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VCAP-Design or VCAP-Deploy? Which Exam to Take First?

Deciding which VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exam to take first can be tough.  Both of these exams lead to a VMware VCAP certification.  If you are looking to obtain the VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX) Certification, you will need to pass two exams for the Data Center Virtualization (VCAP-DCV/VCIX-DCV), Cloud Automation (VCAP-CMA/VCIX-CMA), and Desktop …

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Thinking About VMware vSphere Networking Design Choices

In VMware vSphere, there are an infinite number of ways to accomplish almost anything. Many architects and administrators tend to do things “their” way, from location they install ESXi to, to the way they access a virtual machine in vCenter.  When it comes to making VMware vSphere networking design choices, the same holds true. VMware …

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R is for Recovery, RPO and RTO Explained

You’ve probably heard the terms RPO and RTO thrown around a lot, but what do they really mean?  RPO stands for Recovery Point Objective, and RTO stands for Recovery Time Objective.  It can be easy to flip flop these two terms, especially if you’re just getting used to them or just learning about their concepts. …

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Building the Stack, OpenStack Summit and the Design/Release Cycle

OpenStack is a platform that is constantly growing and evolving, thanks in part to the massive amount of involvement in it from the OpenSource community.  There are currently OpenStack releases twice a year, which are closely followed by an OpenStack Summit.  While the summit in Paris earlier this month showcased lots of enhancements which were in the Juno …

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