Dear Future HCI Partner

If there’s one thing I wish HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) vendors would stop doing, it’s promising that the product will be up and running “in a matter of minutes”.  First of all, it’s simply untrue.  Second, it’s irresponsible and sets those of us deploying the hardware up for failure.  When skewed perceptions intersect meaty reality, the deployment engineer is the first to be skewered.  And you know what else? Continue reading “Dear Future HCI Partner”

Trends for 2017

The end of 2016 is here, and I think many of us are breathing a sigh of relief.  The year has not been kind to some, and has been described as a “dumpster fire” by others.  On the whole, I actually think that 2016 was a pretty decent year, or at least no worse than most previous years.  But I am a bit biased since my second daughter was born in June, and she is awesome!  That’ll tip the scales regardless of what else happened.  Anyhow, I digress.  The tech industry has seen a lot of change, with new technologies emerging and companies innovating at a rapid pace.  I’d like to use this post to take a look at a few of those trends, and which ones I will be keeping an eye on in the coming year.

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System Recovery for an HPE HyperConverged 250 running VMware

This is a technical post for someone trying to reset a node or an entire HC250 appliance running VMware.  This is specific to the latest release of the recovery software for the HC250 running ESXi 6.0 update 2.  If you have followed the directions for restoring the node which are included in the HPE Hyper Converged 250 System for VMware vSphere User Guide then you will have downloaded the necessary files and created a USB drive to perform the node reset.  And that’s where things start to fall apart. Continue reading “System Recovery for an HPE HyperConverged 250 running VMware”

Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The story so far

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a fast-growing segment of the hardware market.  At least that’s what all the marketing campaigns and analysts are saying.  Gartner said earlier this year that the HCI market will grow to consume 24% of the integrated systems market by 2019.  According to IDC, HCI systems made up 11.4% of integrated systems sales in Q42015 with a YoY growth of 170.5%.  Of course to a certain degree this is derived from vendors pushing HCI very hard at the consumer and in the channel.  I can’t tell you how many briefings, webinars, and marketing campaigns I’ve been hit with about HCI in the last 12 months.  Excessive is the word that comes most readily to mind.  Nevertheless, where there’s smoke there is likely hyperconverged fire.   Continue reading “Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The story so far”