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Name: Andre Carpenter
Date registered: October 25, 2011


Technologist situated in Melbourne but covering the Globe

Latest posts

  1. A new year brings…………..? — January 13, 2017
  2. Accelerating Time to Business Value With Oracle ZFS — November 8, 2016
  3. An Introduction to Oracle ZFS Storage – A Heavy Hitting Performance Solution for VMware environments 1/2 — April 12, 2016
  4. Update – A hiatus? Yes please! — March 24, 2016
  5. Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support — July 2, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. T10 UNMAP in VMware vSphere and 3PAR — 12 comments
  2. HP EVA to HP 3PAR Online Import — 7 comments
  3. Enabling SSH and SFTP on ESXi 5.x Host — 2 comments
  4. VMware VCP – Recertification policy — 2 comments
  5. HP 3PAR peer persistence v1: peering into the persisting world of 3PAR — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 19


So Cloud-Land appears to be getting smashed on the traffic plan it is on…… So……………………………….. Time for some optimisation!,  I’ve just paid for an upgrade with my web host company so apologies if you have been seeing time out error messages due to excessive concurrent traffic,  it should hopefully cease now. On the plus side, …

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Feb 18

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013?

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013? Check out my latest trending article on our HPSD site,  thanks to @HPStorageGuy for hosting it. Click Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013? to read!    

Feb 06

There and back again: Storage in the 21st Century

Where is storage going in this century?  How does it integrate with Cloud? What should CIO’s be aware off in this new age?  Want to find out? My blog post on this is now live on the HP site, you can have a read at  

Dec 27

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

 Just a quick post to wish you all a happy and safe christmas, and a fantastic new year! I know there are some really exciting things on the horizon for HP Storage and VMware technologies alike – better integration and better synergy between the two. Next year is going to be wild… Andre

Dec 17

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices whitepaper

  When supported with the correct underlying storage platform, server virtualization delivers greater consolidation, administrative efficiency, business continuity and cost savings. As a result, server virtualization is not only transforming the data center, but also the businesses that those data centers fuel. However, these transformative results depend on enterprise class storage to deliver the performance, …

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Dec 04

HP EVA to HP 3PAR Online Import

What is it? Now this is really cool, at a high level these new announcements now give you the risk free incentive to move your current workloads residing on an HP EVA P6000 to HP 3PAR and benefit from a leading storage platform.   HP EVA to HP 3PAR Import So if you are currently …

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Dec 04

Introducing the new kids on the block… HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000

                      Today, at HP Discover in Frankfurt, we announced a new line of HP 3PAR storage systems boasting smarter architecture, higher storage capacity and greater performance for customers. Built for converged infrastructure, cloud and virtual environments Without being bias, I believe the HP 3PAR architecture …

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Nov 28

FYI: VMware EOA for ESX 4 (not ESXi)

    VMware Announces End of Availability Date for VMware vSphere® ESX hypervisor 4.x and VMware Management Assistant Versions 1 and 4   On November 28, 2012, VMware is notifying customers of an End of Availability (“EoA”) date for VMware vSphere® ESX hypervisor 4.x and for VMware Management Assistant (“vMA”) versions 1 and 4. The end of availability …

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Nov 22

Release of VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0

What is it? VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager is a component that enables support for managing heterogeneous hypervisors when used in conjunction with VMware vCenter Server v5.1 and vSphere Client 5.1. It is not available for the vSphere Web Client, with this in mind I am not sure what the roadmap for this will be post …

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Nov 11

VMDownUnderground and the lead up to VMware vForum 2012, Sydney Australia

VMware vForum is an annual tech conference that has been adapted from the ever-popular VMworld, which is why it is sometimes dubbed the mini VMworld, it never fails to disappoint as it is always full of quality presenters and content. This year, the conference is being held in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 14th …

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Oct 24

My HP 3PAR Fit for VMware Environments Blog Post on HPStorageGuy’s site.

This is the first of hopefully many to come that will be hosted on Calvin’s Around the Storage Block site (Thanks Calvin!) You may read here:

Oct 17

APAC Virtualization Podcast – Episode 62 – VSA

Join Craig Waters (@cswaters1), Chris Trioni – (vArchitect, VCE), John Martin (Principal Technologist, NetApp), Cormac Hogan (Senior Marketing Architect for Storage, VMware) and myself (Solutions Architect, HP) where we will discuss the recently announced Software Defined Datacentre (SDD) and where storage fits into the whole story. Start Time (GMT+11): 17/10/12 9:00 PM Sydney time (EDT)   …

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Oct 09

run VMware View?? read this!!

Following the announcement of VMware vSphere 5.1, I came across this interesting KB article In a nutshell:               This is important as VMware View runs on the vSphere platform, so if you are looking to upgrade the hypervisor to 5.1 then you may run into some support problems …

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Sep 27

My first VMworld 2012 – A wrap

VMworld 2012 was held in San Francisco, USA  in August this year.  This was to be my first (and hopefully not last) VMworld conference,  I have a lot of memorable moments from the whole trip – probably too many to list here but nonetheless it was a very memorable trip.  The flight over and back …

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Sep 26

New blogpost: Would you like a side of DR with that? 2/2

Second part of this blog post on DR -and my suggested 7 step recipe, now live at:

Sep 24

HP Get Virtual Guarantee Whitepaper for VMware environments

Further to my earlier post on what is VM density, I mentioned HP’s ‘Get Virtual Guarantee” programme. Here is a link to the whitepaper on this, have a read and consider.  Virtual environments are a lot more fun when they are performing optimally.   Ping me if you have any questions @andrecarpenter or

Sep 17

vCloud Networking Poster

This is an excellent in any virtualisation processional’s toolkit.. A good friend of mine wrote the following about this poster here so I will quote from his post. “The poster is a reference to all things related to vSphere Standard Switch (VSS), vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), and Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) technology. It provides you information …

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Sep 13

vSphere 5.1 How-to’s and Troubleshooting Links

For those who have been eager and upgraded to vSphere 5.1, here are some relevant KB articles should you get stuck.   Configuration Configuring vCenter Single Sign On for high availability Installing vCenter Single Sign On in a multisite deployment Setting up Apache load balancing software with vCenter Single Sign On Configuring and troubleshooting vCenter …

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Sep 11

VMware vSphere 5.1 released!

  VMware vSphere 5.1 has finally been officially released. For me, one of the biggest things I have looked forward to is the revamped vSphere web client,  which was announced at VMworld 2012 a few weeks back.   With the desktop version going away, the new web based client means that I (and other MacOSX …

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Sep 11

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1 is now available!

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1  is now available! Download: Release Notes: Also, an updated version of the HP Customized version of ESXi 5.0 U1 (October 2012)  is also available: Download: Release Notes:

Sep 10

What is VM Density?

What is it? VM Density used to be (and still is) referred to as the following three contextual definitions related to performance: Number of VM’s that can run on a certain number of physical CPU’s Number of VM’s or workloads running on a host Number of VM’s or workloads running on a single datastore. What …

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Sep 10

Second blog post for HP – Would you like a side of DR with that? 1/2

  Have a read here  

Sep 03

Whats news in vSphere 5.1 – A dive in.

There has been a number of improvements made to the base hypervisor, probably notably around Auto Deploy. For those who are not familiar with Auto Deploy who have not had a chance to play with it, what it essentially gives you is the power to rapidly deploy new vSphere hosts into your environment and bring …

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Aug 31

Whats new in VMware vSphere 5.1?

Here is a quick list of the new announcements made this week at VMworld 2012 (which I was lucky enough to attend): What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 What’s new in VMware vCenter 5.1 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Storage What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Networking What’s New in VMware vSphere …

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Aug 30

Meeting Calvin Zito

I have “virtually” known Calvin for some time now having subscribed to and read his blog, I actually sent him a message just when I joined HP to say “G’day”, over the months we stayed in contact and organised to potentially meet at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco (depending on travel approvals). We organised to …

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Aug 07

Official Blog for

I am now blogging for WW, I will endeavour to try and update this blog as much as I can. Running two blogs is time consuming!! check out my first post on here – “Taming Big Data”, please comment – I like reading and responding to any suggestions or feedback etc.   Thank you …

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Jul 10

Building the business case to choose HP 3PAR – The Ninja’s way.

One of the cool things I get to do in the HP storage consulting business is show customers the potential savings they may profit from simply by moving across to an HP 3PAR storage array. This assessment nicknamed the Capacity Savings Assessment is backed by HP’s Get Thin Guarantee and can really show what the move …

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Jun 22

Many blog posts to come

Been busy – I am half way through a series of blog posts including the HP 3PAR NinjaThin Assessment tool for virtual environments.   Watch this space, thanks for all your emails also.   A

May 06

HP 3PAR Management plugin for VMWare vCenter

  What is it? The HP 3PAR Management Software Plug-In for VMware vCenter is a vSphere vCenter management console plug-in that allows easy identification of HP 3PAR virtual volumes used by virtual machines and datastores.   What does it do? It can provided a single pane view of the virtual machines and the 3PAR virtual …

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Apr 19

vSphere 5.0 Hardening Guide – Public Draft

Here is a draft which discusses the differences between ESX 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 Hardening guidelines.

Apr 04

T10 UNMAP in VMware vSphere and 3PAR

What is T10 UNMAP? UNMAP is a SCSI command used to reclaim space from blocks that have been deleted by a virtual machine (OS or application). In vSphere 5, UNMAP is used for space reclamation of deleted data after common operations This is particularly beneficial and important in thinly provisioned environments as it allows the storage array to …

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Mar 29

An interesting view from two years ago…

  “Data growth – IDC believes that the Digital Universe will grow by 44 times that of 2009 by 2020. IBM estimates that data and content is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 64% a year or more. (Zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes).” Source: IDC Digital Universe Study, sponsored by EMC, May 2010.

Mar 26

Gartners Magic Quadrant – “Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays.”

  Gartner is an independent provider of IT and research advice, Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays assesses storage vendors on their “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.”  Placing the candidates into one of the four quadrants each representing different definitions. So what does this mean? Legend Leaders execute …

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Mar 14

HP DCT Cloud training – a “look” into what Data Centre Transformation is and where it sits in the journey to cloud.

busy…….Please hold…. Life is very busy right not. post to come

Mar 09

vBenchmark – A Quick look

What is vBenchmark? vBenchmark is a tool from VMware and is a simple to use tool that measures VMware virtual environments looking into how much physical RAM you are saving by virtualising your servers, provision time for a server, what is HA, storage v-motion, v-motion doing for you from a downtime savings perspective. It can obtain performance …

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Mar 08

VMware vSphere 5.0 Whitepapers

I was sending these links to a VMware vSphere 5 newcomer as they give great overviews of some of the new features in vSphere 5.0, thought it would save some time for folk collating the same. Enjoy!!   What’s New in vSphere 5.0 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: VMware vCenter What’s New in VMware vSphere …

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Mar 01

vExpert applications now open!!!

For those who care, vExpert 2012 applications are now open. for more details.  

Feb 20

HP Storageworks MPX200 Migration.

So being part of the extended HP APJ Storage Consulting team, I wanted to share my thoughts on a preferred way to migrate between 3rd Party arrays and HP. Having worked with the leading storage vendors in the world, I have seen many methods of migration during my delivery days.  There are obviously industry best …

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Jan 06

Happy New Year.

First off, happy new year.  Last year was great and some exciting changes happened:   1) I changed roles/companies. 2) vSphere 5 announced/released by VMWare. 3) All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup.   Here’s to another great year!

Dec 25

Merry Christmas

Just a short note to say merry christmas and best wishes for the new year to you and your family, thanks for visiting.   Andre

Dec 15

Cold migration in VMWare – What is it?

So the topic of what is a cold migration (in VMWare vmotion speak) came up in a conference call today with a customer. It is a migration strategy when there are CPU compatibility constraints  between certain revisions of CPUs, it basically means there is no path to use v-motion as such so will associated outages. …

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Dec 05

VCP 510 exam – My thoughts

Having recently sat the VCP 5 exam, I thought I would offer some tips and study advice.  Overall, there are 85 multi-choice questions and you have 90 mins to complete and their is a lot more focus on new features, troubleshooting, and configuring than previous versions of the exam which was usually based around limitations …

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Nov 20

Thin vs Thick: VMFS formats.

This took me a little while to get my head around the concepts. But here is my understanding: Thin In this particular format, the of the VMDK file on the datastore is equal to the amount that is used within the VM itself as it zeros out the space prior to I/O being written, so for …

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Nov 10

Enabling SSH and SFTP on ESXi 5.x Host

So I had just built a ESXi 5 VM when I wanted to upload some ISO’s into a datastore, alas SSH is turned off by default in ESXI 5 So, first part is to turn it on, you need to be physically at your ESXi box in order to do this part. At the ESXi …

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Oct 29

HP 3PAR recovery manager for vSphere.

What is it? HP 3PAR Recovery Manager Software for VMware vSphere enables the protection and rapid recovery of virtual machines and VMware datastores What does it look like? <insert image here> What can it do? It provides virtual copy management and allows you to take LUN-level snapshots of virtual machines and datastores through the vSphere …

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Oct 13

HP 3PAR Dynamic Optimisation and VMWare vSphere

In a nutshell, HP 3PAR Dynamic Optimisation Software is a software license/product enabled on the storage array itself that can provide a non-disruptive way to make changes to storage volumes hosted on the HP 3PAR Storage System. Storage administrators can move volumes between different drive types or tiers (SSD, Fibre Channel, SATA/Nearline), leveling volumes as …

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Oct 12

Blog hacked..

Thanks to a inadequate web hosting backup strategy, and a person with too much time on their hands.  cloud-land has been hacked through a vulnerability in the wordpress theme I was using. The result is many posts (along with associated files/screen dumps) have been lost.  I have managed to salvage some posts prior to this …

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Oct 01

HP 3PAR and VMWare vSphere whitepaper

Having written posts about HP 3PAR and VMWare vSphere integration, I found a  really good (more official) read on VMWare vSphere and HP 3PAR storage: Enjoy!

Sep 25 – Impressive Benchmarks by HP

Personally, I love seeing stuff and tests like these. Whilst other technologist’s from representing companies may be quick to defend why their particular company’s hardware doesn’t get the top score they would of hoped. I try to take another angle on approaching these sort of benchmarks. Why? I’ll break down the reasons why I think …

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Sep 08

Cloud Computing – My own definition.

This will no doubt be tweaked over the years to come, but I thought I would share my own personal definition of what the concept of cloud computing is today. “Cloud Computing refers to a virtual shared IT infrastructure where resources are provisioned as required from a shared pool of computer, storage and network on …

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