Thoughts on Tech

Month: May 2020

VMware Cloud on GCP, now they have the big three

Anyone who follows my blogs know I’m quite a fan of VMware Cloud on AWS and my employer Stagecoach have been a happy customer for almost 2 years now. During that time VMware have strengthened their relationship with AWS, struck a deal with Microsoft for VMC to run on Azure and now as of this week they have announced Google Cloud VMware Engine, the same tech stack on the final of the big three’s cloud platform. So what does this mean for the customer?

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Veeam: Scaling out to Amazon S3

As a long-time user of Veeam, its almost a bit bizarre that I’ve not written anything about it yet… and the time spent at home has allowed me to re-look at our Veeam installations to see what additional value we can get from the more recent releases, and the SOBR feature is the one that stood out, so I thought I’d put together a little post on what SOBR is, why it is useful and what I did to implement it.

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The layered approach to monitoring

Many moons ago, monitoring was as simple as spinning up a Nagios instance, or Solarwinds if the business you worked for was a little ‘flush’ with cash. It did exactly what you wanted, allowed you to monitor via SNMP or WMI, and it gave you a simple graphical interface for each ‘node’ that you looked after. Over the last few years though, there is far more to monitoring. Its an area I have an interest in, so I thought I’d document some of what I’ve seen recently.

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