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How Docker Helps Your DevOps Infrastructure

How Docker Helps Your DevOps Infrastructure

These days, everything is moving to virtual. Virtual reality, virtual machines, and with Docker, virtual filesystems. Actually, Docker is not virtual, it's very real and is a very convenient way to package an entire filesystem and run it on any supported system. Why...

How a Possible VMWare Spin Off Affects your Company

How a Possible VMWare Spin Off Affects your Company

A possible EMC/VMWare spin off is in the works, which could benefit stock prices and investors, but what about companies relying on VMWare's high availability virtualization software? Would a spin off mean improved technology focus, or a shift in the virtual machine...

How-to Run Android 4.4 (KitKat) using VMWare Player

How-to Run Android 4.4 (KitKat) using VMWare Player

Did you see our guide for running Android 4.0 in VMWare from two years ago? We've updated the instructions, below, to help you get the newest version of Android running to use as a product development tool. Download and setup VMWare Player 6 (note that you will need...

Common issues using OVF Tool to transfer VMs from the ESXi Shell

Common issues using OVF Tool to transfer VMs from the ESXi Shell

Chances are if you are in IT management or providing IT services you have had to deal with virtualization hosts. When it comes time to retire your old hardware and move to a new host, there are a number of different ways to go about it. One in particular for ESXi lets...

3 Real World vSphere Situations to Avoid

3 Real World vSphere Situations to Avoid

Almost a year ago, I wrote about 10 Pitfalls that Can Impact VMware Performance. I thought I’d revisit this topic, provide some specific situations I've encountered over the past year, and explain what I've learned from them. You may have already taken the advice of...

A Quick Start Guide to Installing Ceph

A Quick Start Guide to Installing Ceph

This seems to be the age of “Big Data”. Every sector seems to have a need for it -- from biotechs doing genome sequencing, to financial providers mining market data. For many, the ability to store massive amounts of structured or unstructured data is the key to...

How to Avoid Workarounds and Tackle the Larger Problem

How to Avoid Workarounds and Tackle the Larger Problem

One of the benefits of being an employee at a small IT and engineering consulting firm is that I get the benefits of a small organization combined with the resources of a the large organization I am assigned to. I don’t have to deal with much bureaucracy to get things...

6 Reasons to Use VMWare Workstation for Prototyping and Testing

6 Reasons to Use VMWare Workstation for Prototyping and Testing

Why would the average engineer want to create and use a virtual machine on their laptop or workstation? After all, usually an engineer has a perfectly good machine to work with, right? That may be true. Perhaps the engineer may even have access to more than one...

10 Pitfalls That Can Impact VMWare Performance

10 Pitfalls That Can Impact VMWare Performance

Ensuring servers provide consistent performance is a primary goal for all infrastructure management services . A large portion of our servers are in a virtualized environment, and the additional complexity involved there can present some challenging performance...

Macs in a Corporate IT Environment

Macs in a Corporate IT Environment

­Macs running OS X have been around for quite some time, but only recently have they gained enough traction with our customers at SPK to be used as their day to day desktop environment.  Historically, IT organizations have been reluctant to embrace this change.  This...

3 Advantages of Purchasing a VMware Solution

3 Advantages of Purchasing a VMware Solution

Has your organization started integrating virtual infrastructure into your overall IT services plan? If not, a quote from Star Trek may be in order, "Resistance is futile." In today’s IT world, the likelihood that your organization is running some sort of...