Myself and Barry were lucky enough to be invited to the first vRetreat event of 2019 recently. The event was held at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football stadium. For more information about what Barry and I thought about the day, the technology and the stadium, watch our video below.Read More
Today was our second and final day at IGEL DISRUPT. Today was focusing all around the industry, what challenges people are facing, what technology they are seeing enter the market and ultimately what technology they think will be leading and interesting in 2019.Read More
Barry and myself were lucky enough to be invited to attend IGEL’s annual EUC conference DISRUPT this year which is taking place in Munich, Germany. The conference is all focused around changing the way we work, ripping up the rule book and innovating in ways we have never done before when it comes to technology and in particular Workspace Transformation.Read More
I’ve blogged about this for previous versions of VMware Horizon and with version 7.6 now GA I thought I would put all of the information together and hopefully simplify the process by removing some peripheral information.Read More
In this video I (Barry) catch-up with Steve Blow Technical Evangelist at Zerto to learn more about what is coming to Zerto 7.X.
In the forthcoming 7.X release Zerto are further building upon their IT Resilancy Platform to include backup alongside their ability to other replication and mobility on premises and to and from the cloud.
One of my main focuses from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona was IoT, specifically I was looking to better understand use cases that are going into production, architectures for the ‘things’, gateways, edge computing, data storage and analytics and how to manage, maintain and secure the IoT environment.
You can see some of my thoughts from the sessions I attended in the Doodle below.
IoT use cases are driven by a business or a personal need to analyse data for insight or to monitor something. There were fantastic examples given during VMworld specifically around how IoT was being used in healthcare to help give patients freedom whilst the healthcare workers are still able to ensure their safety and well being.
The infrastructure for IoT is different depending on the specific use cases, the infrastructure starts with the ‘things’ or the senors. The specific requirement will dictate which sensors and the quantity however usually the sensors will interact with some form of a gateway due to the sensors either being propriety wired or using wireless using WiFi or more commonly a low energy form of wireless connectivity such as bluetooth low energy (BLE) or ZigBee. The gateway is able to aggregate the sensors from the differing forms of connectivity and forward on to the data storage and analytics location.
Depending on the use case you may also require edge computing to provide an element of analytics and decision making at the edge. These edge computing infrastructures will differ depending on the task but VMware are currently working on delivering ESXi on ARM based platforms to allow smaller, affordable but highly available virtual environments for these use cases. >> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/27/vmware_esxi_ar64/
If you manage to figure out your use case, collect the data with the correct sensors and infrastructure and you are able to get the answers you require with the correct analytics your work still isn’t done. We all know that security in end user computing and IT in general is a major concern, however if you look at the nature of IoT being disparate, involving many connected components and also not being directly monitored (Used) by humans the attack vector for IoT is massive. This is where VMware Pulse comes into play, VMware Pulse aims to be your management plane for your IoT infrastructure, on each of yours sensors or gateways an SDK Python based agent is deployed allowing the Pulse infrastructure to monitor and maintain your ‘things’. Pulse is able to ensure the ‘Things’ are communicating, working within normal parameters and are up to date, think of Workspace UEM (AirWatch) but for IoT.
This is the very beginning of the IoT journey for myself, I would like to further understand the gateway and sensor technology as well as the management of the IoT infrastructure with Pulse. Watch this space as I learn more.