Posts tagged Virtualization

How do our servers connect?

This morning we had an outage and while I did what I could to describe it via text, I can’t seem to come to grips with three unrelated issues occurring together creating so many pages.


Our network is segmented/separated by multiple physical segments and these unrelated incidents should not affect the other.

Basic Network Diagram

Basic Network Diagram

This graphic representation isn’t necessarily 100% accurate as it is a logic drawing with basic network interconnections in place. The physical machines where our virtualized servers live are not represented, though there are 8 of them. The NFS servers aren’t accurate either as it is multiple active/active NFS controllers exporting 3 NFS mount points to our internal infrastructure using a storage network. There is another NFS cluster that handles the real email and web storage that isn’t depicted.

Every production machine on the ipHouse network, whether physical or virtual, has at least 2 ethernet ports. One connected to external facing services and one on an internal network where we do our storage and secure data transfers. Some systems have more though it really depends on what service the server is providing.

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Twin Cities vBeers April 3, 2012 (updated)

I need to get better at putting this kind of stuff up!

These events are either the first Tuesday or Saturday of the month.

Today, Tuesday, from 5:30pm until 8:30pm, we will be having our first vBeers of the year at Mac’s Industrial on Central Ave in Minneapolis, MN.

We alternate the days of the week on alternating months.

UPDATE: For May 12th, 2012 (the next event), we will be at The Happy Gnome on Dale St. in St. Paul, MN. (yes, not the first Saturday of the month but I don’t want to screw with Cinco de Mayo karma).

What is it?

Just virtualization people getting together to hang out, eat some food, drink some beverages (of which some are malt & hops based).


Mac’s Industrial - 312 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis 55414 (usually 5:30pm-8:30pm)

The Happy Gnome - 498 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (usually 1:00pm-4:30pm)


Searching for storage: Tintri

Here is the second installment of my series of posts dealing with storage that I am evaluating at ipHouse for our virtualization products.

I have been a busy boy the past couple of weeks.

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It’s 1.0 to you but you’re beta to me: vCloud Director Client for iPad

VMware released vCloud Director Client for iPad today.

And in the grand tradition of VMware releasing version 1.0 applications we come away with something that has potential but leaving me wanting.

Wanting an application that can do something.

Perhaps they should have left this in the oven to bake a little longer. I think the vSphere Client for iPad had some of the same issues upon first release.

My suggestion: wait until it receives updates before installing on your iPad.

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Searching for storage: Tegile

I promised some followers of this blog that I’d post some thoughts on what I am looking at and the progress of my evaluations here at ipHouse for our virtualization products.

Unfortunately we also did an office move in the intervening period and guess who didn’t have time?

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