I don’t want this to turn into a daft post about new year’s resolutions but its probably going to feel a bit like that when I’ve finished writing it. For that you have my apologies. 2012 was a roller coaster year for me. I spent nearly half of it out of the country and gave myself a little too much to my day job in the later months. The net result was that I did not do some of the things that I set out to do: I didn’t write as many blog articles as I had planned to; I didn’t update or obtain the certifications that I wanted to do; I didn’t give back to the VMware virtualisation community all that I wanted to; I didn’t spend enough time on the technologies, projects and tasks that most interest me. […]
It’s been a while now since I’ve been able to give blogging (or anything) my full attention. For the last five months I’ve mostly been in the San Francisco Bay Area helping my employer establish a US presence. Ironically, I’ve been staying just a few miles from Palo Alto and certainly close enough to the Moscone Center to have attended VMworld had I still been out there. Alas, it wasn’t to be. I’m very jealous of my fellow LonVMUG members, the many other vExperts I’m fortunate to have spoken with and everyone else going as well. Make the most of it! Keeping on top of things whilst your family is over 5000 miles away isn’t easy and so I haven’t had the opportunity to write as much as I would want to. But now I’m back and it’s time to […]
I thought I’d save this for a Friday morning – something to make the weekend happen earlier maybe? It started earlier in the week. Mike Laverick, Steve Bruck and Stu McHugh had a twitter conversation that led to one of them coming up with “V Factor”, the Geek alternative to ITV’s “X Factor”. This spawned several minutes of additional vGeek televisual programme ideas being suggested by a number of tweeters. For your brief enjoyment, here are all of the ones I managed to capture at the time: VMUGrats Cache in the Attic The only way is ESX v Factor The Amazing vRace EMCbeebies VMotion Street QuestEnders OLEoaks VMerdale ‘DRS’ (Doctors) A vSpecialist Abroad Buffy the VM Slayer Deadliest Cache 24-Hours – shift The vShield Married … With a vAdmin McCloud vSphere Five-0 News at VMTN Brothers in ARMs How I […]
For some the Solutions Exchange at VMworld is the place to get free pens and stress balls in between conference sessions. For others, myself included, it’s an opportunity to learn about products related to or supporting the virtualisation industry. I spent several hours in there talking to representatives of several vendors with products that I have either used in the past, might use on upcoming projects or that I am just curious about. What follows is a summary or overview of some of the vendors (besides the VMware stand of course) that I visited. QNAP I’ve included QNAP and visited them for one fairly simple reason – I own one of their devices! Ok, my QNAP NAS is fairly small (two drives in a RAID 1 configuration) and I mostly use it as a file server, media server and NFS […]
This has been my first visit to VMworld and my first industry conference and I just wanted to say a big, public thank you to a number of people. Thank you John Troyer for arranging a conference pass for me. Thank you to my company, Virtual Clarity, for encouraging and supporting my attendance. Thank you to the hundreds of people who organised, setup and facilitated the conference. Thank you to Denmark for playing host to 7000+ geeks. Finally, thank you VMware for the content, the event, practically inventing this industry and continuing to innovate.