Virtualization, VMWare

Installing VMWare vCenter 6.7

As IT professionals – you’ve probably been exposed to some sort of virtualization of the course of the last 15 years plus. And the name that usually comes to mine is: VMWare. VMWare’s hypervisor [EXSi] is probably at the epicenter of most Fortune 500 Companies DataCenters when it come to virtualization and even on our desktops/laptops, and home labs! It’s…

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Network Services

Walk Like a Packet… Talk Like a Packet

For sometime now, I’ve gotten several questions on how a data flows from one end-device to another. Whether it’s from a student, colleague, and even customers. Interestingly enough – I’ve heard that this question is also asked as part of technical interviews for various IT positions (Pre-Sales, NOC, SOC, SD-WAN, etc…) In all likelihood this question comes up all the…

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Nutanix, HPE Partner on Private Cloud Service and Hyperconverged Appliances

HPE GreenLake will offer a pay-as-you-go private cloud service that runs on Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software. Nutanix has teamed up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to make its hyperconverged software available as a managed private cloud service and on HPE-branded appliances. Analysts say the partnership, announced today, benefits both companies in their effort to broaden their appeal to enterprise customers…

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Arista, Automation, Software Defined

AAA: Automation, Ansible, Arista – 101 basic, from Network Engineer to NetOps Engineer

Paradigm shift in IT… The landscape on how we view Networking is changing.  These days, and days/months/years to follow, automation seems to be a key aspect on how Network Infrastructure should be ran. When we look closer – it’s now the responsibility of the workload (i.e. application) to dictate how the ‘fabric’ should be laid out across our Data Centers.…

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AHA Projects

AHA Project: Lab WorkBench

As IT Professionals (regardless of career level) we started – at some point,  by taking  a PC apart and putting it back together.. Including laptops, servers, etc.  We installed RAM, HDs, PCI card, CD/DVD drives, BIOS battery – you name it. For me it was fun sitting on the ground putting these pieces together. Hanging a spot lamp from nearby…

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Automation, Software Defined

The Answer is ANSIBLE… Sort of…

  For a few months now I’ve been dabbling into automation – more specifically automation of the Infrastructure Fabric [remember I want to dissuade the usage of ‘Networking’].  I began this journey for several reasons: I want to make Fabric tasks simpler I want to expand my skillset I want to understand the DevOps way of doing things There is…

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HPE, In the News, Software Defined

HPE Composable Fabric

  Current Landscape As technology change rapidly within the Industry – Companies and Organizations are trying to balance between CAPEX & OPEX; it’s probably safer to say – looking to lower CAPEX &OPEX. Which, in turn, lowers their TCO [total cost of ownership]. As this becomes, if not already, a common theme – Enterprises are entertaining the idea of a…

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In the News

Dell to go Public Following Shareholders Approval – December 28th 2018

It’s the dawn of a new day at Dell Technologies. The infrastructure giant is set to become a public company on Dec. 28, 2018, after more than 61 percent of shareholders approved the company’s bid to become public through a VMware stock swap. “With this vote, we are simplifying Dell Technologies’ capital structure and aligning the interests of our investors,” said Michael Dell, chairman and…

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Cisco, In the News

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Duo Security

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 1, 2018 – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Duo Security, a privately-held company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Duo is the leading provider of unified access security and multi-factor authentication delivered through the cloud. Duo’s solution verifies the identity of users and the health of their devices before granting them access to…

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