Backup and Recovery – Cloud thoughts.

  • simon 

Backup and Recovery

During a recent engagement, I had the privilege of getting back hands on with some backup technology, namely CommVault. I’d worked with CommVault extensively in the past as part of a multinational organisations centralised backup and recovery strategy for the UK. It was great fun getting back hands on with the technology and it got me thinking about the role of backup and recovery solutions within public and private clouds, more on that later.Read More »Backup and Recovery – Cloud thoughts.

vSphere Foundations Exam – 2V0-620

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Why vSphere Foundations:

It’s been the case for a while now that in order for those new to VMware certifications to obtain any variant of VCP, they need to take and pass the vSphere foundations exam.  As those of you that have been reading along, would have noticed I’ve been focused on validating my Azure skills over the past few weeks and months.  However, the majority of my career has been spent within data centres working with the VMware stack.Read More »vSphere Foundations Exam – 2V0-620

Cloud lab progress and Ravello thoughts

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Cloud lab progress

The cloud lab is progressing well.  It is taking longer than I would like.  However, it is providing me with valuable hands on time.

I had to rework the design of the lab, this wasn’t down to technical limitations, it was down to performance.  With the limitations in place on the Ravello hosts (4 CPU and 16 GB RAM) it just not was fast enough to run a vSphere embedded VCSA.Read More »Cloud lab progress and Ravello thoughts

Ravello Home-Lab build

  • simon 

Home-Lab build

Ravello responded! I have been granted a user account to create my home-lab build on the Ravello cloud service.  What makes this so very cool for me, is that I know I’m going to be travelling a lot over the coming weeks and months. So I can effortlessly take my lab with me.  I’ve also been working in an architecture role recently and have been itching to get back hands on with some of the technology. The home-lab build is the perfect place to scratch that itch.Read More »Ravello Home-Lab build

Cloudy Home-Lab and the desire to retain WAF!

  • simon 

I like playing with technology. My Home-Lab used to be the office and a small instance of ESX 3 that I got running under VMware workstation when I was bored.

When I worked for a large UK based hosting provider I got to work with interesting technology everyday.  there where boxes and boxes of blades, servers, storage, networking and racks to work with everyday.  Not to mention the several hundred hosts and VMs in production that needed a careful eye and the occasional prod.Read More »Cloudy Home-Lab and the desire to retain WAF!