Category Archives: Tech

Nutanix Adds HPE, Cisco-B, and Go Consumption Model

Awesomeness. Today Nutanix announced the addition of HPE Proliant rack mount servers as a H/W platform. In addition, we expanded the Cisco UCS platform to include B-series.

Also, customers will soon have the choice of a new purchasing model called “Nutanix Go”. This will be focused on opex and shorter term consumption models, similar to what cloud providers may offer.

The innovation never stops!!!

Check it out here:

https://www.nutanix.com/press-releases/2017/05/03/nutanix-extends-customer-choice-new-hardware-options-cloud-like-consumption-model/

My First Year at Nutanix – WOW!!!

Hi everyone. It has been a while since my last post, and the title of this very post is the reason why. Sorry. No excuse. I just wanted to highlight a few things from my first year at Nutanix. Here goes:

  1. Culture – The company culture is second to none. From my peers, to the various overlay and support teams, leadership; it is simply the best I have experienced.
  2. Vision – Ok, I joined Nutanix because of the vision, and in just one year, I have seen that vision become a reality. I’m simply blown away by how the industry is changing for the better at the hands of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Vision. If you haven’t checked it out, you are missing the boat. This is not Hyper-Convergence folks!!
  3. Innovation – It’s relentless. SSP, UCS, Hybrid and All Flash mixed clusters, Container Services, SQL Server Migration Services, AFS, ABS, Single Node Replication, Network Visualization, ESXi CRUD from Prism, Just in Time Capacity Forecasting, Prism Central 1-click deployment and multi-cluster 1 click upgrades, Xenserver GA (yep, 4 hypervisors now!!!), ¬†and the list goes on…and on…. Oh btw, seeing customers faces during POCs is what continues to drive me.
  4. AHV – As I mentioned in a previous post, I was cautiously optimistic here. Wow, I’ve been blown away on this one. AHV is that elegant, streamlined, and “invisible” hypervisor that just works…and it works damn well. Any time I have the honor to run a Nutanix POC on AHV, I’m simply thrilled, because I know that my workload was just reduced by 80%. Nothing to install, nothing to maintain. Just a single management plane for the entire stack and an industry standard H.V. with the features that everyone wants, but the management overhead that nobody wants. Nuff said!!!
  5. Automation – Ok this gets me excited. I can’t really talk about futures here, but let me just say that our story around Automation, Orchestration, and Hybrid Cloud, is about to get VERY JUICY!!!

Ok, more technical articles to come very soon.

Thanks everyone.

 

How to be an SE – My Guiding Principles

I’ve been wanting to make this post for quite some time, but having recently moved to Nutanix, I’ve been drinking from the “proverbial firehose” for a bit longer than I would have expected ūüôā

I’ve been working as an SE since I left corp IT for almost 10 years now. It has been absolutely fantastic, and tremendously fulfilling. I’ve learned so much over the years about how to be effective in a pre-sales SE role, and mainly, I’m not speaking about technology, but rather the softer side of selling. This is by far the hardest part of being an SE. I’ve met so many gifted and talented people over the years, with credentials and certifications that look like a new foreign language, however, they wouldn’t necessarily be the right DNA for this type of role.

Continue reading How to be an SE – My Guiding Principles

Andreopoulos on Acropolis Part 1

A disclaimer before we get started. First, if you are expecting an epic “battle of the hypervisors” article, then please move on. This is going to be a multi-part series as I attempt to explore the viability of AHV (Acropolis Hypervisor) in the market place for a variety of use cases. Secondly, this is a long article, and in this first part, it’s mostly a history lesson in IT technology paradigm shifts.

Continue reading Andreopoulos on Acropolis Part 1

Vote for My VMworld Sessions!

I submitted 2 VMworld sesssions this year, along with my colleague in crime Chris Lennon. I think public voting will be opened up very shortly but here is all you have to do:

Connect to http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa and login. You must register if you don’t already have a login.

In the search field, find both of my sessions and click on the star to vote. You can simply search by the session ID to make it easier:

8085 РSave Time With Everything and Anything as a Service (XXXAAS) using vRealize Automation (vRA) 

8091 – My dog can Provision a VM…So What? – Explore a day in the life of a workload using the VMware Cloud Management Platform (CMP)¬†

Chris and I are really excited to deliver these sessions at VMworld and we appreciate your support!

vRA 7.0 and Service Now Integration

With the release of vRealize Automation 7.0 comes some fantastic goodies including the new Event Broker system for providing integration and extensibility. Although I thought our previous methods with vRA 6.x and vRO were great, Event Broker just makes life so much easier. Let me explain…. Continue reading vRA 7.0 and Service Now Integration

vmtocloud

Just want to throw a quick shout out to my buddy and co-worker Ryan Kelly at VMware. He runs a fantastic cloud blog over at vmtocloud , and I piggy backed as a guest blogger from time to time on topics related to vcac (vRealize Automation), vCO/vRO (orchestrator), and ServiceNow.

Here is a link to my ServiceNow post on integrating with vRA and vRO 6.x. You can expect an updated post with workflows soon, now that vRA 7.0 has officially been released.

Service Now CMDB Integration in 30 Minutes