virtualization

SimpliVity: A Reflection of the Past Two Years and a $1B Valuation

Well we've hit out of the park with a $1 Billion valuation! I have to say that the ride over the past two years has been a blast. I started in April 2013 as the first Solutions Architect in the Southeast region of the US as employee ~65 and am…

SimpliVity in the Gartner MQ for Integrated Systems?!

When I first heard that this was happening I had to ask myself "WTF is an integrated system?".  Well it turns out that there is a very broad definition of an "Integrated System" in Gartner's eyes.  The market definition/descriptions were: Integrated stack systems (ISS) - Think Oracle Exadata, IBM…

SimpliVity: Do I Have To Choose To Scale My Infrastructure or Manage IT Infrastructure Lifecycle? No!

I originally wrote this post for SimpliVity.com but I also wanted to post it here for my normal readers.   One of the problems we have had when we design, implement, and manage our IT infrastructure is how to design for scale but at the same time design for…

Moving on. Starting a new chapter in my career.

One week down at SimpliVity so far and it's been great!  As some of you know I recently left  Datalink where I was a Solutions Architect and working with customers to design solutions for their data centers.  My leaving is bitter sweet in that it was a great company to…

WTF!? - Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred

This can by far be one of the most frustrating error messages you will run across in a vSphere environment.  I was at a customer site yesterday and the customer ran across it while I was working through some other things.  He asked if I could fix it for him.…

The Cloud Orchestration Layer is Changing

With the recent purchases of a couple key companies within the cloud orchestration space I felt it was time to write about it.  The companies I am referring to are Cloupia, who was purchased by Cisco in December and Dynamic Ops, who was purchased by VMware in July.  In my…

vSphere 5 Upgrade: PSOD for vSphere 4.1.0 Hosts

I had a customer get ambushed by this last week and wanted to put this out there so hopefully no one else will run into this huge problem.  There is a VMware KB article out regarding the issue, however none of the release notes or upgrade documentation has been updated…