I spent a good 10 years of my IT career looking closely to hardware platforms (at IBM STG – Systems and Technology Group). After more than two years focusing purely on infrastructure software (at VMware) I thought I wanted to share where I think we are headed with the design of x86 servers. We . . . → Read More: The Evolution of x86 Server Architectures
So far I have only missed a single VMworld in the last 8 years. Unfortunately this time I won’t be there for VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. My session was turned down and I was told that I am supposed to know everything already so why going?
Thinking about it, it may very . . . → Read More: VMworld 2012, Software Defined Datacenter and Random Rants and Suggestions
A few weeks ago, at TechEd, Microsoft announced Azure Virtual Machines. In other words their response to a growing sentiment that PaaS is too early for many and IaaS is the natural first step into the cloud (let’s put SaaS aside for a second). Yes, I am over-simplifying just to avoid a ten pages . . . → Read More: Azure Virtual Machines: what sort of cloud beast is it? (UPDATED)
One of the problems VXLAN is supposed to solve is the possibility to decouple (and abstract) the compute capacity from the underling network configuration. A lot of people whose background is solely in the compute space now know that there is a solution but don’t really get why there is a problem in the . . . → Read More: Typical VXLAN Use Case
There have been a lot of discussions lately about SDN (Software Defined Networking).
Arguably SDN may mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. If you ask the like of Facebook, Google and academic researchers they will probably tell you that SDN is all about gaining full visibility (and . . . → Read More: VMware wants to be the VMware of Networking
In the last few months, among other things, I have been working on the document in subject. Being able to deploy vCloud Director 1.5 across different sites is something our customers and service provider partners have been asking us a lot.
Some of these customers and partners have decided to deploy . . . → Read More: vCloud Director 1.5 Multisite Cloud Considerations
Very often VMware gets compared to the Ferrari of cloud computing whereas AWS gets compared to the Ford. Others describe this as “Enterprise” Vs. “Commodity” clouds. While VMware tends to proudly take this as an esteem of the value you can extract from the software, people usually refer to that meaning that VMware based . . . → Read More: The Cost of Doing Public Cloud with VMware
For a change, last week on twitter there was a discussion about multi hypervisor deployments. Knowing that, after food and family, multihypervisor is my biggest interest, I was taken and thrown into that discussion. Again. Unfortunately.
Yes, I do have (strong) opinions about the thing but, regardless, I believe it will happen anyway. . . . → Read More: The Frankencloud
This isn’t the counter argument to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (I think). Oh, and notice I am not even going into the “this is cloud, this is not cloud” type of discussions. How boring? World peace folks, everything is cloud, even my bike (according to the NIST definition anyway).
In all seriousness it is . . . → Read More: The Cloud Magic Rectangle ™
This morning I was on the phone with Ivan Pepelnjak (@ioshints) to decipher some of the paragraphs in one of his latest posts on Nicira Open vSwitch inside vSphere. He always has to bear with my stupid questions so I can see him (virtually), from time to time, facepalming some of my questions. Long . . . → Read More: Will we need a C for Nicira? God forbid!