Architecture

VMware Health Analyser – Top finds easy fixes

Part of the VMware TAM service are Best Practice Reviews, enabled in many cases by the VMware Health Analyser tool.  This post is a list of the top five configuration and best practice issues I typically encounter, and how you can resolve them within your estates. Use persistent and remote syslog logging to improve manageability “Remote logging both persistently on each host and to a central host (syslog server) can greatly improve administration and management.… Read More »VMware Health Analyser – Top finds easy fixes

Data Centre Hybridity VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension

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Data Centre Hybridity VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension Earlier on this year VMware announced Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX).  The release and subsequent detail about the service has been a cause of excitement. Why? Traditionally the most complex element of any service migration, is understanding the interdependence between elements.  If you are migrating from an environment dependent upon legacy infrastructure, most of the early focus is going to be trying to answer a simple question. What do… Read More »Data Centre Hybridity VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension

VMworld Europe 2018

VMworld Europe 2018 takes place again in the wonderful city of Barcelona.  After some intense negotiations in the Conyard household, I can confirm that I will be coming to VMworld Europe this coming November. It’s been a few years since I was able to attend (this will be my 4th overall 1 in San Francisco and 2 in Cannes) . With the rapidly changing industry, innovation in all sections of IT and growing demands from… Read More »VMworld Europe 2018

VMware EMPOWER – General Session Day One

Having worn both my fingers and my laptop battery down trying to keep up with the previous sessions in the day, I didn’t live blog the general session. In brief, lots of numbers about how well the various product streams within VMware are performing. However, in my opinion the session really started to ‘sparkle’ when Joe Baguley took to the stage. Joe’s presentation to the conference focused on the sheer volume of change that VMware… Read More »VMware EMPOWER – General Session Day One

VMware EMPOWER – VCDX War Stories

VMware EMPOWER – VCDX War Stories

Session presenters – Andrew Hald, Paul Meehan, Peter Oberacher, Nathan Raper, Johan van Amersfoort

VCDX is the highest level of certification offered by VMware and those that earn VCDX are partof an eliete group of architects leading implementations around the world. Moderated by Andrew Hald (VCDX#4) this panel of both VMware and partner VCDXs will share tips and tricks for achieving ths certification. They will also tell their personal stories of how investing in this certification elevated their careers. With time for questions, so you are prepared to start you own VCDX journey.

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Migrations Continued

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Migrations Continued Selecting the correct migration approach depends upon a raft of factors. Network and Storage accessibility Platform versions Hardware Network accessibility Is the network shared between platforms? Not necessarily the same VLANs but the same subnets?  During the migration do you need to take into consideration changing IP addresses and subnets?  What is the onward impact to the applications being migrated?  What is the onward impact on the business functions that these applications and… Read More »Migrations Continued

Requirements!

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Following on from my earlier post about requirements, still remains as catchy as ever, I thought I’d try and cover off a quick example of what makes them and principles so important.

When working on any project, before commencing any kind of design work you should have a set of measurable requirements and principles to follow.  I appreciate that these are not available in all cases.  However, they do take away the guess work during design phases and help to keep everyone focused on deliverable.Read More »Requirements!

Target Architecture

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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