Chinwag with Steve Bruck [Episode 16]

This weeks chinwag is Steve Bruck. Steve is a regular attendee of the London VMware User Group, and the last time we met up, I managed to corner him our pub (The Pavillion), and teased about when he was going to make a show on my chinwag. Well, after some arm twisting and some vBeers – he finally agreed! Steve is return to a chinwag with a REAL VMware customer using vSphere in the REAL world. I thought it would be nice to balance the usual round of bloggers and vendors I have on the wag.

 

Steve doesn’t run a blog or tweet – as often too busy doing real work to contribute to the flotsam and jetsam of “social media” that I’m a part of! So I ask him to put together a little bio about himself so folks which would help to explain his background:

 

“I started in IT way back when the Internet was just fields back in 1989 / 90 working for an NHS Trust IT department. I cut my teeth as a System Administrator for the HR system which was a PICK relational database from McDonnell Douglas ( yes the Airplane guys ). I started poking around the system and started writing some scripts to drag out information from the system that the standard reports seem to neglect. I then moved on to general system admin for all the Hospital’s systems when money was scarce and Windows for Workgroups was the way; then NT 3.51 and finally NT4.0. I dabbled with Unix there and a little bit of VB before moving on to my present employer a National Media company, where I have been for almost 13 years. Through this time I have progressed through System Administrator and Operations roles to my present position as an Infrastructure Architect Team Leader primarily responsible for VMware.

 

I got involved in VMware seriously around 2007 having pestered management that it “sounds like a good idea” as we were running low on power and rack space in our datacentres. They gave me my head and I’ve run from there. Forcing a Virtualise First mentality and ensuring VMware is taken seriously by the whole company and seen as the infrastructure of choice. Recently I have been playing with PowerCLI and using that to write some scripts to drag out information from the system that the standard reports seem to neglect – Hence Full Circle!”

 

On the chinwag we had about 10 questions to cover, of which we got through about half. So we chatted about the status of

  • Virtualizing vCenter Vs Physicalizing vCenter
  • USB support in ESX
  • Why would folks buy VMware Workstation/Server if VMware Player now allows you to create VMs
  • The thorny issue of VMware Enterprise Plus licensing

Note: Yes, there is a slight crackling noise on this weeks wag, this only became apparent once the recording was over, as it was still audible, I decided to go with it rather than as Steve to go through the whole thing again.

View All Videos

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchVirtualDesktop

SearchDataCenter

SearchCloudComputing

Close