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    WTB: 12" MacBook Any Color or Config

    Need one for work. Let me know.
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    FS: FusionIO ioDrive2 785GB PCIe Card

    You can get the drivers right off Sandisk's site. I just made a new account and grabbed the vSphere drivers. I think FusionIO used to lock them down but Sandisk doesn't. I'd have to install it to check fio-status. If someone really wants me to I can..if it runs under vSphere. I don't have...
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    FS: FusionIO ioDrive2 785GB PCIe Card

    Refurb card in the box. I used it for a bit of testing but not much at all. $350 + $15 Priority Shipping. PayPal Preferred.
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    Considering iMac 5k. Thoughts on heat/noise?

    Have had a 5K iMac since launch day. Absolutely love it. Zero issues. Very quiet.
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    What We Learned About SSDs In 2015

    I sold millions of dollars in AFAs last year. This guy is nuts. I can give you 200K+ IOPS at sub-ms latency with mixed workloads on most AFAs now. That covers 98%+ of work loads. No one cares if a read takes as long as a write when they are both at 300 micro seconds.
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    virtual machine on HP server using vmware goes dark to the network after period

    Let's say you connect to the console and then ping out from the VM. Can you then ping it and connect to it remotely?
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    Need 2TB SSD for IO intensive work

    Doesn't sound like an I/O problem to me.
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    Need 2TB SSD for IO intensive work

    How many IOPS do you really need?
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    New 2nd gen Amazon Fire TV with 4k support and Alexa built in

    Got a Roku 4 Saturday and like it. The HDCP 2.2 thing is annoying as I have to plug it in direct to my LG OLED instead of through my Onkyo Integra that does 4K, but not HDCP 2.2. But real happy with it.
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    Help deciding on new TV!

    Yes. I just got a 65EF9500 last week to replace a very good Panasonic Plasma and it's fantastic. Expensive but amazing.
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    New 4K and 5K iMacs

    No. It's priced like the fantastically engineered desktop system that it is. I have the first gen 5K that I got on launch day. It's an absolutely amazing system. No...I don't game. I'm the target user for a system like this.
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    learning the ropes for VM

    Network Engineers 5 years ago probably didn't care about VM/Hypervisor but the future ones sure will. The lines are blurring very rapidly. Learn the network stuff. Learn Python. Learn some hypervisor stuff (VMware and Microsoft to start). And read up on Software Defined...
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    Just going to leave this here...

    Let's be honest. Any of the true AFAs out there exceed probably 90% of customer workload I/O requirements. I try really hard to stay out of the "we flip bits this way, they flip bits that way" discussions. It's a waste of time these days. Go with the company, portfolio, and partner you trust...
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    2015 Macbook

    Just got a MacBook the other day to play with. Pretty amazed by this little system. Going to be really great to use when I travel. Can barely tell it's in my bag. Still getting used to the keyboard and that's odd when going back to my rMBP or iMac...but I love it.
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    Nutanix is Windows Server Hardware Certified

    One thing to keep in mind is that there is a lot of Gen 1 UCS gear out there. So if you're going to pull it out now is the time when things like FIs and chassis are up for renewals. VCE pricing has gotten better for sure...but the sales cycle with them can still be tough and it can still be...
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    IBM V9000 AFA & SQL workloads (I/O wait)

    Have to V9000s about to go in our lab for testing. They are fast but don't have very good data services. Are they faster than an AFA using SSDs? Maybe...but we're splitting microseconds here. Not something 99.99% of SQL databases would ever benefit from.
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    Gigabit Powerline

    I have a pair of 1.3Gb powerline adapters. My house was built in 1999. I get like 60Mb/sec between them. Fine for streaming to the HT but not overly pleased with it....
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    Nutanix is Windows Server Hardware Certified

    VSAN very well COULD be a no-brainer..if VMware would get their heads out of their asses. The cost of VSAN is too high. The new license models are helping but they are playing catchup. Customers don't care about in-kernel versus a distributed VSA type model. 98% of the time both will more...
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    Nutanix is Windows Server Hardware Certified

    The Nutanix page you linked is a list of partners that have signed up for Nutanix's partner integration. Not who they (Nutanix) has signed up for. Nutanix hasn't "gone rogue". They released their own custom KVM-based hypervisor and they compete head-on with VSAN and EVO:Rail. So there is...
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    Anyone using Nutanix?

    We're their #2 partner..maybe #1 now. Good stuff. Been around a while. Like the management team and founders. Solid tech. Like what they are doing with their own KVM-based hypervisor.
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    Help with Cisco SG300 and HP V1910-48G Switch for LAN and SAN configuration

    Good luck. I've seen many, many iSCSI deployments fall completely on their face by using switches that weren't meant for it. These work fine in my lab (Have a SG300 and HP1910) but not for what you want. You WILL have problems.
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    So...Who is going to be at VMworld this year

    The NSX 6.2 and VSAN 6.1 stuff is decent.
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    So...Who is going to be at VMworld this year

    Did you book NDA sessions or just going to the regular ones?
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    So...Who is going to be at VMworld this year

    I'm sure I'll be at the Cigar Bar and Grill and/or Occidental a few times next week.
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    So...Who is going to be at VMworld this year

    I'll be there...yet again.
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    best software NVR for hikvision

    Synology Surveillance Station.
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    Best books for a beginner VMware/ESXi admin?

    Instead of a book go try a free subscription to www.pluralsight.com and look at their training. Well worth the price (cheap!). Disclaimer: I have written a number of courses for them.
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    VMware help

    You can't "get a hold" of an older copy with a key unless you buy it. Buy a new license and you can get a key for an older version.
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    SolidFire all-flash-array anyone?

    Yeah..see...I *HATE* it when companies include thin provisioning in to the logical capacity. Pure does this too. We don't when discussing XtremIO so I often have to go talk to customers and show them why Pure is supposedly getting much higher.
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    Anyone registered for Hands-On Labs Expert-Led Workshop at VMworld 2015

    Yeah. They were full very quickly. Keep checking in case someone drops out.
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    SolidFire all-flash-array anyone?

    They are probably telling you the effective capacity after dedupe and compression. You don't know the exact amount until you get some of your data on it. If you're worried do a PoC or have them give you a written guarantee on a minimum dedupe/compression ratio.
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    SDS, commodity storage, and mission-critical workloads

    There are people doing it. Usually in special use cases but they are out there. That's the whole use case of like ScaleIO..which might be a good compromise between a very niche player and full pain EMC pricing. There is going to be less supporting information out there so if you hit a big...
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    SolidFire all-flash-array anyone?

    Good gear. The QoS is really targeted toward service providers but can be used by anyone. I know several people over there. We don't sell it since we don't want to pick up another AFA but I would give it a look. They were slower starting because their products were mainly for SPs. You had...
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    Should I invest in a new router?

    5Ghz doesn't go through walls as well..but that band isn't usually as overloaded so I'd start there. Better AP/routers DO make a big difference and it's not always about how much you spend. I just picked up a NetGear X6 for $299 and my $129 Apple Extreme 6th gen destroyed it on coverage and...
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    Storage Configurations For Diff. Usages

    Back on topic please.
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    Frustrating issues with wifi connection :(

    On 2.4GHz or 5GHz? I had to move to 5GHz in my neighborhood (not even a condo). 2.4GHz was just way too crowded.
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    Storage Configurations For Diff. Usages

    My enterprise SSDs were free. My two 785GB FusionIO cards were $500 total. It pays to know people. ;) I need to sell those FusionIOs. Never use them. Just took them out of my lab boxes. No need for PernixData when my 1815+ is full of enterprise SSDs.
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    Frustrating issues with wifi connection :(

    Start looking for things that happen when wifi goes out. Are you using a microwave? Are you in a house or apartment?
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    Storage Configurations For Diff. Usages

    I had two spare SSDs and two open bays. :) That's seriously the reason. I suspect they provide zero help at all. I need to get a couple more 3TBs and put them in as hot spares in case something dies while I'm out of town.
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