I’m hearing more and more conversations on extending Layer 2 domains between data centers. While this sounds easy, if done incorrectly this could cause devices to fail (firewalls and load balancers) and asymmetrical routing problems in your enterprise. To avoid these problems you must understand how your customers communicate to the data center. Extending Layer 2 domains is just a piece of a puzzle or part of a solution. When making any core infrastructure changes its key to understand the big picture so you can architect the most successful solution. Let’s take a look at why you might want to extend Layer 2 domains and what is required.
In the days of physical servers, if one server were to suffer a loss of network connectivity, then that one particular service would of course be down for the organization. But chances are that it might not cause really wide-spread interruption to the business. It is just one server out of possibly dozens or hundreds.
What an extremely busy and fun week for everyone attending the 10th annual VMworld in San Francisco. A special thank you is in order to VMware for providing all ~21,500 attendees with a week full of valuable content, breakout sessions, hands-on labs, and one heck of a party at AT&T Park.
Its hard to imagine that in 2004, in San Diego, 1600 brave attendees took their first steps into what would soon become one of the most anticipated events in the IT industry – VMworld. This year that number will increase to more than 20,000 people attending the 10th VMworld conference with a chance to attend over 250 technical sessions, and interact with 275 technology partners, all under one roof.
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from customers asking about the capabilities of Microsoft’s latest version of Hyper-V. They are wondering if Hyper-V is finally a truly valid contender to run in their enterprise. The short answer – Yes.
We’ve all heard it “Do more with Less.” I’m dating myself, but it’s such a stark contrast to the days of the dot.com boom where IT seemed like it could get any investment it needed. Now It seems that doing more with less has pervasively shaped business as we know it. Budgets are scaled back while demands for increased capability continue to move ahead. While time becomes our biggest constraint we need to make sure to we are able to stay on top of the evolution of technology and the advantages that may now be available.