CIOs Need To Realize That Virtualization Isn't All That It's Cracked Up To Be (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Things like what operating system an application used no longer mattered – you could mix and match to your heart’s content. The problem is that often the VM management tools aren’t able to scale up to the size of enterprise operations.

The New Storage Buyer

Chuck's Blog - EMC

    When it comes to storage, it’s been the same way for as long as I can remember: the storage team makes the recommendation.  But what if a relatively new storage buyer is emerging?  The New Storage Buyer. Servers As Storage: Interest Is Strong.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk: A Quick and Simple Way into the Cloud - All.

All Things Distributed

Werner Vogels weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems. Flexibility is one of the key principles of Amazon Web Services - developers can select any programming language and software package, any operating system, any middleware and any database to build systems and applications that meet their requirements. Driving Storage Costs Down for AWS Customers. Expanding the Cloud - The AWS Storage Gateway. All Things Distributed.

End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 2 )

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This process includes orchestration of all tasks, provisioning cloud fabric resources, and configuring operating system and application workloads running inside Azure VMs. Publish PowerShell DSC Configuration to Azure Storage Account.

End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 1 )

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In part 2 of this series, I'll provide an example of a working PowerShell DSC Configuration that can be used with Azure Automation runbooks to customize the configuration of operating system and application components running inside each VM as part of the provisioning process.

Technology Short Take #81

Scott Lowe

Humair Ahmed of VMware shares some details on a new control plane resiliency feature recently added to VMware NSX: Controller Disconnected Operation (CDO) mode. Operating Systems/Applications. Here’s a Windows-centric walkthrough to using Nginx to load balance across a Docker Swarm cluster. Storage. Brian Ragazzi shares a lesson learned the hard way regarding VVols: place the VSM/VASA on a non-VVol storage location.

Technology Short Take #78

Scott Lowe

The rise of the disaggregated network operating system (NOS) marches on: this time, it’s Big Switch Networks announcing expanded hardware support in Open Network Linux (ONL) , upon which its own NOS is based. The Pivotal Engineering blog has an article that shows how to use BOSH with the vSphere CPI to automate adding servers to an NSX load balancing pool. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take #78!

What’s Free at Linux Academy — March 2019

Linux Academy

March Study Group Course: Linux Operating System Fundamentals – Have you heard of Linux, but don’t really know anything about it? Students will get hands-on training by installing and configuring containers and thoughtfully selecting a persistent storage strategy.

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Technology Short Take 119

Scott Lowe

The “TL;DR” for those who are interested is that this solution bypasses the normal iptables layer involved in most Kubernetes implementations to load balance traffic directly to Pods in the cluster. Daniel Sagi of Aqua Security explains the mechanics behind a Pod escape using file system mounts. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take #119!

Solarflare’s Open Compute Platform, Software-Defined, NIC Card

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This is the industry’s first universal kernel bypass (UKB) solution which includes three techniques for kernel bypass: a POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) sockets-based API (Application Program Interface), TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) Direct and DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit). The SFN8722 also provides the ideal link between fast NVMe storage and the network. Marty Meehan.

Step-by-Step: Build Windows Server 2012 and SQL. - TechNet Blogs

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Be an Early Expert on Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8. Hyper-V.nu - Powered by System Center. System Center 2012. In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to deploy and support a common two-tier web application architecture using Windows Server 2012 web servers and SQL Server 2012 database servers hosted in Windows Azure in a load-balanced configuration. Configure Load Balancing in Windows Azure.

Technology Short Take #27

Scott Lowe

Operating Systems/Applications. I found this article on imperative vs. declarative system configuration is quite helpful in understanding Puppet’s declarative model. Storage. Rainier” will allow customers to combine PCIe-based SSD storage inside servers into a “virtual SAN” (now there’s an original and not over-used term). Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies.

Technology Short Take #25

Scott Lowe

Erik Smith, notably known for his outstanding posts on storage and FCoE, takes a stab at describing some of the differences between SDN and network virtualization in this post. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Is Cisco’s Insieme effort producing a storage product? If storage is your thing—especially in VMware environments—I’d recommend having a look at Cormac Hogan’s blog for his series on vSphere 5.1

Technology Short Take 115

Scott Lowe

David Holder walks through removing unused load balancer IP allocations in NSX-T when used with PKS. Vivek Gite shows to how use oathtool to generate time-based one-time passwords for use with 2FA systems (in the article Google is the example service being secured, but instructions are provided near the end for working with other online services as well). Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take #115!

Technology Short Take 106

Scott Lowe

Continuing on that Envoy theme, you may find this article by Matt Klein—one of the primary authors of Envoy—helpful in understanding some of the concepts behind modern load balancing and proxying. I share this not to encourage illegal activities, but instead to point out that no operating system is secure, so be alert at all times and use good computing practices regardless of your OS. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage.

Technology Short Take 88

Scott Lowe

Romain Decker has an “under the hood” look at the VMware NSX load balancer. This graphical summary of the AWS Application Load Balancer (ALB) is pretty handy. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take #88!

Technology Short Take 101

Scott Lowe

Kamal Kyrala discusses a method for accessing Kubernetes Services without Ingress, NodePort, or load balancers. AWS adds local NVMe storage to the M5 instance family; more details here. What I found interesting is that the local NVMe storage is also hardware encrypted. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take #101!

Technology Short Take 103

Scott Lowe

Check out these articles talking about IPVS-based in-cluster load balancing , CoreDNS , dynamic kubelet configuration , and resizing persistent volumes in Kubernetes. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. This is from July 2017, but still applicable I think: Detectify has a deep dive on access controls for Amazon’s S3 object storage service , which increasingly has been a source of data breaches.

Technology Short Take #87

Scott Lowe

and their product (VirTool Network Analyzer) is aimed at providing some operational visibility into OpenStack virtual networks. I saw a demo of the product—it looks quite handy, and provides a pretty fair amount of information to help operators figure out what’s happening “under the covers.” Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. J has launched a Patreon page to help drive funding to enable him to create new storage-related content.

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Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on Windows Server 2012 #winserv.

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Be an Early Expert on Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8. Hyper-V.nu - Powered by System Center. System Center 2012. With the launch of Windows Server 2012, weve greatly improved the ability to allocate large amounts of compute, network and storage resources to virtual machines. Network and Storage IO redundancy provided by integrated support for Network Load Balancing, NIC teaming, and Multi-path IO (MPIO).

Technology Short Take 102

Scott Lowe

Bernd Malmqvist talks about Avi Networks’ software-defined load balancing solution, including providing an overview of how to use Vagrant to test it yourself. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take 102! I normally try to get these things published biweekly (every other Friday), but this one has taken quite a bit longer to get published. It’s no one’s fault but my own!

Technology Short Take 95

Scott Lowe

Viktor van den Berg writes on deploying NSX load balancers with vRA. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. Welcome to Technology Short Take 95! This Short Take was a bit more challenging than normal to compile, given that I spent the week leading up to its publication visiting customers in Europe. (My My travel schedule in Europe is also why it didn’t get published until Saturday instead of the typical Friday.)

Expanding the Cloud for Windows Developers - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

Werner Vogels weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems. s announcement of Amazon RDS for Microsoft SQL Server and.NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk marks another important step in our commitment to increase the flexibility for AWS customers to use the choice of operating system, programming language, development tools and database software that meet their application requirements. All Things Distributed.

IDF 2013: Future of SDN with the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design

Scott Lowe

” The speakers are Recep Ozdag, a PME with Intel, and Gershon Schatzberg, a PLM with Wind River Systems. From the operator’s point of view, network virtualization allows each tenant (or customer) to see a single network switch that is specific to that tenant or customer. Some of these services naturally should run on the top-of-rack (ToR) switch, like load balancing or security services.

Technology Short Take #56

Scott Lowe

Operating Systems/Applications. Lew Goettner has a pretty hefty post on CoreOS and Docker on AWS that includes information on CoreOS, user data and cloud-init, AWS and Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs), Fleet, Registrator, Nginx, Confd, and Jenkins. Storage. Is VMware headed to turning VSAN into a generic storage platform that is no longer tied to vSphere? Welcome to Technology Short Take #56!

Technology Short Take #48

Scott Lowe

This time around, the content is a bit heavier on cloud management and applications/operating systems, but still lots of good content all the way around (I hope, anyway). The “gotcha” is that these software stacks haven’t been written yet, so the idea of repurposing hardware from switch to firewall to load balancer is still a bit of a unicorn. Operating Systems/Applications. Storage.

Technology Short Take #58

Scott Lowe

Operating Systems/Applications. Storage. William Lam breaks down the real value of load balancing your PSC in this in-depth article. Welcome to Technology Short Take #58. This will be the last Technology Short Take of 2015, as next week is Christmas and the following week is the New Year’s holiday.