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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.

Is the Backup Licensing Model About to Change?

VirtualizationBackupIs the backup licensing model about to change?  While I was at VMworld in San Francisco, I took notice of all the different Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) options that are available, and I believe this service has reached its maturity. The number of options and services available seems to have taken a solid leap forward in the last few years. Most of the companies follow the same type of licensing model, in that the software is licensed by the number of agents that are deployed in the environment, the number of hosts, or the amount of data being backed up. Most of the companies, except for one particular company I talked to, followed this model. Continue reading Is the Backup Licensing Model About to Change?

The Software Defined Data Center

DataCenterVirtualizationThe Software Defined Data Center: That was pretty much the biggest takeaway from this year’s VMworld in San Francisco. VMware made announcements about the new vSAN that will be coming out soon to enhance software defined storage and about the NSX platform that addresses one of the final hurdles on the path to finally having a completely software defined datacenter, network virtualization. There have been plenty of write-ups on these topics, including one very good post from one of my colleges, Bernd Harzog. I am not going to go into any details on those announcements except to say that VMware is expanding and putting themselves in a good position to be the center of the virtual universe. I believe that it will take some time for software defined networking to really take off. My gut is telling me that it will be a slower process at first, just like the adoption of server virtualization, but when it does really take off, I believe the end result will have the potential to have just as great or even a greater legacy than server virtualization has. Continue reading The Software Defined Data Center

Start of VMworld

VMworld2013.150pxIt is the start of VMworld and my during my first days of meetings and briefings I have met up with a few companies like QualiSystems, Rackware, and Intiqua that are focusing on automation. These meetings have further confirmed my thoughts from my previous post that automation has now made it mainstream and will continue to grow from here. I expect more and more third-party offerings that will automate more day-to-day tasks and so much more. This supports my belief that in the large enterprises the lower level support groups are going to be an endangered species that will be replaced by automation, which will put a greater demand on the high-end engineers and/or automation developers. This thought leads me to believe that the future of virtualization support  groups will be split between two teams. One will consist of virtual architecture and virtual implementation;  the other will be a support group of automation engineers to maintain and build the automation workflows. Continue reading Start of VMworld

See You at the Show

VMworld2013.150pxSee you at the show! The time is almost here where several thousand people from around the world will make this year’s pilgrimage to San Francisco for VMworld 2013. This will be my last post before the start of the show and as people are packing and preparing to leave I wanted to share with you what I think is the way to get the most out of your time at the show. Continue reading See You at the Show

My Take on the Small Business Virtualization Market

SMBVirtualizationMy colleague, Edward, wrote a post on Small Business Virtualization, and I wanted to write a followup on my take of the small business market. For me, when I think of small business, I am really thinking of the mom and pop business that you can find everywhere. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau post on small business sizes, most only have a few employees and would not have a datacenter or server farms. Here is the breakdown of the numbers. Continue reading My Take on the Small Business Virtualization Market

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