Containers: Resistance is Futile!

In April 2015 I delivered this talk at the inaugural TECH.UNPLUGGED event in London. The presentation’s aimed at getting enterprises ready for the container revolution. You can also check out the other talks from the event by checking out the TECH.UNPLUGGED YouTube channel Enjoy! And……. if you’re wanting to get yourself and your enterprise ready… Read More »

Here come the *real* server Operating Systems…

The days of server and desktop Operating Systems looking and feeling the same are gone – those are the olden days! We’re being invaded by a new breed of *proper* server Operating Systems.  These guys are stripped down, hardened, tuned and optimised for server workloads. They’ve got none of the extra crap needed for things… Read More »

Quick Question on VSAN vs XtremIO Architectures

This is just a really quick one…… I noticed that upgrading an existing VSAN to the newly announced VSAN 6.0 is a non-disruptive rolling upgrade. Fair enough, so it should be right? Well…… part of the upgrade requires what sounds like a fairly significant underlying on-disk layout change.  Basically, the upgrade to VSAN 6.0 updates… Read More »

Docker on Windows – Some Insight

So last week I had a cracking and informative conversation on Twitter about native Docker support on the next version of Windows Server. So I thought it only right to scribble down the good stuff here for anyone who didn’t get a chance to listen in and get involved. It all started when Stu Miniman… Read More »

Stop Hiding the Negatives!

I was asked to comment on Chad Sakac’s post about not trusting people who *go negative*.  Basically Chad is telling us not to trust anyone that says negative stuff about a technology.  Frankly I think that notion is dangerous and absurd! NOTE:  I’ve no beef with EMC, XtremIO here. I just think what Chad is… Read More »

A Container First Approach

It seems like everyone I speak to about Docker containers thinks they can’t replace virtual machines. Well…….. I beg to differ! I thought containers could only run a single process? First up. Why do people think containers can’t replace VM’s? Well…. from my extensive scientific research (a.k.a my gut-feel after conversations with various people) it… Read More »