24 Aug 2015

Level: Intermediate. Estimated reading time: 5  minutes. Without a doubt, currently the biggest hype in computer networking revolves around Software-defined networking (SDN). IDC predicts the SDN market will grow from less than 1 billion dollars in 2014, to $3.7 billion by 2016 and 8 billion by 2018. The promises of…

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22 May 2015

Level: Intermediate. Estimated reading time: 5-10 minutes. Recommended reading: What is OpenStack and so what? HP Helion Cloud portfolio explained In the previous post I discussed the OpenStack project and in the end I promised to present to you one OpenStack- based solution: HP Helion CloudSystem. In this post I will…

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06 May 2015

Level: Intermediate. Estimated reading time: 5-10 minutes. No prior knowledge of OpenStack is required but some basic understanding of virtualization helps. OpenStack has been around for a while now and it has generated a lot of discussion. Yet when you ask people what they think it is, you usually get…

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18 Mar 2015

I have a confession to make. From the very day all the hype about so-called “Cloud” began years back, I was everything but convinced. That’s mainly because for me, there was absolutely nothing new: it’s all about the same geeky stuff like servers, storage arrays, networking and virtualization we’ve…

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27 Feb 2015

Level: Beginner. Estimated reading time: 10-15 minutes. With our previous installation project (part 1 & part 2) we installed the complete HP blade server infrastructure with Generation 9 blade servers and Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules up&running in the rack. They have been on display in the PROOFMARK portal ever since and quite a…

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22 Jan 2015
HP BladeSystem BL460c Gen9 rear view

Level: Beginner. Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. We’re back! This is the second and final part of our HP BladeSystem installation project. With the first part we unboxed the blade enclosure, installed it into the rack and populated it with fans, Onboard Administrator modules, Virtual Connects and power supplies. The…

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15 Jan 2015

Level: Beginner. Estimated reading time: 10-15 minutes. It was two days before Christmas Eve on 2014. I was at home already slowing down for the Holidays when I got the call from a courier. Roughly 15 minutes later I was unboxing the big hard Christmas present and…OH YEAH! Christmas has come…

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