SPARK: NSX-mh Design Guide

Over on the community portal there has be a 4.2 release of the NSX-mh design guide. It gives administrators of NSX-mh an understanding into the design and configuration considerations around the latest version. It includes recommendations about virtual service nodes, gateways, ToR integration, OVSDB compatibility and more. It highlights the key differences between MH and V and speaks to its differentiators and shows how they can be used in a large NFV deployment. The link to this Design Guide can be found here.

REVIEW: 1password

The big bad wolf In this day and age it is hard to know what is happening with your online identity. It seems that each week there is a new report of a password leak, a database being stolen with a recurring theme. Passwords were unencrypted or not salted and hashed. This exposes thousands and sometimes millions of users. Whilst this is annoying and painful the real danger lies in us. Many people seem to use one or two passwords for nearly all their services. We have over 30-50 accounts for online services on average and with a simple breach of one the domino effect begins. Facebook, twitter, iCloud, banking, blog logins, grocery sites, email. Your digital life, everything about you hinges on one password. Pretty scary. There are many steps you can take to enforce passwords. There are many ways to ensure that you use a different password of … Continue reading

Enterprises need Consumer grade products

For many years computing devices were built with two tiers. Consumer grade and Enterprise grade. Enterprise grade delivered high availability, quality components, redundant part and circuits and as a result came with a price tag that reflected this. This applies to routers, switches, machinery, servers and many facets of infrastructure. Consumer grade on the other hand was made for a function to a price point. This in turn resulted in a set out come with a fixed price that determined the quality of materials, the expected life time and mean time before failure and more. It can be summarised as the following: Consumer – best effort, low quality, minimal testing Enterprise – guarantees, high quality, extensive testing This was expected and if anything what was mandated for decades. Enterprise were the cutting edge and required the absolute best to do business. Reverse polarity? Yet there seems to be a slight paradigm shift … Continue reading

SPARK: NSX-v Design Guide update

Over on the community portal there has been a 2.0 revision of the NSX design guide. This is covers many aspects of technical implementation and design of a virtual network with NSX. It includes recommendations about settings, timers, failover methods, physical connection settings, architecture and more. It is targeted at administrators and architects of a NSX solution in a vSphere environment. The link to his Design guide can be found here.

Review: VCP-NV exam

The Exam VMware released the VCP-NSX which allows candidates to test and become certified against VMware NSX. This network virtualization platform is the first exam when it comes to the network virtualization track. This track has a VCP, VCIX, and a VCDX. Whilst I have a great design being fleshed out for VCDX the VCP and VCIX are pre-requisite exams. Being an NSBU SE at VMware I took the exam without studying. At the PearsonVUE test center I clicked begin. 120 questions in 120 minutes is what they give you. I was travelling the week of the exam and had a customer meeting move so I booked in. I had 120 questions to do in 80 minutes by the time I started as I had a customer meeting in 95 minutes time. Eep! The Quality This ain’t the first rodeo for myself when it comes to exam certifications. I have … Continue reading