My session picks for VMworld US 2019

The VMworld session scheduler for the US version in San Francisco was released this week, which means it’s agenda building time! More then ever, VMworld has tons of sessions that are really interesting and it might be hard to pick. I tried and this post contains some of my favourites. Let start with my own two sessions: How GPU-Assisted ML for Medical Research Proved to Be a Force for Good…

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Product review: eG Enterprise by eG Innovations

In the past you might have read quite some articles about monitoring solutions on my blog. I believe monitoring is essential to any solution that needs to be compliant to a Service Level Agreement (SLA). If you agree to something, let’s say your application needs to have a minimum uptime of 99,9%, you need to be in control of all of the components that might impact that number. If a... Read more

VDI Design Essentials: Assessing Applications with Liquidware Stratusphere UX

Let me start this blog by saying that applications and VDI are a shit storm. The easiest way to design and build VDI, is from a greenfield perspective, where you have the choice to pick the applications you would like to add. But if that were the case, why would you design VDI in the first place? Wouldn’t it be better to go for a Digital Workspace solution like VMware... Read more

Mastering voodoo: Building Linux VDI for Deep Learning workloads, Part 1

Linux VDI. It sucks. Period. Although it seems very easy to deploy and maintain, it isn’t. It’s some kind of voodoo that is hard to master. It could work when setting up your VM in a specific way on a specific system, but when doing the same thing in the exact same way but on a different system it could fail for unknown reasons. This post is not dedicated to... Read more

How to build an F1 simulator game in a VDI

At ITQ, we like to experiment with technology and push the limits of what’s possible. If we present sessions about the Art of the Possible, in our case it’s also actually based on what we have built. We have a passion for technology and the combination of that passion and the drive to always get the most out of a solution, product or technology sometimes has amazing results. The F1... Read more

Low-noise vGPU and vSAN Homelab optimizations

Last week you might have read that I have been working on a new homelab, based on vSphere 6.7u1 including Horizon 7.7, NVIDIA vGPU, VMware vSAN, and 10 GbE. All based on hardware that has low power consumption. The Xeon D architecture on Supermicro motherboards was the ideal match for my homelab requirements. There was one more challenge to overcome though, making it even quieter. My lab has three hosts:... Read more

Building a low-power vSAN & vGPU Homelab

For the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with different setups of lab equipment because I wanted to take my homelab to the next level. The primary reason being that my old lab was a noisy and power consuming system. It performed pretty well and satisfied all my needs (like building the F1 Racing Simulator with VMware Horizon, Blast Extreme, and NVIDIA vGPU), but for future requirements (I... Read more

The Year of VDI: The survey results are out!

To be The Year of VDI or not to be The Year of VDI, that’s the question. Well, to be honest, I don’t think it’s even a question. Yes, I do believe that VDI has deserved all of the attention it got through this initiative and everything that came out of it. Today (during the VDI Performance Summit in Amsterdam), Brian Madden delivered the keynote and I believe the initiative... Read more