Archive for February, 2010

Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth

February 26, 2010

Well the London VMUG has come and gone, and I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame… actually maybe a little bit less, time was a bit short and I rushed it a little bit. As with most VMUGs, it’s hard to gauge the level of experience and size of environments in the room. To some people, 1000 VM’s is a lot. Others have ESX host counts around that number. So I wasn’t sure how relevant people would find my presentation, but I felt the information was worthwhile presenting anyway.

As the title suggests, I was talking about some practical considerations (10 of them to be precise) that you should think about if you’re looking to develop an Enterprise scale internal compute cloud – which I am very proud to say I can speak about with experience as our first platform release went into code freeze 2 weeks ago and is currently in UAT. I am hoping at some point we’ll be able to go public with what we have, time will tell.

But in the meantime, have a read of my presentation and let me know your thoughts (I’m still closing comments on here 2 weeks after each post due to the high amount of spam, but you can always get me on twitter or email vinternals at gmail dot com). The presentation is suitably minimalistic, and so I will embark on a series of posts talking to each slide in order to bring some clarity to the points. So if anything in there interests you, be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter for post announcements over the next few weeks!

vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide PDF Edition!

February 18, 2010

A shameless self promotional post, but I never blogged about this when it was released and it’s never too late to do the right thing :D.

I personally have a huge preference for reading books in PDF format, a little while ago one of my favourite publishers APress had a deal whereby if you had a physical copy of the book, you could get the PDF version for a ridiculously low price. But we’ve gone one better… you don’t even need to own the physcial book, you can still get the PDF from lulu for a mere $10 USD / £6 – that’s less than 2 pints!

vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide PDF version

And don’t forget to grab the PowerShell scripts via Duncans site, even if you don’t have the book or PDF they are totally free!