My manager Rupen Sheth found this cool VMware Education sites during some meetings with the VMware Education team. I thought it would be good to share the links. The first site, is an educational site that contains videos for a number of different VMware products. The URL for this site: http://vmwarelearning.com/ This site is really cool, and I personally like the videos based on vCloud Director. The second is more of a hierarchical path that you can follow. This allows you to decide which courses and achievements you need to take to become fully certified in your particular career path. There are three career paths to take, Architect, Developer and Administrator. You can then dig deeper by looking at the particular areas and tracks of interest, for example, Cloud or End User Computing. Its really cool, and also very useful. The URL for this site is http://www.vmwarelearningpaths.com/ I have personally found these sites really interesting and very helpful thats for sure. I would recommend you take a look at these.
I have been thinking about writing this article on Hybrid Cloud for quite some time, but with everything going on at VMware, article writing time is becoming limited. Recently VMware announced the new Hybrid vCloud service and I wanted to take a look at the whole “Hybrid cloud model” and what I think (without my VMware hat on) it should actually be/do/mean. Lets start by looking at what the definition of Hybrid Cloud is. This article from searchcloudcomputing certainly sums up VMware’s and most peoples view. A hybrid cloud is a composition of at least one private cloud and at least one public cloud. A hybrid cloud is typically offered in one of two ways: a vendor has a private cloud and forms a partnership with a public cloud provider, or a public cloud provider forms a partnership with a vendor that provides private cloud platforms. My favourite way of describing Hybrid cloud is explained here In some situations, the customer may need both a local server running specific applications and a cloud service that hosts additional applications, files, or databases. In such a situation, the two are often configured for interoperability. Now this is all great, but to me its
VMware has launched a new site called Cloud Credibility. Its a kind of fun interactive online game where you can build up your #cloudcred. So what is CloudCred? According to the cloudcredibility.com site it is: If you know your stuff when it comes to the cloud, then you’ve got Cloud Cred. Cloud Cred is the hub for all things cloud related. The game is your gateway to building your cloud expertise, broadening your professional network and earning rewards and certifications based on your Cloud Cred score. Looks kinda fun and interesting, I have signed up and going to try to see what I can achieve. If nothing else, you can have the chance to win a trip for 2 to VMworld Barcelona. That in itself is surely worth signing up for. Im off to a good start, having completed two tasks, I now have a score of 502.
Today VMware has announced the new network virtualization product VMware NSX. How cool is that name by the way? Now normally I dont write articles on the new products we announce (excluding vCloud Director related), but if anyone watched my Chinwag with Mike Laverick, I find this one of particular interest. My personal opinion is that this is the next major wave of virtualization, and VMware is at the forefront of the technology again. Back in the day when I was a Windows NT 3rd Line Engineer, I got involved in networking a lot more, even passing my CCNA (dont ask me a single question about it, I have forgotten more than I learnt) but I have always found the networking side of the datacenter infrastructure interesting. Now I am no Kamau Wanguhu, but I know a thing or two about networking, so this technology for me is of awesome interest. Anyway, enough about me and my opinions (read more below), the full VMware NSX Network Virtualization announcement can be found by clicking here. A quick snippet from the article: Networking is stuck in the past It wasn’t that long ago when provisioning server resources for an application was manual,
This is a quick How to Install VMware Workstation 9 on Linux Ubuntu is a relatively straight forward task. However as I am not a Linux expert (I much prefer Windows and not ashamed to admit it), I had to do a very tiny amount of head scratching. So it doesn’t happen again I have wrote this article for my own reference. The following steps are how I installed Workstation on Ubuntu Download the installer from VMware’s website. The build number I downloaded was 1031769 Once downloaded open a terminal session and navigate to the location of the installation bundle. Run the command: sudo chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle This sets the permissions on the installation file to be executable. (This was the step that caused me to scratch my head for a few minutes.) Run the command: sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle Follow the on screen installation wizard Installation is complete