How to Avoid a Custom ESXi Image Patch Cycle

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By Chris Weber, Staff Technical Account Manager (TAM). Most customers use custom ESXi images to install new servers or upgrade to the next major release, and then our tools to install updates. When you add ESXi hosts you need to install from an image (or a disk created from an image.) Problem:  if you install Read more...

How We View Consumption When Designing Services: Self-Managed or As-a-Service

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By Neeraj Arora, Staff Consulting Architect, Professional Services Engineering/Emerging Technology The terms “Public Cloud”, “Private Cloud” and “Hybrid Cloud” need no explanation. We’ve come to know them to represent placement and operating models. By extension, these terms also reference financial or commercial ownership of the cloud providing infrastructure, product or software services. We believe that Read more...

Operationalizing VMware vSAN: a new eBook

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by Kevin Lees,  Chief  Technologist, IT Operations Transformation I’m pleased to announce the release of my second book: Operationalizing VMware vSAN co-authored with Paul Wiggett, a Senior Technical Operations Architect at VMware. Like my first book, Operationalizing VMware NSX (download here), Operationalizing VMware vSAN addresses what happens after you’ve designed and implemented a key VMware solution in Read more...

Top 10 Tips for VMware NSX Success in a Private Cloud

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By Ben Bowman, Senior Technical Account Specialist (TAS) specializing in VMware NSX As a Senior NSX TAS, over the years I’ve seen a lot of NSX-based private cloud implementations. With that experience in mind, I’d like to share some tips for making  your NSX implementations as effective as possible. This blog provides an  overview; see Read more...

Site Reliability Engineering in VMware Environments

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Kevin Lees Field Chief Technologist for IT Operations Transformation   Companies seeking to increase velocity and reliability of solutions within their digital business should shift their software development efforts “further to the right” into infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams by adopting tenets of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). The SRE ethos was conceived at Google to Read more...