I have the privilege today of presenting at the London VMware User Group.
My presentation is split into two parts, first of all looking at why setting standards, creating processes and adding automation is now more important than ever as we work towards building an infrastructure for cloud computing.
I go through how “cloud thinking” is not just about the cloud being used to solve an IT problem but rather the cloud being a busines transformation to increase your business flexibility.
Your ESX(i) host build is the foundation of that cloud.
Then I head into the technical details of how to create a single PowerCLI script to build ESX or ESXi anywhere in your organisation. Using PowerCLI removes the dependency on any Service Console scripting so you can move towards an ESXi only infrastructure as that is the only hypervisor option for vSphere 5.
Having a single global script allows you to set standards and gives you way to reduce complexity & errors.
Today, I heard entirely unexpectedly from John Troyer that I’ve been granted a vExpert award 2011!
I’ve spent a week congratulating many deserving vExpert award winners and as all notifications went out a week ago, I hadn’t considered that I may still be included.
I’ve had issues this week with my personal domain name registration causing email delivery to fail. Luckily John didn’t immediately mark me down as IT clueless and contacted me via twitter today and via a working email address gave me the great news!
We’re pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and to offer other opportunities for greater interaction throughout the year as we continue to grow knowledge and success in the community of IT professionals. Welcome to the vExpert 2011 Program!
I truly feel humbled to be part of such a great community and look forward to being able to participate even more over the coming year.