EMC VSPEX offering

Posted on April 14th, 2012 in Announcement, Industry News, Storage, vSphere | No Comments »

EMC had announce VSPEX offering days ago. What is VSPEX? vBlock and Flexpod had been in the market for years which focus on highly integrated, tested and proven technology to bring Virtualization solution as a single solution stack to cover Networking, Storage and Compute. EMC had partnered with VMware and Cisco by offered vBlock to the market to simplify the ordering and deployment cycles to the user who want a reliable system with simple ordering method. At the same time, Netapp  had partnered with VMware and Cisco to provide Flexpod offering to the market. Flexpod are more focus in reference architecture and channel driven business by the Channel Partner. The approach is another way round if you compare vBlock with Flexpod. Client and partner have flexible choice to choose the solution.

Today, EMC had launch the VSPEX offering to address the channel market which provide more flexible choice to the partner and users to be considered in smaller scale deployment. vBlock will still be positioned as large scale deployment due to the density of the architecture are design to fit in for different environment.

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Cisco UCS Product Update with B200M3

Posted on March 9th, 2012 in Announcement, Industry News, Server, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Virtualization | No Comments »

I just received an email from my Cisco Counter Part today, which Cisco had released the B200 M3 to their UCS line up. First thing I did, is to launch the Netformx design tools from my Laptop which provide myself the direct access to the latest configuration and price list online and authenticated by Cisco.

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Hitachi Storage Manager for VMware vCenter

Posted on November 21st, 2011 in Industry News, Storage, vCenter | No Comments »

Finally Hitachi Data System(HDS) released the Storage Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter server.

Hitachi Data Systems announces the availability of specific integration for VMware’s vCenter called “Hitachi Storage
Manager for VMware vCenter”. Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Data Systems jointly developed this functionality in which this will
be installed as a separate plug-in for VMware vCenter. Customers upgrading to vSphere 4.1 and vSphere 5.0 using the
Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform or Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V will
automatically be able to leverage the capabilities of this key integration.
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Purple screen for ESX host during vSphere 5 Upgrade

Posted on October 27th, 2011 in ESXi, Tips, vCenter, Virtualization | No Comments »

Just read through 1 of the KB here which referring to the potential risk to create a purple screen scenerio during the vSphere 5 upgrade while you ESX host update 2 could potential conflict with the vCenter 5.

You may encounter an issue where:

  • You have recently upgraded your vCenter Server to version 5.0
  • You have hosts of minimum version ESXi 4.0 Update 2 (build 261974) and maximum version ESXi 4.0 Patch 9 (build 360236) in your vCenter Server inventory
  • After the vpxa agents are upgraded, the ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts experience a purple screen that includes this error:NOT_IMPLEMENTED bora/vmkernel/filesystems/visorfs/visorfsObj.c:3391
Solution
This issue has been resolved in ESXi 4.0 Update 3. To avoid this issue, upgrade all affected hosts to at least ESXi 4.0 Update 3 (build 398348) before upgrading vCenter Server to 5.0.
please refer to the full post here for more details.

VCP 5 Exam Experience

Posted on October 16th, 2011 in Tips, Training, Virtualization, vSphere | 19 Comments »

I just did my VCP 5 Exam las 2 days ago. I would like to share some of my experience to you, who may plan to go for the exam. Currently, VMware will allow all VCP 4 to proceed to direct exam upgrade path for VCP 5. You need to get your VCP 5 before end of Feb 2012. If you are failed to obtained the VCP 5 after end of Feb 2012, you will require to attend the official training before you can sit for the exam.

Well, I would like to share some of my thought and experience for the VCP 5 exam. I had passed it but it took me more than 1.5 hours as I recheck all the 80 questions after I answered the 1st round. I used to be the 1st VCP 5 in Malaysia, but I am not sure whether I am going to be 1st VCP 5 again in Malaysia. The exam is never easy as most of the questions are deep dive into specified technology area, and you will require a lot of hands on deployment, support administration or lab environment to visualize or provide the correct answer. Simon Long’s blog may had helped little bit, but to my surprise, most questions are relevant to the administration experience on VMware stuffs.

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