Category: Cloud

VMWare on AWS is really cool!!! (or not?) #VMWonAWS

Yesterday, just a few days before VMWorld, VMWare announced VMWare on AWS partnership. I struggled a bit to understand what it was and how it worked, but if I’m right… this is another attempt from VMware to be more relevant in the cloud and, at the same time, it looks like another major validation for AWS. VMware wants to be cloudier Long story short, VMware is not perceived as a cloud player, so by associating their name with AWS they want to change that. Technically speaking they did a great job by bringing all the ESXi-based products and management...

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Thank you everybody for a great TECHunplugged!

I’m always worried the day before a TECHunplugged event. Dealing with all the details will kill me one of these days(!), and you never know what turn out to expect, whether the influencers will perform like rock stars or broken drums, whether or not the vendors understand the spirit of the event and, above all, whether the attendees will find the content valuable. Well, this time round everything was perfect!!! And I’m very satisfied with the outcome. More than 60 people attended the conference. End users were eager to be part of the conversation, talk about their experiences, share...

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S3, to rule them all! (storage tiers, that is)

Last week I was at NetApp Insight and it was confirmed, not that it was necessary, that S3 protocol is the key to connecting and integrating different storage tiers. You know, I’ve been talking about the need of a two tier architecture for modern storage infrastructures for a long time now (here a recent paper on the topic) and I also have strong opinions about object storage and its advantages. If you are interested in these topics, I’ll be presenting at next TECHunplugged conference in Amsterdam on 6/10/16 and in Chicago on 27/10/16. A one day event focused on...

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Docker: the missing book

I started looking into Docker and container ecosystems a while ago, as everyone else in this industry. But, because of my personal experience and the work I do, I’m more interested in infrastructure aspects than developer stuff. And this is also the problem with docker, if you are not a developer, well, good look with it. I swear, I tried many times, but most of the books are outdated, they are primarily written for developers, the official documentation is organized very badly and it’s hard to find the right info for SysAdmins. What I need is like a reference...

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NetApp, You had my curiosity…

Two years ago I was very negative about NetApp. The company was perceived as a sort of dead man walking, stuck with this idea of ONTAP everywhere. End users and partners were bored (couldn’t blame them). All attempts made in the past to build a broader product line-up had failed or, at least, were not as successful as expected. But then something changed. From “ONTAP only” to “Data Fabric only” I have to say that the first time I heard about Data Fabric I was curious, although skeptical. The idea of building a data mobility layer which connected all...

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