The Madness is Coming…

March Madness is upon us! Like peanut butter brings jelly, March Madness brings Varrow Sirius Madness. That’s right, on March 17th, 2016, Sirius will be hosting Sirius Madness in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can expect upwards of 1,000 people to be attendance , over 50 breakout sessions across a broad range of technology disciplines and two keynotes that you won’t want …

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 a chance to check it …

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, which you can find here. …

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 manually. Here’s an introduction video …

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 in another article …

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 these fabric …

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 a vSphere Agent responsible for …

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 anyone)? Do you have unrealized, …

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 …