VMware is the AOL of the private cloud

This week at VMware Partner Exchange there was a nice announcement of VMware Integrated OpenStack or VIO.  VIO attempts to do what most of the developers of OpenStack have failed to do:  Make OpenStack easy to deploy and manage.  (It’s not, anybody who tells you different is trying to sell you something).  The sound bite […]

New Job

For the past 3 years I’ve been working at Cisco in what we call the SLED vertical.  SLED = State Government, Local Government, K-12, and Higher Education.  I have nothing but positive things to say about the entire experience.  Its been very different than what I’ve been doing for the previous 10 years.  The people […]

UCS Performance Manager

Today I deployed UCS Performance Manager.  At first glance It appears to be a customized version of Zenoss with all the UCS goodies built into it so you can graph and trend over time the different metrics made available by the UCS API.  Therefore there is no agents that need to be installed.  I’m a […]

UCS Invicta iSCSI to VMware ESX

I have a 12TB UCS Invicta appliance in my lab I thought I’d try out.  The interface wasn’t as intuitive as I would have preferred, but the nice thing about it is that its simple and pretty easy to use once you get the feel of it. Invicta Configuration Create a LUN Navigate to the […]

Cisco, Cluster on Die, and the E5-2600v3

I was in a meeting where someone noted that VMware does not support the Cluster on Die feature of the new Intel Haswell E5-2600v3 processors.  The question came: “What performance degradation do we get by not having this supported?  And would it be better to instead use the M3 servers” This information they got from […]

Unauthorized UCS Invicta usage

I had a UCS Invicta that I needed to change from a scaling appliance (where more than one invicta node is managed by several others) to a stand alone appliance.  I thought this could be done in the field but at this point I don’t think its an option still.  The below info is just […]

On reading about choosing between NSX and ACI

I consider myself  very fortunate to work in the IT industry.  Not only do I get to develop and deploy technologies that enhance the world we live in, but I also get more drama from the different companies than a soap opera.  Take for example the story of how Jayshree left Cisco to help build […]

Installing Cisco DCNM on Red Hat Linux

DCNM is Cisco’s GUI for managing MDS and Nexus products.  It’s pretty great for getting a visual of how things are configured and performing. I thought I would go into a little more detail than I’ve seen posted online about installing DCNM on RedHat Linux.  In this example we’ll be installing two servers.  One server […]

The CCIE Data Center Certification Process

  On July 9th, 2014 I passed the CCIE Data Center lab exam in San Jose earning me the CCIE certification.  Hurray!  When my team heard that I had done it, their response was:  If Vallard can do it, so can I!  Ha ha.  So needless to say a few more people have started down […]

Distributed Data Centers

My thoughts on what cloud computing and the future of the data center has changed a bit in the last 3 years.  When I first started working on a cloud computing project for a large bank in America back in 2008 I was convinced that soon every enterprise would create their own private cloud and […]