What Will The Datacenter of 2020 Look Like? pg1

by Asif Khan

The Interview

I was recently asked by one of my clients to interview potential candidates for the position of Executive Director of IT Infrastructure Engineering. The ED would be responsible for managing four large engineering teams that span physical infrastructure, virtual infrastructure, data analytics and emerging technologies.

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Five Reasons NOT to Implement VDI: Reason #5

by Asif Khan

Reason #5: VDI Licensing is a Pain in the @$$!

So you’ve done your due diligence. You read Reason #1 and made the case that desktop consolidation is different than server consolidation. You obtained executive sponsorship and presented a compelling case to move forward.

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Working at Accenture: “A Day in the Life”

by Asif Khan

I really liked my previous job as a Virtualization and Cloud Specialist at EMC. So when recruiters used to call me, I always politely declined stating I was very happy with my current job.

The call from Accenture was a little different: “we are not looking to recruit. We want to network with ‘high potential’ individuals for future opportunities…blah blah blah” What hooked me was when they said that they are looking for people with deep technology backgrounds who are ready to take their career to the next level and apply that knowledge to solving hard business problems.

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Five Reasons NOT to Implement VDI (Reason #4)

by Asif Khan
Reason #4: Scaling VDI is Hard
It starts out innocently enough. A customer is interested in trying out VDI and wants to do a pilot implementation on non-production hardware to see how it works before they “run it up the flagpole” to get budget, executive sponsorship, etc.
In a week or two, they have a working VDI platform and they start adding users. At first, the VDI admins get virtual desktops for themselves and then look for target users, usually task workers that we VDI geeks lovingly refer to as “low hanging fruit.”
Before they know it, they’ve got a couple hundred users on their pilot install and guess what? It works flawlessly! Note: my experience is with VMware View…your mileage may vary.

All You Need Is Love…and an iPad

A Love Letter to Steve Jobs and John Lennon

by Asif Khan

Today, Sunday October 9, 2011, is an auspicious day for us Beatle fanatics. It is John Lennon’s 71st birthday: millions of us every year celebrate the life of the man on this day by swimming in his music. Interestingly, today is also the day that Sir Paul McCartney is marrying for the third time. I hope he got a prenup this time and I wish him better luck than he had with #2…that last one was a doozy!

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I Love/Hate my iPad (and the promise of Windows 8)

by Asif Khan

I’m writing this from Seat 3F on Southwest, returning home from San Jose. The guy in 3E is encroaching on my personal space with his elbows and, um, wide stance. The guy in 2F just reclined his seat all the way back. No way I can pull out a laptop under these conditions. I love my iPad.

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Five Reasons NOT to Implement VDI (Reason #3)

By Asif Khan

Reason #3: End users are resistant to change

Pop quiz: how many of you are using VDI today as your PRIMARY desktop? I thought so. Don’t feel bad…I tried it over the years but quickly lost interest each time. Truth is that VDI, as it is today, pretty much sucks for most of us.

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Five Reasons NOT to Implement VDI (Reason #2)

by Asif Khan

Reason #2: IT Organizations are Resistant to Change

Last summer, my team at EMC kicked off a major sales campaign for a multi-pronged converged infrastructure project. The client had three initiatives in mind: 1) consolidate their infrastructure so that it can be more easily managed and supported, 2) develop an automated disaster recovery scheme between their two main data centers and 3) establish a VDI environment for “up to three thousand users.” We were to spend five days onsite to understand the needs and requirements of each organization impacted by the proposed migration.

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Today is my last day as an EMC vSpecialist

by Asif Khan

In 2007, I was working for NetApp when Fortune Magazine ranked it the #6 Best Company to Work for in America.

It was such a major accolade that our CEO at the time, Dan Warmenhoven, gave every employee the day off to celebrate (two years later, NetApp was ranked #1 in that survey). I thought that I was at the center of the universe and I was sure that I would never leave that job.

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Five Reasons NOT to Implement VDI (Reason #1)

Reason #1:  VDI is not the same thing as server consolidation

by Asif Khan

Over the years, I have made the financial and technical case for implementing VDI to many potential clients. But after experiencing one too many projects stalling after the POC stage, I started to dig a little deeper into why so many VDI projects fail or why the sponsors lose interest even though they almost unanimously agree that the technology works. Based on my anecdotal evidence, I now kick off most VDI presentations or campaigns with my five reasons NOT to implement VDI. I believe if the client understands the risks upfront, they face a much better chance of success in implementing this very cool (and cost-saving) technology. Here’s why.

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