My first day in Barcelona was spent mainly being a tourist and exploring the area near my hotel Plaça d’Espanya. I walked up Montjuïc to see the view from outside the Palau Nacional, twice by day and by night. Walked through some of the Montjuïc Gardens and saw the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc by day and by night, that was quite an experience.

Tomorrow is the first day of VMworld 2014 for me and I will be doing a few labs and attending partner sessions, so there probably won’t be much from me on my blog or twitter until Tuesday, when I intend to be live tweeting and doodling throughout the show.

In the doodle below you can see the challenges I have set myself for VMworld in Barcelona next week. If you are a vendor or an attendee that can help me meet my objectives let me know!

I am also interested to know what are your challenges? Drop a comment below, catch me on twitter or at the show!

See you in Barcelona! 


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I have recently been doing some work looking at the Bitdefender multi platform architecture, essentially it allows you to offload the AV scanning from the VMs to scanning appliances in a similar way to vShield Edge. 

Below you can see the doodle I have put together and also a short video runing you through the architecture. 



On Thursday this week I joined Ian Well (Vice President Veeam NEMEA) and Aseem Anwar (System Engineer Veeam) to discuss the modern datacenter, protection and availability in a new style live show.

We discussed how the landscape of the datacenter has change and continues to change and how this coupled with the growing demands of our business users and customers affects the requirements for availability and data protection.

The recording can be seen below and for more information check out this link >>

Watch out for more of these Veeam live shows and also live whiteboard sessions that the UK team are putting together, the first whiteboard session is happening next week >>

This is something one of my team pointed out to me earlier that I hadn’t previously been aware off, so thumbs up to Josh Herbert for putting this together. 

You have the ability to Schedule Tasks in the vSphere Web Client by holding down CTRL when right clicking on objects, now I had been aware of the task scheduling functionality in the C client and had assumed it was in the web client, but this implementation of it actually makes it very easy to use.

When you hold down CTRL you get the option to schedule many items as follows


This then gives you some options to schedule a task to be completed when you choose and it can also email you once the action has been completed!:


 You can also use this on a host to deploy VMs on a schedule


Im sure many of you have read the manual and are aware of this but it was a first for me. 🙂




I will be joining Ian Wells (Regional Director for Veeam NEMEA) and Assem Anwar (Senior SE for Veeam) for a real time video broadcast as we discuss defining data availability in the modern data centre. Some of the topics up for discussion include

  • Why the Availability is so important and how to stay Always-On Business?
  • What is the availability gap, and how to bridge it through?
  • Whole IT-environment relies on backup solution, how to avoid that, is it good or bad?
  • Where are we going to? How will IT infrastructure look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
You can also ask questions live on twitter with the #VeeamLive hashtag

To see my ugly mug and join in register now at the link below.



Here are two doodles that I put together during last nights #cloudtalk regarding #VMworld 2014 

I personally will be attending VMworld Barcelona and I’m hoping to be meeting as many of you there as possible. If you haven’t already registered you can find out more here or register here 

#VMworld 2014 #CloudTalk

August 11, 2014 — 2 Comments

I will be joining VMware’s Dave Hill tomorrow to co-host the VMworld CloudTalk discussion on twitter, if you haven’t joined in on a CloudTalk before check out all the information at the link below and be sure to join in live.


We want to know all about what you are looking forward to at VMworld US and EMEA, what are your tips for attending, what session are you looking forward to most and more.

I am also going to attempt to put together a number of live doodles. 

Doodle 1 – What are your tips for attending VMworld

Doodle 2 – What are the must not miss sessions for VMworld US

Let me know your thoughts tomorrow on the CloudTalk