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Dell and Cool Tech…. Errrrr?

Posted April 14, 2014 By Nigel Poulton

Hmmmm "Dell" and "Cool Tech"…. not exactly two terms that naturally roll off the tongue…

So I just landed in Frankfurt to attend the Dell Enterprise Forum (I quit my 9-5 so should be more active and involved again).

Caught up with Enrico Signoretti tonight at the welcome lunch.  As it always is with Enrico, it was an education.  Talked about some proper awsome technologies – Nutanix, SimpliVity, CloudByte, Pure Storage, Nexenta…… oh and a bit of Compellent vs 3PAR in the mix too – ater all, it's a Dell event so would be rude not to talk about any of their tech ;-)

So that's how you fit "Dell" and "Cool Tech" into the same sentence – you attend a Dell event and talk about other cool tech.  That said, I'm sure I'm gonna learn about some cool Dell tech tomorrow.  Not willing to hold my breath on it, but Im going there expecting…. So don't disappoint me Dell.

Anyway, funny thing is, I remember when I thought things like Compellent and 3PAR were the most soolest technologies in town…. How things move on!  While storage has never been boring, there's little doubt that its the place to be right now.

While I say I'm interested to hear what Dell have to say tomorrow, so far, of the big ugly companies out there (your Dells, EMCs, HPs, IBMs, Microsofts, VMwares blah blah….) I gotta say the one that's got the most interesting technologies from where I'm standing is EMC with ScaleIO and XtremIO.  VMAX is a dog, VNX is a pig, and Vblock is a freak.  But ScaleIO and XtremIO are keeping me awake at night!  Seriously.

Oh and may be I should add VMware VSAN to that list of interesting tech, though Im not sure on that one yet. Meh.

Feels good to be out and about on the blogging circuit again!!

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Software Defined Madness

Posted June 19, 2013 By Nigel Poulton

Quick shout out to Rick Vanover at Veeam and his short and snappy 30-minute Veeam Community Podcasts.

Yesterday I recorded a quick podcast with Rick on Software Defined Stuff, including Software Defined Storage, Software Defined Networking, Software Defined Data Centers….

I really enjoyed talking about this stuff, and you like your tech and are interested in some opinions and thoughts on the whole software defined madness that currently exists, then I recommend you head over and give the show a quick listen.  Definitely worth thirty minutes of your time!

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Quick Thoughts on ONTAP 8.1.1

Posted July 17, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

Due to the interest generated by the podcast I posted on Monday night about Data ONTAP 8.1.1, I thought it might be a good idea for me to follow it up with a short blog post outlining what I like and don’t like about ONTAP 8.1.1 and what I think about the current state of play with NetApp ONTAP.  I’ll keep it to ONTAP as I am a technologist at heart….

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Xsigo Would Seriously Up HP’s Game

Posted December 8, 2011 By Nigel Poulton

I got pretty excited about SCSI Express the other week when I was at HP Discover in Vienna.

Well…. while there I had a quick Twitter exchange with Scott Lowe and Amnon Izhar about fabrics.  This is another topic that gets the old juices flowing.

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vSphere 5 Deep Dive

Posted July 12, 2011 By Nigel Poulton

One of the things that bugs me on product launch days is the lack of decent technical info.  Sure, there’s always a ton of high level marketing bumph and press releases, but who cares about stuff like that!

With that in mind, the Infosmack Deep Dive team have worked extremely hard to put together 1 hour and 15 minutes of no nonsense deep dive podcasting with some of the most recognised experts on the topics.  We’ve done our best to cut through the crap and deliver technical content that you will find hard to find anywhere else.

If you want to know the craic with vSphere 5, this is the best place to find it…


In the show we cover what we feel are the hottest topics, and we spend time on them.  Topics such as -

  • Virtual Hardware version 8
  • Storage DRS
  • The new HA engine
  • VMFS 5
  • 64TB LUNs
  • ESXi
  • Virtual Center 5

Joining us on the show this week we have some of most recognised professionals and experts on the topics -

Frank Denneman – Consultant Architect at VMware

Duncan Epping – Principal Architect at VMware

It’s fair to say that Duncan and Frank wrote the bible on VMware HA, DRS and Clustering.  There first book VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive is honestly one of the best tech books I own.  And I’ve ordered my copy of their new book – VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive.

Michael Heffernan – Chief Technologist at HDS.  Heff is responsible for HDS integration with hypervisor products and has some deep hooks in to VMware.

Add to the above, Rick Vanover and myself and we have a team of people doing our absolute best to give the information that you want!

I hope you enjoy the show and learn something. I did.

Listen to the show via the player below, or visit Infosmackpodcasts.com

If you enjoy the show, we have plenty more planned and plenty more already on the shelf an waiting to be listened to.  Go see for yourself at Infosmackpodcasts.com.

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