 6.5.1.

Each of those versions of SRM has different compatibility requirements with other elements of the vSphere stack.  So the requirements of SRM drive the upgrade sequence of the other components.

Read on for upgrade considerations for each of these components.

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VMTN Community Forums – Master

VMTN Master!

I woke up this morning and as usual, when I’m not on an active engagement, I logged into the VMTN community forums to see what people where asking.

If you are not familiar with the VMTN community forums, it is well worth dropping in! Chances are, if you have ever typed a question about VMware technologies into a search engine, the VMTN community forums will return results.  In its own words the VMTN Community forums is “3 million VMware enthusiasts & customers connecting to share knowledge, resources, opinions, and experiences globally 24/7”

Anyway, I saw a notification and some feedback for an EVC issue I’d been helping someone with yesterday.  I jumped in to have a look and noticed I’d achieved the next status level on the VMTN community forums 😊

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vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

VMware have been presenting at Money 20/20 this past week, where they made a few announcements.

A VMware commissioned survey of banking professionals, exploring how technology will shape the future of the banking industry, led to the following results;

The banking sector is laying the foundation for the digitization of their businesses and anticipate emerging technologies – from IoT to biometric authentications and blockchain – to make a substantial impact on the industry within five yearsRead More »vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

Software Defined – How did we get here?

It’s widely acknowledged that to understand the present, and to try and predict the future you must know and understand the past.

The current data centre landscape is a complex place.  Virtualisation of compute resources with VMware has been the de facto standard for over a decade. The move to software defined infrastructure has been gathering momentum and VMware’s vision for the software defined data centre (SDDC) looks set to augment vSphere offerings and continue to dominate the private data centre landscape.

So how did we get here?  How did we go from that initial wow factor that came from first experiencing VMotion to the VMware SDDC?  I think it all comes down to one building block.Read More »Software Defined – How did we get here?

Storage I/O Control Revisited

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

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

Target Architecture

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