The current Elite Architecture Design Certifications are: VMware Certified Design eXpert (VCDX) and Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr).
At VMworld 2014 US, there was a lot of speculation about the integrity and future of the VCDX program with Mark Brunstad and John Arrasjid moving to greener pastures. With Chris Colotti taking over as Principal Architect and VCDX Evangelist, I think the VCDX Program is in good hands. This will be further reinforced once the new VCDX Program Manager is announced.
Continue reading The Next Elite Architecture Certification
This is part 4 of the Cisco UCS Configuration Guide, covering the creation of Cisco UCS SAN policies.
Continue reading Cisco UCS Configuration Guide for vSphere – Part 4 – SAN
This is part 3 of the Cisco UCS Configuration Guide. This post is broken into two components: configuring the physical Server/FC/LAN links and the creation of UCS LAN policies.
Continue reading Cisco UCS Configuration Guide for vSphere – Part 3 – LAN
This is part 2 of the Cisco UCS Configuration Guide. This post is broken into two components: the physical Cisco UCS installation and the initial configuration of the Cisco UCS.
Continue reading Cisco UCS Configuration Guide for vSphere – Part 2 – Equipment
You have been given the task of bringing a brand new Cisco UCS online. However, you are used to traditional server infrastructure (eg. HP, IBM, Fujitsu). If you are asking yourself, “What is policy-based computing? How do I configure this thing?” Then this series of posts is for you. Continue reading Cisco UCS Configuration Guide for vSphere – Part 1 – Overview
This article builds upon my previous post, plus the existing white papers and blogs listed below, to provide a VCDX-style guide to the design decisions that need to be considered for Enterprise-level Network Attached Storage (NAS) with vSphere 5.1 and the EMC Symmetrix VMAX 20K with VNX VG8 NAS Gateways. Continue reading Enterprise NAS with vSphere 5.1, EMC VNX VG8 & Symmetrix VMAX 20K
This article builds upon the white papers and blogs that are available (listed below) and provides a VCDX-style guide to design decisions that need to be considered for End-to-End Network Quality of Service for vSphere 5.1 with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco Nexus switches. Continue reading End-to-End Network QoS for vSphere 5.1 with Cisco UCS and Nexus