How To Import OVA/OVF Into Ravello

I’m currently taking advantage of the generous vExpert offering from Ravello Systems, wherein we get some free time every month. So far it’s an excellent service, though not without some flaws, but hey, they’re brand new! I may do a more comprehensive writeup on Ravello later on, but if you’re… Read More

How to Migrate a VM from VirtualBox 4.3 to VMware Workstation 11

This piece of extremely specific Howto information is brought to you courtesy of my #vExpert trial license for VMware Workstation 11. I think Workstation was my first experience with VMware, back in the 2.x days. That or I was using vmware-server v1.x as a desktop virtualisation thing, as well as… Read More

StorMagic and Enterprise SMB

Quite a lot has happened for StorMagic since presenting at Virtualization Field Day 4. They’ve had plenty of good coverage from my fellow VFD4 delegates, and I highly recommend you go and read their perspectives: Jeff Wilson has a conversation with himself about StorMagic. Marco Broeken compares VMware VSAN to… Read More

Tech Company Breakups

Multiple tech companies are in the news lately because they’re splitting off parts of themselves. HP, Symantec, and eBay are all splitting off major sections, and there’s speculation about EMC splitting off VMware, and maybe Cisco doing something similar. There was also a conversation about the topic on this week’s… Read More

Video from Melbourne VMUG Meeting 14 May 2014

I recorded the presentations at the Melbourne VMUG meeting last week, and have finally uploaded them all to YouTube. You can view the entire playlist here, or watch pieces embedded in the post below. The slides for the talks are available here. Introduction and Update Craig Waters introduced the meeting… Read More

SFD5 Prep Work: Scale Computing

Scale sell a converged platform: compute and storage in pizza boxes that glom together to make a cluster of 3 to 8 nodes, like Voltron. It’s based on KVM, with proprietary bits added into the mix. Scale make a big deal about “no licensing” or, as they call it, a… Read More

SFD5 Prep-work: PernixData

PernixData sell storage cache software, essentially. Their Flash Virtualization Platform, or FVP, is a software shim that sits between the Hypervisor (VMware only, according to their datasheet [PDF]) and the SAN (block only, so FC, FCoE or iSCSI attached, no NFS or SMB). It uses server-side flash to hold the… Read More