…Hello VMware!

I’ve been a user of VMware’s products since finding VMware Workstation in the early noughties but things really took off for me in 2007 with ESX3. I’ve long thought that I might work for VMware one day if the circumstances were right. As of yesterday, it became a reality. This has been mostly a sideways move for me as I have joined the Northern EMEA PSO team as an SDDC consultant. I’ll probably be working on similar projects to the ones I have been working on already. However, I believe that the opportunities within VMware for me at this stage of my career are significant. I’m excited by the prospects and keen to get stuck in. One downside to this move is that I have had to step down as a co-leader of the South West UK VMUG chapter. It’s […]

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Thank you Xtravirt…

It was with some sadness that I left the Xtravirt offices in Surrey for the last time recently. Due to the nature of my work I’ve rarely been there, but it always felt like home because of the people. If, for some reason, you’re not familiar with Xtravirt, they’re a leading virtualisation and cloud consultancy whose ambition and capabilities far exceed their size. They’ve got some great consultants, many of whom I’ve known from before they were at Xtravirt, great management and the highest ratio of vExperts per employee in the world (although that might have taken a hit). All good things (including the last 18 months of automation and orchestration work on two large-scale cloud projects) must come to an end however, so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Xtravirt for the great times and […]

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Since You’ve Been Gone…

It’s been some time since I posted anything on this site (over 4 months in fact). There could be any number of reasons I could come up with as to why that is. The truth though is that I’ve had my head down on a large cloud project (lots of vRO and vRA) for the last 6 months and a great many things have taken a back seat to it. Whilst the project isn’t over yet, I did manage to have some much needed time off recently and have been catching up a bit since. Part of that catching up involves cherry-picking from the long list of articles that I wanted to / started to write and getting them out of the door. Stay tuned… (In case you were wondering about the title of this post, I heard this song […]

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Baby vSpecialist!

Just a quick one to congratulate my co-author of this blog, Jeremy, and his wife on their membership of the “new parents’ club”. Baby Bowman arrived last night weighing in at 6lbs 9oz (about 3kg).

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ThinApp Standalone SKU Reinstated

Every now again people have to go back on a decision that they’ve made and make a U-turn. At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware have announced a reversal of their decision earlier this year to discontinue the sale of ThinApp as a standalone product. After December 15th 2013 it would only have been possible to purchase ThinApp as a part of the Horizon Suite but these plans have now been binned and ThinApp will continue to be available as a standalone product. To be honest, I didn’t know about the original announcement when it happened but it’s nice that VMware have listened to feedback and changed their stance. VMTN Subscription anyone??

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