Top Virtualization Blogs 2017 Nominations Open


Eric Siebert has opened his nominations for this year’s top blogs. He has, again, included a Female Bloggers category, as he did last year. Unfortunately, last year there were hardly any entrants (two to be precise; me and Melissa aka vMiss) and so Eric cancelled the category, as explained in this tweet:

The cancellation of the category led to some rather harsh commentary, in my opinion. The comment in Gina’s post – “Besides the fact that he could only think of two lady bloggers to include in his annual list, this statement: We need to cultivate more female bloggers just rubbed me the wrong way” – is incorrect in my view. Eric could think of many more than two I’m sure, and his comment was most sincere and meant in a very supportive way, but if you don’t nominate your blog won’t be listed – simples!

Therefore, I hope this year there will be no such discussions and that all the vLadies out there will submit nominations for their blogs.

As with anything like this, you have to ‘be in it to win it’. So, if you have a blog, whatever your gender, then please nominate yourself, here are the categories:

  • Favorite New Blog– Blog must have been started in 2016
  • Favorite Storage Blog– Must have greater than 50% posts as storage related
  • Favorite Independent Blogger– Must not work for VMware or a Technology Partner (i.e. EMC, Dell, IBM, Unitrends, etc.), basically this means customers, resellers and integrators only.
  • Favorite Scripting/Automation Blog– Must have greater than 50% posts as scripting/automation related
  • Favorite Non-English Blog– Must be primarily published in a non-English language
  • Favorite Podcast– Easy one, you must have a podcast
  • Favorite Female Blogger– Special recognition for women in tech, must be a female blogger
  • Favorite News/Information Site– Any site that primarily publishes news and information and is not really a blog

Good luck!





Well, that was the week (and a bit) that was!

There are 5 things that occurred in the past 10 days that have really shocked and, in some instances, saddened me.

  • Nutanix “wheel” debacle
  • Brexit outcome
  • Euro championship outcome
  • Top vBlog 2016
  • Rumours of Nutanix’s acquisition of PernixData

Let’s start with the 2nd one; I don’t ever discuss politics or religion on social media and, frankly, the EU referendum wasn’t about polictics, albeit the politicians did a fab job of completely effing it up! Demonstrating, along the way, that they’re all lying toe rags. I won’t delve deeper into my personal thoughts as I think my tweet summed up my thoughts!

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Status: Sad. Right, that’s that one out of the way.

The 1st one; this is the second time Nutanix has been accused of being sexist.

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The first time was 2 years ago with their competitive marketing campaign, nixvblock,that contained a series of videos of “Vicky Block” demonstrating some eclectic dress sense and mental issues. This was the first time Nutanix fielded a woman to post a blog to apologize, however, this post seems to have disappeared from their website, albeit Laura is no longer with Nutanix.

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Frankly, the outcome of both situations elevated Nutanix’s visibility, Howard Ting apologized on twitter and Julie O’Brien appeared on The Current Status podcast, so all will blow over. My view, in general, is men are wired – emotionally – different to women, we should all be seen as people in tech, a homogenous tech world wouldn’t be much fun and times change, we need to move with the times.

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Status: Sad.

The 3rd one; What a bunch of wankers! When we really need our boys to step up and lift the nation after the turmoil of BREXIT, they proved they’re an over paid bunch of individuals who cannot play as a team. Nuff said. Status: Sad.

The 4th point; I am so incredibly chuffed to have my Rimmergram blog even listed on Eric Siebert’s Top vBlog list. To have been voted 181 and received 29 votes is just thrilling, I am ecstatic beyond belief. Thank you to all that voted for my blog. STATUS: Shocked but in a good way!

Finally, number 5. The El Reg post is, at time of posting, just a conjecture. However, I have been informed PernixData no longer requires my services. This makes me truly sad, I’ve loved working with the team, totally believe in the technology and have met some awesome people as part of my role and have thoroughly enjoyed managing the PernixPro program over the past few months. I am sure the real facts and details will emerge during the coming days/weeks of the future of the company. STATUS: definitely both shocked and sad.

So, what a turbulent week, I’m pleased it’s Saturday – off to ride the horse now!

VMworld Day 2 Rimmary

I attended the keynote this morning, and sat next to the editor of DataCenter Dynamics, Peter Judge. He asked me how the VMwomen event had gone yesterday, and we ended up having a really good discussion about woman in IT, and he informed me that both Apple and FaceBook have offered to freeze women executives eggs if they wish to continue working – which opens up a whole different debate, but one that I don’t agree with – you have a body clock for a reason!  But the discussion set my day off nicely, so thank you Peter!

I always enjoy Carl Eschenbach’s presentations, he’s is such an enigmatic, enthusiastic presenter, he started with a summary of yesterday’s presentation and

then welcomed SAP and then Vodafone on stage to discuss their implementations and recommendations.  It was interesting to see SAP there, as when I first joined VMware, SAP was one of the first customers I visited! Next up was Raghu Raghuram and he informed the audience that they are Team SDDC, he was joined by Ben Fathi and they presented some new vSphere innovations in Beta – loving the sound of long distance vMotion!

Ben also mentioned some performance testing they undertook with VMs and Docker, the results can be found here – would seem it’s a bit like the outcome of the Scottish referendum, Better Together! Finally Simone Brunozzi came on stage to discuss hybridity fluidity 🙂

There were some twitter discussion around why vSphere 6 wasn’t announced as out of Beta at this event, and as we had our VMUG leader lunch Q&A with Pat Gelsinger and Joe Baguley, I asked them the question.  It’s all about, essentially, Sarbanes Oxley.  I cannot tell you how great it is to have the CEO and EMEA CTO attend our lunch and have an open and honest discussion forum.  This is why VMware is so innovative – not just technologically but embracing the user community from the top is pivotal to the success of the VMUG.  VMware is also extremely good with its CSR, the Giveback Foundation is a tremendous initiative and hope everyone that attended VMworld went and flew a paper plane!

It was also great for the London VMUG to be recognised for the Extra Mile award – Simon had already collected this award at VMworld San Francisco but Stuart and I were asked to the stage to be recognised in the EMEA leader community.  It was also great for my friend and colleague, Liselotte Foverskov, to receive her president’s award, which is truly deserved


VMworld Europe day 1 keynote Rimmary

Having just exited the general session, I want to quickly share my thoughts on the keynotes.  VMware is definitely continuing to lead the market, not just in technological innovations but, in my view, also in how it embraces customers.  There were some ‘nuggets’ of news not mentioned back in August San Fran VMworld – such as HP and Hitachi Data Systems being new EVO:RAIL partners, vCloud Air being available in Germany and Horizon FLEX to name a few – but I liked the way that customers mentioned in the slide ware, were publicly acknowledged with the cameras zooming in on them as they were asked to stand up and be recognised.

As always, it was great to have VMUG community mentioned in the keynote – now up to 100,000 members.  As I’ll be doing some booth duty on the VMUG booth this year, I hope to help contribute to getting new members signed up.

I was pleased to hear the VMwomen initiative mentioned during the keynote, I’ve signed up for this session in the schedule builder – 17.30 today, room 40, Hall 8.

I’m still not convinced that “Go Bravely” is the right message to a technical audience – for me it invokes fear, trepidation, uncertainty – but then, actually, that is the IT world in which we live and, probably, will continue to live.

Pat wrapped up with this summary – enabling the Brave New IT 😀

Event Mania

Yes, we’ve entered that manic time of year, the IT event silly season!  This week sees IP Expo opening its doors for the first time at the ExCeL – personally I loved going to this event at Earls Court because it was an easy drive in for me; the ExCeL is the back and beyond of East London 🙁 But it’s going to be a great event! Tim Berners-Lee is the opening keynote and I’m really looking forward to that.  I shall be with my client, PernixData, on their stand E17 in the VMware partner zone.  PernixData has just announced the new version of its flagship product, PernixData FVP software, and will be demonstrating new features, such as Distributed Fault Tolerant Memroy, Adaptive network compression and much more. Watch a demo and you can enter the prize draw to win a Google Chromecast 4 times during each day, and 2 x driving experiences for 2 lucky people being drawn at 16.00 each day.  For in-depth details of version 2.0 of FVP software, I recommend reading Frank Denneman’s blog

Then on Sunday 12th, I shall be flying over to Barcelona for VMworld Europe. I, unfortunately, did not make it to the August event in San Francisco this year so am really looking forward to being in Barcelona to hear the latest news not just from VMware but from the eco-system vendors and to meet up with new and old friends.  As always, there is a plethora of community gatherings and, as a VMUG leader, I’m really looking forward to all the VMUG events and you will find me most days on the VMUG booth, so stop by and say hi.  I also intend to spend time in the hangspace, always a great place to catch up IRL with my tweeps 🙂  I will also be attending the vRockstar party on the Sunday night, what a great way to start proceedings.  I will also be spending some time with 2 of my clients that will be in the solutions exchange, Liquidware Labs, booth #141 and PernixData, booth #314.

I will be attending the first VMwomen event to be held at VMworld Europe, for any other female attendees wishing to attend, you can register for it in the schedule builder by searching for VMWOMEN (session ID and session title). Add the session to your personal schedule– select ‘Scheduling Options’ 
– select ‘+’ value next to day/time listing.

The final “big” event for me this year will be the annual UK VMUG User Conference.  Being on the committee this event takes a considerable amount of personal time, but is all worth it as, even leading up to the event, we’re getting tweets about the amazing line up of speakers and sponsors we’ve secured and I know this is going to be an awesome event.  This is our 4th year of running this user conference, in conjunction with VMUG HQ, and as it’s held in central England, at the National Motorcycle Museum, we get a lot of attendees that don’t usually attend a regular VMUG meeting.  If that sounds like you, register here and come along and have an informative, educational day for free!  We’ve got lots of prizes, including 10 prizes to access VMworld content, great industry speakers including VMware’s EMEA CTO, Joe Baguley and industry expert Chris Wahl as well as community and birds of a feather sessions that you just don’t want to miss.

Post November 18th I am planning to take a holiday!