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Its been three years and nine months since I started vPivot.  At that time I had the enviable position of sitting a few feet from the greatest engineering team I have ever known.  Because of nothing more than my proximity to them, I was able to serve VMware’s customers this blog, which peaked with thousands of hits a day.  You guys liked it and I loved doing it.

But in the last few months my blog production has declined significantly.  Part of that was due to my changed role to a consumer of information instead of a producer.  And part of that decline originated with a change of of heart in terms of what I want to do.  Because of that change of heart I last week resigned from EMC.  I will be spending many months pursuing some personal interests.

At this point I have nothing more to contribute to this blog.  I may start professionally writing again after my sabbatical.  But I am just as likely to write on a new blog as here.  But I will leave this content online indefinitely should any of the articles prove useful.

Thank you to VMware for letting me contribute a drop to the incredible wave of virtualization that washed over the industry.  Thank you to EMC for bringing me to Asia and teaching me business, both that of a vendor and the customers we work so hard for.  And thank you to each and every one of you for being a reader.

Oracle Cloud Rules and SLA

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I recently read an IT World article on Oracle Cloud. The article highlighted a document released by Oracle with clear descriptions of the terms of use with some definitions of service levels. Oracle’s document is fairly mundane. But it is always great to see new service providers draw a line in the sand as to what they will and will not do.

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The Software Defined Datacenter in Nine Minutes

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Ever since VMware announced its vision of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) at VMworld this year the industry has been abuzz with talk. Some of us loved the message. Some of us had questions about it. But many EMC specialists had something to contribute to the narrative.

One of the fun things of being a vSpecialist is participating is the rich discussions we have internally on every part of our business.  We have a smart team with incredible knowledge of virtualization and cloud.  When any new concept gets raised in our internal discussion groups, it is refined in the crucible of debate.

This SDDC idea is exactly the type of thing we like to talk about.  Its big. Its transformative. It is cutting edge. We are internally asking ourselves and answering a lot of questions on the SDDC. For instance:

  • What exactly does SDDC mean?
  • How is it different from the EMC/VMware cloud vision?
  • What is the difference between cloud and SDDC?

I wanted to add my voice on the SDDC story to EMC’s internal discussions.  I did this through a narrated presentation that covers the SDDC in nine minutes.  After dozens of emails and a half a dozen phone discussions, it looks like this message is solidifying.  I submit it here to you for your consideration.

InformationWeek’s 2013 Virtualization Management Survey

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A colleague here at EMC just shared InformationWeek‘s 2013 Virtualization Management Survey.  The whitepaper has “$99″ printed on its cover but the registration page suggests you can get a free copy.  So, I won’t share it here.  But, I do this the report is fascinating and want to share two observations to encourage you to get a copy of this report for yourself.

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The Role of Service Providers in Hybrid Clouds

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A couple weeks ago after VMworld I visited EMC’s headquarters and spent an hour with Dan Hushon, EMC Distinguished Engineer in the office of the CTO.  In our discussion Dan showed me a graph that revolutionized my thinking of hybrid cloud service providers: people are going to public and hybrid clouds for the wrong reason.  And they are not realizing the savings that hybrid clouds could offer.

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Interactive Graphics: Japan Radiation, Singapore Traffic and Major League Baseball

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This week EMC sponsored a worldwide event to humanize big data. I wrote about the event’s smart phone app last week. The Singapore event was run Tuesday at Red Dot Design Museum. I led press and analyst discussions on big data using interactive graphics created for the event. We have released these graphics to the public and you may enjoy playing with them.

The three figures below were generated by EMC data scientists using data from a couple of sources. In one case Twitter provided EMC access to the Twitter “firehose” for nine days: we collected every tweet in the world. We stored in a Greenplum database one billion tweets. Tableau Software contributed their expertise to turn the data into these interactive charts that you can explore.

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Human Face of Big Data

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There is a free, country-wide early earthquake warning system in Japan using the accelerometers in networked laptops throughout the country.  Using this system, trains and factories in Japan were stopped one minute before last year’s earthquake.  There are city blocks in New York city that generate so many criminals that the state spends a million dollars a year on each block to deal with the criminals that came from it.  What if $1,000,000 was spent on those neighborhoods before they created criminals instead of after the criminal acts?

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Singapore VMUG: 26 September 2012

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It may have taken years, but the VMware User Group (VMUG) program has finally come to Singapore.  For anyone in Singapore the night of Wednesday, 26 September, please come to the inaugural Singapore VMUG meeting.    As with all VMUGs, this event is run by the VMware customer community and for the VMware customer community.  Long-time VMware enthusiast Benjamin Troch is the local organizer.

For the first meeting Ben has asked VMware’s Iwan Rahabok and me to present on Disaster Recovery, Downtime Avoidance, and High Availability.  Iwan is a VMware SE in Singapore that I have worked with for many years now.  We are both looking forward to leading an interactive discussion with everyone that attends.

If you are in town this Wednesday night please come by the Singapore VMware office on Level 6 of Suntec City Tower Four at 17:00.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about current VMware solutions and future directions.  It is also a great chance to network with other professionals in VMware community.  Let your friends and colleagues know this event is on.

Oracle Support on VMware

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Just a month ago I was in Hong Kong for customer meetings. One customer explained that their Oracle databases were still un-virtualized because “Oracle does not support VMware”. Sigh.

I have for years been correcting this misunderstanding among customers. Despite Oracle’s clear statement of support we often see conflicting messages from Oracle’s sales teams. I was pleased to see a video from Oracle’s Richard Garstagen at VMworld 2012 on the unambiguous support of VMware environments:

Happily, Richard even mentions the effectiveness of host affinity in limiting the license costs. He also addresses the fear that reproduction on physical is a serious concern for virtualized Oracle databases.

I first read about this on License Consulting. Thanks for your article!

Disaster Recovery, Downtime Avoidance, and High Availability

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Map of Asia Pacific and JapanLast week in Asia Pacific and Japan we completed our annual presales conference roadshow (PSCR). At this PSCR I delivered a talk to the presales community on the intersection of three great solutions: disaster recovery (DR), downtime avoidance (DA), and high availability (HA). Each of these is easily understood by its own. But their combinations can introduce mind-bending complexity. I used my presentation to untangle some mental knots.

I believe that mixed DR/DA/HA environments are so complex that very few people in the world fully understand their complexities. Scott Lowe might be the only person I have worked with that appears to have a complete grasp of the situation. I know I do not. So, you might find it strange that I was called upon to lead this talk.

Well, I learned a lot in the talk.  Both from the research prior to its first delivery and from the hallway conversations that followed my sessions.  I documented, learned and created a few key concepts for this talk. Here they are.

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