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Eric Wright

Eric Wright
My philosophy in work is a simple one that comes from years of practical experience. There are three components in an IT organization; those are People, Process and Technology. The order of those is as important as any of the individual components. Simply put, the IT organization empowers business needs through technology. And that technology is driven through people and processes. An IT organization needs to be agile, as well as dependable. Agility comes from a strong group of people who are knowledgeable, dynamic and are able to respond effectively as a team. That same team is required to deliver consistency so that a business can be confident of their position at all times. Throughout my years of experience I have developed some personal principles: 1. The priority is customer satisfaction - We must strive at all times to meet and exceed the customer expectations. 2. Communicate effectively and often - Effective communication is the key to delivering complete solutions. 3. Automate where possible - DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself). Use automation where appropriate to reduce manual processes. 4. Empower the customer through self-service - The best way to ensure adoption is through active customer interaction and simple self-serve processes. 5. Support your team - An effective team works as a collective. Be a mentor, a peer and a student. 6. Balance - Work and Life, Effort and Result. Do your best to balance in all that you do 7. Be Proud - Deliver products and services that you would be proud to put your name on. Specialties: VMware vSphere and vCloud OpenStack Microsoft Solutions Specialist Systems Architecture Systems Integration Specialist
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IaC Powering a Monolith to Multi-VM Architecture – Part 3

Posted by Eric Wright on Jun 25, 2020 2:43:32 PM

Now that we have our requirements and constraints defined from our first post, and our working single VM infrastructure-as-code built from our second post, it’s time to start the big build!

We already built out our desired multi-VM architecture that we have a map of from our initial discussions with the dev team. The bonus from this architecture is that we are also leaning into the services-style approach. That means we may be able to break out our SQL and eventual NoSQL clusters as shared services and even port them to a PaaS on the cloud if desired. Everything we do should be done with an eye on the future desired state.

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IaC Powering a Monolith to Multi-VM Architecture – Part 2

Posted by Eric Wright on Jun 4, 2020 2:57:44 PM

Our first post in the series introduced the scenario where our IT teams on the Cloud Rush application had an application needing to make its way to production. This is often the case where the Ops team is handed the working version and asked to work backwards. It’s also important that the reason this happens is that development teams often feel like they have to do a lot on their own to get products built faster. This is our chance to bring those two teams together and use the power of good IT architecture and Infrastructure-as-Code to ensure both speed and consistency of outcome.

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Infrastructure-as-Code Powering a Monolith to Multi-VM Architecture – Part 1

Posted by Eric Wright on Apr 17, 2020 3:36:53 PM

There are many questions in the air when it comes to architecting your application for a cloud or virtual environment. Designing with a systems thinking approach means that we want to look at our requirements, constraints, assumptions, and risks. The best way to do this is to look at a specific scenario played out which is what we are going to here in the first of our Couch to Cloud Native (C2CN) series.

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The Power of Automation on IT Career Advancement

Posted by Eric Wright on Jan 8, 2020 3:08:00 PM

We all know the headline that will read “automation is taking away jobs”. What we have to see beyond the headline is that it’s a good thing. It doesn’t take long to realize the benefits you can gain if you take a few moments each day and track the repetitive and relatively mundane tasks we do.

Automation is much more than just the mundane and repetitive stuff. The goal of automation is about increasing the flow (and value) of your work. What makes automation successful are five very key features:

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What is Infrastructure as Code and What Does It Mean to You?

Posted by Eric Wright on Jan 6, 2020 11:15:00 AM

The world of IT Operations has been changing in many ways over the past few years. The rise of public cloud created an urgency for traditional operations teams to adapt their own systems and processes to either embrace a public cloud infrastructure, or to create a more cloud-like experience with their internal infrastructure to keep pace.

Public cloud is on a rocket rise in adoption but will not unseat every data center regardless of the rate of adoption. Many data centers are moving towards managed colocation and on-demand providers, mostly because it opens the door for more programmatic approaches to building and managing infrastructure and removes the overhead of managing environment (e.g. power, cooling).

Infrastructure-as-Code, or IaC, has become one of the most dominant features which allows for the accelerated and more consistent management of on-premises or public cloud infrastructure.

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Reserving Your Good Storage: Why You Shouldn't Do It

Posted by Eric Wright on Jan 2, 2020 12:27:00 PM

If you’re like me, you probably had, or know someone who had a house with a room that nobody was allowed to go into except for “special occasions”. The furniture was often covered in plastic, and the carpet was impeccably clean, vacuumed weekly despite nobody walking on it except the person using the vacuum.

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What is Vendor Lock-In?

Posted by Eric Wright on Dec 18, 2019 11:30:00 AM

There is an ongoing discussion (read:argument) around something that is like the Voldemort of technology: vendor lock-in.

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Why People are Moving Towards Microservices

Posted by Eric Wright on Dec 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Let me start by giving my one line view of the reason for the uprising in awareness of microservices, containers, SDN and the ever-present SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center): This is about agility, not speed.

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Designing Infrastructure: What are the Best Practices?

Posted by Eric Wright on Dec 4, 2019 11:48:00 AM

We are continuously being confronted with challenge in designing infrastructure.  Every aspect of our infrastructure has potential pitfalls for performance, resiliency, and the challenges faced with dynamic workloads.

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Bring Unmatched Performance to VMware vSAN and HCI

Posted by Eric Wright on Aug 21, 2019 7:45:00 AM

We are extremely excited to announce the addition of new features in Turbonomic 6.4 for customers who are running VMware vSAN and VMware hyperconverged environments. With this new integration we are about to profile application resource demand to optimize vSAN performance and ensure that you are getting the most performance and value out of your VMware hyperconverged investment.

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