Posted on 14 Jan 2017
For as long as I can remember I have never really had what you would call a ‘typical’ home network. Back in the early 2000s I had a Cisco home lab which included two Cisco 2610 routers that a friend gave me. I ended up using these to create a home DMZ for my WiFi network, which was still WEP in those days so I was a little paranoid about security. While this was great for my study, I was also able to use it for real world purposes. One application was my car. That’s right, in 2004 I had a WiFi connected car. This was before I had kids, so I decided to install a Shuttle XPC in the back of my Honda Accord Type-R], with a touch screen in the front console with full-screen Winamp for my MP3 collection. I won a few trophies at the UK sound-off competitions back then. All good fun.
Posted on 17 Oct 2016
This has been an exciting time for the IT industry. At VMworld US 2016 (August 29th 2015) we had the announcement of VMware Cloud Foundation becoming an integral part of IBM SoftLayer and then we had the news of the strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware (October 13th 2016). VMware Cloud Foundation is a shift in cloud infrastructure that enables the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). This is significant because what we know as the SDDC, with technology such as VMware Horizon, NSX and Virtual SAN, can now be consumed and offered by service providers in a unique way.
At the core is SDDC Manager and lifecycle management (LCM) which allows a fully automated deployment, configuration and patching & upgrades. But what does the architecture look like behind VMware Cloud Foundation? Let’s take a closer look.
Posted on 12 Aug 2016
Since I published the Horizon 7 Network Ports diagram with the latest release of Horizon 7, I’ve been frequently asked about the connection flow between the Horizon Client and the virtual desktop. VMware Horizon supports RDP, PCoIP and now Blast Extreme. I’ll start with PCoIP and then we’ll look at Blast Extreme. I’d also like to reference this excellent article by Mark Benson, Load Balancing with VMware Access Point.
The connection flow of the Horizon Client is mostly the same with Horizon 7, Horizon Air or Horizon DaaS. There may be differences in external load-balancing, Security Server or Access Point, and external URL configuration, but for this post I’ll focus on the Horizon Client itself and the aforementioned protocols.
Posted on 11 Aug 2016
For some time now I’ve been trying to free up some time to get stuck into the Photon Platform and gain a better understanding of Cloud Native Applications. Container technology (i.e. Docker) is starting to gain traction in production environments and it’s a popular topic amongst the developer community.
I am particularly interested in End User Computing solutions for developers, and multi-tenant platforms for Cloud Native Applications. As an architect at VMware, I have a lot in common with Sam. While I am comfortable in various scripting languages, technology like Docker is fairly new to me so the purpose of this post is to approach learning this topic from the perspective of a VMware architect.
Posted on 10 Aug 2016
There is a lot of excitement already for VMworld 2016 as it will kick-off in Las Vegas this year. There are going to be some cool announcements, swag, vendors and importantly great content during the keynotes and breakout sessions!
This year I won’t have so many sessions as previous years, so I will get the chance to soak it all up, meet customers, and attend some sessions myself. To get the most out of it I have compiled my own Top 10 must see sessions.
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