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.

Have You Heard about the New Nano?

CloudComputingHave you heard about the new Nano? No, you didn’t miss a new announcement from Apple. Rather, it is Microsoft that is releasing Nano into the wild. Given the name, what do you think Nano is? Dictionary.com defines Nano as “a combining form with the meaning ‘very small, minute.’” Unsurprisingly, Nano is another option for a stripped-down, lightweight install mode feature.

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Different Approaches to the Cloud

DataCenterVirtualizationMicrosoft and VMware have been, in my opinion, two companies in direct competition with each other during their respective journeys to the cloud. VMware started first, paving the way for virtualization in corporate data centers. One could argue that once VMware demonstrated success with virtualization running corporate critical systems, Microsoft decided to go all in developing its virtualization strategy. Once the Microsoft juggernaut gets released, it seems there is no way to stop or even slow down the Microsoft machine.

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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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