VMware Fusion 7 Pro: connect to vSphere VMs remotely!

VMware Fusion 7 Pro: connect to vSphere VMs remotely!

VMware Fusion 7 Pro brings a lot of new stuff to the table. For me, the most important new features are: New virtual hardware New virtual hardware version, with support for the advanced Haswell processor features (AVX2) for better performance with multimedia, encryption and decryption tasks, a new virtual webcam, an updated virtual USB3.0 controller and the ability to assign up to 2GB of vRAM to the virtual graphics card. Power Management A lot of …

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EMC VNXe3200 in Ze Klauwd: on good documentation and how licensing sucks

EMC VNXe3200 in Ze Klauwd: on good documentation and how licensing sucks

A while back, Chad Sakacc announced an EMC ‘Summer Gift Give-away‘, in which he had 10 brand spankin’ new VNXe3200 arrays available for volunteers and bloggers to play with. Here’s the scoop: You will have the array for 8 months. It MUST be shipped back – so don’t request unless you are ok with that model. If you don’t ship it back, you will get charged for it – and while the VNXe is incredible …

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I’ll be speaking at #VeeamON about IaaS with NSX, vCAC, Veeam and Nutanix!

I’ll be speaking at #VeeamON about IaaS with NSX, vCAC, Veeam and Nutanix!

I’m very, very excited to share with you that I’ll present at the upcoming VeeamON event, October 6-8 in Las Vegas. I’ve covered the event itself in this post: Attend VeeamON, because community, which I recommend you read to get an idea what the event is all about. This post, however, is dedicated to the technical break-out session I’m preparing. What’s the session about? In short, it’s about the IaaS platform I’ve been building for the past …

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@Infinio Accelerator v2.0: lightyears ahead of the competition?

@Infinio Accelerator v2.0: lightyears ahead of the competition?

It’s great to have the deadpan joke directly in the title, so we got it out of the way and we can focus on what’s new with Infinio. I’ve blogged about Infinio in the past (with similarly pun-intended titles, such as To Infinio and beyond! and Infinio Accelerator: downloadable storage performance (but not quite yet)), and have some hands-on experience with the product. Like other vendors in the server-side caching and I/O acceleration space, the solution is very transparently …

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Enterprise storage array with X-ray vision: @DataGravityInc

Enterprise storage array with X-ray vision: @DataGravityInc

Remember how I promised to get back to you about a certain Super Secret Awesomesauce Company? In particular, the Super Secret Awesomesauce Company has me so excited that I want to shout it off the rooftops, but I’m afraid I can’t, at least not just yet. Check back on the 19th of August, and you might be in for a very cool surprise. Joep Piscaer, ‘Tech Field Day Extra (#EVMWU14) at VMworld 2014: check!‘ Well, here goes. …

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Update on SMI-S provider causing latency issues

Update on SMI-S provider causing latency issues

In a previous post called Running a Dell PERC with high latency? Check the LSI SMI-S vib!, I mentioned that having the LSI SMI-S provider installed on a host causes significant latency issues on an ESXi-host. I’ve been having a lot of latency issues lately with two Dell PowerEdge R310s. These 1U boxes have a low end controller, an PERC H200. I’ve been having latency spikes in the range of 500-600ms, which is high enough to have the Linux …

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VMworld 2014: DevOps, SDN and ITaaS Clouds

VMworld 2014: DevOps, SDN and ITaaS Clouds

The good folks over at VMware’s Community program have assigned me a bloggers pass to attend VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. I’m planning a full week with a mix of keynotes, technical break-out sessions and a lot of community hang time. This year’s VMworld will again feature blogger tables at the community booth in the hang space, big screens to follow the keynotes and enough room to spend some time with the Community Social Media team. As in earlier …

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Tech Field Day Extra (#EVMWU14) at VMworld 2014: check!

Tech Field Day Extra (#EVMWU14) at VMworld 2014: check!

I am very pleased to announce that I’ll once again be part of the fantastic Tech Field Day event series during VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. I have previously participated in Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2013 and Storage Field Day 4, and this month I’ll attend the Extra at VMworld US 2014, too. These events are very interesting for me as a delegate, because I can directly interact with the top technical dogs from the presenting companies and …

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Attend VeeamON, because community

Attend VeeamON, because community

In the pre-VMworld buzz, it’s not hard to forget other virtualization-related conferences. VeeamON, however, is a new kid on the block, and I have high expectations for this conference. Why attend VeeamON? I tend to choose to attend conferences based on the ‘community’ aspect of the conference. Does the event attract a big virtualization community, does it have community events and gatherings (parties, white boarding sessions, blogger space, stuff like vBrownBag and of course User …

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Separate ISO datastore and VSAN? Use Veeam vPower NFS!

Separate ISO datastore and VSAN? Use Veeam vPower NFS!

Recently, I have had a design challenge for my non-profit unmanaged VPS hosting project, klauwd.com. The challenge basically comes down to offering ISO files to the platform’s tenants. In earlier design iterations, I’ve always had a separate datastore on shared storage with separate tenant rights assigned to the datastore. I’ve used products like Nexenta, FreeNAS and HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand OS) virtual appliances to transform local storage to shared storage and carve up multiple datastore from there. This has worked …

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