Simon Eady

An IT Professional with 20 years’ experience with broad technical and managerial experience, which has enabled him to deliver high quality, correctly scaled, easy to use IT solutions which are on budget and in line with business needs and requirements in any environment.

A leader of the Bristol and South West VMUG (VMware User Group)

Technology Specialities: vRealize Operations Manager (vROps), VMware vSphere, vRealize Automation (vRA), and not to shabby with the rest of the VMware stack.

Simon is currently working for Xtravirt as a Senior consultant and can usually be found on twitter @simoneady

vExpert 2014-2019

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Articles

Written by Simon Eady on 26/4/2017
Published under vRealize Operations
As promised, vROps Webinar Series 2017 is back with the second episode of the year. Last time around we looked closely into the features of vROps 6.5 and as stated during that webinar, we will now show you how you can unlock the full capabilities of vROps using the extensibility of the platform. If you have been following the Webinar Series, by now you have a complete visibility into the capabilities of vROps, when it comes to monitoring the vSphere infrastructure.
Written by Simon Eady on 25/4/2017
Published under vRealize Operations
If you spend a good amount of time in vROps either at your place of work or with customers (like me) you will likely have had to create some custom XML (metric configuration) for custom dashboards. In the past you would either use the sample/examples to get them started and then go and find the specific metric names while, this was usually quite time consuming. In recent versions of vROps however, VMware have introduced a “builder” to help you properly format and slect the corect adapters/adapterkinds and metrics.
Written by Simon Eady on 4/4/2017
Published under vRealize Operations
Time to share the recording of the first episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2017. This time around, Sunny and I spoke about the latest release of vRealize Operations Manager. We spoke about almost all the new features which were introduced with this version and went into some of them in detail. Like always we rounded up the session with Live Demo of the new features for our audiences. We introduced a feedback form which can be used to provide your feedback in general and also request topics on which you would want us to focus this year.
Written by Simon Eady on 29/3/2017
Published under vRealize Operations
While there is a reasonable amount of information about how HA works in vROps I have found there is still some confusion as to how HA actually works with vROps or rather what are the benefits and perhaps more importantly the cost for enabling the feature. HA is a great feature and in my opinion should be considered seriously with any deployment (where possible). Not only does HA protect your Master node (which essentially behaves as an index for your vROps cluster and if lost will render your cluster dead unless you have a working backup of your cluster) it will also allow your cluster to tolerate a data node failure.
Written by Simon Eady on 29/3/2017
Published under Log Insight and vRealize Operations
So vROps 6.5 has been out for around a month now and I finally have a little while to write a post on what I personally really like. There is a lot of great new enhancements and improvements added in 6.5 but for the sake of brevity I shall highlight two that I really liked. Flexibility to increase RAM in between node sizes So if you are familiar with vROps you will know that when you deploy it you have “T-Shirt” sizes to choose from, Small, Medium, Large and now Extra Large (6.
Written by Simon Eady on 19/3/2017
Published under vRealize Operations and Webinar
Welcome to the vRealize Operations Manager Webinar Series 2017. With the huge success of the series back in 2016, we wanted to take a break, enjoy the success and come back with full rigor for this series in 2017. We are here and we are charged up to give you some more dope on vRealize Operations manager in the year 2017. The delivery mechanism would be same as last year. We will start with talking about a topic and then jump into a live environment to see what happens when the rubber hits the road…
Written by Simon Eady on 24/2/2017
Published under Community
Over the past 6 months I have been dwelling more and more on the obvious speed of change and development in IT Infrastructure. What do I mean? Well each year there is the new hotness, the next thing/innovation you are told you need or should have. In most cases the innovations and new tech are ground breaking awesomeness and most certainly offer new opportunities for the infrastructure masses. I am all for progress, if you are not moving forward and regularly looking for sensible ways to improve what you do and the infrastructure you use then I really do think you are in the wrong industry.
Written by Simon Eady on 1/2/2017
Published under vRealize Operations and vSAN
I have recently been able to get vSAN properly up and running in my lab and took a look at the OOTB Dashboards that come with the MPSD (Management Pack for Storage Devices). As I have a hybrid build (I know many have All Flash Arrays) I was interested in how hard my Flash Cache was working so I built a dashboard purely focused on this aspect of the vSAN product.
Written by Simon Eady on 21/12/2016
Published under vRealize Operations and Webinar
Time to publish the recording for the 12th episode of the vROps Webinar Series. This time we did a what’s new with vRealize Operations 6.4 and the changes made to vRealize Operations 6.4as you will see there has been a lot packed into this recent release! It has been an awesome 12 months working with Sunny on this project and I am very glad to say we will be back next year (we will skip January and will return in February).
Written by Simon Eady on 16/12/2016
Published under vRealize Operations and Webinar
It’s the time of the month when I would like to invite you to join the next episode of our year long vROps Webinar Series. As we move towards the closure of a fantastic year, we would like to take a zoom out view at the vRealize Operations Manager solution with a What’s New Episode. We did a What’s new with vRealize Operations 6.3 a couple of months back, however looking at some awesome changes made to vRealize Operations 6.