Cloud

Ravello Cloud Lab

  • simon 

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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vSphere Banking and Digital Transformation

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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?

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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?

Cloud Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

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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

5 reasons why to consider Azure for your public cloud

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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.

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Emerging details – VMware Cloud on AWS

At VMworld this week VMware announced the VMware Cloud on AWS service.  Providing an option for organisations to run applications across private, public and hybrid cloud environments utilising the familiar VMware vSphere tooling. Consisting of vSphere, NSX and vSAN to provide an SDDC built onto bare-metal AWS infrastructure.  So what does that actually mean and how are the components configured?  Initial details are emerging as to how it will operate, and more importantly what gaps there… Read More »Emerging details – VMware Cloud on AWS

VMworld 2017 Announcements – VMware Cloud on AWS

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VMworld 2017 Announcements – VMware Cloud on AWS In what was probably the most anticipated and perhaps least surprising announcement in the early press releases is the initial offering of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS is being initially made available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region with plans to expand into AWS regions worldwide in 2018. Initial pricing options are hourly and pay only for each hour that a host is… Read More »VMworld 2017 Announcements – VMware Cloud on AWS

VMworld 2017 Announcement – AppDefence

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Data management and security is a big issue for most organisations, whatever the size of your organisation the way data is managed and secured has never been under more focus.  Data breeches have far reaching consequences for organisations and individuals.  As organisations relay more and more on digital information, spending more on security products, it remains true that data breaches still occur with alarming frequency.  When they do occur invariably it is headline news, with… Read More »VMworld 2017 Announcement – AppDefence

Serverless reference table

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Serverless reference table

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I’ve written a few posts providing a quick outline of various serverless architecture options.  To compliment that I’ve pulled together a Serverless reference table of the different offerings from Microsoft, AWS and Google to act as a quick reference card.

Simon

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Serverless – What are the options?

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Serverless Architecture

I’m a big fan of serverless architecture.  My view is that removing the infrastructure and operating systems from the business processes and services enables a different kind of thinking.

Ultimately, a business is only really interested in the successful operation, experience and outcomes of the applications, systems and data they are running on the infrastructure.  Read More »Serverless – What are the options?