After working with a client on a big data project (creating a big data service within their enterprise private cloud), I got intrigued by big data and swam up stream from it to re-engage with the Internet of Things (IOT) in a more active fashion.  One tangent of this is the Industrial Internet, smart machines that can send data and receive messages to increase their efficiency or to perform the work at hand.  For those not familiar this video from GE Software for their Predix Platform is a great overview of what is meant by the Industrial Internet.

So this morning, I was intrigued when I saw an article in my morning newsfeed that told a story about the future of work. Gideon Lichfield perfectly blends futurist and science fiction writer to paint us a picture of a potential future where all this IOT and Industrial Internet innovation is taking us. When all the sensors have been deployed, robots automating all mundane tasks, and algorithms written all that is left for some of the human tech workers is to react to when the system says there is a problem…also known as do what the automation/robots can’t do (at least not yet).

And yet the core human trait of questioning and wanting more still exists.  And how will we reconcile that core need with this potential future that we create?

I found this an interesting (if dark) view of our not too distant future.  I just hope that the worker in the story doesn’t end up being one of my kids. And the irony wasn’t lost on me that I used Pocket’s new Listen (text to speech) feature to read this article (to me) while I got ready this morning…



VMworld 2015 Recommended Sessions

by latoga on July 23, 2015

in VMworld

As we enter into VMworld planning season (and you thought it was summer…), I’ve had a chance to review the Content Catalog and put together a list of recommended sessions:

Note: get registering fast…I’m already hearing of many sessions that are full, especially NSX ones!  If a session is full make sure you get on the waitlist (See page 11 of the Schedule Builder Guide) in case someone drops their registration or a new time is added for that same session.

NSX – Micro-segmentation, Planning, and Deploying…Oh My!

  • NET5469 – VMWare on VMWare – How VMware IT Uses NSX for Micro-Segmentation, and Large Scale Private Cloud
  • NET5529 – The Practical Path to NSX
  • NET6465-BC – Advanced Networking Virtualization – VMW NSX Micro-Segmentation Design Best Practice
  • SEC4958-SPO – VMWare NSX and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series: Driving Business and Operational value Through Micro-Segmentation
  • SEC5414 – Integrating 3rd Party Security Products on NSX Platform
  • SEC5754 – Who Can You Trust? Strategies and Designs for Implementing a Zero Trust Model Leveraging NSX
  • NET6613-QT – SDN with NSX – One Year On
  • NET6604-GD – NSX Day 2 Operations

vRealize Automation – If you’re going to do it once…automate it!

  • NET5362 – Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRealize Automation
  • NET5772 – A Case Study in the University of New Mexico’s Transition for Legacy Networking to SDN/NSX to Enhance IaaS and SDDCs

OpenStack – Yes, VMware Does OpenStack…fast and production ready!

  • SPL-SDC-1620OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX.
    • BTW: the record I’ve seen for fastest VIO deployment was 1.5 days from start (just vSphere 6 installed) to finish (VIO running in a HA, redundant production ready configuration, NSX integrated with VIO, LogInsight processing logs for the entire environment, and VROPs monitoring the entire environment).
    • BTW2: It would have ben done in half a day if it wasn’t for the storage network configuration error that VROPS and LogInsight identified…
  • SDDC5566 – Successful DevOps for the Hybrid Cloud with vRealize Automation & VMware Integrated OpenStack
  • SDDC5839 – vRealize Automation or OpenStack? Uncovering the Right IaaS for Your Business
    • This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes.  A client was struggling with getting another vendor’s OpenStack environment running and operationally stable.  When asked if “the business had cloud native apps that leveraged the OpenStack APIs” the answer was “no”. When asked if “the business had plans to build cloud native apps that leveraged the OpenStack APIs” the answer was “not really”.  When asked “Why the hell are you wasting your time with OpenStack then?” there was no answer.   Tool boxes hold more than just hammers…


Air & vRealize: Rebranding Explained

October 3, 2014

One of the VMworld 2014 related announcements that is still working it’s way thru everyone’s lexicon and thinking are the rebranding related announcements. Everyone that I know (self included) is tripping over using the correct term and name when talking VMware.  After numerous requests from clients and having scrubbed by acronyms list here is my […]

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Real World Snapshot of OS Distributions

September 22, 2014

There is a profusion of sources of data about the deployment of Operating Systems available today, just see the references for the usage share of operating systems for a sample. I’ve always wondered about the accuracy and real world applicability of that data.  Thus, I created a small data point in time snapshot of OS distributions […]

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VMworld 2014 Recap

September 5, 2014

I’m a bit delayed in posting my VMworld recap of VMware announcements…a week in the tech industry seems like a lifetime but real life items like kid’s birthdays, overseeing a landscaping project, and maintaining a thumb rehab schedule (I was the one walking around VMworld in the orange cast, and I’m finally back to two handed […]

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vCenter Operations Blog Series

August 7, 2014

I recently came across the blog series that David Davis, of, guest wrote for VMware on VCOPS which I though was a great resource for those ramping up or looking to dive deeper into VCOPS.  I couldn’t find a list of all the articles in  the series, so I created one (14 posts at time […]

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