The doodle below aims at giving you a quick overview of the different models within Nimble Storage’s range, rough performance, capacity and expansion options.

Nimble Models

We have recently had a big focus on vCHS where I work, so I decided it was time I put together a doodle of the vCHS Virtual Private Cloud Architecture.


Huge thanks to Justin Oliver from VMware for taking a look over this for me. 

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Many thanks to my colleagues Mathew May and Josh Herbert for their assistance ratifying this for me.

VMware have released Horizon Workspace 1.8.2 in the last few days, why is this important you may ask since Workspace 2.0 is now available?

Horizon Workspace is the required version of Workspace to allow you to upgrade your current infrastructure to 2.0, before completing this upgrade you should be aware that Horizon Data has been discontinued from this release in favour of the AirWatch Secure Content Locker. So if you are using Horizon Data, don’t complete the upgrade at this time and look to understand the special offers and ways to migrate data to AirWatch SCC.


Full details on the upgrade can be found here

Today is the first day of the Dell User Forum taking place in Miami Florida, unfortunately for me I’m not lucky enough to be at this one in person. But I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the bloggers briefing that took place prior to the event.

The first major announcements from today is the worldwide release of the Dell Storage SC4020, Dell bill this as them being able to offer high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments. The SC4020 is an all in one SAN head and shelf, offering two controllers, running the Dell Storage Center 6.5 array software and 24 disks in a compact 2U form factor. The SC4020 is limited by scale to 120 disks but until that point should be able to keep up with its big brother the SC8000. Dell are also including its all flash technology with the SC4020 offering all flash configurations featuring SLC and MLC flash with tiering across both to suit the read and write workloads that each type of SSD favours.

Dell see the SC4020 being used in a number of use cases but particularly for mid sized customers that require more granular control over performance tuning than EqualLogic offers and it would also offer a great array for branch offices when the SC8000 is being used in HQ. I am going to be interested to see how it is priced to understand if the all flash configuration would be an affordable solution for VDI desktops and their workloads.

The Dell Storage SC4020 is planned for worldwide availability during Q3 2014

Dell Storage SC4000 Series


The second announcement and the biggest surprise for me was Dell’s announcement that they would be partnering with Nutanix to deliver the Dell XC Series of Web-Scale converged appliances. Read that as Dell and Nutanix partner to bring the Nutanix Software intelligence to Dell Hardware. I have been interested in the Nutanix proposition since their EMEA launch at BriForum 2012 and I think this is a great move for both companies. For Nutanix to get the name of one of the big players putting its name on a platform running its software is a massive vote of confidence for a start up and for Dell being able to offer its customers a forward thinking scalable platform. I’m really looking forward to the units being available working for a Dell partner this will give me even more reason to be talking and learning about the Nutanix platform.

The Dell XC Series is planned for worldwide availability during Q4 2014

Dell, Software-Defined Storage and Nutanix

Below you will see my doodles from the conference call with Bob Fine of Dell and Greg Smith of Nutanix.

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Below is a quick doodle I have put together covering some of the key features of the Nutanix Architecture IMG 0024 2

I pinched the idea for the sketch below from some of VMware’s presentations that I have seen, for me this really brings home why we need to change the way we have been managing are desktops and ensure we have not got just a desktop strategy but an end user computing strategy. Many would have you believe that the way forward is VDI, but VDI is simply one option for delivering a desktop and realistically not the right single answer for a whole end user computing strategy. 

By understanding the customers requirements there will usually be a hybrid approach to the way we deliver desktops across a business, but we need to ensure that there is commonality from a users perspective as too how they access their desktops, data and applications. Most importantly we need to enable our users to work in the best way for them, whilst still maintaing control of business data and assets. For example if we don’t enable our staff to work from home or work from personal devices such as tablets, it is likely they will find a way to do it and IT will have lost the ability to manage and protect the data. 

I am not naive enough to think that VMware is the only company that is aware of the issues facing our IT Teams and delivering the solutions, but from personal experience with VMware acquisitions in this space I am seeing how their Horizon stack can actually deliver not just a VDI strategy but a top to bottom end user computing strategy across multiple devices, in multiple locations. As mobile devices are taking a greater significants in our working day I am looking forward to understanding Airwatch further and also future planned integrations with Horizon.


Here is my doodle, more info to follow



BitDefender with vShield Endpoint Architecture Doodle

Just a quick doodle depicting the architecture of Bitdefender Gravity Zone when utilised with vShield Endpoint.

When Bitdefender is used in conjunction with vShield Endpoint it allows you to offload the AV and malware scanning from your VMs to the Security Virtual Appliances, this also allows deduplication of the data to be scanned.

Management and policies are managed via the BitDefender Security Console, updates to the AV signatures are also downloaded via here.

This can obviously be of assistance in a server environment but if you’re are considering VDI an AV solution that works with vShield Endpoint can allow you to sometimes configure less resource per VM and limits the risk on an AV storm.