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Nicira By VMware Layer 2 Gateway Use Cases

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Okay so it has been a while since I had something I wanted to really post, but I have been trying to find something useful to talk about regarding Nicira NVP specific use cases.  Next week I will be presenting at the New England VTUG, and I wanted to share a little bit about something that we will be talking ... Read More »

Why Have You Been So Quiet?

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I’ve been asked by a few people why some of my tweeting and posts have gotten few and far between.  There is a few reasons for it, so I wanted to drop a note to let people know I have not disappeared.  No I am not a missing person, at least not yet anyhow. The primary challenge I have in ... Read More »

The Nicira NVP Component Architecture

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I thought it would be useful to people to understand the actual components that go into a Nicira NVP deployment.  This is just meant to be a rundown of the various parts that are needed to deploy the Nicira NVP infrastructure.  In doing a few VMware SE knowledge transfer sessions it certainly appeared to “click” with people once they understood what ... Read More »

VMworld 2012 Barcelona Nicira Video

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I was grabbed the other day by Jeremy Van Dorn and Eric Sloof from VMworldTV and asked if the VMware CoE Team wanted to do a video spot around Nicira.  Well anyone that knows me knows I am not shy so I grabbed Thomas Kraus and Kamau Wanguhu and we shot this quick 3 minute video with the VMworldTV guys. ... Read More »

How Network Virtualization and Nicira Can Change Operational Processes

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As many people know I have been in Barcelona for the week for VMworld 2012.  In the last couple days I have spent some great time having conversations with Thomas Kraus and Kamau Wanguhu who are also on my team.  I also have had the pleasure to interact with some of the Nicira folks like Steve Tegler and Martin Cassado ... Read More »

How The Nicira NVP ESXi vApp Works

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Earlier this week, I posted a primer on the Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP), but something William Lam pointed out that I updated with a note was that the Open vSwitch for ESXi is not “Integrated” into the hypervisor.  This is in fact true, but that being said there is an Open vSwitch “vApp”, which is really a Virtual Machine ... Read More »

Nicira NVP Virtualized Networking Primer

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I have long since said that I am almost never the smartest person in the room.  However, when it comes to new technology I do believe I learn what I need to quickly and efficiently so that I can at least understand the concepts of any new technology.  In the last two weeks I have done just that and completely transformed ... Read More »

How To Install CentOS 6.3 KVM on vSphere 5.1

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In the course of building my lab for my Nicira NVP role, I needed to install various hypervisors, in particular Linux KVM so I could install and test the Nicira NVP setup.  Of course I did not want to do this on bare metal and I have no intention of trying to set up OpenStack or CloudStack just yet, I can make ... Read More »

The Start Of My New Job Role At VMware – Nicira

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Wait……What……Say That Again Colotti?  Yes, you heard it right I am not joking.  After VMworld US 2012 I decided to take on a role that has some incredible potential to be bleeding edge.  After the past couple years doing vCloud and helping folks with everything vCloud, it seemed time for a change.  I was presented the chance to be part ... Read More »

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