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vSphere-Land’s Top 25 vSphere Blog – Go Vote

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

For those of you that follow the many talented bloggers that focus of virtualization with VMware, you are aware of Vsphere-Lands top 25 blog voting. Well, its that time again and I truly believe is supporting my colleagues in this. There are a lot of great blogs out there and I think they need to be fully recognized.

Here is a brief excerpt on the suggested guidelines for voting:

  • Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life.
  • Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information.
  • Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.
  • Quality – It all comes down to whats in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.
  • If you want to have an idea of who I voted for, feel free to visit my LINKS section and you will find a list of blogs that I visit often, if not daily.

    I also want to state that this post isn’t an attempt to get votes for my site (as Im not even listed as an option), but a plea to ask you to support the community and vote for whoever you think is deserving. No matter who gets the votes, the community itself will be better because of all the bloggers who contribute, and the readers who support us.

    VOTE NOW!

    Single Points of Failure

    Single Points of Failure. We all know and fear them. It’s the one thing that can bring our infrastructure to its knees, and it’s what we as engineers, architects, and consultants strive to avoid in our environment. Any seasoned technical professional can quickly identify and remediate a single point of failure in the infrastructure, but I’ve noticed a lot of people overlook one huge single point of failure in their environment.

    Recently, it was announced that the company I work for was being bought out and that we would enter a merger. Obviously, some people felt the risk was too great and have decided to move on to new opportunities. During this exodus, I’ve noticed a lot of people spending their last two weeks documenting and offloading their knowledge of some aspect of the environment because they were the only ones up to that point who knew it. Being the sole holder of a piece of knowledge about your environment creates the biggest single point of failure of all, yourself. Read more…