Follow Along with VMworld with the vExpert Daily

For the second year in a row, I have been given the distinct pleasure of anchoring the VMware Communities TV lineup at VMworld.  If you are not able to make VMworld, why not spend less than an hour a day and hear from some of the leaders in the virtualization community talk about everything that is announced and all there is to see at the conference?  If you have more time keep watching for some great tech talks throughout the day.  Our format is simple, a very casual conversation each day starting at 10 AM PST with myself and then 3-4 VMware vExperts.  The topics will be varied and will probably cover everything from the latest VMware releases to the best releases from vendors to how the welcome reception and evening.  Take a look below at the listing of the vExperts currently signed up and make sure to click on their names to follow them on twitter.  You never know who else might stop by though.

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How to Create “Add to Calendar” Links within a blog

I am hosting a live podcast in a few weeks (blog announcement upcoming) and I wanted to find a way to let people add the date and time to their calendars with just a simple click instead of having to enter the information themselves.  After alot of searching, all the post seem to say you had to add the event calendar plugin and then it would be a new plugin to the wordpress page and things like that.  Not exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted something as simple as

Heres a reminder to read when the podcast announcement comes out:

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How to make VDI easier to deploy? Take out the SAN, Take out the steps with Nexenta VSA for View

Deploying VDI should be an easy task, and with a proof of concept or trial it normally is.  The problems start to show up when you move from a small deployment to an enterprise rollout.  Problems like disk IO, throughput, management, and performance monitoring start to have a significant impact.  Nexenta has released their second product after working with VMware as just a way to ease that transition.  NexentaVSA for View(NV4V) is first an orchestration engine, followed by a performance tool.


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HP gives the All-In-One iMac look with interchangeable parts (with video)

HP has released their Z1 workstation.  All-in-One devices have been a double aged sword, but HP touts the Z1 as the first true all-in-one workstation.  With the ability to self service parts, run full Xeon processors, and ECC memory, not to mention the ability to run mirrored 2.5″ drives, the Z1 gives you the full workstation flexibility without the footprint of a tower chassis.  A few nice features include USB 3.0, an additional display port for dual monitors, the 27″ glossy monitor, and a locking case.  The last is most important if you want to have the flexibility of using the included internal USB port.  The idea that you could secure a USB drive internal and then still have portable data of a USB drive.

Below is a small video of the system and how you could open and service the unit.


Want to buy that out-of-print book? HP preserves and shares some fo the great works of Literature.

HP released the latest of their cloud offerings today. What was a result of HP printing trying to figure out how to print more in an era of less paper.  HP Labs initially looked at a small project that digitized some old books.  The thought was that while a publisher will not print a single copy of a book with current digital presses and a collection of books, a printer can not print the single copy.  The move into the cloud was simply a way to support the project on a large scale. lets you search, find, preview rare, out-of-print and hard to find books on every topic imaginable.

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Did HP dedupe the efforts of EMC and leapfrog past with StoreOnce Catalyst?

HP Discover started today and with it comes the birage of new product announcements.  One fo the first ones is for the latest upgrade of the HP StoreOnce deduplication portfolio.  EMC is clearly the targeted competitor.  The DataDomain and Avamar portfolio are considered by many to be best of breed.  Then looking at target side deduplication, few have rivaled the DataDomain portfolio.

Just this past week, DataDomain release the DD990, at the time the fastest throughput archive disk device on the market with a 31 TB/hr throughput rate.  This is all done with a single hed unit device, not the much touted Global Deduplication Array (GDA) that was just released last year.  This same unit will give you remote replication to 270 sites, completing up to 570 concurrent backup jobs. This by itself is a great product and one that will work in even the largest environments, but what happens if you also want Source-side deduplication?

In comes Avamar.  In my experience, the single backup application that when a customer is asked if they like their backup solutions, they actually respond “Yes.”  Avamar requires a separate grid and if you want to replicate from a remote site you may end up with a design similar to ones I designed a few years ago.  You deploy a client on a endpoint, back up to a small Avamar grid or Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) and then replicate that branch office back to a main grid at the centralized datacenter.

This all sounds great unless you want to have all your data in a single place and in a single backup solution.  If you have been in the EMC circles you have heard the possibility of Avamar backing up to a DataDomain appliance for years, but as of yet they are still seperate systems.

In comes StoreOnce.  Today’s announcement for StoreOnce comes in two parts the first performance and the second usability.  For performance HP went directly after the DD990 with the latest rendition of the B6200 Backup System.  This new solution supports up to 100 TB/hour of backups and up to 40 TB/hour of restore.  Personally I think that second part is probably just as important if not more important.

Now what do I do to increase usability? Federated Deduplication is HP’s answer to Avamar.  While still requiring the integration with either Symantec OST, or DataProtector 7, StoreOnce Catalyst allows a application server to handle a local backup to any of the approved backup targets, and then replicate without rehydrating the data to a similar device at the datacenter.  You now get source-side deduplication with Catalyst at a remote site, and target side dedupe with the main StoreOnce system.

See it in action bere:

The question that remains to be seen is will this really take a bite out of the enterprise backup market, or will it just force EMC to make the step of combining Avamar with DataDomain?  Guess ti remains to be seen, but the performance to me would sure make me think twice before purchasing a new backup device.



VMworld Call for Papers Voting is Open and waiting for you..

Each year VMware puts on a 20.000+ person conference.  This year it is in San Francisco and like the last couple years, there are sessions just waiting for you to vote.  The more votes, the better chance that yours truly will get to present.  I submitted a single presentation this year with Theron Conrey and I speaking together.

1776 vCloud Director: Training Labs for Virtual and Physical Solutions

Wondering what that means.. well lucky you we also have to have an abstract so here goes.

Deploying training environments for companies can be not only time consuming to create but also expensive to build and maintain. vCloud Director allows for automated self provisioning for virtual lab environments the challenge is integrating these virtual environments with physical devices and systems. This primer demonstrates the physical architecture and virtual configurations needed to connect a virtual datacenter to physical network appliances or systems. The environment consists of a shared authentication strategy with individual vApps per user connected to individual physical device. An architectural example will be dissected to include virtualized vCenter, View and physically attached ESXi hosts being managed through NexentaVSA for View

Please go to and vote for my session.

There are alot of other great sessions out there by all the names you have heard of an probably a few you have not so make sure to read through them all!

A discount for the HP Discover conference? Yes Please

Let me start by saying this is 100% a sponsored post but one that I think could be handy for the HP followers among you.  HP Discover is one of the larger IT conferences and if you have not attended you are missing out.  Many of you will attend the Microsoft and VMware Conferences, maybe even be at EMCWorld this week, but you never thought about going to an HP conference.  Many people dont even think about it since they just view HP as those servers I know I am going to buy, or as competition to Dell for the servers.  Maybe you look at HP as a printer company.  Any of these is valid responses but what you probably didn’t realize was the reach you would get from one company.  HP is one of the only companies in the world that covers the entire IT stack from switches, to servers, to printers, whether you are a Windows or a Unix guy you can find something interesting in their portfolio.  You add that along with some of the great industry speakers and a chance to see the latest and greatest that a large but still innovative company can bring and you have a recipe for success.

The important part: A $300 discount if you use the code BLOG at this link when registering.  Link

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HP Gen 8 Server Teardown – Pictures

Pictures of the Teardown of a HP Gen 8 Proliant DL380 and the new Intel Speed Socket

HP Proactively goes after support for the SMB

I am onsite for the HP sponsored Generation 8 Tech Day in Houston, and the first presentation today is around the proactive support.

Presenter: Jeff Carlat, Worldwide Dir. of Marketing and Jerry Chin, Technical Director of Support Automation

The goal of the Gen 8 release was around reducing risk by minimizing manual errors, making administrators tasks more automated.  50% of all datacenter outages are a result of human error and the goal is to eliminate them.  Then next segment is to aid the channel partners in growing the small to medium businesses.  After some of the discussions yesterday this is refreshing.  Many of the talks were around the enterprise and larger IT shops, the components in proactive support are geared to spread from the smallest shop to the largest enterprise.  One of the largest changes is the Insight Online and Insight Remote Support solutions.

Insight Online: First cloud-based, personalized dashboard for monitoring device and support status.

Easy of Use

  • Proactively monitor and manage HP contracts and warranties
  • View and manage HP service credit balances
  • Instant, secure visibility to critical asset and support alerts
  • Create reports for proactive asset and support management
  • Enable your authorized service provider to monitor and support your infrastructure remotely


  • Display of 24X7 remote device monitoring of service events
  • Automated support case generation and status tracking
  • Automated device discovery and display in Insight Online for users of HP Insight Remote Support 7.0

Access Anytime, Anywhere

  • 24 X 7 monitoring with fast, secure and accurate remote support and service
  • On premise or off premise secure access
The Remote support solution is the ability for HP to monitor and manage your hardware for any faults and issues 24/7 as a remote service.  If there is a failure of equipment, then HP can send gear before the failure occurs.
The combination of Remote Insight and Insight Online publishing to the HP support center gives administrators a remote login to see their system and support maintenance along with current system events and warranties.  Currently you will need a HP CMS server that all servers send their data too, from there they will send the data via HTTPs to the Support Center.
One caveat that applies primarily to the federal marketplace is that the functionality does require internet access.  Sending data can not yet be done through a proxy that allows for system names and data to be scrubbed prior to sending.
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