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Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

Social Servers

agilecloudThe twenty-first century has brought with it the rise of virtualization and cloud computing, along with the ascent of social media. Nowadays, it appears that a solid majority of people have participated in some sort of social media outlet, such as Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, SocialCast, and SnapChat, just to name a few. There is no arguing that there aren’t a number of good things about social media, like the ability to more easily keep in touch with family and friends, but have you ever considered the idea of using social media to keep in touch with your servers? Could having social servers be beneficial in your environment?

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Something Is Wrong: It Must Be the Hypervisor!

VirtualizationSecuritySomething is wrong—it must be the hypervisor!

If you work in any virtual or cloud environments, how many times have you heard that statement as soon as any kind of problem surfaces? Way back when during the twentieth century, as a problem deflection, the network would immediately be blamed. As we got into the twenty-first century, virtualization quickly became the go-to area for any and all problems. As part of the virtualization and cloud computing teams, we would have to prove that a problem was not caused by virtualization before any other teams would really dig in and troubleshoot the issue. Even after the fourteen years since the turn of the century and the mainstream acceptance of virtualization technology as a whole, I still see that kind of blame mentality today. And just when I thought I’d heard it all when it comes to virtualization blame, a news story comes out that takes this immediate blame game to a whole new level. Continue reading Something Is Wrong: It Must Be the Hypervisor!

Dell and Red Hat Collaboration, Part 2

OpenStack LogoIt has been around a decade since Dell and Red Hat’s collaboration, when they helped launch Red Hat Linux into the mainstream. Now, they have gotten back together to collaborate on an enterprise-grade version of OpenStack, based on the Havana version. This announcement recently followed another announcement from Red Hat that they would be bundling OpenStack with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. Continue reading Dell and Red Hat Collaboration, Part 2

Get Off the Hypervisor and Get Into the Cloud

CloudComputingIn my last couple of posts, I wanted to express my thoughts about the future of cloud computing. In the first post, I shared what appears to be a bright outlook for the future for people working in the cloud space, given the soaring demand for skilled engineers and not enough quality people to fill those roles. In my second post, I presented a couple of key skill areas that currently seem to have the most demand. I want to share my thoughts, or more to the point, concern, that this “gap” of skilled engineers is only going to increase unless we can help guide people off the hypervisor and into the cloud.

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Skills Needed for the Data Center of Tomorrow

DataCenterVirtualizationLast week I did a post regarding the future in the cloud computing space that focused primarily on the large number of unfilled positions in the modern-day data center. Employment options for this space should be rich and plentiful for the next decade or so, and I think that is a great thing, but there is something else to take away from the post that should make us all take some time to pause and think. Let’s talk about the skills needed for the data center of tomorrow and take another look at this part of my post:

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The Future in the Cloud Technology Space

CloudComputingIt is that time of year, at least for those of us in the United States or Canada, to pause and give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. This holiday gives us a moment to reflect on the good things we have in life while sharing a feast with family and friends. To my friends and peers scattered across the globe who share my passion for virtualization and cloud computing: we have something to be very happy and thankful for, and that is the future of the employment options in the cloud computing space. Continue reading The Future in the Cloud Technology Space

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