Archive | September 2015

#VMWorld US is over, my thoughts.

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So the week of VMworld has passed, and I’ve had a great week again. But looking back at the week, it has been more about the networking and talking to other costumers, about their experiences with using VMWare products, than it has been about huge announcements from VMware. And that kinda feels weird. We knew already that vSphere 6.0 U1 would be after VMWorld, but I would still have expected something big. But that wasn’t to be, and that kinda leaves me with a weird feeling.

The partnering with Microsoft in the project called A2, seems to usher in a new more friendly alliance with Microsoft. Which we as costumers really would look forward to. Especially if this moves beyond just A2, but into SQL, Exchange and others.

VSAN-featured

One of the few new things that was announced was VSAN Stretched clusters, where you know can geographically disperse your data centers with VSAN handling the Active-Active replication of data. The former 3 node cluster needed can now be a 2 node cluster with a 3rd witness node, that doesn’t require a license. All in all it looks pretty much like a VPLEX solution, in software.Looks very nice and I can see the potential use case in Robo or segmentation scenarios. VSAN now also comes in an all Flash variation, that looks to perform very nicely. Be aware however that all flash requires an additional license.

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I sat in on a PernixData session that Frank Denneman held about FVP and their newest product Architecht. Architecht uses PernixData’s kernel module to extract all manner of statistics about your storage. Can show you the different block sizes that your VM’s use, and even tell you which VM’s have misaligned storage (less than 4k blocks). This gives you all the stats you ever asked the application owners about. How many IOPS does your application require, what block size do you need etc. Very nice piece of software, that I can’t wait to check out when I get home again.

Thank you very much vCommunity for making this a very nice VMworld again. This one was my 6th.

VMworld T-shirts Giveback – What to do!

SpringpathAgain this year after collecting a ton of T-shirts many of which I don’t want to wear, I’ve decided to give them away to the homeless people in San Francisco. Same goes for the big amount of Drinking Canteens I’ve collected.

And I must say, its somewhat harder to actually get them to accept gifts if you approach them instead of the other way around.But once you do get them to accept the T-shirts they are very grateful for the help. So instead of just throwing away T-shirts or drinking Canteens do think of the people who could use it.

But don’t be surprised if you see homeless people in T-shirts from your or another company.

#VMWorld T-shirts Part 2

The Second part of this series is up with T-shirts from New Horizons, Springpath, Zert0, OneNeck and Thinprint.

New Horizons backNew Horizons front

Name : New Horizons
Model: C-port 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Size: CL
Quality: The Quality of this shirt feels good too, a bit too thick but that ensures durability. I like the Pre-shrunk ones, as they don’t warp as much when washed.
Print: The Front has a big I’m all about that upgrade amidst a list of a bunch of technologies they offer courses on. And the back has a bit oversized company Logo
Score: 5/10
Conclusion: The two things that are dragging this shirt down is the fact that they only have XL, and even though they claim its US sizes, it really isn’t. The other is the colour is a weird faded burgundy that I really don’t like.

OneNeck frontOneNeck Back

Name: OneNeck
Model: District Made 50% Cotton 50% Polyester
Size: XL
Quality: Eventhough this isn’t 100% cotton it feels really soft and nice to the touch
Print: The print on the front is the company logo weirdly placed on the left of the shirt, and the back has a nice smaller sized version of the logo.
Score: 6/10
Conclusion: Again a company that doesn’t make sized bigger than XL. Please have your marketing people change this for next year.

Springpath

Name: Springpath
Model: Next Level 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
Size: XXL
Quality: The quality of this one is a bit like the PernixData one, a bit too thin, and it feels like it will very likely warp out of space after a few washes.
Print: A Donkey SmartASS on the front, with actually no company logo at all. But tied to their Solution Exchange theme. Not a shirt I would plan on using after the show
Score: 4/10
Conclusion: The quality and the print are what drags this one down. 

Thinprint front

Name: Thinprint
Model: C-Port & Company 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: A bit heavy on the fabric, which will make it somewhat warm to wear, but otherwise a nice one
Print: A “Spoof” of all the Keep Calm and … shirts, where they put Hug a Printer at the bottom instead. Kinda funny once, but I don’t see myself wearing that shirt outside the convention. Will bring it back for my Printerguy at home though.
Score: 6/10
Conclusion: An ok shirt from Marketing, but not sure what the idea really is. Might of course be hard to create anything really nice with something as boring as printers 🙂

Zerto FrontZerto Bacl

Name: Zert0
Model: Next Level 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: Again a Next Level one, that I don’t really feel will hold up to many washings
Print: A somewhat Simple white drawing of a Dragon being fought off by two Zerto Knights, and the back a list of all the conventions which they will attend
Score: 5/10
Conclusion:  Zert0 was the first shirt I rated really bad, and they did improve for 2014, and had promised me that this year would be better. So somewhat disappointed in this T-Shirt. You can do better!

#VMworld T-Shirts Part 1

So once again VMWorld is on, and I’ve been around the Solutions Exchange once to collect T-shirts. There are probably quite a few that I didn’t get, so feel free to tweet me new ones.

VMworld front

Name: VMWorld 2015 Official T-shirt
Model: Hanes Tagless 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: Once again VMware does use a very nice quality shirt, that feels soft and looks like it can withstand quite a few washings.
Print: This year the print is very simple, just the Logo and VMworld 2015
Score: 7/10
Conclusion: A bit boring shirt, but very nice quality

Pernix Front

Name: PernixData
Model: Bella + Canvas 100% Cotton
Size: 3XL
QualityAgain PernixData has spent a bit too little to create a good quality, which is very sad because they always have nice concepts with T-shirts
Print: A Very nice Starwars X representing the X from PernixData ,which was well themed with their Party. Best I’ve seen this year (Starwars Fan)
Score: 6/10
Conclusion: Have to only give this shirt 6 out of 10 because of the quality. I hope they do better next time around, because as I’ve written before, you do want to create Shirts people will wear more than once, and this feels like it will fall apart after a few washes. But very nice that they have them up to 3XL 🙂

Violin Front

Name:  Violin Memory
Model: American apparel 100% Cotton
Size: XL 😦
QualityA very nice quality shirt, probably the best quality I’ve seen this year.
Print: A Grateful Dead cover, saying I saw a dead Disk in my Datacenter
Score: 8/10
Conclusion: Giving this shirt an 8 out of 10 for quality and print, however that they didn’t make them in 2XL drags down.

Coho Front

Name: CohoData
Model: Gildan Softstyle 100% Cotton
Size: 2XL
QualityA reasonably nice quality Shirt, that however doesn’t feel like it will keep in shape after a few washes, but very soft.
Print: An almost Back to the Future looking print that says Born to Perform. And the back a Simple Coho Data logo.
Score: 7/10
Conclusion: Dragging down is the quality, but It might change after I have washed it a few times.  

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