Monday, May 13, 2019

ExploreVM Podcast Season 3 - HCI Series: VXrail


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for!
Season 3 of the ExploreVM Podcast starts now!

Before we do, I want to say thank you to my listeners.
In 2018, the ExploreVM podcast received more than a 50% increase in downloads than 2017, and ExploreVM.com saw a greater than 300% increase in hits.
Its always great when someone messages me or approaches me at an event and says how much they enjoy the show.
I appreciate everyone's continued support, and look forward to providing quality content that I hope you all enjoy.

As for season 3, we are going to dive head first into the Hyperconverged Series that I discussed at the end of last season.

The goal for this series is to help build an understanding of hyperconverged infrastructure, it's place in the datacenter world, and spotlight the various ways that vendors are deploying HCI.

Now, we are going to approach this series a bit differently as I've reached out to the vendors directly to appear on the show versus the usual community members that I have on as guests.

That being said, this is NOT a sponsored series.
I am not receiving any sort of compensation for these appearances.
And all vendors appearing have had a strict set of rules laid out for their appearance.

1) No Bashing other HCI Vendors
2) Keep it technical, this is a technical podcast
3) This is NOT a free commercial for your product
4) No bashing other HCI Vendors

Alright, with the ground rules out of the way, let's begin.

We start the HCI series discussing VxRail.


Listen to "Season 3: HCI Series - VXrail" on Spreaker.


My Guest:
https://twitter.com/sthulin
https://www.thulinaround.com/

I'd like to take a moment to thank those of you who voted for ExploreVM.com and the ExploreVM Podcast in the 2018 Top vBlog polls. With your help, we were named #10 Favorite Podcast, and #34 on the favorite independent blogger list. I am honored and humbled to be listed among so many great contributors in our community.

Thank you for your support. Let's see if we can climb higher for 2019!

To continue the conversation on hyperconverged infrastructure, or if you're an HCI vendor and would like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast, please contact me on TwitterEmailLinkedInInstagram, or Facebook.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Storage Field Day 18, Here I Come!

For the second time, I'm lucky enough to be selected as a Tech Field Day delegate! This time, it's for Storage Field Day 18 in Silicon Valley February 27th through March 1st.


For those of you unfamiliar with Tech Field Day, it's an event ran by Gestalt IT where independent tech influencers are brought together with vendors to review products and solutions with deep technical conversations. Each event has a particular technology focus, such as networking, cloud, wireless, and security. 

Storage Field Day 18 will feature 7* different storage vendors. There's an asterisk as the anticipated number of vendors can grow (wink wink).  Expect to see some traditional players like NetApp and Western Digital, and a few newcomers to the scene such as Cohesity, WekiaIO, and StorPool. There's even a secret vendor on the list that even we the delegates are not privy to yet. 

SFD18 can be viewed live on TechFieldDay.com with sessions available a short while later on the Tech Field Day YouTube channel. You can also follow along on Twitter with hashtag #SFD18. 

For more info about Storage Field Day, including a full list of delegates, check out the site here


Monday, December 31, 2018

ExploreVM Podcast Short: VMworld 2018 - A Network Expert at a Virtualization Conference

In another ExploreVM Podcast short, I speak with Matt Elliot about his first time at VMworld, and what it's like to attend VMworld as a Network expert at a Virtualization conference.

Listen to "VMworld 2018 - A Network Expert at a Virtualization Conference" on Spreaker.


My Guest:
Twitter - Matt Elliot

Links:
vBrownBag VMworld 2018 Tech Talks
VMworld US 2018 Day 1 Keynote
VMworld US 2018 Day 2 Keynote
Troubleshoot and Assess the Health of VMware Environments with Free Tools (VIN3257BU)

Do you have an idea or a topic for the show? Would you like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast? Or just keep up the conversation about VMworld 2018? If so, please contact me on TwitterEmailLinkedInInstagram, or Facebook.



ExploreVM Podcast - HCI Series: HCI Testing with Alan Comstock

On this episode of the podcast we begin a series on hyperconverged infrastructure. We're going to start with a guest who's put a few products through the ringer to decide which HCI vendor worked best for them.


Listen to "HCI Series - HCI Testing with Alan Comstock" on Spreaker.

My Guest:
Alan Comstock

In the future, watch for episodes where I dive into several different  HCI technologies.

To continue the conversation on hyperconverged infrastructure, or if you're an HCI vendor and would like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast, please contact me on TwitterEmailLinkedInInstagram, or Facebook.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

ExploreVM Podcast - A VMworld 2018 Conversation with Mike Burkhart

As 2018 comes to an end, I look back at some sessions that haven't been featured on the podcast yet this season. This episode was originally intended to be a video featuring Mike Burkhart live at VMworld 2018. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties during the editing process, we can only enjoy as an audio podcast.


Listen to "A VMworld 2018 Conversation with Mike Burkhart" on Spreaker.



My Guest:
Mike Burkhart

Links:
vBrownBag VMworld 2018 Tech Talks
VMworld US 2018 Day 1 Keynote
VMworld US 2018 Day 2 Keynote
Troubleshoot and Assess the Health of VMware Environments with Free Tools (VIN3257BU)

Do you have an idea or a topic for the show? Would you like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast? Or just keep up the conversation about VMworld 2018? If so, please contact me on Twitter, Email, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Troubleshoot & Assess the Health of VMware Environments with Free Tools - VMworld 2018

I had the opportunity to present my first VMworld breakout session at this years conference in Las Vegas. Below are the videos of the demos provided during the session, as well as links to the tools discussed. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information!

Session Description 


Based on his highly popular VMUG session, Paul Woodward Jr. (@ExploreVM) will review some of the tools he's used in his career to assess the health and troubleshoot issues with VMware environments. Paul will provide demonstrations and real world examples on how these tools have helped him solve problems that plague every VMware admin. And the best part, these tools are free!

vCheck


 Links

vCheck Website 
vCheck Github

RVTools


Links


RVtools Website 
Yellow Bricks - New Version Available 

ESXTOP


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Links

Yellow Bricks 
vFrank - ESXTOP 
Virten - ESXTOP

vRealize Log Insight


Links


VMware - vRealize Log Insight 
vRealize Log Insight - End of Availability

Other Session Links


vDocumentation 
Vester
Veeam One Free Edition
Top 21 Must Have VMware Admin Tools 
101 Free VMware Tools 
Free VMware Tools 

 If you have suggestions for tools that should be added to the above list, do not hesitate to contact me via any of the channels provided below.

Do you have an idea or a topic for the blog? Would you like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast? If so, please contact me on Twitter, Email, or Facebook.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

SuperMicro Build Day Live with vBrownBag

Recently, SuperMicro hosted Alastair Cooke and vBrownBag for another edition of Build Day Live. For those who don't know, "vBrownBag is a community of people who believe in helping other people.". They run weekly podcasts and webinars, and also host live Tech Talks at conferences around the country. What makes the Build Day Live event different is that vBrownBag is on site at the vendor, building a production cluster throughout the event, from start to finish.

SuperMicro Does Networking?

Up until Build Day Live, I had no idea that SuperMicro was in the networking space. They offer a wide array of products from 1 to 100GB in a 1U chassis. These switches are bare metal, and are compatible with the Cumulus Linux networking operating system. SuperMicro also has its own proprietary NOS for the 1GB switches as well. Configuration can be completed via CLI or GUI, making management easy for admins at all skill sets.

JBOF Disaggregated Storage

Outside of the server hardware we all know, SuperMicro also has a deep selection of storage hardware. Of the two storage specific segments of SuperMicro Build Day, I was most interested in the JBOF/NVMe storage. During this segment, Alastair spoke to Mike Scriber. To quote Mike, "I design really, really cool storage systems using NVMe. Very high density systems." And when you look at what SuperMicro is up to, he's right.


Utilizing the Intel Ruler NVMe form factor, SuperMicro is quickly closing in on 1 petabyte of storage in a 1U rack chassis. The chassis has slots for 32 "rulers" that connect into 16 lanes of PCIe leading to 4 ports which allows for 64gb/s bandwidth. Another interesting feature of both the ruler form factor and the standard U.2 chassis is the engineering of the back planes. The back planes run parallel to the ruler form factor, and across the top of the U.2 drives. This design helps to keep densely packed 1U chassis cool with limited to no blocks in the airflow.

There were a lot of aspects to the SuperMicro Build Day Live event worth checking out, lots more than commented on in this post! Check out the links below for all of the videos from the event.

Links:

SuperMicro Build Day - Condensed
vBrownBag YouTube SuperMicro Build Day Live Videos
The CTO Advisor - SuperMicro Build Day Interviews
Anthony Hook's SuperMicro Build Day Blog Post
vBrownBag.com - SuperMicro Build Day Live
vBrownBag on Twitter
SuperMicro's Web Site

If you'd like to continue the conversation about SuperMicro Build Day Live, do not hesitate to contact me via any of the channels provided below. Do you have an idea or a topic for the blog? Would you like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast? If so, please contact me on Twitter, Email, or Facebook.