Trevor Pott

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Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He splits his time between systems administration, technology writing, and consulting. As a consultant he helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them.
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With microservices Java can at last join us in our cloudy, DevOpsy world

Microservices aren't a new concept to Java – their forerunner was Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), which could be constructed, among other means, with the assistance of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs). The fundamental concept behind microservices is applications should be broken down into small services that can be …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2017
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Google hooks up with Scale for cloud collab?! What does it all mean?

At long last, Google's cloud has an on-premises extension. That extension is... Scale Computing? The cloud giant and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendor have have said they will build a service with some interesting potential. The collaboration started a couple of years ago when Scale was approached by the Chocolate …
Trevor Pott, 5 Oct 2017
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It's a small VMworld after all – life in the shadow of re:Invent

VMworld 2017 is nearly upon us. The primary event in Las Vegas taking place August 27-31 will be followed by VMware Europe from September 11-14 in Barcelona. The first thing to note is that the Vegas sun has thinned the herd. The Solutions Exchange exhibition hall will have fewer booths this year. Vendor after vendor has told …
Trevor Pott, 4 Aug 2017

Welcome to the Rise of the Machine-to-Machine. Isn't it time to 'block off' some data ducts?

Sysadmin blog Do you remember Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and so forth? It's marketing terminology that was popular at the turn of the millennium and was as used and abused as "cloud" is today. Underneath all the fluff, however, were solid and reasoned ideas about how technology would evolve and the benefits they'd bring. To understand where …
Trevor Pott, 1 Aug 2017
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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

It's that time of year again, dear readers: it's Sysadmin Day 2017. Today is that one day a year where employers and coworkers are expected to give a token acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of their overworked IT staffs and usually fail to do so. We here at The Register, however, have not forgotten you. Today's …
Trevor Pott, 28 Jul 2017
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Approaches to building the enterprise cloud

Sysadmin blog Data center technologies are constantly evolving, displacing their predecessors. Data center storage, and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) in particular, make for a good example. HCI has been around for almost a decade. We're well along the hype cycle. We've seen outlandish marketing claims, watched vendors IPO and be …
Trevor Pott, 4 Jul 2017
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What does an enterprise cloud look like?

Sysadmin blog In late 2014 I wrote about Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI). I revisited this early last year. This year I expect the first mainstream SDI blocks to emerge, likely under the moniker "Enterprise Cloud". So what does the enterprise cloud of 2017 look like? A number of players are entering, or have already entered the …
Trevor Pott, 3 Jul 2017

Hyperconverged infrastructure. It's all about the services

Sysadmin blog Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) isn't a product, it's a feature. The future lies in turnkey cloud solutions. This means that there are certain IT services HCI vendors need to bring to the table to remain relevant. At its most basic, HCI is virtualization + storage. You take hard drives, put them into servers and put a …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2017
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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

Sysadmin blog Next year will see the 20th anniversary of IEEE 802.1Q, the standard that defines the tagged VLAN for Ethernet networks. Despite it being two decades since modern VLANs started being used in anger a significant number of systems administrators remain afraid of them. Unfortunately, the time is upon us where VLANs are becoming a …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2017
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Can VMware exploit its VRealize refresh?

Sysadmin blog VMware's VRealize suite for management and orchestration recently received its bi-annual refresh for hybrid-cloud wranglers. The vRealize brand is at the core of VMware's cloud play. It's also a meaningless bit of marketing jibber-jabber that VMware slaps in front of a swatch of products that share no connection whatsoever. …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2017

How HCI simplifies the data center

Sysadmin blog Organizations look at the cloud as an option because it was impossible to get their data centers to operate at the same efficiency. Now if you flip it over and get the data centers to behave the same way as the cloud, how would that change things? Companies are already on board with server consolidation and virtualization – …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jun 2017

What is the enterprise cloud?

Sysadmin blog The private clouds are coming. A few of them are already in place, lurking in the shadows, but in 2017 the Infrastructure Endgame Machines (IEMs) land and everyone starts being able to buy cloud-in-a-can. With private clouds moving along the hype cycle towards Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions, the race to rebrand the …
Trevor Pott, 28 Jun 2017
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WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier

Comment WannaCry is Microsoft's fault. Microsoft, of course, blames the victims and system administrators get fired. But every one of us is to blame because we refuse to force our governments to hold software-makers to account. Criminals are here to stay. Anyone who thinks they will somehow be defeated, go away or simply give up is …
Trevor Pott, 31 May 2017
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Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions

Dell EMC will release a four-node Azure stack. This potentially places Microsoft's cloud-in-a-can within reach of the SMB. The subscription model thing could get in the way. Microsoft recently released pricing information for Azure Stack, loudly and proudly championing the subscription model. This is different from what many …
Trevor Pott, 15 May 2017

So your client's under-spent on IT for decades and lives in fear of an audit

Infrastructure as code is a buzzword frequently thrown out alongside DevOps and continuous integration as being the modern way of doing things. Proponents cite benefits ranging from an amorphous "agility" to reducing the time to deploy new workloads. I have an argument for infrastructure as code that boils down to "cover your …
Trevor Pott, 12 May 2017

Hybrid cloud: The 'new' but not-new IT service platform

Today, the term hybrid IT is typically used when talking about bridging IT on multiple premises. But this is an oversimplification. Buried deep within any hybrid IT discussion will be a need to talk about standards, compliance and some difficult decisions about how we even conceptualize our approach to IT. As a marketing term …
Trevor Pott, 4 May 2017
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No middle ground, no compromise: VMware blocks Cisco's SDN play

VMware's recent decision to block third-party virtual switches on its platform could put a serious crimp in, among others, Cisco's plans for Software-Defined Networking (SDN). What does this move mean for customers who don't buy into VMware's NSX vision, but prefer the more hardware-centric SDN exemplified by Cisco's ACI? To …
Trevor Pott, 20 Apr 2017
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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

World Backup Day came and went – did you notice? It seems the only thing we've learned is that everyone wants Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) of 0. Unfortunately, aggressive RPO targets are hard. They affect the design of real world environments, and are sometimes not possible. And RPO of 0 means "no data loss". With RPO 0, …
Trevor Pott, 19 Apr 2017
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Finally – from brandbox to whitebox: Storage fabric is SDS realised

A new term is popping up among startups: the storage fabric. Depending on who you talk to, the term itself is recycled, but the concepts and implementations definitely are new. Today's storage fabrics are closer to the originally hyped promise of Software Defined Storage (SDS). What remains to be seen is if the arrival is timely …
Trevor Pott, 3 Apr 2017
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Wanted: Bot mechanic. New nerds, apply within

Sysadmin Blog The machines are taking over. At the forefront of this change is the US Air Force, which now has more jobs for drone pilots than any other type. This is not likely to be an isolated event. The USAF is populated by pilots who like to fly planes. This, combined with poor working conditions and fewer paths for career advancement …
Trevor Pott, 21 Mar 2017
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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

Sysadmin blog Microsoft now runs a bunch of Windows servers on ARM processors. Apparently, these ARM chips are quite good at their jobs and Microsoft might try converting entire categories of workloads over. All around the world the tech press has speculated on whether or not Windows on ARM will be showing up in on-premises datacenters. In …
Trevor Pott, 20 Mar 2017
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Next Generation Security: No, Dorothy, there is no magic wand

Sysadmin blog Hardly a day passes without some kind of major security breach. The type of attack that was once considered staggering in scale has now become the norm. When a Yahoo! breach was found to have lost a billion accounts, it seemed the only thing anyone found unusual about it was that Yahoo! had a billion accounts to lose. Don’t …
Trevor Pott, 8 Mar 2017
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Controversial opinion alert: Privacy and the public cloud – not just possible, but easy

Like it or not, collaboration and file-sharing services like Dropbox have become embedded in corporate IT. What started as personal technology has increasingly become the alternative to everything from moving files using USB to sharing docs via email or an internal wiki. But we live in an age of hackers and hacking, spies and …
Trevor Pott, 1 Mar 2017
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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

We're fresh out of IPv4 addresses. Getting hold of a subnet from your average ISP for hosting purposes is increasingly difficult and expensive, even the public cloud providers are getting stingy. While we wait for IPv6 to become usable, there are ways to stretch out the IPv4 space. There are several big problems with IPv6 that …
Trevor Pott, 1 Mar 2017
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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Sysadmin Blog Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin. Trump's first month as President of the United States of America has been notable for the number of information leaks that have occurred. Trump has called these leaks criminal and seems intent on rooting out whistleblowers. Some poor sysadmin is going to be told to prevent these leaks …
Trevor Pott, 27 Feb 2017

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