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About timantz

I am a Solutions Architect at SimpliVity, helping people around the country with their virtualization, storage, backup and recovery projects.

Getting back to basics

It has been a while since I have written anything here, and I figured it is time to get started once again. My stretch at SimpliVity was a great run, and with the acquisition by HPE last year, I now … Continue reading

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New Season, New Opportunity

As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change, so does live in New England. The nights cool off and the lazy days of Summer give way to Fall. This season of change has brought one to me … Continue reading

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Season of Change

   Fall is one of my four favorite seasons. As the days grow cooler and shorter, the leaves start their color change. The yellow, orange, and red leaves leave the New England hillsides looking like they are on fire. The … Continue reading

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Review: Troubleshooting vSphere Storage by @mwpreston

A must-have reference for vSphere Admins In my 10+ years of managing and designing vSphere environments, I have come across a few books that should be on the desks of every vSphere Administrator. You should not be caught without a … Continue reading

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Paying it forward

Last week, Scott Lowe posted “Putting the User back in VMware User Group” In that post, he offered to mentor 5 users interested in presenting at their local VMUG group for the first time. This offer was extended to help … Continue reading

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VCDX: Second time’s the charm

It has been almost 3 years since I first set my eyes on the VCDX certification. I moved from being a VMware customer to a Partner 2 years earlier, and had my ‘Design Mojo’. I was ready to step up … Continue reading

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VCDX Preparation: Q & A

Since I am currently undertaking the VCDX Certification process, many people ask me questions regarding preparing for the Defense. Yes, I capitalize ‘Defense’ because it’s a big deal to me right now. I have the benefit (?) of having gone … Continue reading

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Mixed EqualLogic and MD3200i design for vSphere storage

Over the years, I have come across several SMB customers running vSphere on iSCSI.  While a majority of them opt for EqualLogic storage, some have existing MD3000i/MD3200i SANs that have been the workhorse Dell storage solution for years.  One question … Continue reading

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Dell VRTX- First Impressions

On Tuesday, 6/4/13, Dell unveiled its new PowerEdge VRTX converged system during the opening keynote at the 2013 Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, CA. The VRTX comes in a Tower or Rack mounted form factor covering 5RU. Inside, you … Continue reading

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DIY Stadium Seating for the SuperBowl

Like several people around the country, I host my family and friends for a big SuperBowl party each year.  Being a die-hard Patriots fan, we have recently been blessed with cheering for the home team more often than not.  But … Continue reading

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