Over the last month I have been working with my colleagues within RoundTower to build the “Cut the Noise” podcast. “Cut the Noise” is the platform that RoundTower uses for providing advice to our customers as their trusted advisors.
Byron Schaller and myself host the podcast and our first guest was Adam Eckerle from VMware to discuss “all things vCenter Server”.
This podcast can be streamed from iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play and Stitcher.
The intention is to release a 30-45 minute podcast episode every month where we have an honest, interesting and transparent conversation with our guests regarding their area of expertise.
Today Nutanix and Cisco have announced their support of the Nutanix Acropolis software solution on the Cisco UCS platform (C-series only). This is not an OEM deal, but a “Meet in the Channel” deal, where the partner is responsible for building and configuring the platform at the customer site.
The sorry story of Cisco’s foray into the storage market is pretty woeful with Whiptail and Springpath. It is good to see them making a great storage decision for once. Albeit, Nutanix is more than Software-Defined Storage now with their Enterprise Cloud vision.
We all know VMTurbo, they make great solution optimisation software and my friend Eric Wright works there. Eric is a great vCommunity advocate and was one of the team that created Virtual Design Master.
As of today, they have morphed themselves to a new identity, “Turbonomic”. Where did that name come from I hear you ask?
I get a lot of requests to mentor VCDX candidates and I am happy to assist, if you demonstrate a genuine drive and enthusiasm to learn and do the work. I have streamlined my mentoring process to allow the maximum number of VCDX candidates for each defence cycle.
I recently attended the Nutanix .NEXT 2016 conference which was held at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Thank you to Nutanix for covering the cost of the conference pass and my T&E. It was very much appreciated.
The entire event was very well executed and was an enjoyable experience. The energy and vibe of the attendees was palpable and everyone I met was passionate about the Nutanix eco-system and the event announcements. My first VMworld was in 2013, but I can imagine that the early days of VMworld had a similar energy, when VMware had a laser focus on their core expertise.
I am at Nutanix .NEXT 2016 and I have just finished 4 days of attending the Nutanix NPX Workshops and NPX Design Reviews as a Trainee Examiner. I have certainly learned a lot from sitting on the other side of the room and I can say that being an examiner is much harder than being a candidate.
This is my recommendation for employers who have staff that recently achieved VCDX or Multi-VCDX certification. This is the culmination of my experiences and thoughts, including the outcome of conversations I have had with like-minded individuals within the industry.