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Jeramiah Dooley
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Sometimes people ask me, why is it that storage seems to be behind the "software-defined" curve compared to other parts of the technology stack. This is a great example of the reason: Storage is really damn hard. No bad day in IT quite like a bad storage day is the truth. We are all getting better at it (scale out/share nothing architectures for example) but collectively there's a long way to go. Kudos to Dinesh and the entire VSAN team. No one likes to see issues happen, but I bet there are a lot of customers impressed with the response.
Yep, broke link. Even when I change it to it doesn't work.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2012 on Try your own vCloud in minutes at Rethink IT
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Thanks to Tom Chatham for being a smart ass, and to the Google search rankings keeping this old site in its results, I'm putting up a quick post to link to the new location for this blog! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Hey Aaron! Yes, it's V-Specs. Everything going OK in Tennessee?
Having being involved in a number of EMC product releases over the last couple years, this one may have garnered the most wildly speculative pre-launch chatter from the market. While some of it was reasonably accurate, some of it was pretty significantly off-base. Some of the questions and speculation I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Now that the event is over, and everyone is safely back to their normal lives, I wanted to send up a quick recap of the conference. If this event was a precursor to how the VCE 2012 event schedule is going to go, I’m very excited! Before each event, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
With the day one issues all put to bed, day two was awesome. The conference seemed much more lively today, and we ended up having a great day of booth presentations, VPLEX demos and hands on labs. One of the presentations that I enjoyed the most was from Gideon Wilkins,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Have you ever read the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips? I grew up with them, and am a huge fan. One of my favorite recurring things in the series was the concept of “Calvinball”, which was their way of rebelling against the rules they were surrounded by every day. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
VCE is kicking off the year with a blow-out event planned for Cisco Live in London. Having arrived on Sunday morning, the booth-building and setup was in full swing through Monday afternoon. If you haven’t been to one of the major industry shows lately, VCE has really done a great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Last year, when vLaunchPad kicked off the voting for the 2011 Top 25 VMware Blogs, it was a goldmine for me. As someone who had recently moved from the customer side of the game to a vendor, it was a great way to get exposure to all of the incredible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
I'll share everything and anything that won't get me in TOO much trouble. :-)
For the next three weeks VCE is starting off 2012, and celebrating a pretty impressive 2011, by holding a series of sales/technical kickoff meetings in Dallas, Boston and London. These three day gatherings include a number of breakout sessions for the different teams, and include all new collateral, presentations and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Chad, I couldn't be more excited for you. Having watched the evolution from the outside as a customer, partner and step-child (possibly red-headed), it's amazing to see how EMC's presence in the market has changed. I can't wait to see how the concept and excitement of a vSpecialist-like organization works at scale, and I know they couldn't have picked a better person to make it work. Congratulations on the move, and please let me know if there's anything I can help with from my side of the house!
I think you bring up a great point: at what point does the disfunction of a team mean you need to make a change. The ugly truth is that not every manager is capable of putting together a framework that allows every member of the team to succeed (at whatever level "success" means, as you point out). At some point, your ability to be a good soldier is outweighed by your need to put yourself in a position where you don't jeopardize your sanity. Speaking of, I hope you've landed somewhere that makes you happy, and give you the framework you need. It was great working with you, and I appreciate you keeping in touch!
I think it’s because of the many, many years that I spent playing and managing baseball, but I’ve always been interested in the concept of teams, and the art/science behind building them. Much like a baseball team, where different positions require different skillsets and personalities, enterprises today also require a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Much like my trip to Copenhagen for VMworld 2011, it was very interesting to be able to support the VCE event marketing team at CA World to see how different groups of people respond to the VCE story. Most of the events we go to are, for obvious reasons, infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Virtualization for Service Providers
This is great stuff, Chuck. Thanks for the perspective.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2011 on Raising Kids In The Information Age at Chuck's Blog
Listen, I’ll acknowledge right up front that the premise of the title of this post is ridiculous. But considering some of the other more outlandish and dogmatic arguments I’ve seen around the topic of AWS and it’s position in the IaaS market lately, maybe it’s not that out of place.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at Virtualization for Service Providers
As much as I love talking to customers, whiteboarding solutions and doing booth presentations, I miss the days of being able to attend VMworld as a fan, and as a user. Despite having been to both 2011 VMworld events, I have yet to sit in a session, work through a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Chuck, I've definitely seen both of those offerings as well. The fundamental differences between selling individual tiers of disk, selling "service levels" of auto-tiered disk and selling a FAST Cache-enabled offering are the speed at which the data ends up being demoted/promoted (hint: 24 hours isn't fast enough!) and how directly the service provider has to (wants to) tie the COST of the higher price tiers to the revenue generated. There's a fair bit of the financial side of the equation in the post coming (hopefully) later this week.
I had almost the exact same conversation with three customers over the last few weeks, and one of them ended with the EMC vSpecialist who had invited me to the call telling the customer “Keep an eye on his blog, I’m sure he’ll have more up there soon!” With pressure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Virtualization for Service Providers
Thanks for the comment Jon! Yes, everything is currently running v5.0 with no issues at all. The on-board NIC (only one) is junk, which is why I'm using the Intel NICs, and that was a tradeoff based on the cost of the AMD processor and chipset. The i5/i7 rigs that are also used typically have an Intel NIC or two on-board as well, which would free up that slot while costing a bit more. Overall it's been great. I don't regret going with multiple physical servers rather than using nested ESXi at all, and it's been great for setting up two-site designs and testing SRM and the like. The demo ESXi (or even the free versions) work fine, and I've been really happy with the outcome. Good luck with your build and let me know if there's anything I can help with!
Thanks Chris! I appreciate the feedback!
Thanks Robert. Even the best reference architecture is left in the hands of the staff and partners of a company to implement, much the same way even a good recipe still needs a good cook. In the case of a converged infrastructure it's not just following the RA that's important, it's making sure the end goal matches up with the business requirements. That's a lot to ask of people, and it's why I feel that the people end up being the critical path item. Leaving my choice of phrase aside, I agree with your second comment as well. The reduction of risk is assumed (although, like you point out that can be a big assumption sometimes. :-) and the goal is to minimize TTI. Thanks again for the comment!
Over in the Twitter-verse there was a question asked by @aneel: It got me thinking, especially since Cisco (@aneeI’s employer) tends to leverage them to a significant degree and VCE (partially owned by Cisco) has traditionally been the opposite side of that coin. Personally, I think both are valid ways... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Virtualization for Service Providers