Supercharged Update - VMware vCloud Director 9.5

14-May-2019 09:39:55 / by Nicholas Power posted in Virtual Data Centre, VMware, vCloud Director, 9.5, HTML5

I am pleased to announce that VMware vCloud Director 9.5 will be available to customers in the next few weeks. This will be a great leap forward in the features available to manage your Virtual Data Centre. In our eyes, it has been far too long since we made an upgrade to the core functionality of Zettagrid. The environment began with vCD 1.0, then 1.5, 5.5, 8.0, 8.2 and now to 9.5. Having a...

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Back to the Future circa 2010

09-May-2019 09:51:00 / by Nicholas Power posted in iinet, automation, self-service

Nicki (the CTO) and I have always been about automation and self-service. We are right on the edge of GenX and Millennial and are addicted to being able to order and use whatever (call it WidgetX) at 2am on a Tuesday morning without interacting with a sales person. I want to be able to find all the information I want about WidgetX in support forums and videos without calling a help desk. We've...

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Project Arkham, Part 3 - Do I cut the red cable or the blue cable?

19-Mar-2019 12:35:11 / by Nicholas Power posted in migration, vMotion, powershell

I recommend you read Project Arkham Pt2 - Yes, Virtualisation is still amazing before reading blog post. Automation for Migration One thing that was missed during Part2 was some specific detail on how we performed the migration of VMs. In most cases you could use the UI to perform the migration. That only works during business hours with human interaction. You wouldn't want to do this 3500 times....

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Project Arkham, Part 2 - Yes, virtualisation is still amazing

12-Feb-2019 15:35:40 / by Nicholas Power posted in VMware, Data Centre, Dell, Juniper, migration, vMotion

Read Project Arkham, Data centres are like Tribbles for Part 1 of this blog series. There were two major areas to our DC consolidation project which needed to be tackled separately. Firstly, our core business of Zettagrid cloud runs 24x7 and secondly the underlying network with about 2500 last mile services (Fibre, NBN, 4G etc) which connect into Zettagrid could not be interrupted. Starting with...

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Project Arkham, Part 1 - Data centres are like Tribbles

04-Feb-2019 13:44:57 / by Nicholas Power posted in VMware, Data Centre, vCloud Director, data center, rack, consolidate, power, NextDC, Vocus, Equinix, project

Data centres can be a little like tribbles. You start with one, then expand to two, then five, then ten. You expand into new data centres for good reasons but soon they can become overwhelming. Project Arkham is our 2018/2019 Data Centre consolidation project. There are a few outstanding network related items, however, it is now essentially completed. This gives me an opportunity to reflect on...

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Platform Software Upgrades, A Backstory

29-Jan-2019 06:50:00 / by Nicholas Power posted in Veeam, VMware, Zerto, software

Sometimes we get queries from partners and customers about why we are not on the latest versions of vendor software. From the outside I can certainly see how this must frustrate those who want to leverage the newest features that have been released. A good example is vCloud Director 8.x which is still Flash based and has quite a few interesting quirks like plugins not working in new browsers. I...

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Zettagrid wins 2019 Veeam Innovation Award

24-Jan-2019 09:07:31 / by Nicki Pereira posted in Veeam, award

The team has once again done an outstanding job and has been recognised by Veeam with a global innovation award. As an Australian Cloud provider this recognition makes us all extremely proud.       Our journey with Veeam started in 2010 and over the years we have worked on ways to help customers consume its technology seamlessly and easily. All of us at Zettagrid would like to extend our thanks...

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Zettagrid Acquires Silverain Technology

15-Jan-2019 16:09:04 / by Nicholas Power posted in Veeam, VMware, Dell, Perth, Acquisition,

I'm pleased to announce that we have acquired the assets of Silverain Technology. Silverain is a dedicated IaaS provider in Perth, Western Australia with some great customers in the mining, oil and gas industries. For some time we've recognised the great work undertaken by the Silverain team and have been impressed with what they have achieved. When the opportunity arose to acquire the business...

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VMware Cloud on AWS - Now Available!

28-Nov-2018 14:41:00 / by Nicholas Power posted in VMware, cloud computing, vCloud Director, AWS, VMC on AWS

Zettagrid today announced it will provide customers with a managed services offering for VMware Cloud on AWS through their Australian Channel Partners, and has achieved the VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers VMware’s software-defined data centre (SDDC) via the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based...

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How to back up your VDC simply with Zettagrid

12-Sep-2018 10:30:13 / by Nicki Pereira posted in VMware, veeam backup, vCloud Director

Why we need to backup In a world where all information is stored electronically, it is critical to have duplicate copies of your most important data safely and securely stored in a remote location. The data an entity creates is unique and irreplaceable. If a server should fail, one can replace the hardware and reinstall the operating system and all the relevant applications. However, the data...

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