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 now part of an ever growing team of around 400+ globally. It has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice by everyone on the team (and our families) but it has been truly worth it. SimpliVity has become the fastest growing infrastructure company in recent memory by setting a…

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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: 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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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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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 to reflect the information in the KB article.  Bottom line: DON'T UPGRADE VCENTER TO V5 IF YOU ARE RUNNING VSPHERE 4.1.0 (NO UPDATES) ON YOUR HOSTS! The KB article can be found at the link here: clicky Most of us have read through the upgrade guide for vSphere…

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vCenter 5 Database Move: Update the tomcat DB pointer

Ran into a weird issue the other day and was totally perplexed.  I moved a vCenter database from one SQL server to another, as I have done numerous times before without issue, but this time something else cropped up.  The old SQL server kept receiveing login attempts from the vCenter server.  What?!?   My DSNs for vCenter and Update Manager had been changed to point at the new DB server.  All apps and plugins that query vCenter use these DSNs, WTF is going on? The "VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices" service utilizes tomcat to connect…

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