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Richard Stinton

Richard Stinton

Richard is an Enterprise Solutions Architect for the iland EMEA business and has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, most recently in the Cloud space with iland, Microsoft Azure and VMware. Starting out in Engineering CAD/CAM and GIS systems with McDonnell Douglas and EDS, he moved to mainstream IT and Systems/Service Management with HP, BMC Software and Mercury Interactive, before joining VMware in its early days. Richard has a breadth of experience having worked in customer support, sales, partner management and product marketing. In his current role as EMEA solutions architect, Richard works with customers to implement and optimise cloud technologies.

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Containers as a Service using VMware Admiral and Photon OS

Richard Stinton

 VMware has recently launched a lightweight container management platform called, Admiral.

Admiral provides the capability to model, provision and manage containerized applications via a user interface, YAML-based template or Docker Compose file.

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Topics: VMware

iland presents at the first London VMUG of 2017

Richard Stinton

January 19th marked the date of the first London VMware User Group (VMUG) meeting of 2017. The day was not only a good opportunity to gain insight around the latest industry trends, but it was also a great chance to catch-up with some familiar faces in the VMware world.

This was the first time iland has spoken at a VMUG event in the UK, so the team was really excited to demonstrate our capabilities first-hand.

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Topics: DRaaS, VMware, Compliance

Cloud services for SME business - a fork in the road

Richard Stinton

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at a TechUK event in Newcastle, England, hosted by the Federation for Small Business and the Local Enterprise Partnership at Newcastle College.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, backup, cloud, ecs

Automating the iland Cloud with Microsoft Powershell – Part Two, Automatic Shutdown and Startup

Richard Stinton

In Part One of this series, we looked at using Powershell to report on aspects of the iland cloud, and to create new vApps and VMs using simple GET-, NEW- and SET- commands.

One of the great things about cloud computing environments is the ability to shutdown workloads when they are not needed, and therefore not pay for the resources (except storage).  Dev/Test is an excellent example of this, where whole development environments can be shutdown at night or at weekends, and then started up again just in time for the developers to use them.

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Topics: VMware, IaaS, test and dev, ECS-AS, automation, cloud, API

Automating the iland cloud using Microsoft Powershell and PowerCLI - Part One

Richard Stinton

We often get questions from customers about the best way to automate their cloud environments. As iland provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service based on VMware vCloud Director, we expose a RESTful API that can be used to automate things at the vCD level.

We also offer a higher level REST API for the iland cloud console which exposes other services that iland has curated into the console, such as vSphere performance data, security and compliance data, disaster recovery services with Zerto, etc.

More information on the iland REST API is available here.

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Topics: ecs

Options for Migrating to a VMware-based Cloud

Richard Stinton

Coming to the end of a support contract for your on-premises IT infrastructure?

Will you be buying a bunch of new, shiny X86 servers, a new SAN and an all-10Gb network?

Or, perhaps you’re putting your toe in the water, and looking to adopt a hybrid approach with infrastructure both on-premises and in the cloud?

When migrating services from on-premises to the cloud, there are a number of different options to be considered.

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Running Docker Containers Using VMware Photon in the Cloud

Richard Stinton
Containerization of applications, using Docker, Rocket and Pivotal Garden, is becoming a popular way of deploying what are known as ‘Cloud-Native Apps’.  This is the new way of deploying applications that scale easily using the cloud, while maintaining security.
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Topics: ecs

Ensuring Availability When Migrating Apps to the Cloud

Richard Stinton
In this post, I want to focus on the availability aspects of migrating a typical application - near-legacy, single VM solutions where Windows or Linux VMs have been spun up to deliver an application all on one server or perhaps a couple of servers.
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Topics: ecs

Migrating Apps to the Cloud - Performance and Sizing Issues in Azure

Richard Stinton
Many companies I work with grapple with the challenge of migrating apps to the cloud while ensuring no adverse effects on performance and cost. Paying attention to migration methods as well as VM sizing as it relates to disk performance and billing is essential for successful cloud migration projects. I’d like to share some of my experiences on these aspects of cloud migration in this blog.
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Topics: IaaS

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