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by Bart Heungens

 

 

Don’t expect any information here about Bitcoins! When I started my company in 2006 I needed a catchy name linking my name (Bart) with my mission IT CONsultancy.
BITCON.be was born.
If I had known, maybe I should have added a second ‘i’ in the name…
C’est la vie!

Trusted Advisor

I started +25 years ago as an IT engineer installing Compaq ‘gear’… Name it and I probably installed it.

Through the years I saw my job role changing in becoming a trusted advisor in the design, installation and implementation of IT solutions, initially on-premises and now more and more hybrid solutions with the various clouds out there. And all these edges doesn’t make it simpler these days.

This advisory includes as well that I develop course and exam material for HPE to empower their customers.

If you are stuck in your digital transformation journey, feel free to contact us, I am sure we will find the perfect solution for your IT challenges. 

Certified Instructor

I am convinced that you should not stop learning when you finish school. Still today I keep on following and learn about the latest technologies in IT.

It is great to have a lot of knowledge and hold several certifications from many vendors, it is even better that you can share your knowledge with others to enhance their skills as well.

I still remember my first training abroad (I was paid to travel!) which was a Compaq Insight Manager class in Budapest. Since then I traveled the world as a certified instructor (then for Compaq and afterwords HP and now HPE) spreading my knowledge to enhance the skills of the students in the physical and virtual classes. I stopped counting the number of classes (+500?) and the countries that I visited meanwhile.

In need of training? Feel free to contact us.

Blog

My first post was an issue I had solved for one of my customers, but where I lost too much time in finding the right information on all those vendor websites. Too much marketing, not enough facts that really help you.

Today I think it doesn’t became easier in this world where digital transformation keeps on going faster and faster

This is why I try to publish articles with no-nonse, no-marketing, no-ideal-world IT information. I always try to give the real facts and value of the solution that I am writing of. You can find any article through the Articles menu option in the top menu, also don’t forget to look at the various How-To articles.

Find here my latest Storage blog posts.

Bye bye Nimble & Primera, welcome HPE Alletra !

HPE picked May 4th aka Star Wars day (hoping that the force be with them?) for their big storage announcement for 2021. The invitation promised a radically new vision for data and infrastructure that enables customers to accelerate data-driven transformation from edge...

HCI at the Edge: HPE Edgeline & StorMagic

GigaOm released recently their first Radar report on Hyperconverged Infrastructure report for Small-to-Medium Enterprises and the Edge. I was impressed by the fact that StorMagic was selected as top performer and leader in their radar, before the well known enterprise...
Logical overview StorMagic on VMware ESXi on Edgeline 4000 Proliant m510

Faster, bigger, better – Intel launches new Optane and 3D NAND SSDs

I am lucky to be part of the Tech Field Day team that was invited this week to attend the preview of the Intel Memory & Storage Moment. During the various presentations a new wave of Intel Optane and NAND SSDs were announced, where Intel claims 2020 has been the...

How-To: HPE Nimble Direct Attach (FlatSAN) with HPE Synergy

Some time ago I replaced my HPE 3PAR 7400 array in my homelab with a new HPE Nimble storage array HF20. HPE 3PAR had an interesting feature called Direct Attach aka FlatSAN, that allows to connect your 3PAR array directly to the Virtual Connect modules inside a C7000...

HPE introduces 6th generation MSA storage

HPE has announced the next generation of their Modular Smart Array, HPE MSA Gen 6, ideal for small and medium sized businesses looking for an affordable hybrid-flash entry level storage solution. Just like with the previous generation of arrays there are 3 models,...

HPE puts your backup data in the cloud with Cloud Volumes Backup

HPE made a big step with the announcement of HPE Cloud Volumes at the virtual HPE Discover event in its journey to be become an Everything-As-A-Service cloud company in 2022, dixit HPE CEO Antonio Neri at the past HPE Discover events. HPE Cloud volumes adds an...

4 times More with the latest HPE Storage announcements

June is typically the month where HPE Discover is organised in Las Vegas. And this is also the place to be to get all the information on all the announcements made by the HPE teams with new hardware and software features. Due to Covid-19 however, HPE Discover goes...

How-To: deploy StorMagic SvSAN on VMware

With the addition of StorMagic SvSAN in the HPE Complete Program we have a replacement for the EOL LeftHand/StoreVirtual VSA solution that converts the local storage of 2 server into a shared pool of storage accessible via iSCSI. Find more details on this solution in...

HPE introduces StorMagic SvSAN as StoreVirtual VSA replacement

Last year HPE decided to EOL the StoreVirtual VSA portfolio leaving a big gap in the software defined storage portfolio. IT was filled up partially with the SimpliVity solution although that this is not a true software-only solution, leaving customers behind needing...
StorMagic SvSAN deployed on HPE DL380 Gen10

Meet Metallic: Commvault-as-a-Service

Last week at CommvaultGo in Denver (CO) Commvault introduced their new SaaS offering for data protection called Metallic. Metallic is a new venture from Commvault that brings the power of Commvault software with a simple Software as a Service business model. 3 Types...

Meet HPE Primera : Nimble simplicity + 3PAR resiliency

What would happen if the HPE storage team puts together both of best worlds of their Nimble and 3PAR storage portfolio? Well, this is what actually was announced at HPE Discover in Las Vegas in June 2019.  Welcome HPE PRIMERA HPE Primera is the new next-gen storage...

HPE StoreVirtual VSA EOL? What are your options…

I got a lot of messages and meeting requests since the official EOL announcement of HPE StoreVirtual VSA. That much that I want to write this article to clarify all options out there. It looks complicated, but it isn’t… First define for yourself (or your customer)...

Find here my latest Compute blog posts.

HPE updates server portfolio with newest AMD EPYC processors

This week CPU giant AMD unveiled the 3rd generation of its EPYC server CPU family, codename Milan. This results in a new series of HPE servers embracing this new family of AMD processors. It features a set of 19 SKUs — including the flagship 64-core 7763 model — ...

Major 4.1.0 update for HPE SimpliVity

It took quite some time after the 4.0 release, but finally version 4.1 for the HPE SimpliVity HCI platform is there. And it is was worth waiting, since the list of enhancements is long, including a new hardware model. Let's take a look at what's announced:  ...

HPE goes to space – again

What an exciting week in space! NASA just landed a new Mars Rover called Perseverance on Mars, and just 2 days later there is the next launch already. Not that far this time, it is ‘just’ going to the International Space Station ISS with the 15th Northrop Grumman...

HCI at the Edge: HPE Edgeline & StorMagic

GigaOm released recently their first Radar report on Hyperconverged Infrastructure report for Small-to-Medium Enterprises and the Edge. I was impressed by the fact that StorMagic was selected as top performer and leader in their radar, before the well known enterprise...
Logical overview StorMagic on VMware ESXi on Edgeline 4000 Proliant m510

HPE SimpliVity networking explained

In this article I explain the networking configuration from an HPE SimpliVity HCI solution from a physical and logical point of view. An HPE SimpliVity appliance is build on the HPE DL380 or DL325 Gen10 platform (at the moment of publication of this article), which I...

How-To: HPE Nimble Direct Attach (FlatSAN) with HPE Synergy

Some time ago I replaced my HPE 3PAR 7400 array in my homelab with a new HPE Nimble storage array HF20. HPE 3PAR had an interesting feature called Direct Attach aka FlatSAN, that allows to connect your 3PAR array directly to the Virtual Connect modules inside a C7000...

Lanamark error in Chrome when using HPE Passport authentication

Some time ago I got this error when authenticating to the HPE dedicated pages of the Lanamark assessment tool at https://hpe.lanamark.one. The Lanamark assessment tool is a popular tool when sizing an HCI solution based on HPE SimpliVity. When authenticating with my...

How-To: install the HPE Simplivity 380 vCenter Plug-in

One of the steps during the installation of an HPE SimpliVity cluster is the installation of the required Plug-in for vCenter. The plug-in for the Windows Server based vCenter is a rather easy Next-Next-Finish procedure, the installation for the vCenter Server...

How-To: Deploy HPE SimpliVity nodes

In this article I will describe all the steps required to install a new HPE SimpliVity cluster. It will give you an idea of the prerequisites and information required during the installation. This articles is not replacing the official HPE SimpliVity Deployment Guide....

Enhanced HPE SimpliVity lifecycle management with One-Click Upgrade feature

HPE has released several software updates in the last year for its hyperconverged platform SimpliVity, enabling various new features. One of the features that pulled my attention, is the One-Click upgrade functionality. HPE states that it can update the entire HCI...

HPE grows its HCI portfolio with bigger SimpliVity models

HPE has released 3 new SimpliVity models to grow its HCI portfolio to give more flexibility when sizing a hyper-converged environment.   SimpliVity 380 G The SimpliVity 380 Gen10 G models does not have a hardware accelerator card unlike the regular 380 model....

HPE SimpliVity adds air gapped backups with StoreOnce integration

With the release of SimpliVity software version 4.0.0 HPE introduced the ability to externalize the backups created in SimpliVity outside the SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform on a HPE StoreOnce backup target.   About HPE StoreOnce StoreOnce is a...

Find here my latest Networking & Software blog posts.

HPE SimpliVity networking explained

In this article I explain the networking configuration from an HPE SimpliVity HCI solution from a physical and logical point of view. An HPE SimpliVity appliance is build on the HPE DL380 or DL325 Gen10 platform (at the moment of publication of this article), which I...

HPE releases OneView 5.0

HPE announced at HPE Discover in Las Vegas in June 2019 the newest version of their software defined converged management tool called OneView, version 5.0 meanwhile. Now the software bits are available as well for download from the HPE Software Depot. An overview of...

More composability with HPE OneView 4.2

HPE released the latest version of its software-defined infrastructure management platform called HPE OneView 4.2. Since the release of version 1.0 more than 5 years ago, more than 1 million licenses were sold already, quite an impressive number. With this new version...

Ryder Cup 2018 : how any sport can benefit from a connected world with HPE Aruba

I was invited by HPE for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Ryder Cup in the weekend of September 30th at Le Golf National just outside Paris. Allthough golf is not my favorite sports game, I must admit I was surprised by the numbers of the event: the event spans 150...

Software defined everything: HPE updates management stack OneView and OneSphere for true Hybrid IT

HPE announced an update on its management software kit called OneView and OneSphere. OneView is for more than 4 years the on-premise management solution for initially Proliant BL blade servers but meanwhile extended to DL, ML and Apollo server series, and as well...

HPE Simplivity goes Microsoft Hyper-V

Since the acquisition by HPE last year, Simplivity has become the main hyperconverged solution in the HPE portfolio. That solution became very popular since the release on HPE Proliant Gen10 hardware last year October timeframe.   Now comes a big next step in the...

Sizing HPE Simplivity? Use Lanamark for data gathering!

HPE introduced recently a new data gathering tool, in cooperation with Lanamark, to help with sizing their hyperconverged Simplivity solutions. With this information you can go to the new online Simplivity Sizing Tool which will recommend you one or more preferred...

HPE releases OneView 4.0

HPE released the newest version of its Converged Infrastructure Management software being OneView. Initially, OneView gave the server administrator a centralized management of its C7000 blade enclosures and some DL Proliant servers. Meanwhile you cannot only manage...

HPE preloads ClearOS on their servers: Linux made easy

Already there on some Gen9 servers, now you will get ClearOS as well on the Gen10 MicroServer, and as an option on all other Proliant servers. ClearOS? Well it didn’t ring a bell for me either. Time for some research! ClearOS is an affordable and reliable CentOS based...

HPE releases OneView 3.10

HPE announced the newest version of its converged infrastructure management platform OneView 3.1 at HPE Discover early June. Now the software bits are available for download as well. So, what’s new in version 3.1? Storage Automation Profile driven automated volume...

HPE announces HyperConverged Operating Environment 2.0

One of the announcements at HPE Discover in London 2016 was the next step of HPE into the HyperConverged world with the launch of the HyperConverged Operating Environment 2.0 (HCOE). Before we dive into the details I want to share the latest Gartner quadrant on...

Getting started with HPE OneView Global Dashboard

With the release of OneView 3.0 comes also the initial release of OneView Global Dashboard. This will enable Federation of multiple OneView instances running as a VM appliance or in the new Synergy environments. More information on Global Dashboard can be found here:...

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