Archie Hendryx

SAN, NAS, Back Up / Recovery, Virtualisation & Cloud Specialist. Please note that the thoughts, comments, views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not those of the company I work for. Content published here is not read or approved in advance by my employer and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the company I work for. Currently working as a Principal vArchitect for the company VCE.

Latest Posts

SAP HANA: A real-time challenge to the Oracle empire

With SAP's claims that HANA enables companies to run arbitrary, complex queries on billions of records in a matter of seconds as opposed to hours, the vendors of old legacy traditional databases are facing a major challenge, most notably the king of them all, Oracle.

December 12, 2012 by Archie Hendryx

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Visible Ops: Will old IT habits scupper its chances?

With ITIL and change management, the Visible Ops framework promises a new approach to creating an efficient IT operational model. But its chance of success is open to doubt without changes to the way IT is procured, designed, configured, validated and implemented.

September 28, 2012 by Archie Hendryx

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Converged Infrastructure vs Reference Architecture

This last fortnight there’s been a cacophony of hyperbole and at times marketing fluff from vendors and analysts with regards to Reference Architectures and Converged Infrastructures. As IBM launched PureSystems, NetApp & Cisco decided it was also a good time to reiterate their strong partnership with FlexPod.

April 22, 2012 by Archie Hendryx

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Cisco UCS – Undisputed Computing Success

Back in March 2009, when Cisco announced the launch of their UCS platform and subsequent intention to enter the world of server hardware, eyebrows were raised including my own. There was never any disputing that the platform would be adopted by some customers, certainly after seeing how Cisco successfully gatecrashed the SAN market and initially knocked Brocade off their FC perch.

March 19, 2012 by Archie Hendryx

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2012 Predictions: VCE FastPath, VI SAN Probe & Hadoop

Yearly prediction blogs are so clichéd hence why I’ve always tried to avoid writing one. Despite this I’ve always made a mental note of technology, products or companies that I thought were going to really do well in the upcoming year.

February 8, 2012 by Archie Hendryx

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Virtual CPUs – The Overprovisioning Penalty of vCPU to pCPU ratios

2011 was a year where despite the economic constraints everything Big was seemingly good; Big Data, Big Clouds, Big VMs etc. Caught in the industry’s lust for this excess, 2011 was also the year I lost count of how many overprovisioned resources to ‘Big’ Production VMs I witnessed.

January 11, 2012 by Archie Hendryx

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Exchange Completion Time - Defining Storage Performance

Roll back several years and certain vendors had you believe that Fibre Channel was dead and that the future would be iSCSI. A few years later and certain vendors were then declaring that Fibre Channel was dead again and that the future was FCoE.

December 3, 2011 by Archie Hendryx

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