I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Peter Smith from Infinio Systems. If you attended VMworld 2013 in San Francisco or Barcelona you surely heard about Infinio and their great tagline, “NAS + Infinio = Faster VMs”. In this podcast, Peter and I discuss Infinio, what it is, how to install it and we even get into a little whiteboarding! Thanks to Infinio and Peter for taking the time out of his busy schedule to give us the run down on Infinio. Enjoy!
This is a guest post by vDestination contributor Nick Fritsch
VMware Flings have been around for quite some time now. I personally love VMware Flings b/c many of the ideas that result in the creation of a fling are solutions to challenges that I used to deal with myself, both as a VMware Administrator and a Systems Engineer. My Favorite Flings is an article I’ve been meaning to write for a while now and finally found some free time to sit down and discuss a few of the Flings that are my favorite.
What’s a Fling?
First, a little background about Flings. Flings are ideas that are turned into projects worked on my VMware engineers in their spare time. Flings are the answer to the question, “wouldn’t it be cool if you could…” Even better, Flings are free. Before you go download your favorite fling, be aware that there is no support for Flings so use with caution.
Now, onto my favorite flings. The first is ThinApp Factory. This is a Fling that continues to be updated as new versions of VMware solutions are released. ThinApp Factory helps automate the creation of ThinApp packages. For those unfamiliar with ThinApp, ThinApp is VMware’s application virtualization solution. A ThinApp is a self-contained virtualized application that is portable, agent less and can be executed on any Windows platform. Furthermore, an application executed from within a ThinApp is isolated. Do you still need to run Internet Explorer 6 still but want the security benefits of Internet Explorer 10, with ThinApp, you can run both on the same system, independent of each other. Need to update Adobe Reader across all desktops/laptops in your environment? Virtualize Adobe Reader using ThinApp and instead of upgrading Adobe Reader X number of times, simply create an Adobe Reader ThinApp package and deploy that ThinApp package to your desktops/laptops. Sound interesting and want more information, visit the VMware ThinApp webpage here for more information.
ThinApp Factory makes creating packages a snap
So how does ThinApp Factory help me create ThinApp packages? First, ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance and can easily be deployed within your vSphere environment or within VMware Workstation. Point ThinApp Factory at your software repository (network share with all your software installation packages [.exe, .msi, .etc] and ThinApp factory will automate the creation of ThinApp packages based upon applications located in your software repository. Need to customize your installation? ThinApp Factory includes recipes that allow for customization as well as the saving of repetitive settings within an application.
Creating ThinApp packages can be time-consuming which causes slow adoption rates for virtualized applications. Think of the Apple App Store, users want their applications now. ThinApp Factory helps automate the packaging process allowing for faster and less error-prone packaging of applications. Want more information? Visit the VMware blogs page here. Want to give it a test-drive? Visit the VMware Flings webpage to download and try ThinApp Factory for yourself. As always, I would love to hear feedback on your experiences using ThinApp factory, both good and bad.
About the Autor
Nick Fritsch is an Associate Systems Engineer at VMware. He is a VCP5-DCV, VCP5-DT and an inaugural member of the EMC Elect community. Nick is an active member in the community both speaking and assisting at numerous VMUGs, presenting for vBrownbag and is active on Twitter @nfritsch. In his free time, Nick enjoys the outdoors, whether that’s spending time with his two wonderful daughters or on the golf course with fellow vGolfers.
What does it take to get to that next level of your IT career? What kinds of certifications will elevate you to the sr. level in the IT field? There are a few that I think will get you there, however these certifications are not for the faint of heart. You really have to bring your “A game.” These certifications take hours of preparation, years of hands-on experience and a lot of discipline. At this point in your career you can’t just chase down any random certification like you did when you were an IT newcomer. You probably are a subject matter expert now and have a more focused track on certifications. There are many great expert-level certifications to get in the IT industry today, but I’ve pointed out what I believe are the best and most desirable. Read the full post.
Day 3 at VMworld is off and running, my body hates me but I’m hanging in there. I had a great start to my day at Lori’s Diner with Larry Gonzalez, vLATAM co-editor and Costa Rica VMUG founder. Today we are pleased to have the vExpert Paparazzi contest sponsored by Train Signal (now PluralSight). Train Signal is giving away a full year of training which will give you access to every course in their catalog as well as any course in PluralSight’s catalog. If you get a chance, stop by their booth #1635 to pick up the new vNerd tshirt (if there are any left) and chat with their stellar staff there. If you know nothing about Train Signal, here’s a quick rundown on who they are and what they do:
Gain instant access to a vast library of IT courses from top vendors including: Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, CompTIA and Citrix.New courses added regularly, keeping you up to date on the latest technologies.
Studying for a certification exam or want to test your knowledge after finishing a course? With TrainSignal, you’ll be able to take practice exams for some of the most popular IT certifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCSE and the VMware VCP exam.
Offline Video Player
Without an Internet connection? Whether you’re on a plane, train, bus or anywhere else without Internet access, you can still learn! With the Offline Video Player from TrainSignal, you can download the lessons you want to watch anytime, anywhere. Continue your training on the go!
An Added Bonus for Today’s Contest
Today, the final day of the contest, we are not only getting a prize and support from Train Signal but we are also getting more support from our awesome community. Today you have multiple prizes to win, you can win the full year of training, also James Bowling (Houston VMUG Leader/VMworld Speaker) will be giving away a prize pack of his own and EMC Elect will be giving away another Elect Swag Bag full of prizes (thanks to Matt Brender!). Awesome! This is the last day for our contest, so make it worth it and get out there and find those vExperts. The prizes will be given away after 4pm today, so stay tuned to twitter to see if you’ve won your prize.
Thanks to all of our sponsors for this contest, you make these things possible we couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to Train Signal, Infinio and EMC Elect.
Day 2 of VMworld and Day 2 of the vExpert Paparazzi contest. Yesterday turned out to be so much fun with Gabe Maentz taking the Kindle Fire from Infinio Systems. Well, I’m glad to say there are more prizes in line for today. Today’s sponsor is the EMC Elect community. With help from Matt Brender, we were able to put together an EMC Elect prize pack which the winner of today’s contest will walk away with. Here’s a little more about EMC Elect:
EMC Elect is a community-driven recognition and thank you for individual’s engagement with EMC as a brand over the last calendar year. Key Characteristics of an outstanding EMC Elect candidate include:
Engagement – Members are those engaging here on the ECN, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and in person at events. Commitment – Being a part of the EMC conversation day in and day out, offering thoughtful feedback and staying optimistic in your language Leadership – The kind of people who take every opportunity to engage with their peers and represent others as part of the community.
Double your fun today!
To make this even more fun, see if you can find not only vExperts but any of the EMC Elect superstars! Just like yesterday make sure you share your pics on Twitter with the #vExpertPaparazzi and the #EMCElect hashtag and have fun meeting new people. The winner will be chosen by 1:30 today, a little earlier than yesterday and we’ll announce the winner on Twitter and give out the EMC Elect prize pack at EMC’s booth at 2pm. To help with knowing who’s EMC Elect, here’s a good list for you. Get your flashbulbs out and find those vExperts/EMC Elect!
Hello fellow VMworld attendees, so far it’s been a whirlwind of activity here with v0dgeball, VMunderground and the Welcome Reception. I know there have been some of you already taking #vExpertPaparazzi pics, but today is the first official day of fun and prizes! Today’s prize comes courtesy of Infinio (booth 410) and their awesome product:
Buy disk when you need capacity. Try Infinio when you need performance.
A busy virtual infrastructure can put demands on your NAS that dramatically degrade performance. Your first thought may be to buy more disks, controllers, or SSDs to offload the traffic and solve the performance problem.
There’s a better way.
Infinio Accelerator lets you separate performance from capacity. For a fraction of the price of hardware-based products, Accelerator offers a software-only solution that extends the performance life of the NAS you already have. Accelerator is a virtual appliance that uses server-side caching to minimize the I/O traffic load on central storage.
It works without any additional hardware – no SSD required – instead using just 8 GB of idle memory from each ESXi server to create a pooled, deduplicated cache in memory.
Rules recap and how to win
Now that you get an idea of who Infinio is, let’s take a recap of the rules and how to win. You have to find a vExpert that you know or one you might run into wearing a vExpert polo or some vExpert insignia and get your picture taken with them. The catch is you have to take your pic with them, not just a pic of them (yes, before anyone corrects me, this is not how traditional paparazzi work). Once you get a pic, share it on twitter with the vExpert’s twitter handle, Infinio’s twitter handle and the #vExpertPaparazzi hashtag. Let me give you an example of what it might look like on twitter:
“Me & @xyz_vexpert #vExpertPaparazzi cc/ @InfinioSystems”
Obviously put the actual vExpert’s twitter handle where @xyz_vexpert is in the example.
The contest starts today at 11am and will run until 3:30pm, the winner will be chosen at random and announced by 4pm. You must be present at Infinio’s booth #410 to collect your prize. So what’s the prize? Infinio will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD! It needs no introduction. So good luck and have fun meeting some new vExperts or catching up with some you already know.