Category Archives: General

I Want Network Integration, I’m Not Getting It

I like having consistent management interfaces and having a single operational model across as much of my IT estate as possible. I don’t like point solutions that function or are managed differently; they add up to more problems. With this … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – One Datacentre Is Not Enough

Most on-premises IT infrastructure designs treat a datacentre as a highly available platform, having an entire datacentre off-line is a disaster. It is a bit of a surprise then that AWS recommends we treat a datacentre as a failure domain … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – Choose a configuration from a menu

On the surface, there is no surprise here, AWS offers a list of services, and you order what you want from the list. But the devil is always in the detail, or the operational consequence. This actual AWS surprise came … Continue reading

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Zoom Mute/Unmute Using Stream Deck

Zoom is the “new” way we are all doing meetings. Whether it is last week attending Cloud Field Day presentations or this week teaching AWS training, Zoom is the constant for meetings. With Zoom, microphone control is essential. You want … Continue reading

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Hardware Offloads, Not Everything Is x86

While software is busy eating the world, we do still need hardware to run that software. One of the things that we are learning is that an x86 processor is not always the best way to solve every computing problem. … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – AWS is a developer enablement platform

This AWS surprise took a while for me to understand, and I don’t think I’m alone in not catching on at first. Some of my early thinking about the public cloud was that it was merely a replacement for on-premises … Continue reading

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Cloud Field Day 7 – Who will be presenting?

It’s April already, and that means I will be attending Cloud Field Day 7 this month. Usually, this means a trip to the US and a few non-stop days of jetlag and learning. Due to the travel bans currently in … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – No VMotion

In my on-premises VMware experience, VMotion was a game-changing technology, so I was very surprised to find that there is no equivalent for EC2 instances on AWS. The basic premise with VMotion is that it divorces a Virtual Machine (VM) … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – Change is Constant

Being comfortable with change is an integral part of a career in IT, I like the saying that “if you don’t like change, you will have to accept being irrelevant.” The thing is that the rates of change are very … Continue reading

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Vendor Briefing – Retrospect

I associate Retrospect as an end-point backup solution and have the Dantz brand attached in my head. I am about a decade out of date on both the product and the company. After a changing ownership a few times (including … Continue reading

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