All posts by Christian Mohn

Written by . Christian is the owner of vNinja.net and a vSoup.net Virtualization Podcast co-host.

Want to Win a Google Chromecast?

I have a free Google Chromecast to give a way to one lucky winner. As part of being voted into the top 50 VMware & virtualization blogs I was lucky enough to win one for myself, and as an added bonus I get to give away one to one of my readers too!

To be able to find a worthy winner of it, I’ve decided to host a contest.

Since I do enjoy a bit of photography, and the site name is vNinja, the contest rules is as follows:

Send in a photo of yourself, your wife, kids, grandma, cat or dog, dressed as a ninja. That’s right, dress up someone as a ninja, snap a photo and send it my way either via Twitter or as a comment on this post, and I’ll pick the best one.  Note that the ninja has to be visible. Any photo received with no visible ninja’s in it, will be disqualified, even though stealth is the way of the ninja.

The winner gets the Chromecast. Entries sent in before April 30th will be judged, so get to it!

If you need tips on how to dress up, have a look at this:

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2014 Top vBlog Results

Eric Siebert has yet again pulled through, and organized his annual top VMware & virtualization blogs vote, and the results are now in. Congratulations to everyone involved, be it bloggers, podcasters or otherwise engaged in making this possible.

This year, Eric hosted a live Google Hangout session with John M. Troyer, David M. Davis and Rick Vanover where the top lists were revealed, be sure to check it out:

As far as results go, I’m very happy that you guys voted vNinja in at #43, of a total of 320, up a whopping 30 places since last yearThis is the first year that vNinja breaks into the top 50, something that is very much appreciated.  vNinja was also listed in the independent category, where it was placed at a very, very, respectable 18th place!

What is even more fun though, is that vSoup was voted the 2nd best Virtualization Podcast, only beaten by those pesky vBrownbag guys. 

As an added bonus, I even won a Google Chromecast for voting, and whats even better is that I get to give away one to one of vNinja’s readers as well!

So, if you want a free Google Chromecast, shipped directly your way, you have to send in a photo of yourself, your wife, kids, grandma, cat or dog, dressed as a ninja. That’s right, dress up someone as a ninja, snap a photo and send it my way either via Twitter or as a comment on this post, and I’ll pick the best one. The winner gets the Chromecast. Entries sent in before April 30th will be judged, so get to it!

 

 

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VSAN – The Unspoken Future

This rather tongue-in-cheek title, is a play on Maish recent VSAN – The Unspoken Truth post where he highlights what he thinks is one of the hidden “problems” with the current version of VSAN is it’s inherent non-blade compatibility and current lack of “rack based VSAN ready nodes”.

Of course, this is a reality; If you base your current infrastructure on blade servers, VSAN probably isn’t a good match as it stands today. Chances are that if you are currently running a blade-based datacenter, you have traditional external storage on the back end of that, and that you for quite some time will be running a form factor that VSAN simply isn’t designed for. I don’t disagree with Maish in that conclusion, not a bit.

But what about the next server refresh? One of the things that VSAN is a facilitator for, along with enhancements in the storage industry, is the ability to move to other form factors. Currently Supermicro offers their rather nice looking FatTwin™ Server Solution. If we look at what the SYS-F617R2-R72+ box offers, in the total rack space of 4U (less than most blade chassis), it is clear that the form factor choices will not just be tower or blade, the will also include other new form factors that are currently not in the forefront of peoples minds when designing their data center.

Looking at the Supermicro box again, in a 4U rack footprint, it offers these maximums pr node:

  • 2 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600
  • Up to 1TB DDR3 ECC LRDIMM
  • 6x Hot-swap 2.5″ SAS2/SATA HDD trays

So, in 4U, you can get 16 CPU, 8TB RAM and 48 SAS2/SATA bays.  Stick a couple of those in your rack, with a few 10GbE ports, and then try to do something similar with a blade infrastructure!

Now, of course, VSAN isn’t for everyone, nor is it designed to be. In a way VSAN offers a peak to the future of datacenter design, in the same way that it shows us that Software Designed Data Center (SDDC) is not just about the software, it’s about how we think, manage AND design our back-end infrastructure. It’s not just storage vendors that need to take heed and look at what they are offering, the same also goes for “traditional” server/node vendors.

That’s right, a server is becoming a node and which vendors sticker is in the front, might not matter that much in the future.

The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.
— William Gibson

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