Below are the results for the overall voting for the Top 25, full results will be published soon:
And below are the winners of the individual categories:
Mar 31 2015
|Blog||Rank||Previous||Change||Total Votes||Total Points||#1 Votes|
|Yellow Bricks (Duncan Epping)||1||1||0||917||6730||243|
|Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)||2||2||0||667||4314||80|
|Scott Lowe blog||5||5||0||493||2782||15|
|Wahl Network (Chris Wahl)||6||8||2||494||2768||53|
|Derek Seaman's Blog||7||12||5||455||2605||39|
|Virtual Geek (Chad Sakac)||8||9||1||431||2577||108|
|NTPro.nl (Eric Sloof)||9||6||-3||394||2147||18|
|Virtu-al (Alan Renouf)||10||7||-3||359||1797||8|
|Long White Virtual Clouds (M. Webster)||11||13||2||314||1776||33|
|vSphere-land (Eric Siebert)||12||11||-1||285||1505||16|
|ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)||13||15||2||247||1485||43|
|My Virtual Cloud (Andre Leibovici)||14||14||0||301||1468||30|
|CloudXC (Josh Odgers)||15||21||6||286||1422||21|
|VCDX56 (Magnus Andersson)||17||18||1||319||1377||12|
|Punching Clouds (Rawlinson)||18||39||21||224||1107||13|
|Pure Storage Guy (Vaughn Stewart)||19||35||16||177||1006||18|
|Justin's IT Blog||20||45||25||214||985||9|
|vInfrastructure Blog (Andrew Mauro)||21||29||8||173||952||17|
|Datacenter Dude (Nick Howell)||22||23||1||134||908||34|
|LucD (Luc Dekens)||23||17||-6||171||898||7|
|A vTexan (Tommy Trogden)||24||22||-2||158||840||5|
Mar 30 2015
VMware finally released the list of supported and non-supported vSphere features and VMware products with their new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture. I’ve been looking for this in their documentation for VVols and have not found it so I’m glad to see it’s finally available so you can see exactly what is supported and more importantly not-supported that may impact your plans to deploy VVols.
Right now the one non-supported feature that sticks out and is a big one is storage array replication which is not part of the current VASA 2.0 specification. I’m not sure when VMware will support this, hopefully it will be soon as it currently limits VVols adoption. You will probably see storage array vendors supporting this on the array side before VMware supports it through their Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) in vSphere. Note that while storage array replication is not currently supported vSphere Replication is as it is host based and sits above the VVols architecture. Also note though that while vSphere Replication is supported with VVols, SRM is currently not supported with VVols so it may be of little use to you.
Full-scale adoption of VVols will likely be slow in most shops as they both get experience with the new architecture and VMware along with storage array vendors improve feature support for VVols over time. But one thing to keep in mind when it comes to un-supported features with VVols its not all or nothing with VVols and you can continue to use VMFS right along side VVols to utilize features that currently are not supported such as FT and storage array replication. Also remember every vendors implementation of VVols is different and you should check with them to see what storage array features they support and do not support with VVols.
Below is the list of Not Supported features, expect this to shrink over time, be sure and check out the post on the vSphere blog for more details and the source for this information in the VMware Knowledge Base.
Mar 30 2015
…not ready to be revealed yet, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out. I’ve tabulated all the votes and applied points to the votes and have computed the results. We’ll announce the winners on a special live Google Hangout tomorrow with David Davis, Rick Vanover, Simon Seagrave, John Troyer and Scott Davis from Infinio. Go here for information on how you can watch the live results show. While you’re waiting here’s a few tidbits of information on this years voting:
That’s it for now, tune in tomorrow to see the full results and find out if Duncan can retain the crown for #1 blogger.
Mar 26 2015
Join the vChat gang, Eric Siebert from vSphere-land, David Davis from Virtualization Software and Simon Seagrave from TechHead along with special guests Scott Davis from Infinio and John Troyer from TechReckoning as we countdown the top 25 bloggers based on the results from my annual VMware/virtualization blog survey. This event will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts at 9:00am PST on Tuesday March 31st right here on vSphere-land.com so bookmark this page, get the popcorn ready and come back when it starts. If you want to tweet about this event please use the hashtag #TopvBlog2015.
Mar 26 2015
Register for the VMTurbo 5.1 Release Webcast and get THREE CHANCES to win a Turbostack Home Lab, valued over USD $1,600.00!
Now I would encourage you to watch the webcast even if they weren’t giving away a pretty cool home lab kit (that’s what they call it in the UK) as VMTurbo makes a great and unique product for vSphere environments. If learning about a great product wasn’t enough, you also have a chance to win something that you can try it out on. Their Turbostack Home Lab includes everything you need to get vSphere up and running including a host, external shared storage and networking to connect it all together. Below is what is included:
Now if you aren’t familiar with the Intel NUC, it stands for Next Unit of Computing and is designed to fit a lot of computing power in a small little package. This is great for a home lab as it requires very little space and both noise and power consumption (65w) are very low. You can read the specs for this cool little unit here.
The Synology DS415+ is a great mini storage array, I’ve owned a Synology unit and have always been impressed with them. It’s a very versatile unit that supports both iSCSI and NFS protocols and can be used for a variety of things beyond your vSphere lab. It holds up to 4 drives, supports SSDs and up to 24 TB (6 TB HDD X 4) of space.
So what are you waiting for, grab some popcorn and a beer, go watch the webinar, learn about a great product and maybe you walk away with some cool kit.
Mar 25 2015
Want to know more about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) and get an analyst perspective of this exciting new VMware storage architecture? Well you can, Evaluator Group has a new paper entitled “Evaluation of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware VVOLs” that details their experience and opinions after some hands-on experience with VVols running on 3PAR. The paper includes the results of a basic performance comparison that they performed between VM workloads running on VMFS and the same workloads running on VVols.
Mar 25 2015
While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on William Lam, automation wizard extraordinaire and voted last year as the #2 vBlogger in the world. Let’s face it we all have a lazy side and automation makes an admins job so much easier. Thanks to William and his great tips and scripts we can all become big fat lazy vSphere admins. After all wouldn’t we rather be working smarter than working harder and the great content that William posts on his Virtually Ghetto blog makes that possible. William debuted at the #25 spot in the 2011 Top vBlog voting and quickly moved up into the top 10 in 2012 before rising to #2 last year. William is also a genius when it comes to nesting ESXi and getting ESXi to run on a Mac Mini to help out all those home labs out there. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with William Lam:
[William] virtuallyGhetto was started in 2010
[William] In the early days when I was a system administrator, I spent quite a bit of time on the VMTN Community Forums helping answer questions related to VMware automation and scripting. As part of my day job, I did a lot of Automation and I found that many of the questions that were being asked were things that I had done before or things that I was currently working on. I figured that I could help others by sharing some of the solutions and experiences that I had so that the greater community could benefit overall. With my replies, I usually ended up providing a fully functional script that exercised the task or operation so the OP gets the information they needed but also got a working example so that it helps them out in their current situation. All of this was done on the VMTN Community forum and some static HTML pages that I was manually updating which kept track of all the scripts that I had written. As you can probably guess, this made searching and notifications of new content pretty challenging.
I eventually decided to start a blog after multiple comments from my friend Duncan Epping who really encouraged me to give this blogging thing a try. He had always been a mentor/supporter of my content and had even blogged about my scripts on more than several occasions. I figured by having a blog, I could make it easier for people to search for solutions to their questions and help foster a community around VMware automation and scripting which did not really exist back then.
[William] I had initially only focused on vSphere Automation as a topic for my blog. However, being a technologist and loving to learn about new things and solving problems I quickly expanded beyond just vSphere Automation. I started to explore other areas and products in VMware’s portfolio such as storage, networking and management. Other popular topics that I have been writing about are Nested Virtualization, Mac Mini for home labs and just doing cool and sometimes not supported things with VMware products. I definitely enjoy variety and you can see that with the content over the years.
[William] For me personally, it is the continue sharing of information with the community and the constant learning of new things that really keeps me going. I really enjoy learning about new technologies and in turn I can share that knowledge which can help someone solve a problem. You get this circular effect that only makes our community stronger.
[William] Honestly, there are so many it is hard to just pick one. For me, the best experience I could get from blogging is just a simple note from a reader saying how one of my articles or a script has helped them solve a particular problem. I really do enjoy reading those emails and makes it all worth it at the end. I guess a nice runner up is hearing from VMware Engineering and GSS Support that they use several of my blog articles on a regular basis 🙂
[William] Do not start a blog to just start a blog. Write about something that you are very passionate about. There are still so many topics within the VMware and Virtualization community that have been unexplored in great detail, try to really differentiate yourself from what others have already done. Lastly, it is all about the content! The more unique and interesting content that you can produce the larger the reward in terms of readership, engagement and longevity of blogging.
Mar 24 2015
It’s that time of year again, time to submit your best session ideas for VMworld for that oh so slight chance that it might get accepted. Below are the timelines for the whole CFP process.
And of course some tips for making the best possible submission. From previous experience I can tell you to have a catchy title as it’s your sessions curb appeal. Many people won’t make it past your title and you miss a chance to interest them with your abstract if you have a boring and un-interesting session title. As a former content committee judge I can also tell you to spend some time on your abstract and don’t rush to throw something together without thinking it through. I’ve seen lots of session proposals that lacked any real detail about what the session was about. Here are some additional tips that VMware provides: