Allow me to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Bas Raayman, a 38-year-old Dutch guy currently living and working in Germany for a company called Nutanix. There, according to my contract, I am officially a “Solutions Engineer”.

This means I get to help customers as a part of our engineering organisation by designing, developing, certifying and testing business-critical applications on the Nutanix platform.  I also help our customers directly by designing new landscapes, troubleshoot existing environments and/or applications, and giving presentations and talks about all things related to Nutanix’ solution portfolio.

My ‘specialties’ include hyperconverged systems, storage, HA/DR clustering, virtualization and computer technology in general. I like to write about my experiences from work, and my personal take on technology. I’m a Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX 006), EMC certified Cloud Architect, a former VCP4, VCP5, VCAP5-DCA and was lucky enough to have been awarded the title of VMware vExpert from 2011 until 2016.

I hope to see you around here. :)

This blog contains my opinions and does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer.

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  1. Hello Again Bas ~

    On June 15th, VKernel will be announcing the latest of a trio of free assessment tools. If you recall, we released “CapacityVIEW” in February, “AppVIEW” in April, and so now in June we release “StorageVIEW.”

    I am curious if you are interested in getting a “Pre-Briefing” next week before the official launch with our Chief Technology Officer, Alex Bakman and our Chief Marketing Officer, Bryan Semple. It would be with the understanding that you would keep the news under wraps until Monday June 14th when you are then free to blog about it a day before the press release announcement.

    Rounding out the set of free assessment tools by VKernel, StorageVIew is a utility that can help VMware admins identify and resolve performance problems caused by storage I/O. It finds the most overloaded “Hosts to Datastores” pairs which have the highest I/O Latency. Then for each host, it identifies all VMs plus the amount of throughput for each VM. Using this information VMware admins can identify VMs that are hogging the bandwidth and move them to another host or datastore.

    If you are indeed interested in having such a conversation, tell me what day and time works best for you and I will schedule the phone call.

    Have a great weekend!
    – Tina

  2. Hello Bas ~

    VKernel has a couple news items in association with our upcoming Chargeback 2.0 release.

    1. This release extends Chargeback support to both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX environments while also adding support for mixed chargeback models (allocation vs. usage). Chargeback 2.0 is the second product from VKernel to support Microsoft Hyper-V following on the launch of the lastest version of VKernel Capacity Analyzer.

    2. VKernel is the chargeback partner for Microsoft’s recently released Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 which was announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide partner conference this week in Washington DC. The self-service portal is a collection of tools and guidance from Microsoft enabling the creation of private, self-service clouds.

    So you can see Chargeback as a key component to cloud strategy.

    Do tell is your schedule has any openings and I can send you a GoToMeeting invite to chat with our CMO, Bryan Semple, next week. This Chargeback pre-brief would be ‘under embargo’ until Monday July 26th, at which point you are free to write about it. (We’ll then be releasing the news officially the next day Tuesday July 27th.)

    Best Regards,
    – Tina

  3. Hello Bas ~

    As I intimated in the previous post, VKernel announced our Chargeback 2.0 release today. The new release extends chargeback support to both Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and VMware ESX environments. Mixed environments require capacity management solutions that operate across both platforms. VKernel Chargeback 2.0 is the first chargeback solution designed for these heterogeneous environments.

    The release also adds support for mixed chargeback models. VKernel Chargeback 2.0 now supports both allocated and actual resource consumption models. By reporting on both measures, infrastructure teams can chargeback for actual resource consumption, allocated resources, or simply show application teams the difference in real dollars between their allocated capacity and actual usage.

    This cost visibility is critical to capacity management, reducing VM sprawl, and supporting private cloud initiatives.

    Chargeback 2.0 is the second product from VKernel to support Microsoft Hyper-V Server, following the launch of VKernel Capacity Analyzer. A 30-day trial is available for immediate download from http://www.vkernel.com/download/chargeback.

    Hope this is of help to your readers,
    – Tina

    Tina Dussault
    (978) 289-6342

  4. Hi there,
    I need some help with an old Clariion CX500 that is EOL and no longer supported. I need to remove some trays and get some proficiency turning the wrenches myself.

    Unfortunately my Powerlink account only has SUPER-limited capabilities and there is no documentation on how to work on it.

    Can you point me in the right direction, or literally exchange about 3 emails with me if you know this stuff?

  5. If you want to remove the trays, you have to delete the Raid Groups on it, and you can pull of the power but your array will throw error, until the DAE is mounted back or you should reboot the array to pull the alert from CX.

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