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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

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

Migrations

This is a migration post with a slight change of viewpoint. I’m not going to write about how to migrate a vSphere environment from the infrastructure perspective, there is lots of very good content that covers how to migrate to vSphere 6.5.

This is the first post in a series that I’m going to write about migrations from the point of view of the most important assets, the virtual machines themselves.Read More »Migrations

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!

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

  • simon 

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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