Sizing with Shane Bradley (On-Demand Lab Part II) – Podcast #047

by | Nov 25, 2020 | Podcast

“The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original.”

– Dean Koontz

Anti-spoiler alert: If you haven’t yet listened to our most recent episode, you may want to give that a play before putting on your wet suit and diving into this special edition of DCT where we take the technology submarine even deeper.

With this episode, Matt “Not a big fan of the Sawzall” Yette and Matt “Do you have any wooden pallets you need broken down?” Cozzolino invite our Senior VMware Consultant, Mr. Shane Bradley, into the virtual studios for a spirited recollection of how our On-Demand Lab was conceived, sized and configured.

In this episode you’ll:

  • Learn about how the lab began inside a VMware Workstation virtual machine, evolved into a tiny desktop server, then exploded into full-on, co-located infrastructure.
  • Hear about the special considerations the lab needed from NSX-T for network segmentation to Nested ESXi (ESXi running on top of ESXi – Virtception!) 
  • Understand how Terraform isn’t only leading-edge technology but for Cozz was also bleeding-edge technology with more than a few growing pains.

The IVOXY crew also muses on FreeNAS’s evolution into TrueNAS, the challenges of ESXi on Arm and how the lab resource challenges differ almost 180 degrees from our typical customer’s challenges. Finally, Shane and the Matts have a thrilling debate about reciprocating vs. table vs. circular saws… so you can never say the IVOXY Consultants lack breadth!

As always, be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode – because with how fast some of our lab technology is evolving, you might get lost otherwise!  

Thanks for tuning in and we’ll continue to happily trade our experience, anecdotes and knowledge, so you can concentrate on staying safe and informed. Take care.

PS: We just announced an exciting event with Gene Kim coming up on December 15 – and the first 50 to RSVP & attend get a complimentary copy of his latest book:


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IT talk with a healthy dose of empathy: Hosts Matt Yette & Matt Cozzolino draw on their combined 40+ years of infrastructure experience as they discuss the ever-changing technology landscape – from virtualization to storage, security to networking, and everything in between.

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