Introduction to EMC ViPR: My First Pl...

Introduction to EMC ViPR: My First PluralSight Course

I’m very excited to announce that i’ve officially completed my first video training course for Pluralsight: Introduction to EMC ViPR.   The course will take you through an overview of what EMC ViPR is as well as plenty of demos that walk you through the concepts, setup, configuration and adminstation. Should any of you have […]

The Unofficial Official VMware Certif...

The Unofficial Official VMware Certified Professional 6 – DCV Study Guide

With VMworld 2015 around the corner I thought this would be a great time to announce our latest version of the VMware Certified Professional – DCV study guide. A few years back, Jason Langer (blog / twitter) and I teamed up with Veeam Software and released the VMware Certified Professional 5 – DCV study guide, […]

I can HaaS…Hadoop as a Service...

I can HaaS…Hadoop as a Service Setup

There seems to be a lot of focus today around XaaS (anything as a service). There is also lots of talk about big data, typically Hadoop, and being able to automate the Hadoop lifecycle. We’ve had a number of customers ask us about deploying Hadoop clusters using the XaaS model instead of deploying each component […]

Automating Puppet Master Certificate ...

Automating Puppet Master Certificate Signing and vRealize Automation

A big part of my job at Varrow is evaluating new technology related to cloudy things and determine if/where said technology might fit into our overall cloud strategy. From there it’s all about taking that technology, integrating it, building demos in our innovation labs and making it a repeatable process. I’ll talk more in-depth about […]

ViPR 2.1 – Creating a Fibre Cha...

ViPR 2.1 – Creating a Fibre Channel Network

 ViPR is a software abstraction that allows you to control multiple storage arrays from multiple vendors. ViPR acts as a control plane and abstracts the underlying array details into a common construct. For more information, or to try ViPR, go here One of the cool things about ViPR is that you can bring in your fabirc […]

A Commitmas Miracle

A Commitmas Miracle

Ok, not really a miracle, but a fun way to learn something new or continue to build upon what you already know over the holiday break. Matt Brender (of Matt Brender fame) has come up with a great idea for the Christmas break; Commitmas. Commitmas is an event to get people in the community involed with Github. It […]

Adding Additional vCenter Instances t...

Adding Additional vCenter Instances to vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation (vRA), formerly vCloud Automation Center, has the ability to have multiple vCenters as endpoints. This is cool because if you need to do true multi-tenancy and a tenant has security requirements that require them to have their own vCenter instance. When you initially install vRA you installthe IaaS component, which in turn installs […]

CloudPhysics – Getting Spooky W...

CloudPhysics – Getting Spooky With It

Halloween is upon us! As this scary(?) holiday filled with elaborate costumes, haunted houses and free candy approaches, our friends over at CloudPhysics are running a fun Halloween themed campaign open to everyone. Curious if you’re running software vulnerable to Heartbleed or Shellshock? Are you running software that’s [nearing] end of support (Windows Server 2003 […]

PernixData FVP and vCenter Operations...

PernixData FVP and vCenter Operations Integration

If you’ve been reading some of my previous posts you would probably have noticed that I’ve been writing a fair amount about vCenter Operations. There is a reason for this; it’s a very extensible product. There is a decent amount of third-party integration with vCenter Operations as well as a high amount of customization out […]

XtremIO Integration with vCenter Oper...

XtremIO Integration with vCenter Operations

As XtremIO becomes more popular with customers, there will be a need to integrate the statistics it provides into third party monitoring systems. XtremIO has a very simple UI to work with and it shows you a decent amount of statistics already in the UI, per volume; IOPs, latency, bandwidth, etc… EMC already has a […]