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Cisco Live and All-Things-VXI, happening next week!

This is shaping up to be another great outing – as a number of my peers have already highlighted, there is an endless buffet-line of learning opportunities while you’re spending the week with us in Vegas.  This year marks the entrance of the Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) into the Cisco Live realm, and with it comes my favorite part – the opportunity to meet with customers from across the globe who are coming to this event, armed with the objective of getting the info they need to help get their desktop virtualization initiatives off the ground. Read More »

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Now Available – CVD Deployment Guide for enabling Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy on FlexPod

Last week Cisco, VMware, and NetApp published a very detailed CVD deployment guide to further simplify and accelerate the deployments of Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy (ESMT) solution on FlexPod for VMware. ESMT is a key FlexPod add-on feature that allows secure hosting and protection of virtualized data centers for multiple tenants on the same, shared FlexPod infrastructure. Availability, Secure Separation, Service Assurance, and Management are the key foundational pillars of the ESMT architecture. Each of these pillars is enabled by innovative technologies from Cisco, NetApp, and VMware.

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Honored to be designated as VMware vExpert 2011!

I am happy to share that for second year in a row, VMware has designated me as a vExpert 2011. vExpert award is a recognition of one’s contributions to the VMware and broader virtualization and cloud computing communities.

Blogging being one of the key factors for the vExpert award, I want to extend special thanks to the people who follow my blogs. As always, feedback is highly appreciated.

I am very excited to be a part of the vExpert program as we continue to strengthen the integration of various Data Center Business Advantage technologies with VMware and continue to roll out joint innovative solutions (VMDC, Vblock, FlexPod for VMware etc.) to market. These solutions are helping thousands of our joint customers efficiently accelerate their journey to cloud.

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Gorilla Nation and Cisco ACE Virtual Contexts – and More!

This customer’s testimonial brings to my mind this commercial from the 1970′s:

If you’ve had a laugh, or if not, the case study is about Gorilla Nation, an integrated digital media company that focuses on vertical publishing and advertising sales and services, has leveraged the powerful multi-tenancy features of ACE to lower OPEX, reduce power and cooling, and eliminate device sprawl, all while maintaining SLAs and delivering high performance in a massively scaled environment.

Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) and Cisco VIC

What is VM-FEX? VM-FEX is the consolidation of the virtual switch and physical switch into a single management point.

This sounds funny to say, but it amazes me how many people still use standard VMware vSwitches.  In the enterprise there are just too many things that can be missed on standard vSwtiches and we need consistency. This consistency is obvious when port group names need to match identically or vMotion will fail. Last time I went through the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage class we were working on the standard vSwitch configuration, which utilizes some interesting port group failover order setting which include overrides. So, I zipped through my sheet and was waiting for the instructor to ask for answers. After a few other students I spoke up and proceed to explain my complex but accurate vSwitch configuration.

You remember this diagram from class right??

And the override settings?

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