Preparing for the VCAP-DCA exam

I have begun my preparations for taking (and passing) the VCAP-DCA exam during the first quarter of 2015. I consider myself fortunate to work in an environment where there is hardware that I can utilize as a lab environment. However, looking at the blueprint for the VCAP-DCA test, I realized there are bits there that would be more difficult to […]

Application-Level Resource Managers and VMware DRS

With the growing popularity of the “datacenter as an OS” concept and the newer application-level, or container-level, resource managers (Mesos, YARN, Pivotal CF), what role does VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) play? As I spend each day working in a multi-tenant cloud environment, being able to answer this question effectively is becoming more important each day. Engineers want to take advantage of […]

HDFS-Only Cluster through Big Data Extensions

After working with EMC over the summer and evaluating the capabilities of utilizing Isilon storage as an HDFS layer, including the NameNode, it got me thinking about how the VMware Big Data Extensions could be utilized to create the exact same functionality. If you’ve read any of the other posts around extending the capabilities of BDE beyond just what it […]

VMware releases new Big Data Extensions fling!

Hot on the heels of my recent posts, and that from Andrew Nelson, the VMware Big Data Extensions team has released an official fling that extends the functionality to include Mesos, Marathon, Chronos, Docker and Kubernetes! From the site: “Big Data Extensions can be easily extended to deploy and manage all kinds of distributed or non-distributed applications. This release of the BDE-SE […]

VMware BDE + Zookeeper: The unknown cluster option

If you have taken a look underneath the covers of VMware Big Data Extensions, then you have probably seen the Zookeeper Chef cookbooks that are part of every default cluster deployment. The Zookeeper role is built-in and was an critical part of being able to develop the option for a Mesosphere cluster so quickly using BDE — no need to […]