Passwords and vCloud Director

OneCloud Being a VMware employee I have access to a few clouds for training, studying and proof of concept purposes. This is all backed by vCloud Director. We can pick any number of application templates (or create our own) and deploy these. In this case I wanted to deploy one of the Hands on Labs from VMworld and alter it a little bit. Roadblock When I went to deploy HOL-1425 it failed about two minutes into it. vCloud Director is famous for giving very descriptive errors.   “Unable to perform this action. Contact your cloud administrator.” See! An informative error. I jest. Whilst I was stumped about why my templates were not deploying I thought about the process as if I was doing it manually. After all, a template is just an automated process a human would do. When you deploy OVA’s you need a raft of parameters. Network settings, … Continue reading

VMware Integrated OpenStack

VMware had some pretty cool announcements surrounding OpenStack recently at VMworld. They pertained to VMware Integrated OpenStack or VIO. What is VMware Integrated OpenStack It is well-known that OpenStack is a fantastic framework that provides developers with cloud-styled APIs. Coupled with tools, this can run on top of any virtual infrastructure. It takes a strong, well versed and dynamic team to run an OpenStack cloud. From a hardware perspective OpenStack provides APIs for Compute, Network, Storage and Image management coupled with CLI tools, a Web Portal and SDKs. VMware Integrated OpenStack seeks to leverage an open and vendor-neutral ecosystem familiar to developers on top of the industry standard virtualization platform that VMware provide many customers world-wide. VMware are one of the largest contributors to OpenStack and this expertise allows an easy path for customers to design, deploy and operationalise OpenStack on VMware SUPER Nova Nova traditionally provided the compute APIs … Continue reading

Updates to NSX for vSphere

The update of NSX for vSphere to 6.1 brings around a few new features which nicely complement the existing virtual networking suite. I am going to comment on some of the larger and more exciting features and some things that I’ve been waiting on for a while. ECMP Equal Cost Multi Path is now supported within the NSX software. This allows network topologies to have up to 8 paths supported in a two stage fabric. This subsequently provides 80Gbps of aggregate North-South bandwidth for a particular application or topology. To further allow scale-out of these networks, ECMP applies to static routing, OSPF, iBGP and eBGP routing protocols. From a design point of view it is now possible to provide traffic load sharing between the Distributed Logical Router and the NSX edges and subsequently from the NSX edges to the physical network peerings. L2 VPN It has been commented in many … Continue reading

Felix Alexander Burke

There are points in all our lives that define us. They can be personal or professional. They can be large or small. I had a very large and personal point in my life occur during the week. I welcomed my firstborn son to the world. Felix Alexander Burke came into the world on Thursday the 14th of August at 1:26pm. He weighed 5 pound 15 (2.7kg) and he is doing well. Mum and a Dad are doing well and learning the joys of parenthood. It is pretty amazing how instinctive it is for someone who never saw themselves as paternal. I’ve done a lot of things for the first time this week. It’s pretty awesome. Now, I think it’s time for a nappy change!

REVIEW: CCIE RS v5 certification guide ROUGH CUT

SPARK : CCIE RS v5 certification guide ROUGH CUT I am currently working on my CCIEv5 RS. The new blueprint change has added some good new information and removed obsolete technologies from the test. The rough cut of the new CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide v1 5e book (which at this stage has chapters missing) appeared on Safari Books recently. This was great for me as my workplace provides me a subscription. Written by the ever so smart Narbik Kocharians this book takes the certification series to the next level. I thought I would post my thoughts on it so far. Writing style Narbik has a legacy around how much he knows. He can recite all sorts of technology details and is big on what he terms ‘chalk talks’. These ‘chalk talks’ are deep dives into a technology leave no stone unturned into why the technology we … Continue reading