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February 27, 2016 — Leave a comment

I am now spending most of my time blogging with some fantastic colleagues of mine at, I may put content here from time to time but most of the time I can be found over there.



Today I was lucky enough to be invited to London for the launch of PernixData’s latest product,  a new storage focused analytics platform called Architect, set to be available in Q4. Architect allows you to have an in-depth insight into your storage health with promises to help you better understand issues and potential bottlenecks with design, deployment, operations and optimization of storage. With deep integrations into their storage acceleration product and vSphere it promises to be the single pain of glass for your ever changing storage and application environments.

Also today PernixData have announced the general availability of FVP 3, their storage acceleration product with vSphere 6.0 support and a new HTML5 user interface as well as FVP Freedom, there free to use community supported acceleration platform.

My doodle from today can be found below.

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The South West UK VMUG are working on a list of the ultimate free VMware virtualisation tools for 2015, whilst there are a number of lists on the internet the majority of them are now out of date and linking to old software or software that is no longer available. So the South West UK VMUG are embarking on creating the ultimate list of free tools, that support the latest versions of your VMware products. We need you help to firstly collate the list of free tools before we open it up to a public vote to find out who the winner is of the Best Free vTools of 2015.

See our starter list below, we need you to comment on this post or tweet @swukvmug with your nominations prior to us opening the vote in the coming weeks. Products that are nominated must support a VMware product as a main feature and must have been updated to either support the latest version of the VMware product they are written for or have been updated within the last 6 months.

If you are a manufacturer of a free tool please reach out to Barry @virtualisedreal of twitter and we would love to feature you in our upcoming VMUG presentation and webcast.

We plan on announcing the winners live at the next Southwest UK VMUG and online on the 28th September

Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

Veeam ONE Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

Spiceworks Virtual Server Discovery Tool

Solarwinds VM Monitor for ESX

Solarwinds VM Console

Solarwinds Storage Response Time Monitor

ManageEngine VM Manager Plus

VM Turbo Cloud and Virtualization Control

Compliance Checker for vSphere


VMware OS Optimization Tool

It’s that time of the year again for people to vote for their top vBlogs of 2015.

This year Eric Siebert has a sponsor on board, so many thanks from the community to inifnio.

Head on over to vSphere Land at the link below and cast your vote for your favourite blog of 2015.

If you have enjoyed reading my blog or my doodles from events etc please consider a vote for virtualised reality.

Nick Dyer from Nick Storage and I discuss the new fibre channel arrays from Nimble Storage and demonstrate the initial setup and fibre channel configuration

I will put together a further sum up in words but below is a quick doodle showing my experience in photos and subjects.



Below you can see my doodles from this mornings keynote at VMworld Europe, I won’t expand massively on the content as hopefully the the doodles speak for them selves. For myself I am really pleased to see how the end user computing strategy is coming together and is now a robust solution set covering all aspects of the end user computing strategy. I was particularly impressed with the project Fargo technology and the cloud volumes technology that is being included with the Horizon Suite. This will allow you to rapidly deploy applications on demand with a demonstration on stage of over 200 applications being provisioned to a desktop instantly without the user even having to logout.

More from me later.