Ideas in IT come in waves, and recently I've been hearing about a great capability: On-demand live replicas of production virtual machines. Want to test your DR environment? Spin up a live sandbox in the cloud or at a service provider using VMware ESX. And if there's a real disaster, you can always run there for real! VM-Enabled DR Disaster recovery (DR to us IT folks) is … [Read more...] about Live DR Replicas On-Demand
geek·herd/GekÉ™rd/ Noun: A person who attends to the needs of geeks. Verb: Tend (geeks) as a geekherd. See also: Cat-herder, Nerf-herder February 23 and 24 is Gestalt IT Virtualization Field Day 2. This is significant in many ways, but is especially poignant for me because I will not be there. For the first time, the “geekherd's crook” at Tech Field Day will be wielded by … [Read more...] about Virtualization Field Day 2 – Silicon Valley
We are at a turning point in IT infrastructure. It is now possible to build a completely virtualized and abstracted data center environment, one where applications and operating systems are completely independent from server, network, and storage hardware. Join me in 2012 at a new all-day in-person seminar series as I work through the challenges of building a virtual data … [Read more...] about Announcing “Building Virtual Infrastructure”, My New Seminar Series With Truth in IT
Lots of my IT infrastructure management clients are talking about how the advent of Ethernet/IP and virtualization is changing the roles of storage, server, and network administrators. The evolution of the storage role in particular in enterprise IT organizations has been a topic of particular interest to me for a while: I definitely remember thinking about this as iSCSI and … [Read more...] about Changes in Technology Drive Changes in IT Organizations and Roles
Virtualization of IT systems decouples physical infrastructure from logical resources, hiding complexity and enabling new capabilities. However, not all potential benefits of virtualization have meaningful value outside IT circles: Too many of our discussions revolve around the very complexity that virtualization technology should be hiding! True business value is derived from … [Read more...] about Where Will Virtualization of Data Center Infrastructure Take Us?