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Need Your Input on the Future Direction of the Software-Defined Datacenter October 30, 2013

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VMware is looking for feedback on the customer journey towards the software-defined data center. Key to this is how automation and policy fits into your data center. Please fill out the following quick survey (should take no longer than five minutes) to have a direct impact on the future direction of VMware products and services. Thank you for your participation!

http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?D0F49881D7978685D3

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Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself September 27, 2013

Posted by wholmes in Career, Uncategorized.
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After spending the last three years as a member of VMware’s Global Technology Solutions focusing mainly on the creation of various cloud infrastructure services offerings, I am excited to announce I will be embarking on a new journey within VMware as a Senior Technical Marketing Architect focusing on storage and availability reference architectures and solutions.

It will be great to work more closely with my esteemed Technical Marketing teammates Cormac Hogan, Ken Werneburg, Rawlinson Rivera, Jeff Hunter, Mike Foley and the soon to be joining Gurusimran Khalsa (yes Gurusimran, you will still have to sort the M&Ms, but don’t worry, I don’t eat candy so you can give my share to someone else 😉 ).

As many have noticed, there is a tremendous amount of excitement around VMware’s VSAN, and that excitement is well warranted and I believe will become a fever pitch as the solution approaches GA. This is a very transformative time in the IT industry, with multiple agents of change driving both technology and operational advances within the datacetner.  One of the primary change agents, the vision of the software-defined storage, and its tie into software-defined compute and network stacks, is being lead head on by VMware with technologies such as VSAN, vVOL,____, _____.

But, as with any change comes the need to properly understand how to fit this new enabling technology within your current or future datacenter. The need to provide reference architecture guidance on how these new technologies can be efficiently designed, integrated and deployed with complimentary technology will be greater than ever. I am excited to begin working with partners and helping customers along the journey into software-defined storage and ultimately the SDDC, addressing  the business needs of customers in the present, while also helping to drive forward what is to come.

Average VCDX Age November 12, 2010

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A comment was made on Twitter wondering who the youngest VCDX is. That made me curious also, as I believe one of the biggest indicators for whether someone will be successful as a VCDX candidate is a combination of breadth and depth of experience. And that breadth of experience usually grows with age…. So i decided to put up this totally unscientific poll. If you are a VCDX, please feel free to participate in this anonymous poll. Obviously, if I see more than 61 65 70 respondents, I will know something is awry.

VMware Ionix acquisition March 2, 2010

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VMware has purchased some of the technology and IP under the EMC Ionix portfolio. So what exactly did VMware purchase? See below.

· FastScale technology simplifies application and server stack management and optimizes deployment for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures – allowing data centers to run up to three times more virtual machines without downgrading performance.

· Ionix Application Discovery Manager­ provides continuous discovery and mapping of applications, their dependencies, and configurations with respect to their underlying infrastructure in data center environments.

· Ionix Server Configuration Manager collects, stores, and manages configuration settings from servers and workstations, across physical and virtual environments.

· Ionix Service Manager  is a 100 percent Web architected solution that automates IT Service Management (ITSM) processes in enterprise organizations.  The solution is independently verified to the highest level of ITIL compatibility for Incident Management, Problem Management Change Management, Release Management, Configuration Management, Service Level Management and Availability Management.