All posts by Steve Beaver

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.

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

Checking Out The Possibilities Of A Storage Cloud Platform With Atmos and Panzura

Checking out the possibilities of a storage cloud platform with Atmos and Panzura:  The advancement, acceptance, and continued growth in use of the public cloud storage and backup services gives us, the end users, options and capabilities that we just did not have available to us before the birth of the cloud.  How many times have we used services like Dropbox to move, share, or store some form of data that we might been working on. Having this kind of capability helps to make our lives easier, but it is also a nightmare for corporate security folks whose job is to protect and secure the corporate data.  Continue reading Checking Out The Possibilities Of A Storage Cloud Platform With Atmos and Panzura

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?

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