Introducing VMware Cloud Automation Services (CAS)

My focus on a day-to-day basis for most of the last five years has been on cloud automation and orchestration, more specifically with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). I've worked with a variety of customers in different verticals (government, finance, service provider) to help them design and deploy an automation platform and create services to automate many use-cases, both common and unique. So naturally, my interest in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that does the job too was always going to manifest itself. The day has arrived though that VMware are officially launching that service. Yesterday, January…

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Open roles in the Northern EMEA PSO team at VMware

I may only be in my third week working for VMware PSO, but I'm enjoying it. If you have experience of delivering high quality virtualisation and cloud projects then you might be interested in applying for one of the open roles on LinkedIn at present. In the UK: PSO Consulting Architect PSO Consulting Architect PSO Senior Consultant SDDC In Sweden: PSO Senior Consultant SDDC In Netherlands: PSO Consulting Architect PSO Senior Consultant SDDC In Denmark: PSO Senior Consultant SDDC  …

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Installing Crashplan on ARM based QNAP

The downside of living in the boonies in the UK is that the broadband speeds can be a little on the rubbish side. When I moved to my current house 4 years ago, I knew I'd be giving up good internet for for something a bit lacking. I just didn't think it would take so long to get something better going. This is yesterday's speedtest: Since a nice man from BT is due to visit tomorrow to sort me out with that “something better”, I can finally take advantage of some of the cloud offerings that really haven't…

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CloudCamp - April 24th 2013

I love CloudCamp (or “geekfest” as my wife calls it). The next event is on Wednesday 24th April and it's back in “The Crypt”. The topic for this time is “Software Defined Data Centres” – expect some interesting lightning talks and discussions. Register soon, spaces tend to fill up quickly.…

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Get Your Homelab in the Clouds with AutoLab

Since we have a small but significant following of people who run home labs here on vSpecialist, I thought I'd mention a limited offer that may be of interest. If you're not familiar with AutoLab, it's designed to produce a nested vSphere 5.1, 5.0 or 4.1 lab environment with minimum effort. Prebuilt Open Source VMs and the shell of other VMs are used along with automation for the installation of operating systems and applications into these VMs with the end result being a useful home lab that you can stand up from scratch in a short amount…

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"Cloud" Backups

An increasing number of vendors are beginning to offer backup solutions where your data ends up being stored on some cloud storage platform or other (e.g. Amazon S3). As with any new technology, some people will lap it up, some will keep a curious eye on it and others will eschew it completely. Which are you? Are you likely to adopt it or not? I think the answer to that is not cut and dried. Think for a minute about why you'd want your backups to end up on a cloud storage platform. In years past, backups ended up…

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Using "Cloud" as a verb

I saw part of a twitter exchange between Joe Baguley and Steve Chambers yesterday where the former mentioned that he had seen that the word “Cloud” was being used increasingly as a verb. For example, someone might say that they want to “cloud an application”. Using nouns as verbs is sometimes referred to as “verbing” but in other places it is also known as “functional shift”. Shakespeare used functional shift from time to time so surely it can't be wrong? Think of the phrase “cloud the issue“. You might even…

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CloudCamp London 24/10/2012

It's been some time since I went to CloudCamp – January if I remember correctly. Well, it's on again and I'm due to be in the country so I've just registered for it. For the uninitiated, CloudCamp is an unconference (a participant-driven meeting) where people who are interested in Cloud Computing exchange ideas and look at pictures of kittens (you'll understand if you go). On the agenda… Registration, beers and networking from 6pm. Followed by: Kick-off 6.30pm Introduction to CloudCamp Joe Baugley EMEA CTO Cloud at VMware. Lightning Talks; to include Kuan Hon from Queen Mary University of…

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