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5 Virtualization no-brainers

Robert L. Scheier writes about some no-brainers for newbies. Although some interesting pointers about how managers fumble and made mistakes.

Tell that to manager of network operations Thomas Williamson, who purchased VMware ESX to virtualize 25 servers at the Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He wasn't aware that he could also virtualize the storage for those virtual machines. It was only after purchasing a 4TB Dell/EMC CX300 SAN (storage area network) that he learned from a user's group about DataCore Software Corp.'s SANmelody storage and virtualization management software.

I must say that this happens in organizations who have no view of "aligning new technologies with existing ones", who seriously lack vision and are committing serious mistakes, some irreversible ones too, before realizing that they were better off inviting their own administrators to the show! Anyways these may sound like yawners to those who have been following the virtualization arena; making a lot of calls to see if peers are doing well; or simply being agile and watchful to these new trends, but they definitely are important issues for managers, and as infrastructure manager you can count yourself in too, who want to deploy virtualization into their organization.

My pointers:
  • Chalk out several plans: Ask every involved member to work on a plan and then merge them together, or pick the best one.
  • Discuss and engage in serious result-oriented dialog
  • Discuss externally
  • Prepare for Change and Transition
These are far more important issues. Remember people fail people, technology is just a tool!

Interesting read this.


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Whale Fall

Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall

Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy

What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors

I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!

I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run

We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors

we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred

Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested

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