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May 20th, 2013 by jason Leave a reply »

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I’m not promoting this on Twitter – Let’s see who actually reads my blog on a Monday morning or at least still employs RSS technology.

A short while ago, I received on my doorstep a copy of Scott Lowe’s Mastering VMware vSphere 5.  I’ve already got my own copy and I’d like to make sure this book ends up in the hands of someoneone who:

A) needs a copy

B) will read it and put the tremendous knowledge it contains to good use

C) won’t ask me for an electronioc handheld version

Respond in the comments section below on 1) your role and 2) your thoughts and/or opinions (good or bad) of VMware’s endeavors into both Software Defined Storage and Software Defined Networking.  The 5th response snags the copy which I will mail to you.  Good luck and thank you for your feedback.

Update 5/20/12:  Thank you for the responses.  It’s good to see so many people attentive on a Monday.

I expect anyone could argue that the first response from Andy wasn’t an actual opt-in response for the contest, nor did it conform to the contest rules.  This creates a problem because whether or not I include Andy’s comment means either Miguel or Kris are winners.  The easiest way to settle this is to declare you both winners.  Send me an email detailing your full mailing address and each of you will receive a copy of Mastering vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe.

Thank you,

Jas

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11 comments

  1. Andy says:

    Interesting social experiment. We are so distracted these days that a follow up post with stats would be of interest comparing your blog feed with Twitter.

    Good luck on the draw everyone.

  2. Chris Blaine says:

    I am an IT Manager and VMWare administrator for a small business. I haven’t had to evaluate software designed storage, but I like VMWare’s forrays into SDN. I think SDN is a great svenue for growth.

  3. Yung Kim says:

    I’m a jack of all trades. Everything that goes on in the data center and campus backbone is ultimately my responsibility. That also includes the vSphere cluster (on 5.0U2 now, going to 5.1a RSN). VMWare’s push into SDS and SDN is critical in providing impetus to the industry to move forward. Consider it part of their vision of Datacenter Abstraction Layer (relative to HAL as used in operating systems). This book would be extremely useful, as training is rather limited here (.edu) as are funds.

  4. Sean says:

    I guess i’m not #5, but I’m an Infrastructure Architect and have recently started looking at IaaS solutions and deployment offerings. Specifically, I’m starting to look into Nicira’s NVP, generic GRE tunneling (hypervisor to hypervisor), and OpenVSwitch. I think making the play for Nicira was a great option for VMware, and keeping their commitment to Open Source through OpenVSwitch and OpenStack Quantum ensures interoperability (especially when one company acquires another). I imagine we’ll start looking at SDN as a way to containerize applications and spread legacy cluster environments across different sites for BCP reasons.

    I could use a copy of Mastering vSphere 5, as my role has left me in charge of the ongoing engineering of a VMware ESXi environment and I could use the material. The copy we share at work is always being passed between hands and I can never keep it long enough to make any real headway.

  5. Hello Jason:

    Pretty awesome post today – here’s to hopefully being mambo #5 *LOL*

    1) I work as a Systems Engineer for a backup/DR company (hardware and software). I support my customers each day via my knowledge of our product; particularly when used in conjunction with VMware. It was the reason that I wanted my VCP and ultimately my VCAP and VCDX.

    2) I’m a huge fan of VMware’s delving into both of these elements; especially the SDN portion. There’s so very much that I have learned and am still learning about both. My only regret is that we are not yet far enough along in the technology where it is affordable for more people. Sometimes it feels weird devoting so much time, a marriage and Lord knows what else to my pursuits of education in VMware; especially since I can’t yet afford the good stuff myself. However, I keep on because I know that one day, it will all be commonplace to the masses and I want to be there to help those at that time who will be able to afford it, but may not understand if fully. If I can help them bridge that knowledge gap, then I have done my mission successfully.

  6. If we’re going to get to the fifth comment, we’ll have to have a first, right?

    Anyway, I am currently a Virtualization and Storage Systems Engineer for a medium-sized regional consulting company in southern Indiana. I currently have my VCP5 and plan to test for the DT designation soon. The storage that we focus on at my company is NetApp and in general we prefer the NFS protocol for integration with vSphere.

    I have also been working to become our company’s leading System Engineer for Cisco UCS and therefore the Flexpod validated architecture. As such, the idea of abstracted compute and networking layers to provide fully-redundant enterprise-class data centers is very intriguing to me.

    In my opinion, the compute density of UCS B-Series partnered with NetApp Data ONTAP Cluster Mode and vSphere 5 with the future enhancements developed with the help of the Nicira code will prove to be an ultimately flexible architecture for any industry vertical that will come as close to 100% uptime for end users and customers than we have seen to date.

    Anyone in a similar professional position to me should greatly benefit from this book. Not to mention that Scott Lowe’s SLOG is one of the best VMware blogs on the web.

    Thanks!

  7. Jay says:

    I read your blog often along with your tweets, alas I already own the Kindle version of that awesome book. No reason why I would want to take it from someone else who needs it. Keep on keepin’ on Eric!

  8. Jason Benway says:

    I Love Rss Feeds,Looks Like I’m The First Post
    We Have 20 Esx Servers But I Don’t Get The Need For Software Defined Networks IN Our Environment.

  9. Crheston Mitchell says:

    A) need a copy

    B) will read it and put the tremendous knowledge it contains to good use

    C) I like holding a book still!

    Role = Virtual system specialist. I run 5 vSphere environments worldwide.

    I think the steps VMware has taken into SDS and SDN are encouraging, but I worry they are losing ground fast to other offerings.

  10. jason says:

    Thank you for the responses. It’s good to see so many people attentive on a Monday.

    I expect anyone could argue that the first response from Andy wasn’t an actual opt-in response for the contest, nor did it conform to the contest rules. This creates a problem because whether or not I include Andy’s comment means either Miguel or Kris are winners. The easiest way to settle this is to declare you both winners. Send me an email detailing your full mailing address and each of you will receive a copy of Mastering vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe.

    Thank you,
    Jas

  11. Jason,

    I received the book today! Looking forward to digging in to it. As well as your future blog articles. Great all the way around. Thank you!

    – Kris

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