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Cohesity DataPlatform Virtual Edition Deployment Walk Through Video

I’ve just started working with Cohesity and have made a video of my first deployment of the Cohesity DataPlatform Virtual Edition. I had been through the OVA deployment and configuration, but this was my first ever hands-on time with the … Continue reading

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Is Your Backup Platform Now a Data Management Platform?

There seems to be a fashion to rename your backup product as a data management product. I think that there are significant differences between data protection and data management, some products are not merely being renamed but are fundamentally different. … Continue reading

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PyVmomi for VM Resource Controls

This is the fourth article in my series about using PyVmomi for VM build automation from Linux. In the earlier posts, we connected to vCentre, created a VM, and added SCSI controllers and drives to the VM. The VMs I … Continue reading

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AutoLab 3.0 released

I could not believe that is was so long since I did an AutoLab release. Then I completed this release in June and started the testing, six weeks later testing is complete and I have even updated the deployment guide. … Continue reading

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What Brings You Joy? Do More of That.

Joy is a funny thing, we all know what it is, and we can usually tell when people are experiencing joy. Many of us feel too little joy in our lives. It seems far too easy to get caught up … Continue reading

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FlashBlade Better than Distributed Database Backup

What would you do with an incredibly fast, all-flash, file server? It turns out that a few organizations will use it as a backup target. More specifically they will use it to deliver fast restores of databases. Pure Storage may … Continue reading

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Adding SCSI Controllers and Disks with PyVmomi

In parts one and two of this series, I looked at connecting PyVmomi to vCenter and then creating a VM. Those code segments were taken almost directly from the examples on the PyVmomi community repository. It was when I needed … Continue reading

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Enhanced VM Data Mobility

It may be a bit of a surprise that virtualization with vSphere has not meant that every dimension of mobility has increased. We see more ability to move a VM from one physical server to another with VMotion and the … Continue reading

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Private Clouds Need a Share of an SRE

There are a lot of ways that big cloud companies run their IT estate differently to how enterprise IT companies run their estate. One of the significant differences is that cloud vendors have developers operate their infrastructure, this is the … Continue reading

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Create a VM with PyVmomi

This is part two of my series on using PyVmomi on Linux to work with vCentre to create a bunch of VMs. You can find part one, where we connected to vCenter and retrieved VM information here. Creating a VM … Continue reading

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