Cisco UCS with OmniStack: Two great tastes that taste great together.

Here we are almost a full two weeks after the big Cisco and SimpliVity announcement at VMworld US telling the world about OmniStack being integrated with UCS C-Series and the co-sell partnership between the two companies. I have to say that being at VMworld and hearing all the buzz this announcement created was exciting. Seeing all the press and comments via social networks made it even more impressive. OmniStack with Cisco UCS at VMworld US But the announcement is not what this post is about.  This post is about all the different implementation options Cisco customers now have by using…

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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 PureApplication, and Teradata. Integrated infrastructure systems (IIS) - Think VCE Vblock, HP ConvergedSystem, and IBM PureFlex System. Integrated reference architectures - Think EMC VSPEX Fabric-based computing (FBC) - Think SimpliVity and HP Moonshot System. As you can see this could include a number of manufacturers, but…

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SimpliVity: A New Paradigm for VDI Implementations

I need to start this post of with a disclaimer: The OmniCube was developed to run all workloads in the data center. VDI is just another workload that will run on the OmniCube. Brief History In the past VMware and Citrix have released a number of features to help improve the performance and ROI of VDI deployments.  One of those features is the ability to use linked clones.  One of the primary features of linked clones was designed to allow you to save disk capacity on one of the most expensive resources of your deployment.  For VMware View we would…

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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 ease of migration and infrastructure lifecycle.  In the past we have always had to design for one or the other because the infrastructure didn’t provide the means to do both. With traditional converged infrastructure you have to scale multiple systems at a time. For example if you work with current…

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SimpliVity Announcement Roundup

I've been working at SimpliVity for 4 months now and the technology and the engineers behind it impress me on a daily basis.  Today we're making a LOT of announcements around the OmniCube (new versions), the OmniStack (the tech behind the OmniCube), and have released some really great analyst reports surrounding all the announcements.  I've tried to capture everything below, but if I've missed anything let me know. The official press release can be found here: Press Release Wikibon Video Announcement by Doron Kempel: Check out a short (4 minute) video of Doron announcing our releases with the Wikibon folks.…

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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 work for and the people there I can truly call my friends.  Datalink has a truly wonderful group of engineers that really put the Value in the term VAR. After working on both the customer side and the VAR side of the IT industry the opportunity came to work for…

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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.  :) I immedieatly dove into the issue and started looking at the problem he was having and the error message was very generalized in nature.  "Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: A general system error occurred"  I wasn't able to change any settings on the VM…

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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 opinion these companies had such a huge head start on where both of their parents were at the orchestration/cloud layer that there really wasn't a way for the parents to catch up without the purchases.  Thankfully they picked some bright stars to buy. We know that both Cloupia and…

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