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Nutanix Coding Challenge Total Recode

Judge at the Nutanix Coding Challenge

Nutanix just announced the PowerShell Coding Challenge for your Nutanix environment. The challenge will be to build a script which solves a real world problem in these use cases: Provisioning/orchestration, reporting, data protection, disaster recovery and runbook automation.

Do you have what it takes to write the best script for a Nutanix environment? Find out by participating in the inaugural Total Recode challenge. This global contest gives you a platform for showcasing your best talent. May the most creative, badass coding guru win!

Want to get more familiar with the Nutanix product and test your script? Check out the Nutanix Prism APIs and our recently announced Community Edition software.

Nutanix Coding Challenge Prizes

You can win great prices:

  • Best Overall
    DJ1 Inspire 1 Drone (Valued up
    to $4000) or $4000 cash prize
  • Most Impactful
    Home Lab ($2,500 value)
    or $2,500 cash prize
  • Most Creative
    $2000 cash prize

And I am proud the be a judge in this contest with other great minds:

 

Nutanix Coding Challenge Judges

If you want to know more or join the challenge, check out the Nutantix Coding Challenge: Total Recode website.



MVP Fusion

Speaking at MVP Fusion

Back in May Microsoft announced some cool new stuff at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago. Now some Microsoft MVP from DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) created a online conference using Skype for Business presenting the latest Microsoft Technology news around the Microsoft Ignite event.

I am proud to have a slot in the IT Pro track to talk about Microsoft Azure Stack, Operation Management Suite and Nano Server.

If you want to join the German speaking event, check out the MVP Fusion website.



itnetX logo

itnetx gmbh and Syliance IT Services GmbH merge to the new Cloud powerhouse

Before more or less 3.5 years when I joined itnetx as a Cloud Architect in 2012, itnetx had around 6 employees and in the past years we grew and won the Microsoft Partner of the year award in the Datacenter category three times in a row. Both itnetx and Syliance IT Services were focused on delivering Microsoft Cloud, Datacenter and Workplace solutions. Today with the announcement of the merger between itnetx gmbh and Syliance IT Services to itnetX AG, I can finally say that combining the resources and bringing highly qualified people together, will be a huge benefit for both companies and our customers. In the past few weeks we were able to meet, talk and discuss several topics and I am really looking forward to work with the Syliance team.

Press release

Merger of itnetx gmbh and Syliance IT Services GmbH  BERN/ZÜRICH.

 

Two of the most important companies in the field of Microsoft Workplace, Cloud and Management Solutions, Syliance IT Services GmbH and itnetx gmbh, will merge as of 1st July 2015 to form the new company, itnetX AG.

A situation of market collaboration will prove to be fruitful: „This fusion makes sense and is important”, says Markus Erlacher, CEO of itnetx gmbh, „we will combine our energies, create synergy and send a clear signal of intent that we are committed to growth and business expansion”. The merger of the two companies will strengthen the market leadership and enable more customers more intensive treatment from the company offices in Bern and Glattbrugg, Zürich.

„The ability to offer integrated solutions and services in the rapidly-evolving IT markets is essential for our success”, says Dieter Gasser, CEO of Syliance IT Services GmbH. „With this merger we are consolidating and expanding our range of services; we can offer our customers proprietary software solutions and architecture and process consulting, in addition to systems integration and managed services”.

The newly-formed itnetX AG is aiming at changes in the IT market and the Microsoft Cloud First, Mobile First strategy lies at the heart of the business model. The new organization comprises 5 strategic business units: Modern Workplace Solutions, Management Solutions, Cloud and Datacenter Solutions, and Software Solutions, all of which are complemented by Managed Services.

With focus on Microsoft-based solutions, the future portfolio will include SaaS offerings and services such as Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Intune and System Center, Windows Client and Windows Server. The whole package is rounded off with a range of software products targeted at Private and Public Cloud environments. This allows itnetX AG to advise customers much more comprehensively and bring added value to their business.

The work of itnetX AG also includes a continued active participation in the community with various blogs, book publications, 5 highly qualified MVPs (Most Valuable Professional) and private events such as the annual System Center Universe Europe (www.systemcenteruniverse.eu).

More information available upon request via Email: info@itnetx.ch or visit www.itnetx.ch.

Markus Erlacher CEO itnetx gmbh, Dieter Gasser CEO Syliance IT Services GmbH

You can get more information on our website: www.itnetx.ch



E2EVC Copenhagen

Speaking at E2EVC 2015 Berlin

Last year I was speaking at the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) at E2EVC Barcelona and E2EVC Brussels. And I am proud to announce that I will speak at E2EVC 2015 in Berlin next week from 12-14 June. Together with Michael Ruefli (Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management) I will speak about the latest announcement from the Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter evolution, covering topics like Azure Stack, Nano Server, Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure.

E2EVC Virtualization Conference is a non-commercial, virtualization community event. The main goal of the E2EVC is to bring the best virtualization experts together to exchange knowledge and to establish new connections. E2EVC is a weekend crammed with presentations, Master Classes and discussions delivered by both virtualization vendors product teams and independent experts. I am happy to be part of the community and listen to other industry leading experts, hopefully see you in Berlin.

 

 



PowerShell

Windows and PowerShell support for SSH

One of the biggest request Microsoft got from customers in terms of PowerShell was that customers want to use Secure Shell protocol and Shell session (aka SSH) to interoperate between Windows and Linux – both Linux connecting to and managing Windows via SSH and Windows connecting to and managing Linux via SSH.

Yesterday Angel Calvo, Group Software Engineering Manager in the PowerShell Team at Microsoft, finally announced that the PowerShell team is going to work, contribute and support the OpenSSH community. This will allow Microsoft to bring SSH (Secure Shell) support for PowerShell in the coming releases. For me connecting from Windows to Linux systems will be a great benefit and helps me manage some of my Azure Virtual Machines from my Surface without having to install any third party tools.

If you want to know more about that check out his Looking Forward: Microsoft: Support for Secure Shell (SSH)

 

 



CDN Consistent Device Naming

Cisco UCS supports Consistent Device Naming (CDN)

Yesterday I posted about Cisco UCS supporting RDMA (SMB Direct) with firmware version 2.2(4b)B. Walter Dey, former Cisco Distinguished Engineer at Cisco informed me not only about the RDMA feature he also showed me that Cisco UCS now supports Consistent Device Naming which was introduced with Windows Server 2012. Consistent Device Naming (CDN) allows Ethernet interfaces to be named in a consistent manner. This makes Ethernet interface names more persistent when adapter or other configuration changes are made. To use CDN in Cisco UCS you need to run firmware version 2.2(4b)B. This will help to make it a lot easier to identify network interfaces used with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V.



Cisco UCS Hardware

Cisco UCS supports RoCE for Microsoft SMB Direct

As you may know we use SMB as the storage protocol for several Hyper-V deployments using Scale-Out File Server and Storage Spaces which adds a lot value to your Hyper-V deployments. To boost performance Microsoft is using RDMA or SMB Direct to accelerate Storage network performance.

RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) allows direct memory access over an Ethernet network. RoCE is a link layer protocol, and hence, it allows communication between any two hosts in the same Ethernet broadcast domain. RoCE delivers superior performance compared to traditional network socket implementations because of lower latency, lower CPU utilization and higher utilization of network bandwidth. Windows Server 2012 and later versions use RDMA for accelerating and improving the performance of SMB file sharing traffic and Live Migration. If you need to know more about RDMA or SMB Direct checkout my blog post: Hyper-V over SMB: SMB Direct

With Cisco UCS Manager Release 2.2(4), Cisco finally supports RoCE for SMB Direct. It sends additional configuration information to the adapter while creating or modifying an Ethernet adapter policy.

Guidelines and Limitations for SMB Direct with RoCE

  • SMB Direct with RoCE is supported only on Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • SMB Direct with RoCE is supported only with Cisco UCS VIC 1340 and 1380 adapters.
  • Cisco UCS Manager does not support more than 4 RoCE-enabled vNICs per adapter.
  • Cisco UCS Manager does not support RoCE with NVGRE, VXLAN, NetFlow, VMQ, or usNIC.
  • You can not use Windows Server NIC Teaming together with RMDA enabled adapters in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 or you will lose RDMA feature on these adapters.
  • Maximum number of queue pairs per adapter is 8192.
  • Maximum number of memory regions per adapter is 524288.
  • If you do not disable RoCE before downgrading Cisco UCS Manager from Release 2.2(4), downgrade will fail.

Checkout my post about Hyper-V over SMB: