This site is dedicated to VMware Virtualisation and Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud, with a focus on Business Critical Applications (Tier One Apps).

The name originates from the name given to New Zealand by the indigenous Māori people i.e. “Aotearoa”. Aotearoa translates to: ao = cloud, tea = white and roa = long or “Land of the Long White Cloud”. So the name Long White Virtual Clouds is particularly fitting given that VMware is one of the leaders in the Cloud Computing industry and the author lives in New Zealand.

New Zealand and Australia have arguably the highest virtualization rates in the world and we have been virtualizing Business Critical Applications and executing Unix to x86 virtualization projects for a number of years on a large scale. One of the aims of this site is to demystify the migration and virtualization of traditional Unix systems and business critical applications.  The author will provide real world experience on the technical and process aspects of critical applications and large scale virtualization projects. Topics covered will include design, quality assurance, performance optimisation, troubleshooting  and implementation and migration planning, and any other relevant topics thrown in for good measure.

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7 Responses

  1. Aka
    Aka at |

    Hi Michael,

    Wonderful articles!!

    I am VM beginner. It will be great if you load the Visio diagram to create a home lab. Also it will be great if you can give the list of hardware.

    Kind Regards


    1. @vcdxnz001
      @vcdxnz001 at |

      Hi Aka, that specs for my lab can be found in My Lab Environment. Take a look. I haven't done visio diagrams for it.

  2. Karl
    Karl at |

    Hi, I’m wondering if you have had Solaris working on Nutanix? I’m working through that now.

  3. Dave Maguire
    Dave Maguire at |

    Hi Michael

    Great website, a lot of great information.

    Just one question:

    What kind of storage do you recommend for a shared storage on VMWare running an Oracle active/passive cluster which needs shared storage for database files:

    RDM virtual, RDM physical or VMDK files?

    Any thought as to which is the best practice. It appears from internet research that they are all the same from a performance point of view.


  4. Dave Maguire
    Dave Maguire at |

    Thanks Michael


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