I recently spoke at a lunch and learn event about “Security in a Virtualized World”. If one thing was made abundantly clear during the discussion, it was the fact that securing a virtual infrastructure is more complicated than securing a physical infrastructure. There are many moving parts to consider along with the hypervisor itself. For [...]
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We all get in a hurry. When we get in a hurry we make mistakes. The following scenario has been played out plenty of times in a virtual infrastructure. VM Administrator gets a request for a new VM to be deployed ASAP, which usually means yesterday. VM Administrator looks through multiple datastores to determine a [...]
vSphere 5 has many new and exciting features. This post will concentrate on High Availability(HA) and how it affects blade designs. While HA is certainly not new, it has been rewritten from the ground up to be more scalable and flexible than ever. The old HA software was based on Automated Availability Manager (AAM) licensed [...]
The storage platform in a virtual infrastructure serves as most important foundation piece of the infrastructure. There are certainly many options to choose from. Those storage options generally fall into two main categories. Block storage and File System storage. Let’s take a look at these two categories. Block Storage This method of providing shared storage [...]
In Part II of the Structured Virtual Infrastructure Approach Series, we explored the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) hardware. This post will explore the UCS management software. Up to 20 chassis can be managed with a single instance of the UCS Manager. The UCS Manager is included with the 6100 series fabric interconnects. All of [...]