Zombie virtual machines (VMs) are those that are no longer being used, but still reside on the system somewhere, sucking the life out of your virtual infrastructure. Deleting a VMware definition from vCenter doesn’t delete the VM itself, and with unused templates, abandoned images and outdated VM backup snapshots lying dormant in your storage, it’s possible that you don’t even know they’re there.
IT has a key role to play across all areas of your business; identifying areas for improvement, ways to optimise your operations, where to reduce costs and how support your business plan.
Traditionally, IT managers have had the huge task of supporting a number of different systems, which could involve monitoring lots of sporadic components, troubleshooting issues and searching for ways to save money.
The holiday season is upon us. Whilst most people start to wind down ready for their exotic holidays, dreaming of soaking up the summer sun on golden sands with a cocktail in their hand, life at Foundation seems to get busier!
After months of recruiting, we finally found two great candidates for our Business Development Executive roles. Rob and Nick joined us fresh out of university and both have ambitions for great things. Their first few weeks have been quite intense, with a heavy training schedule to get them up-to-speed on Foundation IT, our customers, and the Dell portfolio. Both guys have fit into the team quickly and have a really important role to play at Foundation, helping to support our sales and marketing efforts. They’ll also be spending three days a week in Dell’s Demand Generation Team so it’ll help to further cement our great relationship with Dell.
We have been lucky enough to meet with a number of Dell’s most senior people during the last six months, including Marius Haas, Brian Humphries, Tarkan Maner, Laurent Binnetti, Bill O’Shea and many others. We were always hoping that a meeting with the man himself would happen, and somewhat ahead of schedule I had the pleasure of dinner with Michael Dell last week.
In 1999 Michael Dell wrote his book “Direct from Dell”. He was 34 and one of the most recognised people on the planet. Back then Dell was just 15 years old, in May 2014 Dell will be 30 and I suggest that Michael Dell’s second book should be entitled “Indirect from Dell.”
The Dell story is certainly based on the “American dream”; an idea that started in Michael Dell’s university dorm grew to become a global multi-billion dollar business. Then it runs into challenges, (which global player hasn’t?) and then 6 years ago Dell decided to build a channel business. That’s not part of the “Direct from Dell” story, how Dell must have agonised over that decision, it is a dramatic change in direction and in a sense strikes a blow to the very reason so many people loved Dell.
April has been fabulous for lots of reasons. As ever, the practice has been super busy. So much so that Lee worked an incredible 18 consecutive days to ensure we met the needs of our customers. For his dedication he was presented with an outstanding achievement award. Congratulations Lee, you are amazing!!
Wow!! What a venue. Coming up the drive of the Penny Hill Park Hotel I wondered whether I came come to the right place. With its exquisite buildings, lush gardens and roaring fireplaces, it really was a spectacular venue.
This was my first Dell Marketing Advisory Conference so I wasn’t sure what to expect. And walking into a room of unfamiliar faces was a bit daunting. However, I was immediately greeted by a friendly face as Lynda Brown registered me for the conference and directed me towards a much needed brew!
March has been another busy month with most of the team out on customer sites delivering projects.
Lee and Craig returned to New York to continue work on the large data centre consolidation project. Unlike last time, fitness-fanatic Craig found himself a local gym and has all his protein powders shipped over to his hotel, so he was a very happy bunny!
Dell has been called out in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for data center networking infrastructure, which is for the MXLs attached to Blades. Gartner has placed Dell in the “niche players” area, joining IBM, Avaya, Huawei, Enterasys and Extreme.