Thank you Xtravirt...

It was with some sadness that I left the Xtravirt offices in Surrey for the last time recently. Due to the nature of my work I've rarely been there, but it always felt like home because of the people. If, for some reason, you're not familiar with Xtravirt, they're a leading virtualisation and cloud consultancy whose ambition and capabilities far exceed their size. They've got some great consultants, many of whom I've known from before they were at Xtravirt, great management and the highest ratio of vExperts per employee in the world (although that might have taken a hit). All…

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VMworld 2014 - Day 1

Tuesday in Barcelona is when things really get going. First up on everyone's schedule is the VMworld keynote. This is one of times when attendees get to hear from Pat Gelsinger (VMware's CEO) and a number of other presenters and get an overview of the direction in which VMware are going. It's also when the major product announcements are officially made. Historically, VMworld Europe is usually the time when management product updates are announced (with some of the more infrastructure based updates happening at the US conference). It's been slightly different this year I suppose since there was no major…

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VMworld 2014 - Partner Day

VMworld Partner Day – I guess you could call it VMworld Day 0, or the “quiet before the storm”. That's not to say that it's an easy day mind you. Partner day for me is all about networking. Not the NSX / Cisco variety, but talking with and meeting people. From former colleagues and VMware community members and VMware staff, all the way through to existing and potential partners for my employer, Xtravirt. It's safe to say that I had some very good conversations. Monday evening was split between two networking events. The first was hosted by TD Azlan…

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Reporting-as-a-Service - Call for beta testers

One of the engagements that we've done quite a few times in the past, and do on a fairly regular basis at Xtravirt, is a virtual infrastructure healthcheck. Whether it's as a one-off, a regular service or as part of a larger project. Born partly from a need for better tooling and also because of a perceived gap in the market, Xtravirt have developed Sonar – Reporting-as-a-Service for virtual datacenters. We're in need of UK-based beta testers to provide feedback in return for free healthchecks for the duration of the beta. For more information about Sonar or to sign up…

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VMworld Europe 2014 - Looking forward...

It's October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner. I'll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I've ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don't expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that's about it. My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we're all very different people working on different projects,…

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Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?

I've been a bit quiet on the blog and twitter fronts lately. Quite a lot has been happening (in no specific order): I had nearly 3 weeks off for a fantastic holiday with my family starting in late May. I barely looked at twitter or email for the majority of that time except to find out if I made the list of vExperts for 2013. I was involved in “a bit of a bump” that wrote off / totalled our car and have been a little distracted by insurance etc since. A lot of people in my family have…

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