Luke Wars: A New Hope

A few days ago in a town far far away…

Luke WarsOK so Perth isn’t exactly a galaxy far far away but you get the picture.

Throughout my career so far I feel I’ve done a lot and achieved some great things and couldn’t have done any of it without such great people around me. Having been with Zettagrid for 7 years though, I found that I began longing for a new challenge. Continue reading “Luke Wars: A New Hope”

Business Critical Apps in the Cloud

I’ve talked a lot on moving workloads to the cloud and helped many customers and partners on their journey. The issue with putting business critical apps up is always around visibility and control of it whilst in the cloud.

I have often looked at the likes of Dynatrace, AppDynamics and NewRelic as they’re in the leaders quadrant in APM. I always thought they sounded great but would be pretty hard to set up so never really took it much further. Continue reading “Business Critical Apps in the Cloud”

vCloud Director 9 Announced

Is VMware committed to Service Providers? Why yes, yes they are and this release proves it!

vCloud Director 9The first week in July an email hit my inbox asking whether I was keen to continue in the beta program for vCloud Director. I have been a part of the last few vCloud Director beta programs and they’re a fantastic way to get a sneak preview into the future as VMware sees it. Continue reading “vCloud Director 9 Announced”

How To: Creating a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) in Zettagrid

Having a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) up and running only takes a few minutes. The trouble is unless you’ve done it before it can be a daunting process.VDC Creation Zettagrid

Today we will go through the deployment of a VDC. It is in essence a collection of resources that you can divide up and use how you wish. It can be for nearly any purpose. Continue reading “How To: Creating a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) in Zettagrid”

How To: Creating a Virtual Private Server (VPS) in Zettagrid

Having a cloud server up and running only takes a few minutes. The trouble is unless you’ve done it before it can be a daunting process.

Create VPS ZettagridToday we will go through the deployment of a dedicated virtual server. You can use it for any purpose and it will be ready to use in minutes. Continue reading “How To: Creating a Virtual Private Server (VPS) in Zettagrid”

Getting Started in Zettagrid, Account Creation

Ok, you’ve made the decision to use Zettagrid that’s great! Now how do we get the ball rolling.

Whether you are a new partner or a direct customer the initial steps are the same.

Lets go through the boring stuff in this post. Subsequent posts we will go through all the fun stuff deploying the different products. Continue reading “Getting Started in Zettagrid, Account Creation”

Object Storage, Should I Be Using It And Step By Step To Deploy It?

In IT, we throw around a lot of acronyms and buzz words! It’s getting to the point now that it’s not uncommon to hear 10 acronyms or made up words in a single sentence. FML… See even I do it!! Object Storage hmmmmObject File Block Storage

S3, Swift, Ceph, GlusterFS… Do you need it? Maybe, maybe not but a great many people I speak to don’t really know what it is. It can be embarrassing to admit you don’t know the latest buzz word so many bluff their way through. I thought it would be beneficial to go through what it is and then whether you need it. Continue reading “Object Storage, Should I Be Using It And Step By Step To Deploy It?”

Certifications And Making The Cloud Safe

Let’s think about the past 12 months or so. We’ve seen large government agencies falter, security breaches, celebrity phone pics hacked, data leaks and compromised websites galore. Nobody is asking about certifications… Why on earth would you put anything in the cloud with all that uncertainty in the market?

Hacker Certifications

Don’t get me wrong, the cloud is phenomenal both personal or business use. What I am seeing though is people blindly trusting large enterprises or cloud companies and it needs to stop. NOW! Continue reading “Certifications And Making The Cloud Safe”

VeeamON 2017 Vanguard Post Event Thoughts

VeeamON 2017 has come to a close and I’m back on board at Zettagrid catching up on the hundreds of emails I missed. I had a literal journey which included engine troubles, missed connections and cancelled flights. All in all, a 60 hour trip home from New Orleans to Perth. Would I do it all again? Heck yes I would, the Veeam guys really know how to do an event properly.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience from VeeamON. Not only the event itself but as I’m lucky to be part of the Vanguard program I was also allowed access to the product development teams. I got some very juicy NDA on the massive announcements that were to follow.

VeeamON Vanguard Continue reading “VeeamON 2017 Vanguard Post Event Thoughts”

Data Sovereignty, Data Locality, is it important to stay local?

I hear a lot from cloud providers that you should house your data locally. Yet also hear from the large hyperscalers based in the US that data sovereignty doesn’t matter.

Data SovereigntyFrom experience, I believe that there are many benefits to staying local. These range from your data being more secure, through to customers having a better user experience when running their applications.

Below I will go into detail on the following issues. Detailing why they should be factors that drive you to keep your data in a local provider like Zettagrid;

1) Data Sovereignty and The Patriot Act
2) Partially in Australia, partially overseas
3) Performance and Latency
4) Access to engineers and architects in the same state Continue reading “Data Sovereignty, Data Locality, is it important to stay local?”