March 24th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

Waking up in the wee hours of the morning isn’t something that most would want to anticipate. However if you are a nerd and fixing to leave for a tech event then you are usually to excited to sleep, anticipating all the learning you are about to undertake during the event. I was asked if I could attend HP Converged Cloud Tech Day, this event is being held in Puerto Rico from March 26th & March 27th 2013. Getting to see the tentative schedule I am excited to be included in this event.

You can watch Chris Purcell talking about it on SDRNews – Click here

I will say that HP is sponsoring the entire event for bloggers that were invited, this is also noted in my disclosure page.

HP Converged Cloud Tech Day


Intro:  Every 7-10 years, technology delivery undergoes a tectonic shift; one that opens up new business and access models. A shift that changes the way technology is consumed and the value that it can bring. The Plan for this Converged Cloud Tech Day is to open the HP cloud technology portfolio to demonstrate how distinct pieces of it come together to form a seamless cloud experience. 

During the event, HP will deliver deep-dive technology presentations on each of the following areas, showing how they stand alone, as well as how they come together.

Expected session topics include:

  • HP Gen8 servers, HP CloudSystem and Hyperscale computing
  • HP Cloud Storage
  • Networking and Cloud Security
  • HP Converged Cloud reference architecture
  • Managing the cloud with HP Software (MOE, CSA and CDA)
  • HP Public Cloud offering
  • HP Managed Cloud offerings Enterprise Cloud Services
  • View inside HP Labs (Smart Cooling technology)
  • Connecting the dots within Converged Infrastructure strategy
  • HP View on Cloud Futures

Additionally, there’s a plan to include an HP Labs tour and well as visits from external customer speaker from Puerto Rico and/or the region.

Checking out the above information I started to wonder more and more, as the days get closerI am getting more excited to be able to delve into the HP Cloud offerings.  One of the parts Im anticipating is visiting one of the labs. Who doesn’t like seeing inside of tech centers? Best part I get to document the whole thing! I will be tweeting live from the event as it unravels.

Get Involved

Want to participate in the event? You can! The event will be live streamed! Watch the hashtag #convcloud on twitter to engage with the participants.

Nerd’s Blurt

This is my 1st Tech Day style event and honestly I’m excited! I last visited Puerto Rico in 2002 while doing some training for the military. I have great memories and am expecting the same great time this go around. Some how I find Puerto Rico doing something that I love! HP has a diverse portfolio and I’m hoping to learn more about what they got to offer and share that with you all.

Find out more on HP Converged Cloud


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March 18th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

I was asked to review PHD Virtual Backup with Cloud Hook 6.2. This is their current major release for their Backup and Recovery Product.

Some of the the features I tested were the Install, Backup and Recover functions. I did this all with a Google Cloud account and backed up directly to my Google Cloud.



Installation was a breeze. There are two required files to install PHD Virtual Backup 6.2

  • PHDVirtualBackup_Client_Install.exe
  • PHDVBA.ovf

PHD Virtual Cloud Hook



It doesn’t matter which way you install the files. The Client install.exe needs to be running on a windows machine.

I started with the install by performing the following steps.

Installing the Management Console

  • Ran PHDVirtualBackup_Client_Install.exe 
    • Kept all defaults
    • Must be on a windows machine
    • Can not be running vSphere client or will give you an error.

Installing the VBA

  • Deployed OVF in vSphere
    • File> Deploy OVF Template
    • Then selected through the wizard
  • Machines were then ready to from there after about 10 minutes on my host.


The install process was pretty quick and painless. I had it up and running in about 14 minutes total including the management console.




Cloud Hook

PHD Virtual Cloud Hook


This new feature allows users to back-up directly to the cloud. No need to backup to your local storage and then to a cloud storage provider. I think this is a very useful feature to have.

Currently there are four cloud providers you can hook into fairly simple.

  • Amazon s3
  • Google cloud storage
  • Swift/ Openstack
  • Rackspace cloud

These are enough to get started with this new feature. I personally think they should expand this to other providers such as HP & VMware in the near future.

As you can see in the picture above you could easily set this feature up to push backups to the cloud for extra protection.


Nerd’s Blurt

The product was very simple to use. It was actually more confusing trying to find the correct information from google for my cloud storage account. I enjoyed how I was able to back-up and recover a system with hardly any effort. I wanted to showcase here just how fast and easy it was to install the PHD Backup and Recovery 6.2 with Cloud Hook. Please check out PHD Virtual website for more information and to contact the staff to answer any of your questions.


*fixed couple spelling and grammar errors

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November 30th, 2012 by NerdBlurt

I didn’t know much about load balancing prior to checking out Kemp Technologies VLM100. It was an interesting journey to learn about which I will share in a later post.


The VLM100 is a virtual appliance, just like it’s physical counter part in performance but in the convenience of adding into your existing virtual infrastructure. Now VLM works with both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware and is just as easy to install and configure on both.

Virtual LoadMaster installs and runs as a hardened, ‘Guest’ operating OS/Application on a dedicated virtual machine. It provides the same features of the LoadMaster appliance including L4 load balancing, L7 content switching, SSL Offload, Server and Application Health Checking, IP and L7 Persistence, Caching, Compression, IPS and much more. It also supports stateful Active/Hot-standby configuration between two VLMs for redundancy and high-availability. All controlled by the same intuitive, easy-to-use Web User Interface as the hardware-appliance version of the LoadMaster.


The LoadMaster Provides:

  • Six layer-4 load balancing and scheduling methods
  • Layer 7 Content Switching
  • ICMP and Application-level server health checks
  • Nine layer 4 and layer 7 persistence/sticky choices
  • Layer 7 persistence with SSL traffic
  • SSL Acceleration/Offload (All Models)
  • Support for up to 1000 Servers and up to 1000 VIPs (Clusters)
  • High Availability configurations with Active/Hot-standby
  • High-performance hardware platforms and Virtual Appliances
  • All solid state – no disk drives
  • Ultra-low power consumption models
  • Throughput range of 300Mbps – 6Gbps
  • 1st year comprehensive maintenance and support included
  • Caching, Compression, Intrusion Prevention System


This process was fairly simple and straightforward. I added the VMDK to my Fusion install and powered on the machine. Once the vm was loaded You can see in the image below where you are asked for a username and then password

User- bal

Pw- 1fourall


After logging in you are quickly prompted for your license key. You are giving an access code which Kemp Technologies uses to generate your specific key. Each license is tied to the host that the machine is installed on and the key would be different on multiple machines.



The following screens from here are pretty simple and easy to follow and is referred to as the Quick Setup. In this process you will be asked for-

  • Primary eth0 IP address- which is where you can access the web interface.
  • Hostname- The machine name just like any other computer
  • Name (DNS) Servers address- have the IP addresses of your DNS and name servers ready to input here.
  • Domain list- Internal DNS namespaces which are relevant to your configuration.
  • Default gateway- IP address which acts as your default gateway.


After the values are entered I suggest rebooting the system. You can then access the web interface from any computer with-in your network. I as you can see from my images I tested that the web interface works on an iPad.



As you can see it is pretty simple to read and understand what you are looking at. One thing I have enjoyed during this was how simple it was.

Now you can also modify the system configuration with-in the web client as well. A nice bonus if you don’t want to go into the console.



Along with being able to use the web interface you can use the console as well for some management.



Now for this review I didn’t go way into a lot about the product. I added a few servers for usability purposes. However I am going to run the trial until the end and continue to see how it performs.

Nerd’s Blurt

This is the only load balancer I have played with. I do not know how other competitors compare with them. I do like how easy are to maintain and install.  One major factor for me giving thumbs up to them is the staff has been great. I have been talking with Lauren in their sales department and she was very helpful and not pushy with me at all. This goes along way with me. Not only is this a quality product they have good staff to support the product as well.

If you are in the market for a load balancer I would definitely give them a look. You can try their VLM products free.

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September 24th, 2012 by NerdBlurt

It’s that time again where the leaves are starting to turn from green to yellow, brown and orange. It is a great time of year in New England.  The NEVMUG is hosting it’s annual Fall event in Marlboro,MA this year.  Be sure to click the ad to the right to find out more.

The VTUG Fall Forward event is taking place at the Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough, MA on October 24, 2012.   There will be a number of breakout sessions, including technical experts from VMware.  There will be a wide range of topics including some of the most important information discussed at VMworld, a focus on the virtual data center, integration and optimization with storage systems and data protection solutions.

VTUG is also going to provide some new sessions that focus on professional growth with a program on giving presentations to a live audience, whether it is your management in a conference room or hundreds of people in a large auditorium.  This will be the first of the VTUG Professional Growth series.

We are also introducing a new interactive contest at Fall Forward called the VTUG Best Def Contest.  More information on this is forthcoming.

In the spirit of Halloween, we intend to fill the event hall with a ton of good treats!  We hope you have a sweet tooth.

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Nerd’s Blurt

I personally enjoy going to these events as it was these events that have help shape this blog, and a lot of my professional direction. Nothing beats being able to talk with your peers about problems and solutions or the next big thing. The connections made are truly invaluable. Be sure to check out the site and register for the event


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September 21st, 2012 by NerdBlurt

I have been debating this for sometime and have decided to open my site up for Banner ads. I have changed the theme and if you look at the far right you will now see some blank banner ad space. These are open spots! I have a couple sponsors coming on board soon and have some flexible options for companies interested. I get descent traffic to my site and will provide statistics to any serious inquiries.

So my options are (Prices vary)

  • 125×125 banner Static and rotation system
  • 250×250 banner Static and rotation system

Sponsored blog posts- Have a new release, planning an event? Have your release information or event information posted here to gain maximum exposure. Contact me for rates.

Also note that there will be a discount for multiple sponsorships.

*Please note that all Sponsored posts will be tagged as Sponsored in the Tags to help maintain Blog Integrity.

Also the Disclosure page states all companies that I have either won a prize or have been compensated for my services

Nerd’s Blurt

This is a great opportunity for everyone. Please spread the word and let your company know that they need to advertise on here!

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