RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix

Apr 7 2010   1:11AM GMT

UPDATED: Stupid “Virtualized” IT

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well. So far I’ve got ZERO responses. Perhaps I was much to broad in my request. So he’s a little refinement – how about Stupid Virtualized IT – another words horror stories of people virtualizing and getting it wrong. It can be a mix of both technical and organizational issues – BUT my real interest paradoxically, is the human side of the equation. We have all heard stories of over saturated LUNs or too much/little RAM being allocated to the VM. But what about bonkers stuff – where people only run VM, on one ESX host – because folks are too scared to consolidate…?

VMware’s proud goal is to “simplify IT”, but I’m more interested in “Stupid IT”. Stories which humorous or other wise tells a tale of what happens when IT gets it wrong. My plan is to learn from these various stories – and see if I can see themes and patterns that emerge. The idea is to see whether we can learn from IT horror stories. I’m firm believer in you can learn as much from mistakes as you can successes. I’m beginning my research using various UK Central Government IT projects that have gone pair shaped and I was inspired is the recent BBC Radio4 File-on-Four expose called “Computing calamities” first broadcast on the 2nd March of this year. To be honest I take a perverse pleasure in the worse the story is. The sad thing about the BBC Radio 4 documentary is the waste of public money. Honestly, it begs belief some of the stories couldn’t be made up – even though they have a  Yes, Minister feel to them

Anyway, I would love to hear your “Stupid IT” stories – humorous or calamitous! Given the nature of things, if you post a comment here – its perhaps wise to use a vanilla email and pseudonym. Avoid direct reference to individuals and companies – and keep it vague. I don’t want anyone getting into hot water over this – I will moderate comments closely to make sure this happens.

Come on – spill the beans – tell me your story of Stupid IT…

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