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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 Cloud Too Much of a Good Thing?

CloudComputingIs the cloud too much of a good thing? Virtualization and cloud computing have been one of the biggest technological advancements of the twenty-first century and they continue to grow at an amazing pace. Cloud computing has started to obtain mass appeal in corporate data centers as it enables the data center to operate like the Internet through the process of  enabling computing resources to be accessed and shared as virtual resources in a scalable manner. Each day there seems to be a new announcement or press release about a new product or service that has been released utilizing some form of cloud computing, and I do not see this trend changing anytime soon. Continue reading Is the Cloud Too Much of a Good Thing?

CERN Goes Hybrid

DataCenterVirtualizationCERN goes hybrid: Have you heard the news that CERN is going to the cloud? The term CERN is used to refer to the European laboratory located in the northwest suburbs of Geneva snug on the Switzerland border. Its main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other laboratory infrastructure needed to perform high-energy physics research. CERN was originally established in 1954 as The European Organization for Nuclear Research. Research at the facility has moved past nuclear research, and it has fully expanded into one of the largest laboratories for particle physics research, using the Large Hadron Collider. On an interesting side note, the main site at CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web; before that, these facilities were a major wide-area networking hub for sharing the scientists’ research with different scientists located elsewhere. Continue reading CERN Goes Hybrid

What Happened to Software Defined Networking?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhat happened to Software Defined Networking? A while back I wrote a post where I thought 2012 would be the year for Software Defined Network (SDN), and I am really surprised that this technology has not gained greater ground. Now that we are halfway through 2013, I find myself still waiting for adoption of this technology to really take off. With investments from  companies like Cisco, IBM, Alcatel, Juniper Networks, Broadcom, Citrix, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, NEC, and Verizon, all of which have current SDN initiatives, SDN will assume a role in IT infrastructure at some point. It just seems like it is going to take a little while longer to catch on. Continue reading What Happened to Software Defined Networking?

A Look at Network Automations Automate 9

DataCenterVirtualizationA look at Network Automations Automate 9: Last month I wrote a post titled “Is Automation Killing the Engineering?” For this post I want to explore the idea that it is not the automation that might be killing the engineering but rather how far and good some of the 3rd party application are in pretty much doing the work for you. One prime example of that concept is Network Automations’ AutoMate 9. Continue reading A Look at Network Automations Automate 9

VMware vExpert Class of 2013

VMware100x30At the end of May, VMware announced the new VMware vExpert class of 2013. There were 581 vExperts named which is the largest group so far in the 5 year history of the program. On an interesting side note, of these 581 vExperts, there are forty two of them that were part of the original 300 in the vExpert Class of 2009. Continue reading VMware vExpert Class of 2013

Public Cloud Use Cases

CloudComputingThere are different public cloud use cases. Here at The Virtualization Practice we moved our datacenter from the north to the south part of the country and utilized the cloud to host the workloads during the transition.  Edward Haletky, yesterday posted about Evaluating the Cloud: Keeping your Cloud Presence and presented the question and his thoughts of is it worth staying in the cloud or bringing the data home. Continue reading Public Cloud Use Cases

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