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Channeling Bruce Lee in the Software-Defined Data Center

Posted by Stephen Gibbons on Dec 17, 2015 7:30:47 AM

Bruce Lee meets Sys Admin

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Topics: Features

The Customer Perspective of VMTurbo

Posted by Stephen Gibbons on Nov 13, 2015 7:08:46 AM

Below is an account I wrote before I was fortunate enough to join the VMTurbo team, back when I was a lonely customer. I expressed my dislike of the status quo, and how VMTurbo was driving the future of how we thought about IT. It really was the precursor to this blog that I wrote about how we think about data centers.

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Topics: Features, Virtualization

Balancing Budgets Part 2: Reduce CAPEX Spend Through Cluster Consolidation & Controlled Density Increases

Posted by Stephen Gibbons on Oct 9, 2015 5:21:31 AM

Unlike OpEx, No Small Workarounds for the Depreciating Value of CapEx

How many times have we sat in CAPEX meetings astonished by the amount of money we spend on things such as hardware and perpetual licensing (read also: Balancing Budgets Part 1: How to Avoid Runaway Software Licensing), it seems to rise every year no matter what! For years the hardware resellers have been making a killing off of the IT industry, as have the manufacturers. Unfortunately CAPEX spends like hardware doesn’t have the small workaround that you can use with OPEX like open source software or things like that. How do you reduce what you spend on things such as physical hardware, the software that goes on that hardware, or the datacenter that the hardware sits in?

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Topics: Features, Servers and Hardware

Balancing Budgets Part 1: How to Avoid Runaway Software Licensing

Posted by Stephen Gibbons on Sep 22, 2015 11:52:24 AM

We all know software licensing is a bear, and an expensive one at that. And it’s gotten pretty ugly for some, as this recent article from Business Insider describes—'I felt like we were being extorted': Customer says Oracle tried to strong-arm him into a cloud sale. It’s something that no one can hide from, you can try to use open source as much as possible but at the end of the day you are going to end up with a Microsoft/Oracle/Monitoring/Backup type software that will cost you more than the GDP of some small nations. The question now is how do we balance our budgets, and if we are speaking frankly, how do we balance our budgets that shrink year over year as the company tries to raise its bottom line.

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Topics: Features

Still Waiting on that CPU Ready Queue Line?

Posted by Stephen Gibbons on Jun 9, 2015 8:34:55 PM

Ready queue sucks!  There is no way around it, and if you are a VMware shop you are pretty much stuck managing it until either they change something or you move to another technology. As my colleague Joe in a previous post mentioned, waiting in the CPU ready queue line can often seem like an entirety (at least for the thread).

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