Monthly Archives: September 2009

What is Cloud Computing? I Don’t Care!! Part Two

As an update to yesterday’s “I don’t care” post, Mike DiPetrillo has claimed ownership of the original “I don’t care” quote.

And just so everyone understands completely, the “I don’t care” is for the users. The administrators should absolutely care. Users should not need to care. The design of the cloud should be such that the user doesn’t need to care.

Did you put all your stuff in containers yet?

What is Cloud Computing? I Don't Care!!

So , today I sat in a seminar hosted by VMware, EMC, Cisco and SunGard. It was called “Take the Risk Out of Cloud Computing“. It was the same old mantra…Create your Internal Cloud now in preparation for the coming of the External Cloud. SunGard puts an availability twist with its view on things: “Let us be your hosted cloud and/or your DR cloud.” The sessions seemed to be designed to inform someone who knows about virtualization, but may not understand cloud computing. I was there to see what SunGard’s take on it was. In the Cloud realm, they do two things and they do them well: hosting and DR. (I have to admit, I served a five year sentence with SunGard…)

When Clair Roberts got up to speak, the first thing he did was read the official VMware definition of Cloud Computing. Then he gave his own definition: “I don’t care!” Later, I spoke with him and he admitted that he borrowed it from someone else at VMware, so I am going to borrow it from them, too.

Think about it. “I don’t care!” I don’t care where it is. I don’t care about the hardware. I don’t care how it got there. I don’t care how it cooled. I don’t care how it is powered. I DO care that it is there when I need it and is reasonably responsive from anywhere at any time. That’s it. That’s what cloud computing should be.  Plain and simple: “I Don’t Care!”

Later, David Freund from EMC gave another good analogy of how Cloud Computing should be. He compared it to Intermodal Freight Transport.  You buy or rent a STANDARDIZED CONTAINER and put stuff in it. You don’t care how it gets to the destination, only that it gets there.

Today’s assignment is to put your stuff in the standardized container. That way we can put it somewhere later.

Another great job by the VMware Performance Team!

I just stumbled upon a fresh post by Hal Rosenberg, a Performance Engineer from VMware. Its a great doc, titled Performance Troubleshooting for VMware vSphere 4. It has some great flowcharts and steps to take to come to a root cause analysis for performance issues. Although it is written for vSphere 4, much of the methodology applies to earlier versions as well.

Another great job by the VMware Performance Team! Thanks Guys!

The Science of VMware and the Art of Photography

While attending VMworld this year, I participated in Greg Lato’s VMworld 2009 Portrait Project. Greg works days for VMware and freelances as a photographer. I can barely maintain one blog, Greg has two. Latoga Labs chronicles his vocation and Latoga Photography chronicles his art. Below are a couple of great examples of his art. Even Greg can make my ugly mug look pretty good. Add both of his blogs to your feed reader.

UPDATE: Greg posted a portrait of each of the participants on his blog the other day. Check it out here.

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Thanks to Greg Lato

Greg's point of view

It seems like there are quite a few of us out there that at least dabble in photography. The VMworld 2009 Photos thread can attest to this. Even I posted a few pics on my Facebook page.


VMworld 2009: Hey VMware / Moscone WTF?!? My Rant

First off, I want to say that this is my first time in San Fransisco. It seems to be a great city, but I don’t have time to do any site-seeing. The Moscone Center, although small compared to the Las Vegas venues, seems to be able to accommodate all of the sessions. Somehow, the Labs ended up a couple blocks away at the Mariott instead of around the corner in Moscone West.

So, now for my rant, and I will repeat this on the overall survey when I get the email:

Hey Food Service – How about some coffee at 7:00am ?!? I found five coffee urns that were empty. WHat the hell is up with that? When I get my “breakfast” (Well discuss this next) I like coffee!

How about “breakfast”?  Little donuts and muffins do not cut it. Last year, we had hot breakfast, cereal, yogurt, etc. SOme protien is nice to start a big day of walking miles back and forth in the Moscone Center.

Did you get some lunch on Tuesday? I went to the Moscone meal area at about 12:45 and they only had a few veggie meals. I had to find this little building about a block away only to find veggie meals. On to the Mariott – found a Rainbow Beef and Rubber Cheese sammich. All the freaking soda was diet!

Then there was the rumbling mob of fat geeks fighting over the candy bars in the afternoon. Coffee urns were empty again.

So, I stop into the View Design Session and there are cookies and soda in the back of the room. Slightly nice touch. But don’t clean it up in the middle of the session and shut up! I find it very distracting listening to ten conversations and a VMware Engineer trying to teach me something.

It is a damn shame. The Moscone Center is nice, the sessions are excellent, the attendees and most of the staff are great. These few little things can ruin a good experience for some…

UPDATE: I thought Moscone was reforming its ways with the food. Everything was a little better on Wednesday. At least there was coffee in the morning and the lunch was OK for a box lunch…BUT today, they “ran out of juice” at breakfast. There was none. I was maybe the 100th person in line. Hey VMware, if you’re going to cut costs, maybe we can have a few local cover bands instead of Foreigner, which is really a bunch of old dudes (like me) and a guys who is trying to be like Lou Graham in his heyday.

VCDX and VCP4

Monday was my first day at VMworld. I didn’t attend any sessions, but I did defend a design for my VCDX and I took the VCP4 Certification test. After that, I tried to attend the View Advanced Config and Troubleshooting Lab, but the line was huge, even for registered users. The one nice thing about being a registered VMworld attendee is that all of the materials eventually make it to the VMworld site and I can download the LAB and do it on my own time. So someone on the wait list probably took my spot.

Ok, on to the VCDX Design Defense. First off, its pricey, so make sure you are serious. The defense is the final step in the process for VCDX. I reported to the VMware San Fransisco office at the appointed time Monday morning. My facilitator came out to greet me and explain the process. Then I met the Uber Geeks (I mean that in a good way) from VMware. These guys were the first to recieve the VCDX certification and they really know their stuff. They regularly host the more advanced sessions at VMworld and Partner Exchange. The first part is to spend 15 minutes giving an executive presentation about your design, then you spend about an hour “defending” that design. Once that is done, there is a hypothetical design scenario and a hypothetical troubleshooting scenario. They guys were great and it was a really good experience. Hopefully, I will hear the results in a few weeks.

The VCP4 Test was similar to the VCP3. Questions were added for new features and the new maximum configurations were in there. I glanced at the blueprint last week and it seems to be a pretty good indication of what you will need to know to pass. The systems were slow as hell on Monday. Usually with multiple guess tests, I rifle through the questions and answer them using my gut. I will mark a few as I go along if I am unsure weather my gut is giving me an answer or if it is just gas. It took about a minute for each question to load after I hit the next button. So it took over an hour for me to get through it instead of the usual 15-30 minutes. Very frustrating, but hey, no I are one!