Automating Puppet Master Certificate Signing and vRealize Automation

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 my role [...]

ViPR 2.1 – Creating a Fibre Channel Network

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 switches (ViPR calls the [...]

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 doesn’t matt [...]

Adding Additional vCenter Instances to vRealize Automation

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 [...]

CloudPhysics – Getting Spooky With It

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 supp [...]

PernixData FVP and vCenter Operations Integration

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 of the box. I hate [...]

XtremIO Integration with vCenter Operations

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 vCenter Operations adapter fo [...]

Visualizing vscsiStats via CloudPhysics

Visualizing vscsiStats via CloudPhysics
I was able to get a sneak peak at an unreleased feature from CloudPhysics last week and found out they are also showing it at their booth. The feature is called IO Workload Shapes and essentially it is the vscsiStats tool in a visual form. It is stunning (literally). I grabbed a few photos from my phone to show a glimpse. Eventually I’ll do a [...]

The New Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

The New Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
Over the past few months I’ve had an opportunity to participate in a beta of Cisco’s new Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM). What is VSUM? VSUM is a free virtual appliance from Cisco that integrates into the vSphere Web Client. Once deployed, VSUM allows you to do the following (all from the web client): Deploy Nexus 1000v and Application [...]

Operationalizing vCenter Operations – Part 1

Operationalizing vCenter Operations – Part 1
I’ve been doing a lot of work with vCenter Operations over the last few months. I spent a lot of time with custom dashboards, super metrics and custom widgets based on XML files and widget interactions. The environment I’m in has an operations team responsible for monitoring 15+ vCenter environments. Most of the time spent working on this pro [...]
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