Mike Horwath

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Tegile in the news, and so are we!

Congratulations to Tegile, whose press release today (picked up on multiple news sites, links below) includes one of the reasons we chose their HA2100EP storage array for our needs: Low latency & high throughput. We also needed iSCSI and F/C for our customers.

ipHouse has a Tegile Zebi storage array in production since March, 2012, and the increase in performance has been noticeable.

ipHouse Deploys Tegile’s Zebi Storage Array http://ger.ms/KmJXa3 – Exciting to see Tegile growing and I’m still happy with my choice in new storage for our VMware clusters.

Newcomer gets out its box, plans to sell it cheaply to all comers http://ger.ms/LTjuzY

Tegile Selected as a Red Herring Top 100 North America Tech Startup http://ger.ms/KxUJZE

Our vmForge VDC clusters are peaking around 14,000 IOPS and the MASS solution is offloading about 11,500 IOPS via SSD. I wish I could graph this and show it to the public at large but I don’t have a way yet. (those are peaks, average is closer to ~8,000 IOPS with ~6,900 IOPS via SSD)

Website gets a facelift

and goes on a diet.

A leaner, faster website was part of the goal of the redesign. And we got that.

Changing our CMS was part of it to tell the truth. CMS Made Simple was our workhorse for years but we decided to make changes and pick a new CMS. We chose WordPress if only because we have a lot of experience with it. Load balancer wasn’t changed so any perceived lower response time really is the difference in the CMS and has nothing to do with the web servers on the backend. I say perceived though the reality matches perception – it is faster.

Better search functionality was also achieved. WP just does a better job of this than CMSMS ever did.

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Hosting decision time: physical hosting vs cloud services

When it is time to change or update your hosting services, the choice between co-location and cloud services can become overwhelming.

This quick post on how virtualization and physical hosting compare may help you.

Included are hosting costs to host your own physical server the ipHouse data center versus different cloud providers and ipHouse virtualization services.


Moving ipHouse blog to new URL

In the next few days, I’ll be moving the ipHouse blogs from the current hostname and URL to the following:

ipHouse Blog -> http://www.iphouse.com/blog/

Mike@ipHouse blog -> http://www.iphouse.com/blog/mike/

I’ll put in automatic redirects so that the old URLs will continue to work.

When will this happen?

This week! Should be complete by Friday, March 30th, 2012.

VMware Certified Professional

VMware Certified Professional Addition

I am very proud to announce today, February 7th, 2012, Ben Tucker passed his VCP test to become the third VMware Certified Professional employed by ipHouse (25% of our employees now hold VCP certificates).

From VMware’s VCP site:

This industry-recognized certification requires completion of a VMware-authorized training course and hands-on experience with VMware technologies. Achieving the VCP certification confirms that you have the education needed to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments, as well as the skills obtained by a minimum of six months experience with VMware infrastructure technologies.

ipHouse employees hold many VMware certifications:

  • 3 have VCP certificates: Mike, Nick, and Ben
  • 2 have VMware Technical Sales Professional certificates: Ben and Nick
  • 7 have VMware Sales Professional certificates: Aileen, Alex, Andrew, Ben, Dan, Mike, and Nick

This means that ~60% of ipHouse employees are certified in VMware products with 3 employees holding multiple certifications.

What does this mean to you?

ipHouse employees can help design a virtualization solution for your business whether it is a single server web site to a multi-server Microsoft Remote Desktop Services solution and everything in between. Look at our vmForge offerings and give us a call at 612-337-6320 and let us help you.

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