Cloud Canuck

Cloud Canuck

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back to my roots...

Friday September 30th, 2016 09:41:33 PM Paul Gifford
Time for another new adventure at VMware, again...Today is is my last day on the National Cloud Management Specialist Team.  As of Monday, I take my new role as a Cloud Foundation Architect along side 3 other bad-ass colleagues to form the Cloud Foundation Specialist Team covering North America. Our team will be focused on evangelism, customer adoption, and product/service direction of Cloud Foundation and SDDCaaS in close collaboration with the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. 

VMworld 2016 Sessions

Friday July 22nd, 2016 02:40:23 PM Paul Gifford
Come see us at VMworld this year in Vegas.  If you are interested in what VMware is doing in the container space, come see Adam Osterholt, Gary Coburn, Martijn Baecke and I and attend a few of our sessions...

Working with Project Platypus

Monday March 21st, 2016 02:11:00 PM Paul Gifford
This morning , I did a guest post on dailyhypervisor about the recent update on the Platypus Project and I figured that I would do a quick run through on consuming the docker image and playing with the variables.Working with Platypus is pretty simple; let's use vRealize Operations 6.2 as an example below.

Docker Lab Installer

Saturday February 13th, 2016 05:49:32 AM Paul Gifford
In December, I created a VMware AppCatalyst Lab Installer Script which automated the install of Homebrew, Ansible, Packer, Python, VMware AppCatalyst, Docker Toolbox and Vagrant. This lab installer also include a customized docker-machine with the VMware AppCatalyst driver included. I got to thinking, what if someone just wanted a local lab without AppCatalyst and just wanted the native experience with Docker Toolbox and Kitematic? 

Consuming platypus

Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 06:44:00 PM Paul Gifford
Yesterday, Grant and Roman released their platypus project, which is essentially a very simple and elegant way to provide vRA 7 users the ability to explore it's API without the need to connect to a vRA 7 instance. I personally needed this for another project that I am working on with a colleague so I needed to give this a shot as soon as I can. 

CTO Ambassador

Monday February 1st, 2016 06:40:00 PM Paul Gifford
Last night I received an email that I was anticipating for a while, I was selected to be an Ambassador in VMware's CTO Ambassador Program for the 2016 and 2017 tenure.  Needless to say, I am pretty pumped about the opportunity to contribute back to a community that have a special passion for. 

New Year and a new adventure, let's do this!

Thursday January 21st, 2016 06:38:00 PM Paul Gifford
My first 3 years at VMware have been a hell of a ride so far. After starting out as an Account SE covering Enterprise accounts in Calgary and the Prairies, I moved into a Cloud Specialist role covering Western Canada. Looking back on the last few years seems like a blur, after working with so many great customers, colleagues and partners I have gotten used to the extremely fast pace of the company and technology solutions that we deliver to the field.  I have a feeling that I am only just starting down the road of 'fast paced' due to the new role and new specialization that I am moving into. 

Docker Intro

Friday November 13th, 2015 06:34:00 PM Paul Gifford
Containerization uses the kernel on the host operating system to run multiple root file systems.  Each root file system is called a container, each container also has it's own processes, memory, devices and network stack. For more on Containers, see my Containers 101 post. As mentioned in that previous post, Docker has built a very strong ecosystem and simple way of consuming and using containers.  Let's take a look at a couple basics for docker and work from there. 

Container Intro

Monday November 9th, 2015 06:29:00 PM Paul Gifford
What are Containers? Containers are an OS-level virtualization method in which the kernel of an operating system allows for multiple isolated user-space instances, instead of just one. The primary benefits of using containers include limited overhead, increased flexibility and efficient use of storage; the container looks like a regular OS instance from the user's perspective. Changes to the image can be made very quickly and pushed to a repository to share with others for further development and utilization. 

Introduction to Microservices

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015 06:23:00 PM Paul Gifford
The very idea of 3rd Platform is disruptive to the majority of IT shops because it is a radical paradigm shift that transitions from a device centric to a solution orientated approach.  While the 1st platform was designed around mainframes and the 2nd platform was designed around client-server, the 3rd platform is designed around the cloud. In other words, applications are designed and built to live in the cloud. We can e ectively think of this as pushing many of the core infrastructure concepts (like availability and scale) into the architecture of the application itself with containers being a large part of this; they can be thought of as lightweight runtimes for these applications. With proper application architecture and a rock solid foundation either on-premise or in the cloud, applications can scale on demand, new versions can be pushed quickly, components can be rebuilt and replaced easily, as well as many other benefits discussed below.

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