Minding my own business yesterday a wormhole opened up on my desktop and an MP3 popped out of it. The episode you are about to hear is the contents of that file… you have been warned !


A little about what was going on in the world at the time – EMC Had just bought Virtuastream  which led us to chat a little bit about the relative benefits of buy vs build. Horizon Mirage rears its beautifully groomed head a couple of times too! Is a 15 minute deploy time for a product really a benefit ? Will you ever look good with one of these ?


We are on the hunt for some guests to help keep the 3 of us just about sane ? if you’ve got something good to talk about , then we’d love to hear from you at guests@vsoup.net


Bob Plankers (Photo by Stephen Foskett)

Your Uncle? (Photo by Stephen Foskett)

We’ve gone full circle, sort of, with a return of the wonderful Bob Plankers as our guest. You know, The Lone Sysadmin guy. The hosts enjoy is blog posts, and we sure do enjoy having him as a guest as well. After all, he was a guest in our fourth podcast back in 2011 as well.


This time around, we talk about what all the cool kids talk about: Hyper-convergence, Fibre Channel vs IP Storage, the future of VMware and containers! Are we on fleek or what?!


And when you think about it, is open source really the drug dealer model, and is EMC turning into your local hood’s friendly street pharmacist? And if so, what does that make Chad?
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Matt Brender

No we are not quite dead yet, we’re just pining for the fjords.

We’re joined by Matt Brender, a “community-centric marketer. Developer Advocacy “. We have no idea what that means, but at least Matt tries to explain it to us.
Of course, we get into Open Source, and the people aspect of it, and does everyone really have to be a developer these days? Oh, and the exciting world on non-relational databases.
Anyway, that’s enough, just give it a listen will ya?
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Beyoncé Northam

Beyoncé Northam

Beyoncé Wood

Beyoncé Wood

So, lets get 2015 started with an episode recorded way back in 2014. We’re sorry about the delay, but this one needed some time to simmer. After all, one of our guests ends up singing. To find out which of our two guests, Julian Wood and Matthew Northam, channel his inner Beyoncé, you’ll just have to listen.

Besides random singing, we talk tech holiday toys, hyperconvergence and when it’s not (EVO:RAIL + Filer?!), some really bad storage guy jokes and stockholder swingers parties, which correlates nicely to vCenter availability.

Remember, if you’re not honest, you risk getting tossed off. And perhaps even more importantly, if you like it then you should have put a Filer on it.

Chris Wahl (Not Spongebob)

We got the double VCDX Chris Wahl, and we got him to spill the beans on where the VCDX-NV’s came from. And no, it is not from the Iliad. We talk certifications, and answer the age old questions; “Is is wise to try to certify when you are hung over?” and “Can a server actually blind you?”.

There has to be some some wisdom hidden in there somewhere. Chris is also doing a VMUG tour of Europe, bringing along his immense Minesweeper knowledge. Be sure to catch “Chris does Europe” if possible.

Other than that, Proximal Data, cache products (including the usual rant from Christian) and home lab talk. All in all a really mixed bag of somethings, which I guess sums us up pretty nicely.


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We got Frank’d, and that is not a bad thing. 

Frank Denneman joins us for a discussion about travel, writing and publishing books, dogs with ebola and HA/DRS Deepdives. How´s that for a rather mixed bag of nuts? Since Frank is an evangelist for PernixData, they get a mention too, but this one is decidedly very light on the marketing side. Just the way we like it (aha-aha).

So, if you’re into book, dogs and ebola, sprinkled with some virtualization, this one comes highly recommended. Now there is a narrow demographic if there ever was one.

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Our regular guess Mike Laverick is back, this time talking about EVO:RAIL which clearly is his new thing. As we all know, Mike is a man of many words, and EVO seems to be one of the new ones added to his vocabulary, and he sure knows how to use it.

Kidding aside, this entire fiftieth episode of vSoup is pretty much entirely about EVO:RAIL; the what, the why and the how.

Fifty recordings? Really? That’s a lot of soup.

Also, next week is VMworld EMEA, and both Chris and Christian will be there. If you’re in Barcelona find us and say hi! Also, if you schedule allows it check out the vBrownBag TechTalk schedule for VMworld EMEA 2014, we’re recording a live show on Wednesday 15th between 12:30 and 13:15 – Pop on by and you might even be our guest!

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Three men left behind in Europe during VMworld US. There is no way anything good can come of this, right? While you ponder that little conundrum, why not give the latest episode a listen. Chances are that you will have forgotten about the question once you get to the end of this no-guest edition of vSoup.

Some, but not all, of the VMworld announcements get mentioned, like EVO:RAIL/EVO:RACK, vCloud Air and so on. At some point, Christian turns into Max Headroom, but that doesn’t stop him from not really knowing anything. Product names, and colons, OpenStack and printers.

Is the future of vSoup printers? Who knows, all we know is that they play some cool tunes:

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Brian KnudtsonWe are joined by Brian Knudtson, (blog: knudt blog) for a mostly hyperconverged chat, including a car analogy. Yeah, we know you should never trust a car analogy, but we went there anyway. After all, who knows how we will deal with hyper-converged infrastructures a few years down the road (See what we did there?).

We also touch on Julian Wood’s great How Policy will drive the Software Defined Data Center blog post, and since Brian’s our guest, VMunderground and the new Opening Acts program gets a piece of the headlight action.

So, if you want something to do the next 44 minutes and 41 seconds, you know what to do.

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.

-Hit it.