December 3rd, 2014 by NerdBlurt

It is that time of year again where the folks over at ProfessionalVMware.com are giving back to the community, with their End of Year Mega Give-Away!! I call it the Mega Giveaway, because they are giving away some awesome stuff over there! They have some really great sponsors to include my Business Unit with-in HP Big Data Information Management Group (try to say that 5x’s fast!)

It is no surprise that we are getting more involved in the community, I LOVE the community!!

Prizes

Prizes Include:

  • Disk Station DS413+ from Synology and 2x 2TB Seagate drives from Jonathan Frappier
  • HP MicroServer from HP Data Protection – @HPBACKUP
  • Home Lab Kit from ClearPath Solutions Group
  • 120GB SSD from Micro
  • Cloud Architect DVD Series from EMC Education Services
  • Swag Bag from Veeam
  • Mastering vSphere 5.5 from Nick Marshall
  • OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook from Cody Bunch

How to Enter

Simply head over to This Link and fill out the form! Please read all the Rules!!

Nerd’s Blurt

I love the community and being able to give back!! If you are appreciative of HP Backup for sponsoring let them know by simply tweeting Thanks for Sponsoring the #vBrownbag and Community to @HPBACKUP & @NerdBlurt on Twitter – This could help me to get us to do more so please tweet away!! 

So what are you waiting for go enter the Mega Giveaway!!

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November 22nd, 2014 by NerdBlurt

I am a gadget guy, I love them. My wife says I have way to many like watches who can have enough right?  At home and in the office I have multiple monitors and  it’s what I am use too now. I thought it would be great to have a portable monitor that I could take with me while on the road. Then I found out that HP makes a USB travel monitor!

The product I have been using is the HP EliteDisplay S140u usb monitor.

 

HP EliteDisplay S140u

 

HP EliteDisplay S140u

14 inch portable display powered by usb 3.0 designed to be a mobile second monitor for when on the go.

System Features
Display Size (Diagonal): 14″
Resolution: 1600 x 900
Display Pixel: 0.193 mm
Brightness (Typical): 200 cd/m²
Viewing Angle: 90° horizontal; 50° vertical
Response Time (Typical): 8 ms on/off
Bezel color: Black
Display Features: Anti-glare
LED Backlights
On-screen controls
Plug and Play
User programmable
I/O Ports: 1 USB 3.0
Dimensions and Weight
Weight: 3.28 lb (1.49 kg)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 13.6 x 0.53 x 8.55 in (without cover); 13.6 x 0.63 x 8.63 in (with cover) (34.58 x 1.35 x 21.71 cm (without cover); 34.58 x 1.6 x 22.11 cm (with cover))
Power and Operating Requirements
Power Supply: USB supplied power
Power Consumption: 7 W (maximum), 4 W (typical), 0.5 W (standby)
Operating Tempature Range: 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)

The Exterior is a matte black finish like on my Elitebook G1.

Official HP page here

Pictures

HP EliteDisplay S140u

Back cover attached with monitor in viewing position

HP EliteDisplay S140u

Showing how thin the HP EliteDisplay S140u is

 

HP EliteDisplay S140u

Front view of the EliteDisplay S140u

HP EliteDisplay S140u

Back view of HP EliteDisplay S140u with the cover down

HP EliteDisplay S140u

HP EliteDisplay S140u out in the wild and getting ready for conference call.

 Pros

Here are a few pros I found while using the product.

  • Very portable – Fits in my backpack with laptop and other accessories with no problems. Sometimes I forget it’s there.
  • Comes with a cover which doubles as a stand
  • Only needs the usb 3.0 cable – this has two ends for usb 2.0 ports. (i didn’t test this on a system with usb 3.0 port)
  • Easy install – just install driver and it works

Cons

Here are a few drawbacks I found

  • Have to download the driver and install – on two machines running Windows 8 and 8.1 drivers did not self install (not sure if this is by design or not)
  • Not MAC compatible (only Windows compatible)

Nerd’s Blurt

I really like using this extra monitor, when you do quite a bit of work from hotel rooms having it is great.  If you are a road warrior I would recommend it. One thing I am going to see how I can use this when doing some recordings with Jonathan Frappier from Virtxpert.com and just in general.

If you have thought about getting a good portable monitor the HP EliteDisplay S140u is a good choice. With the couple drawbacks I found they are easily overcome by the ability to have dual monitors anywhere. I am actually using it right now while I write this post from my brother in-laws house.

 

Please note while I work for HP, this review is my own. I was not asked to provide this or any review by HP and have not been compensated.

 

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May 21st, 2014 by NerdBlurt

firehose        My first couple of months at HP have been exciting, fueled with more knowledge then one can ever consume. It is like drinking water from a Battalion of NYPD  Fire Stations hoses. I am very excited to be learning about the full capabilities of HP Data Protector offerings and where it is visioned to go. More importanly, my coworkers are just awesome. Stephen Spellicy is in the top spots of bosses for me. We all have had a bad boss, Stephen is one who would kick that boss around. He believes in each of his team members and let’s them be who they are. Not asking them to conform to a set way, especially today is huge. He genuinely cares for not only the company but your own personal goals. This is huge for me seeing how I do things differently then most, knowing my boss believes in letting me be me and loves me wanting to learn more is AWESOME!

 

What Have I been up to

I can write a lot about how awesome my boss is, but that is only a subset of what I have bee doing.  When I talk with my friends I can’t help but show the joy and passion I have for my job. Where else can you get to play with a lot of technology and get to share that information with others? I love, love, love it! passport

Over the last couple of months I have help build out a few labs in which we will run various configurations and test numerous scenarios with-in our HP Data Protection portfolio. I get to play with VMware, Microsoft whenever I want. I am also networking with many other organizations. Many of you know I love meeting people and making great contacts both personally and professionally. I also have some insight into getting us more involved with the community. That alone is something I love, but having a team understand you are a social person and not getting limited is a win for me. I have traveled to Europe finally!! Getting my first stamp in my passport was exciting.

I am also starting a regular blogger call/ briefing, I don’t forget my roots and establishing a great relationship with Bloggers is key for me.  Along with being active on Twitter and in the community attending events.

Tweet Chat

I am participating in my 1st Tweet Chat from a vendor side.  HP holds a #BackupChat so get involved and ask some questions, answer questions. (May 22nd at 2pm EST)

Events

I attended TechEd 2014 and performed my 1st ever vendor booth duty. This was a huge change for me as I normally don’t set a schedule at conferences, but I enjoyed getting to know the other members from various HP teams.

Philly VMUG – Speaking is something I love to do, I jumped at the chance to do this at the Philly VMUG. I realize some, ok a lot of areas I need to work on but hey if we aren’t trying to improve what are we doing? It was a great experience and a wonderful event.

SAP Sapphire – I am going to be attending SAP Sapphire in Orlando

HP Discover – This will be my 1st HP Discover and I will be manning a demo station in the software booth. My goal will be to become presenter at future events.

Boston VMUG – Schedule permitting I will be attending this.

PVD VMUG – Schedule permitting I will be attending this.

VTUG Summer Slam – I will be attending this

Nerd’s Blurt

If you can’t tell I am really excited for my new adventure. The amount of technical information I have exposure to is AWESOME! I will be writing more blogs in the coming weeks.

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February 21st, 2014 by NerdBlurt

It has been a long journey on the social road, many paths have crossed and intertwined like the roads on the highways we drive. You never know where a new road could end up taking you.

That is my journey with social, the new connections made and life experiences i’ve had because of this blog and my social interactions have been most excellent! I’ve traveled for big name companies like EMC, Dell and HP all because of my blog and social interactions. It was truly a humbling experience and great time. With all things in life change is inevitable, we can either stay path in which we are on or fork off onto another path. Last year I started my own path with Blurt Media Group, I have learned so much during the time working on it. But I have come to a fork in the road and have decided to give my lives journey some different experiences.

I have accepted to join Stephen Spellicy and the HP team as a Technical Marketing Manager. This is a great opportunity for me to be part of a great team and to bring something different and passionate aboard.

I must thank the folks over at Dell for being great to me and for the chance to partake in the Dell TechCenter Rockstar program, it was truly an honor. To EMC where I started my social journey and have witnessed so much growth of some great friends, the birth of the EMC Elect program which I was honored to have been chosen for 2014.

I can no longer participate in those programs because of my joining HP, and that’s ok as we all need to grow and try new things. This also means more iPads for everyone else at conferences 🙂

To HP thank you for your support and believing in me over the last few years, I look forward to working with all of you as team mates.

HP

Social Matters

I honestly will say one of the coolest part for me is the journey in which the opportunity came about to me, the real power of social. I was messaged by my good friend Matthew Brender about the position that Spellicy tweeted out there. Matt said Luigi I think you would be great in this role and should go for it. Think he knew that the Mrs. was pushing me to look to working for someone versus trying to build my own company. So I reached out to Spellicy. Matt then enlisted another good friend of mine Jonathan Frappier to help encourage me to do it.  From this post you know that I did apply and got the job.

You have to realize that how you are in the social world can have a great impact on your real world life. Had I not met Spellicy or Brender from social ways I may not have this great opportunity in front of me. This can goto you as well, building great relationships matter.

What about Blurt Media Group

That is a great question, Blurt Media Group will still be there. I have turned the reigns over to two people that I have full trust in. Mike Melo who is my brother inlaw and Jonathan Frappier. They both know my vision for the company, I will have zero part in the choices made with-in it.  They are very capable of handling it and I look forward to seeing the journey in which it takes. Jonathan has been my right hand, from the beginning and will do great things in the future.

Nerd’s Blurt

I am really excited about the opportunity in which I will be partaking in. I will have some adjustment s to make, but am so ready for what lies ahead.  I will still be writing on here, and will have some more HP content, but I am still a lover of technology and all around awesome guy.

As the title states I will add a disclaimer to the site letting people know that any views on this site is on my own and not on behalf of my employer HP.

 

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January 28th, 2014 by NerdBlurt

I have been debating upgrading the physical equipment in my home lab for some time now. Checking out different builds from Chris Wahls Lab Resource section, Chris has a great compilation of posts to get you started from various community members.

Your number one question should be what is the need for my lab?

What am I going to need for my lab today? But what about 3 months down the road? 6mths? 1yr? Is the investment I make going to be able to do what I want it to do now and into the future so I can get the most out of my investment?

This is the very question that has me stumbling personally. My use case is different in that i need different configurations at different times. I would love to have a house filled with various equipment. But the reality is having equipment, and that equipment gets expensive to not only purchase but to run. Then there is the number one factor in all home lab set-ups, the #WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) this is huge if you don’t have a lot of space in your home.

In my current home I am fortunate to have the space to have a 3/4 tall rack which I can put equipment in and I have a separate office which closes off from the house. But it is loud with my current systems running. 78db with servers going and they are about 5ft from my desk. With all equipment off I am at 32-45db. Big difference, especially as I get set to record some videos, i want it as quit as possible.

Things to consider

Noise level – This is a big factor in some areas, we don’t want our homes sounding like a data center.

Cost – Let’s be honest we want to do this for as reasonable price point as possible, set an amount and go for it

Purpose – This is what will dictate most of the above, what is the reasoning behind building a lab environment

Space- How much space do you have to place your equipment

Current configuration

Currently I have

  • 2 ibm eseries server – firewall and other has vSphere 3.5
  • dell 745n with Freenas installed on it
  • Dell power edge with vSphere 4.1
  • Lenovo box with vSphere 5.5
  • Dell optiplex with vSphere 5.1
  • HP Desktop – 3 HD for some shared file storage and windows operating system
  • Cisco 2950 24 port switch
  • Macbook Air is my primary machine with VMware Fusion installed

Now non of my servers have more then 4GB of memory. This is one of my biggest needs is more RAM, Storage space is ok for now.

My use case

Currently my environment is ‘ok’, it allows for me to experiment on a small scale but to fully test and implement things I need a bigger environment.

I do testing of products and reviews and need a flexible solution that can scale up or down as the need arises.

My options

Cloud- AWS, vCHS, BareMetal, Windows Azure, Google

New hardware- I could spec out what it would cost for me to build an ultra quiet lab that has plenty of RAM, Storage with some networking.

Challenge

Biggest challenge right now is the cost for the above.

What I am doing now

Currently I am experimenting with baremetalcloud. This allows for me to spin up servers on the fly and only have to pay for it when i use it. This is huge in cost/space/noise reduction in my home office.

But there are some caveats to using the cloud the initial configuration of system has to be well planned because time is literally money. If I can get a test environment up and running in few hours the cost on Bare Metal Cloud could be $10. I then save that configuration or image for later testing purposes (which will save time and then even more money) for when I need it.

In the cloud approach planning is key as you want to maximize the time you have a server running. One of the down sides I noticed is things aren’t spun up in seconds, but with planning it can be cost effective.

Example on possible saving- **** please note this is only an example real numbers varies on exact equipment and run time****

I need a server with at least 40gb of RAM storage isn’t involved but say 50GB of storage space – I can do a search for those requirements and for aprx. $.67 hr I could rent the server for 30 hrs and only spend around $21. Now if I was to buy that exact system I’m spending thousands, not to mention i have to pay for the power and cooling of the equipment.

But again, I can not stress enough of needing to plan out your scenario and configuration ahead of time when using any cloud on the go model.

Nerd’s Blurt

My goal is to do some more posts specifically on using baremetalcloud, and over all experience. Ido continue to research various lab set-ups and possibilities for what I need a lab environment for.  I like the model from them so far as I have flexibility with various servers and configurations and when I need it and for how long I need it.

What are your thoughts or advice on labs and or using cloud models?

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