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VMware SDDC Failure Scenarios

Recently I have been having conversations around operationalizing SDDC environments, understanding what to monitor, and the most common failure scenarios. There are a myriad of monitoring tools and services out there that can be leveraged to varying degrees to monitor physical and virtual infrastructure. Over the course of my career, I’ve leveraged nearly a dozen different tools for monitoring and […]

vSAN Thin vs Thick Provisioning

I’ve recently had several conversations around whether leveraging thin or thick provisioning within a vSAN datastore is necessary. Although the default vSAN Storage Policy leverages thin provisioning, it is important to understand why it is the default and the recommended best practice. Thin vs Thick Provisioning Let’s start with how vSAN defines a thin or thick provisioned disk. Within a […]

VCDX Quick Hit: Understanding SLA Inter-dependencies

One key attribute of a cloud/infrastructure/enterprise architect is our ability to fully understand a customers requirements as it relates to Service Level Objectives (SLO) and Agreements (SLA). When embarking on a new architecture, understanding where the environment exists within the layers of the service offering and it’s criticality to other services built on it is critical. As you (the architect) […]

Ansible Control Server Docker Container

I have continued to maintain the virtualelephant/ubuntu-ansible Docker container for my personal use since 2018. The container has been updated to recently and will continue to be maintained as I operate in the infrastructure-as-code model for the personal projects associated with the site. As I’ve stated before, the container is not what I would call lightweight. It is intended to be […]

VCDX Quick Hit: Understanding the RTO Target

Everyone knows what an RTO is right? When I ask this question during the VCDX Workshops, I inevitability get an answer along the lines of “Recovery Time Objective is how long it takes to recover an environment.” From a definition perspective, this is true — however, as with many concepts, especially as they relate to the VCDX certification, I believe […]

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