Posts Tagged ‘Cloud Computing’

New beginnings

March 11th, 2014

First new post in what, 2-3 years? still performs admirably and now that I’ve moved roles I figure it’s time to re-visit my old flames. My home lab needs a re-build and upgrade and that should get documented!

So I’ve moved into the big scary world of contract based work, I started my first role a couple of weeks ago, and so far it’s going great. I want to keep an update on my exploits, the challenges real customers are facing and share some of my generic musings. The site will be less NetApp centric, but I still have my roots in storage!

My first role involved a lot of interesting challenges, but there’s some great technology available here too. A strong DevOps team (that need help integrating the Ops bit, doesn’t everyone?), lots of Big Data challenges, and an immediate project to look at creating a much more responsive infrastructure, including where cloud services fit in. I started life as a web developer, and it’s great being back at a dotcom company and seeing how the challenges have evolved.

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Why do I finally care about Microsoft HyperV?

December 7th, 2012
System Center 2012

Microsoft System Center 2012

It’s not a secret that traditionally I’ve been a big fan of VMware and it’s product portfolio. But with the latest release of Microsoft’s extensive 2012 portfolio (the Systems Center stack and the Windows stack) I suddenly find myself unable to be dismissive of this stack any more. I’m not dismissing RHEV, Xen or Oracle for a second here either, I’m just focusing on VMware and Microsoft for various reasons (which I won’t go into here). Traditionally it’s been quite easy, although Microsoft had some great marketing around their private cloud technology it just wasn’t quite there for me at the hypervisor level, but 2012 fixes a lot of that! Just a quick overview of HyperV features that make it a contender.

  • Live Migration – functionally a good comparison with vMotion
  • Cluster Shared Volumes – a great alternative to VMFS and SMB support is exciting!
  • Dynamic Memory – we could argue all day as to why VMware’s memory technology is different / better than Microsoft’s and vice-versa. Simply put they do a very similar thing and net gains are going to be very similar. But server memory is cheap! And applications like Oracle, SQL and Java grab it all regardless and prevent any fancy hypervisor techniques.
  • Virtual Networking – Always one of my biggest complaints / criticisms with HyperV, but it seems Microsoft might just have finally fixed this.

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What is the Cloud?

April 27th, 2009

I’m looking for some input and discussion around Cloud Computing and what people (real people) think it means and how they think it will affect them. I work in a heavy Sales environment and everyone is constantly talking about it as it has such a buzz at the moment. I’m looking for some feedback and honest opinions from people, whatever it may be.

Follow up with some input over at the NetApp Communities –



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