I’ve been given the opportunity to do some testing with 2 Nutanix blocks and a Mellanox SX1012 switch for one of our customers, who is looking to do some disruptive changes to the platform they deploy their software onto.

Background

Currently, we partner with this customer to do your typical 3-Tier infrastructure deployments with EMC VNX/VNXe for Storage, Cisco Catalyst and Nexus for switching, Cisco UCS or HP for compute and VMware vSphere for the hypervisor. While this solution has worked very well over the years, when we approached this partner a few years ago with Nutanix, the interest was there but the justification was hard to come by.

Fast forward to this year, we were able to get our partner out to the Nutanix .Next conference for an executive briefing and generate some more internal interest.

To say we were successful is an understatement! By the time we had gotten over our jetlag coming home, it was how fast can we get a POC box onsite to test with. We got a box into their hands, a nice 4 node NX-1050 model, I headed out to California, did the install and gave them the keys and let them start testing – all on Nutanix’s Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).

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I have to say, I love working for eGroup.  We’ve put together and awesome group of people company wide, but especially on my team – the Data Center Architecture team it’s a group of really smart, hard working guys.

For the 6th year in a row, we (eGroup) have achieved Cisco’s Advanced Data Center Architecuture Specialization.  You can read the press release here, but what it really comes down to is we’ve put together a team that can go into any size Data Center, and provide our customers with solutions that make sense and work for them.
I’m really proud to see where we’re going, starting with the Advanced Data Center Architecture specialization, and looking towards the Advanced Security Architecture specialization among others.
So to everybody at eGroup, awesome job and let’s keep it up!

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What a week we’ve had, and really I mean Yesterday!

Finally home after a 3rd straight week in NY doing some fun installs for one of our partners. Being home in SC in the summer always feels good. Like being in an oven good.

We started off the morning with the announcement from Nutanix and Cisco that Nutanix now runs on UCS. Read the awesome info here, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!

Then, Microsoft blows our minds with the release of Powershell for MacOS and Linux. I couldn’t download it fast enough!

On to Friday news…

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Onto the Logical Router….

In Part 1 of my Deploying NSX series, we covered the prep of NSX in the environment, including deploying the NSX Manager appliance, deploying NSX Controllers and vSphere host preparation. In Part 2 this part of the series, we covered the creation of Logical Switches and our NSX Edge, which consist of our Edge Services Gateway (Providing DHCP, Firewall, VPN, NAT, Routing and Load Balancing capabilities). In our 3rd part in the series, we’ll cover the deployment of the Logical Router, which provides our routing and bridging for the existing networks, as well as configuring routing to get traffic into and out of our new NSX environment.

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It’s been over 6 months since I last had NSX working in my home lab, and with a rebuild I decided it was time to wrap up Part 2 of my NSX in a home lab blog post.

In Part 1 of my Deploying NSX series, we covered the prep of NSX in the environment, including deploying the NSX Manager appliance, deploying NSX Controllers and vSphere host preparation. In this part of the series, we’ll cover the creation of Logical Switches and our NSX Edge, which consist of our Edge Services Gateway (Providing DHCP, Firewall, VPN, NAT, Routing and Load Balancing capabilities). Part 3 will cover the deployment of the Logical Router, which provides our routing and bridging for the existing networks, as well as configuring routing to get traffic into and out of our new NSX environment.

So let’s dive right in…

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It’s been well over a month since the last post, and while I’ve had many ideas on topics since the last one, nothing has come to fruition!

I wrapped up a busy 2015, with hopes to knock out a few posts during the Christmas break, then the New Year break, and now we’re over halfway thru January and my whiteboard hasn’t changed. I’ve still got my plans for wrapping up my NSX post, especially since I’ve rebuilt my lab for the umpteenth time!

Coming into 2016, I’ve been presented with an awesome opportunity to take over a new role, a challenge, as the Practice Manager for the @eGroup_Inc Data Center Architecture team. It’s a great team, agile, and full of knowledge – and fun.

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I’m a big an of the Cisco Fabric Extenders when it comes to getting more ports in a data center topology, I like the easy of management and simple layout for getting connections onto the FEX. However, after speaking with a few coworkers and friends, I came to the conclusion that the supported FEX topologies are still somewhat confusing between the Nexus line, and what is actually supported from a connectivity standpoint on the FEX’s.

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Finally!!

I’ve been trying to get the Horizon View EUC Access Point deployed in my home lab for a while now. No matter how I did it, I could just not get the Access Point to work correctly.

I love the idea of the Access Point, being a simple ‘if it breaks, redeploy it’ method, but it really was making me wonder just how ready this was. Turned out, it was all on me…

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