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Pets, Cattle, Ants and a Lone Wolf

Pets, Cattle, Ants Pets vs cattle as an analogy to manage IT assets and cloud infrastructure is a decade old.  Even before this observation bacame commonplace, this is something that I’d seen first-hand.  When I came into the IT industry, I was often supporting assets named after Knights of the Round Table, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Over the past two decades that’s changed to devices named after site locations and functions to… Read More »Pets, Cattle, Ants and a Lone Wolf

PowerShell CloudConfig and vRealize Cloud Assembly

Adventures with PowerShell, CloudConfig and vRealize Cloud Assembly This week I had a customer with some errors trying to use the following componenets together: PowerShell, CloudConfig, and cloudbase-init within a Cloud Assembly blueprint.  To put it bluntly, the code was not running correctly.  The customer could run the code locally without any issue.  However, as soon as the same PowerShell was included within a CloudConfig element it did not work and they could not understand… Read More »PowerShell CloudConfig and vRealize Cloud Assembly

Unable to access public load-balanced IPs on Azure Tanzu Kubernetes Grid cluster

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This week I spent some time working through the excellent guides from Saintdle to build new TKG management and workload clusters in Azure. I could write up my own how to and deployment guide here, However, Dean has done a fantastic job of documenting the deployment of the TKG resources within Azure, look no further if you are looking for a guide. I deployed TKG 1.4 into Azure and the focus of my article is… Read More »Unable to access public load-balanced IPs on Azure Tanzu Kubernetes Grid cluster

Cloud Migration Value Creation

Cloud Migration Value Creation I recently read an excellent post by Bill Hunt titled Cloudbusting.  In this article Bill outlines and challenges some of the myths of cloud computing as he sees it from his federal role.  Bill is a contributor to the 2019 Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, “Cloud Smart”, which introduced a subtle change to strategy in this sector by advocating not for a ‘cloud first’ (which is often translated as cloud only) but… Read More »Cloud Migration Value Creation

VMware HCX Licensing

Following on the migration theme just recently, I’ve had a lot of queries over the past month related to VMware HCX licensing, so thought I’d pull this post together for reference. Remind me what is HCX again? VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX), in its own words is: “an application mobility platform, simplifies application migration, rebalances workloads and optimizes disaster recovery across data centers and clouds. HCX enables high-performance, large-scale app mobility across VMware vSphere and… Read More »VMware HCX Licensing

Mapping the Rationale for Hybrid and Cloud DCs

Mapping the Rationale for Hybrid and Cloud DCs It seems like where ever you look across the public cloud landscape you will find a partnership between VMware and Hyperscaler.  Far from 2020 being the year of VDI, it seems to be the year to move your VMware workloads, as VMware workloads, into a Hyperscalers cloud.  The current portfolio for public cloud providers where you can run VMware workloads is very impressive; VMware Cloud on AWS… Read More »Mapping the Rationale for Hybrid and Cloud DCs

What is the role of Robotic Process Automation in Digital Transformation?

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What is the role of Robotic Process Automation in Digital Transformation? I was recently asked a few questions that got me thinking what is the role of Robotic Process Automation in Digital Transformation? So what prompted that? Well, I had the privilege of presenting globally to my VMware colleagues as part of the internal RADIO conference. “RADIO is VMware’s unique, internal, three-day technical conference that brings together more than 1,400 of our worldwide engineers. We… Read More »What is the role of Robotic Process Automation in Digital Transformation?

Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods

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Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods ##* Update, the dashboards are currently Offline (June 17th).  This was built as an educational tools and to demonstrate the art of the possible.  If you are interested in funding or rebuilding within your own cloud subscription please contact me*## I wrote previously about using open source technologies to interrogate public data, having used Docker images and kubernetes to build this solution I wanted to… Read More »Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods

Interrogating data using modern applications

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Interrogating data using modern applications I love working with data and with visualisations. I am often at my happiest when working with a large data set trying to find the answer to questions or trying to present data in a way that make it more accessible without losing its meaning.  In the UK, government departments are duty bound to publish figures about all manner of things from health and education to the economy and crime. … Read More »Interrogating data using modern applications