Category Archives: IT Transformation

Deploy GitHub’s Hubot for Slack automatically with Travis CI and CloudFoundry – Part 1

GitHub has created a really interesting bot called Hubot that can be used for many different things. It can connect to a multitude of different services such as IRC, Slack, HipChat, Twitter, and a lot more. Once it is there it … Continue reading

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EMC is now a part of the Puppet Labs Supported program

Disclaimer: EMC is a proud member of the Puppet Supported Program. These are my thoughts and not necessarily those of my employer. I work at EMC which is a federation of well-known brand names; VMware, RSA, Pivotal & EMC II, and they all … Continue reading

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Optimized versus flexible – You’re asking the wrong question

I’ve heard from many customers and partners that they want an optimized and flexible architecture for their new or future infrastructure, and I would like to voice my concerns about this point of view when looking at new datacenter architectures. Let’s … Continue reading

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My IT predictions for 2014

Disclaimer: These are my predictions, not those of my employer. And yeah, I might be a bit late to the 2014 predictions, still wanted to share though. During 2013, a lot changed on the playing field of IT. Software-Defined Everything … Continue reading

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EMC ScaleIO – The new kid on the Elastic Converged Storage Block

ScaleIO delivers something that’s all the rage right now, namely a highly scalable storage solution for things like web scale apps, databases and virtual desktops. ScaleIO ECS is software that uses application servers to create an elastic, scalable and resilient … Continue reading

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco and Barcelona – all in one post!

This is the first year where I’ve attended both VMworld conferences, and my first over the US. There are a lot of similarities, and a lot of differences. I’ve gotten the question many times during the last couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Help! There’s a yellow elephant in my server room!

That could be what’s on an admin’s mind during their first try to deploy Hadoop. It’s not necessarily that hard to install, but to understand how to scale it and how to work with it you need to put some … Continue reading

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EMC World 2013 – Best one yet?

I’ve spent the last week in Vegas, meeting incredible people and learning a lot at this year’s amazing EMC World. Amazing, just like every year, but always a bit different. Time for an EMC World 2013 wrap-up don’t you think? … Continue reading

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Summary of Cisco Live UK 2013 through the eyes of a vSpecialist

Hats off to Cisco for a great event last week, very well executed! I was lucky enough to be a part of this year’s event, and was there in the role of an “Expert Roamer” which meant I should pick … Continue reading

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Going to Cisco Live in London this week? Don’t miss out on all the cool stuff!

If you’re one of the lucky ~4000 people who’ll attend Cisco Live in London this week, I hope you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. Make sure you go to interesting sessions, attend cool vendor demos in the exhibition center, and … Continue reading

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