vExpert 2019 Applications are finally open!

We have been waiting a long time (after a small delay) but applications for the 2019 vExpert program are now open. I think back to when I started to get involved in this program probably around 2010-2011 I guess, I authored a lot of content for HP, and with the help of my bud Calvin […]

Data Quality and Governance – why should you care?

Working in data storage in my earlier years, there was always an element of what type of data would be stored on the storage we would architect so that we would get a feel for the performance and capacity required to hold that data – this discussion would naturally lead onto data management, its lifecycle […]

Vembu release version 3.9.0 announcement (Sponsored Post)

Some exciting news from our friends over at Vembu with the announcement of version 3.9 of their backup and recovery software, for those who arent aware of what Vembu; their BDR Suite product provides data protection for a number of workloads including, physical, virtual, and cloud based workloads. It is packed with some new features […]

More announcements from Vembu! (Sponsored Post)

More on the Vembu front, with recent announcements coming on the licensing front as well as a new service program aimed at providing service providers a platform to offer Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for virtual environments through the Vembu software. Service providers can leverage the native multi-tenancy […]

Welcome Cloud-land sponsor Vembu!

Quick post to welcome Vembu as an official sponsor of cloud-land.com!!!  Vembu has been around for a little while and has been a quiet achiever in the backup and disaster recovery space covering backup for application sets such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory, Outlook, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle. Their Vembu BDR suite provides backup and recovery […]

VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 released

Finally! vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some further enhancements and fixes, quite notably the vCenter HTML5 client receives a number of new functionality to it, what is impressive is some of the staggering vCenter related improvement numbers:   Maximum vCenter Servers per vSphere Domain: 15 (increased from 10) Maximum ESXi Hosts […]

VMware, Oracle, Cloud in Ravello?

It is not very often that I get to talk or write about VMware related technologies within Oracle, other than Customer purchasing our Oracle X86 based servers for their VMware farms or some workshops I have run in the past for our ZFS customers (VM troubleshooting with dTrace is excellent!). Even more rarely, does this event […]

A new year brings…………..?

Good new year to you!  I trust that if you are reading this then you survived the Christmas and New year break and hopefully took some time off to spend it with family and friends. Last year, brought a ramp up in the adoption of Cloud services among many organisations  – probably not as much as […]

Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been […]

Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support

Today is a very exciting day at Veeam, for those who use NetApp ONTAP and/or EMC VNX\VNXe primary storage in their environments. We are announcing further integration to our existing storage integration capabilities by allowing customers to now: Use storage snapshots to create complete, isolated copies of your production environment in just a few clicks, for fast […]

AlwaysON at VeeamON 2015 – Oct 26th – Oct 29th 2015. Join us!

VeeamON is our global event that focuses on Availability for the Modern Data Centre, its a means for customers and partners to hear from Veeam’s various product, technical, and management teams about what we are doing in the availability space and give them a one-of-a-kind experience filled with education and networking opportunities. Last year, we ran it for […]

VMware vExpert 2015 – what does it really mean to me

Short note to help promote and congratulate the latest vExpert 2015 awardees announcement, and a special welcome to new folk on the list. I am typing this on an iPad so grammar isn’t going to be a strong point especially because of IOS semi-intuitive autocorrect feature, I’ll try clean it up later. The list has […]

Veeam Endpoint Backup

Veeam has recently announced “Veeam Endpoint Backup Free” to our portfolio of products, I am excited to share with you what Veeam Endpoint Backup is and what it is not.  The release of this product is our showcase of our exciting innovation we drive at Veeam. Ok so what does this mean to virtualisation practitioners, […]

Merry Xmas!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year – Eat and drink everything in front of you today! See you all soon.

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview Poster

We have just updated and released the “Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview” Poster which covers deployment methods, components of Veeam Backup and Replication v8 and probably most useful – requirements of all the different moving parts of what makes our software.   Use it as quick reference – Hang in the office, any […]

#vExpert 2015 – It’s time again!

It’s that time again, applications for the inaugural vExpert 2015 award is now open – It feels like it was only yesterday that the 2014 vExpert announcement was made, I was luckily and privileged enough to be included in that list. There is no point regurgitating what the vExpert programme is and what tracks you […]

The Value of Veeam and Storage Array Integration

Time and time again, I get asked by partners and customers what is the value prop behind Veeam Backup and replication integrating with the various storage arrays for offload operations.   Why is there value there? I usually respond by stating that Veeam integrates with specific SAN arrays to let them perform the “heavy-lifting” when […]

Cloud-land goes WordPress 4.0

  Don’t you like it when you click the upgrade button and wolah,  everything goes without a hitch. That is exactly what happened with the recent WordPress 4.0 upgrade.  So far, I haven’t seen any massive changes but everything appears as smooth as ever. The change log reports a few enhancements on the media integration […]

HP Storage Summit – Macau, China June 25-26

Next week HP is holding a two-day event that offers focused storage solution sessions in Macau starting on June 25th, HP is a very special Alliance partner for Veeam and I am honored to be attending and representing the Veeam/HP partnership. This will be my first event as the new Veeam Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific […]

Resetting #VMware Change Block Tracking due to error

So I got this error message today: Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. A specified parameter was not correct. . deviceKeyDetail: ‘<InvalidArgumentFault xmlns=”urn:internalvim25″ xsi:type=”InvalidArgument”><invalidProperty>deviceKey</invalidProperty></InvalidArgumentFault>’, endpoint: ” Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can identify and track disk sectors that have changed. This feature is called Changed Block Tracking (CBT) After much research and trying to manually fix […]

Cloud-Land goes Cloud!

 So I have spent the best part of a day configuring Microsoft Office 365 to use my Cloud-land domain name. The hardest part (and not actually hard) was creating  DNS records within the domain portal to verify that I did indeed own the domain name. One of the best parts is that I can now use […]

VMware VCP – Recertification policy

Do you have a VCP from VMware? If so read on!  Maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VMware certifications is just as important as earning the certification initially. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that VMware certified professionals are current on the […]

#HP 3PAR Recovery Manager for vSphere 2.5 and Hyper-V 2.0 #VMware #Microsoft

What are they? HP 3PAR Application Suite of solutions eases administration by providing rapid, efficient online backup and recovery of application specific databases. These software packages enhances the functionality of HP 3PAR Virtual Copy software to allow dozens of VMware VM, Hyper-V VM, Exchange, SQL or Oracle  snapshots to kept online economically allowing for extended […]

#HP Insight Control for #VMware vCenter Server 7.3 Now Available! Includes HP OneView support!

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter server, which is available as a single download, seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter, administrators gain insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their […]

VMware ESXi 5.1 U2 HP custom image is now available

VMware has released ESXi 5.1 U2 to the general public. The HP custom ISO for this version is available at the following URL: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0U2-GA-JAN2014&productId=285 meaning that HP now support this Update across our server line. The updated recipe document has been published and is available on vibsdepot at http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/recipes/HP-VMware-Recipe.pdf Enjoy

NEW HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager available now!

What is it? The HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, an adapter for vCenter Operations Manager from VMware, relates virtual machines and datastores to volumes from HP 3PAR StoreServ storage systems. Administrators using HP StoreFront Analytics are able to visualize and analyze data from their HP 3PAR StoreServ storage array directly within vCenter […]

Removing a 3PAR Virtual Volume from within a VVSET

When using 3PAR VVSet, 3PAR InForm OS does not allow the removal of a Single Active VLUN if the VLUN template is created with a VV set originally. For those who arent familiar,  a VVSet is generally used for cluster configurations when a set of hosts all need to see the same VLUNS. Using the […]

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in vSphere 5.0

Now this is cool, Think Inception – Hypervisor on Hypervisor!! VMware have updated their Guest Compatibility Guide to include Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported guest operating system with vSphere 5.0 U2 or above. For more information please to go  http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/VMware_GOS_Compatibility_Guide.pdf

Achieving Strategic Business Value from a Sound BURA strategy for CIO’s

Recently I wrote a summary discussion on an Executive Brief by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) titled Beyond Overhead: How Your Backup and Recovery Architecture Can Contribute to Strategic Business Success., rather than duplicating the article here. The discussion post was published on the worldwide HP Transforming IT Blog site: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Achieving-Strategic-Business-Value-from-a-Sound-BURA/ba-p/148027 Would love to know your thoughts on […]

Stale NFS Mount in VMware ESXi 5.5

So after successfully updating my vCenter and ESXi host to version 5.5, I proceeded to add back the NFS mount that had previously been mounted only to be met by the following error message: The “Create NAS datastore” operation failed for the entity with the following error message. An error occurred during host configuration. Operation […]

vSphere 5.5 is live – HP custom ISO is now available

VMware has just released version 5.5 of their ever popular Hypervisor, to coincide with this release, HP has also provided the customised image of this release prepared for HP Proliant servers running ESXi environments, put simply – this image provides customised drivers, features that Proliant Servers can leverage.  I run this on my home lab […]

vCloud Director 5.1 Documentation

The vCloud Suite is a complex combination of vSphere,  vCloud Networking and Security (vShield), vCenter Operations  with vCloud Director automating the show with all products now aligned at version 5.1.   VMware has also released an updated vCloud Architecture Toolkit  (vCAT) for vCloud Director.  The vCAT provides modular components so that you can design a […]

This crazy thing called Flash

  Earlier this year (I actually wrote this post to co-incide with the announcement but it has sat in my draft box ever since – my bad…), we announced the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 – A purpose built flash optimised 3PAR array designed for the environments wheres things can get a little ….. crazy.     […]