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Windows Server, Release Cycles and HCI

The discussion on Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) seems to have generated a lot of interest and a lot of defensive posts. These posts seem to think that what has been written is either wrong or misinformation.  Actually, the issue is poor communication on Microsoft’s part.  However, what’s subsequently been said has left more questions than… Read more »

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Docker for Mac & Windows – Changing the Developer Paradigm

Over the years as a (part-time) programmer I’ve written a huge amount of code.  The specific languages I’ve used have included mainframe assembler, FORTRAN, Pascal, various flavours of BASIC, Visual Basic, Visual C++, C++ native, PHP, Perl, CLISTS, shell scripts of various types, Python, HTML, Java, Javascript and frameworks like Microsoft .NET.  With any of… Read more »

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Working With Containers #1: Getting Started with Docker

It’s been some 18 months since I looked at Docker and put out a preliminary post on getting started with the container platform.  Since then, Docker has moved on leaps and bounds to become an entire ecosystem.  In this series of posts I’m going to go back to basics and look at the steps needed… Read more »

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Tech Field Day 10 Preview: VMTurbo

This is one of a series of posts discussing the presenters at Tech Field Day 10, occurring 3rd – 5th February 2016 in Austin, Texas, at which I am an attending delegate.  See links at the end of this post to other presenting vendors.  Details of the event can be found on the Tech Field… Read more »

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A New Paradigm for Computing

The Christmas 2015 edition of Magpi magazine created a world’s first – an entire computer given away on the front of a magazine.  A free Raspberry Pi Zero is certainly a step up from a disk of software, or even the annoying AOL CDs that we know from years gone by.  This is an entire functional… Read more »

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vSphere vDS SPAN port with Wireshark in 2 minutes

I often find myself searching for facts to dispel “hearsay” and guesswork in troubleshooting discussions between the Network and Windows VM teams.  This article is intended to show just how straightforward it is to use the VMware distributed switch SPAN port capability, to put a virtual sniffer on a virtual port on a virtual distributed… Read more »

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VMworld 2014: VAIO – vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering

One of the more interesting announcements at VMworld 2014 this year was a technology called VAIO or vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering.  This new feature was detailed in session TEX1492 (although I didn’t see it) and will allow 3rd party vendors to insert code in the form of a filter driver and deployed as a… Read more »

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Why Have VVOLs Taken So Long to Deliver?

Another VMworld has come and gone and still we haven’t seen the production deployment of VVOLs.  Just to recap, VVOLs are the evolution of the packaging of virtual machines that currently reside in data stores.  The main benefit is to be able to apply storage performance and availability policies to a VM object rather than… Read more »

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VMware Announces EVO – Hyper-Converged Reference Architectures

The big announcement so far at VMworld 2014 is the final emergence a new reference architecture called EVO and what was covertly known as Project Mystic or Marvin.  EVO is VMware’s hyper-converged offering to take on the likes of Nutanix, Simplivity and Scale Computing. It’s obvious that VMware sees the idea of hyper-converged solutions as… Read more »