Category Archives: General

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 I am about a decade out of date on both the product and the company.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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A Phase Complete, Learning about Cohesity

Today marks the end of me documenting my journey of documenting my learning about Cohesity, so I thought it might be useful to recap some of the things I learned. Probably the most significant thing is that simplicity is the … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – No VM Console Access

In a vSphere environment, connecting to the “physical” console of a VM is natural. Whether you need to change the BIOS settings or choose to boot from the network or watch the operating system boot, the VM console is a … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – Reduce your bill by giving AWS more responsibility

This article is part of my series on how AWS surprised me as I transitioned from an on-premises vSphere specialist to teaching AWS courses. In a previous life, I worked for an IT outsourcing company here in New Zealand, much … Continue reading

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Protecting Physical Servers with Cohesity

Cohesity started with data protection and management for virtual machines and can also help customers who have valuable data and applications in physical servers. Like every other physical backup product, there is an agent to install and then register with … Continue reading

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Vendor Briefing – Formulus Black

New servers in your data center can have a lot of RAM DIMMs in them, or some RAM and some Persistent MEMory (PMEM) such as Optane DIMMs. Either way, there is a lot of fast capacity that might help solve … Continue reading

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AWS Is a Land of Surprises

As I started working with and writing about AWS, there were a few things that surprised me about how different AWS is from on-premises vSphere. As I have been teaching AWS official courses, I have continued to notice things that … Continue reading

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AWS Surprises – It Is Not All about VMs

This is the first in a series of posts about things that surprised me when I started to work with AWS services. This particular surprise was one of the first, back in 2013, I was still teaching VMware courses and … Continue reading

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Cohesity + Ansible = Automation Protecting Physical Servers

Ansible is an easy tool to start using for declarative configuration.  I use Ansible to make sure a small fleet of Linux VMs are configured exactly the same each time I deploy them. In my last Cohesity video and post, … Continue reading

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