Benjamin Troch - Virtualization Architect

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas: VMworld 2016!

VMworld 2016: We can’t stop here, this is bat country! It’s that time again! VMworld 2016 is coming closer and changed venue: we are going to Bat Country aka Las Vegas! Something new for me this year: as a vExpert VMware asked me as one of the official independent bloggers. Pretty stoked with being able to […]

2012 Linkedin data breach exposes 100 million Linkedin accounts

2016-05-27: Linkedin reveals user data exposure was bigger than predicted after 2012 data breach Last Wednesday Linkedin made a surprise announcement that hit the online security community like a bomb. If you think it couldn’t get worse after the 2012 Linkedin hack which exposed approximately 6,5 million users. The crew responsible for the initial attack had […]

Pure live: accelerate possible

If you can spare half a workday and can convince your boss to get educated on the next generation of converged infrastructure I would strongly encourage you to attend this event. If not for the technology it is also an excellent opportunity to network with your peers and meet some of the smart heads from Pure who flew in from the US. Have fun!

VIRTUALB.EU VMWARE 6.2 UPDATE SERIES 2: From vSphere Virtual Switch to NSX 6.2 Part 1

A little bit of VMware virtual networking history Virtual networking has come a long way. Started off with VMware workstation 1.0 to GSX and ESX a brief interlude on ESXi and finally landing on a control plane on the vCenter. With the coming of NSX VMware has taken this even further and distributed the components […]

Singapore vmug meeting: coming 5th May at Novotel Clark Quay;may the force be with you

Just a quick post to remind all vGeeks we will be talking large VDI deployments with VMware View on the upcoming Singapore VMUG at the Novotel Clark Quay coming Thursday 5th May 6:30PM onwards. The community session will focus on the caveats when rolling out a big desktop replacement with virtual desktops both from a […] VMware 6.2 Updates Series 1 – vSphere Key Feature overview


It’s been a little while that VMware announced VSAN 6.2 and I as I was busy I followed the news on the sideline. The well know bloggers madee their mandatory posts. All is good and the product has an awesome new feature set. The usual VMware release cycle I would call it. So now that I had some time on my hands I looked a bit deeper into the well know big features that came out and that were long awaited: deduplication and compression.

Pure Storage’s commodity driven hardware = Pushing the cloud acceleration

A few years ago I had a weekly running routine here in Singapore with one of the senior execs of one of the storage giants who happened to be a good friend of mine. We found a nice 10k jungle track we regulary ran to stay in shape and in the mean time we disucessed […]

10 Questions to E1 Rahabok: SE & CTO Ambassador VMware

In this iteration of the 10 question series on I decided to look a bit closer to home (Singapore). Iwan Rahabok, for the people who don't know him is a household name in the ASEAN virtualization community. Iwan (or e1) ois one of the most senior VMware system engineers in the local office and […]

vSphere VCSA 5.5 non disruptive upgrade to 6.0

Hi, just for Christmas I thought I'd share a little screen capture movie I made when I was upgrading my vCenter Appliance to vSphere 6. Previously this would be an in place upgrade and if you are running dVS it would become messy as you had to export the configuration and try to import it […]

Inaugural VMUG Leadership Summit @ VMware campus

What? This week the VMware campus in Palo Alto (where a lot of the R&D happens) was the venue for the inaugural VMUG Leadership Summit. The summit is a gathering of all customer leaders worldwide who were invited by VMware for 2 days of brainstorming and knowledge exchange with the sole purpose to enhance the user […]

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