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Bob Plankers
Bob PlankersBob Plankers is an IT generalist with direct knowledge in many areas, such as storage, networking, virtualization, security, system admistration, and data center operations. He has 17 years of experience in IT, is a three-time VMware vExpert and blogger, and serves as the virtualization & cloud architect for a major Midwestern university.

The Potential of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX

June 14, 2013
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At first glance the Dell PowerEdge VRTX looks like a small blade chassis. Look deeper and you will see a ton of potential in this software-defined world.

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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

May 23, 2013
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On Tuesday VMware announced their answer to the public cloud: the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). One of the biggest hurdles for the roughly 500,000 VMware customers has been that their on-premise, private infrastructure isn't directly interoperable with any sizable public clouds, like Amazon AWS or RackSpace. If you want to move towards a public or…

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Tintri OS 2.0 & ReplicateVM

May 20, 2013
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Tintri is now shipping version 2.0 of their array software, Tintri OS, which further automates administration of their arrays and adds ReplicateVM remote replication features. ReplicateVM is an incredibly flexible asynchronous, IP-based replication technology that operates per-VM, allowing each VM to have custom RPOs.

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A Look at the Nutanix NX-3000 Virtual Computing Platform

May 13, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

A look at how the Nutanix NX-3000 stacks up against other, more traditional data center converged infrastructures, what makes them special, and why everybody is trying to copy them in some way.

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A Look at the Dell Active System 800

May 1, 2013
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Taking a good look at the merits and drawbacks of the Dell Active System 800, Dell's entry into the converged infrastructure market.

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OpenStack and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

April 19, 2013
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The future of OpenStack looks bright, and with the all the software-defined data center (SDDC) features contained in the recent release of "Grizzly" they are now ready to compete toe-to-toe with heavyweights like VMware, Nutanix, Dell, and HP. Whether they can start unseating VMware products in the enterprise remains to be seen, though. Despite the…

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A Look at the HP Moonshot 1500

April 16, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

Last week HP announced their "second generation" HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and Intel Atom S1260-based Proliant Moonshot systems, a high-density computing solution targeted at hyperscale computing workloads. They're billing it as the first "software defined server" and claiming that it can save 89 percent of energy, 80 percent space, and 77 percent of the cost…

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Digesting The Latest VCE News: Vblock 100 and Vblock 200

April 5, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

On February 21, 2013 VCE announced the re-addition of smaller Vblock models, Vblock 100 and Vblock 200, once again allowing the product line to cover the small & medium-sized opportunities in the market.

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