It Is Always the Network

Now that we have completed five Build Day Live events, there are a few patterns that have emerged and a particular area where we have steadily improved our game. If you have watched the live streams, you will know that it is always the network that gives us the most trouble. On one Build Day, I had to use my manager’s voice and say that we were not going to troubleshoot the network any further but needed to do a field expedient temporary configuration. The core of the problem is that we bring some network in the vBrownBag traveling lab and need to integrate that networking with the vendor’s lab equipment. I try to make the vBrownBag a little like a production environment, so there are VLANs that separate different networks for management, storage, and workload VMs. Most vendor environments are labs where networking is kept simple. The solution has been to expand the traveling lab network and use less of the vendor’s network. The current lab provides 10 x 10Gbe ports and 10 x 1Gbe ports for the vendor’s equipment.


Pivot3 supports TechTalks at VMworld EMEA

It is always nice to welcome new sponsors and I am delighted that Pivot3 has chosen to support the vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld EMEA. Pivot3 is a hyperconverged vendor with some very interesting policy based management, including storage QoS. While I’m talking about TechTalks, you can find all of the VMworld USA 2017 TechTalks in this Read more about Pivot3 supports TechTalks at VMworld EMEA[…]

Pure Storage Build Day Wrap Up

Build Day number two is in the can, we had a great week in Silicon Valley with Pure Storage. We initially thought we wouldn’t have enough content for a Build Day with Pure. The array deployment is a 30-minute task, and from there it is simple to operate. Happily, we realized that we could show more than day 1, we could show a lot of the day two operations. We got to see some radical simplicity in the management of the Flash Array and did a whole lot of lifecycle operations on the array. You can see the live part of the build day in this video, and all of the Pure Storage build day videos in this playlist.


Datrium Helping to Make the Best vBrownbag TechTalks at VMworld

I just sent the session acceptance for the hundred vBrownBag TechTalk sessions that are in the schedule for VMworld 2017. I am expecting that we will have the busiest VMworld ever for vBrownBag. The US schedule is packed, with a wait list of half a dozen sessions. The EMEA schedule does have space for more Read more about Datrium Helping to Make the Best vBrownbag TechTalks at VMworld[…]

vBrownbag TechTalks at VMworld, Going Forward with Rubrik

Time is nearly up for initial submissions for vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld. On Friday night (June 30th), we will be taking the initial submissions and putting together the schedule for the TechTalks. Right now, it looks like we will have a full schedule for VMworld USA and room for a few more sessions in Barcelona. Read more about vBrownbag TechTalks at VMworld, Going Forward with Rubrik[…]