Building a house

Building a house

I’ve been way to quite for the last year or so. Not that I didn’t want to write stuff down and share with the community, but I just didn’t have any time left to do so. Let me explain why.

When I started my working life I started in construction, and when my IT hobby my career I always dreamed of building our own house sometime. Two years ago this dream was realized when a peace of land came up for sell in our hometown.

Just some pictures of the process:

We (our family) put all the time and effort into this, but the outcome is amazing. I’ll put the final pictures online as soon as everything is finished, but we moved in to the house 2 weeks ago, and are just finishing with the final projects.

In the mean while we are working (Thanks Max!!) hard on the TECHunplugged website, and expect a lot of new stuff on there very soon!

Thank you all for understanding!

Arjan

Starwind software: SFD15 preview

It is time to start blogging again, and there couldn’t possibly be better way then by starting on my invite to Storage Field Day 15 in Silicon Valley. Truth be told, not blogging was mainly due to building our own house, and we’re still very busy with building our dream house here in the Netherlands, but no more excuses for me and let’s start doing the previews for next week.

Second timer: Starwind

Last year at Storage Field Day 12 we had the first presentation from Starwind at a Tech Field Day, and I was really impressed by the technology they offer and more importantly the level detail they put in to their presentation as well as the knowledge they showed during the presentation. Most of the VMware techies will know Starwind for their ISCSI target technology they offered, which was used in many homelab environments. I know I’ve used it on multiple occassions in my lab at least. But they are moving on an during the SFD15 presentation we got more information on their HCI solution, AcloudA, Veeam VTL and Cloud replication and Starwind Scale Out and Log Structured File Systems.

There are a couple of great resources on the products they’ve talked about last time that I’ll provide a link to here:

Dan Frith – There’s A Whole Lot More To StarWind Than Free Stuff
Stephen Foskett – The Year of Cloud Extension
Rich Stroffonlino – Starwind gives you a gateway to the Cloud
Adam Bergh – Storage Field Day 12 Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Preview

The videos from SFD12

When companies already presented at a Tech Field Day, I try to watch all the videos before we go in to a new one, although with some companies this really seems impossible because of the number of times they were at a Tech Field Day. With Starwind this is (now) still easy, and that is why I’ll also include the SFD12 Vimeo videos here as well.

Starwind Simple, Flexible, Scalable Storage

 

 

Starwind Fault-Tolerant Storage Demo

 

 

StarWind Scale Out and Log Structured File System

 

 

StarWind and AcloudA: Stairway to Cloud

 

 

StarWind and Veeam VTL and Cloud Replication

 

 

I’m really looking forward to meeting the Kolomyeytsev brothers again, and i hope you will follow us during the livestream at the Tech Field Day site:

http://www.techfieldday.com/event/sfd15

See you soon for the next presenter.

Disclaimer: I was invited to this meeting by TechFieldDay to attend SFD15 and they paid for travel and accommodation, I have not been compensated for my time and am not obliged to blog. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or edited by any other person than the me.

VMworld 2016 – Cloud Foundation

This post is cross-posted on the Metis IT website: find it here

Last week I attended VMworld 2016 in las Vegas. The VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, opened VMworld 2016, with the statement that “a new era of cloud freedom and control is here.” During the presentation Pat introduced VMware Cloud Foundation and the Cross-Cloud Architecture. According to them, this will be game-changing and “will enable customers to run, manage, connect, and secure applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment”.

So let’s jump into what Cloud Foundation is. The way VMware explains Cloud foundation is as glue between vSphere, Virtual SAN and NSX which enables companies using it to create a unified Software Defined Data Center platform. In other words:  it is a native stack that delivers enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud.

VMware Cloud Foundation - img1-2

As VMware Cloud Foundation is their unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud, it is based on VMware’s compute, storage and network virtualization, it delivers a natively integrated software stack that can be used on-premise for private cloud deployment or run as a service from the public cloud with consistent and simple operations.

The core components are VMware vSphere, Virtual SAN and NSX. Another component of VMware Cloud Foundation is VMware SDDC Manager which automates the entire system lifecycle and simplifies software operations. In addition, it can be further integrated with VMware vRealize Suite, VMware Horizon and VMware Integrated OpenStack (where another announcement was made on during VMworld).

The launching partner of VMware is IBM that will provide coverage around the world, when it comes to datacenter locations:

VMware Cloud Foundation - img2-2

select VMware vCloud Air Network (vCAN) partners in the near future to enable consumption of the full SDDC stack through a subscription model. The partners will deliver a SDDC infrastructure in the public cloud by leveraging Cloud Foundation.

Conclusion

The road ahead for VMware can be no else than the path of Cloud Foundation and the Cross Cloud architecture. We need to see if the path chosen is enough to get VMware back on track again. In my opinion VMware is late to the party and they should have kept their good relationships with partners at the first place. But truth be said, it seems a very solid foundation for companies to build the next generation datacenters, with VMware’s unified SDDC platform. With some changes in course and a solid development of products VMware might be able to keep their stake in the datacenters.

Sources on VMware Cloud Foundation:

VMware Cloud foundation website

IBM Cloud and VMware

If you are interested on these kind of topics, join us at the next TECHunplugged conference in Amsterdam on 6/10/16 and in Chicago on 27/10/16. TECHunplugged is a one day event focused on cloud computing and IT infrastructure with a formula that combines a group of independent, insightful bloggers with disruptive technology vendors and end users who manage the next generation technology environments. Join us!