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.

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

DataCenterVirtualizationWith VMware’s announcement of vSphere 6.0, we’ve had a lot of new topics to write about. I’ll be focusing this post on VMware interpretations and implementation of software-defined storage and on the enhancements of VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 in particular. VMware’s strategy is to push for change by driving transformation through the hypervisor until we get to a completely software-defined data center, with all available resources presented and controlled via the hypervisor.

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VMware HA: What’s New in vSphere 6?

DataCenterVirtualizationThere are a few vSphere features that I really found myself taking for granted until they had enhancements added to their base technology. How about you? Are there any features that you simply don’t think about anymore? You know, ones that just work and have been around and used in best practices for a good while now? Well, for me personally, those features are vMotion and High Availability (HA). Both of these features have been enhanced in vSphere 6.0.

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Migration to the Cloud — My Personal Experience

CloudComputingIn my post A Look Forward to 2015, I mentioned the drastic jump in revenue that Microsoft has had with the growth of its cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics, as well as other SaaS platforms. When you look at the array of products and services Microsoft has developed, it’s clear that Microsoft is gearing up to take the title from the current reigning cloud champion, Amazon. When will Microsoft overtake its rival? Time will tell, but my safe bet is that it will be within the next five years.

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The Internet of Things: BlackBerry?

CloudComputingHow big of a future will the Internet of Things have in the cloud? At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, vendors of all shapes and sizes shared their products and roadmaps for the future. One such report came from BlackBerry, a company we don’t hear much about these days. BlackBerry announced the rollout of its cloud-based Internet of Things platform, in addition to indicating that its BBM messaging technology will support Android-based smartwatches.

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