Updated: Jul 23
Home Base Alpha - Nutant Office
It's now the close of our Q4 of 2021 (July) and life seems to be stuttering while turning on final for runway "somewhat normal", but life will not be any shadow of what we used to consider as "normal" for quite some time I believe.
I have now had both my Pfizer vaccine shots though I am alarmed to hear from my former German Vaccines colleagues that the South African variant of COVID-19 has made it 8x more likely for Pfizer vaccine recipients to get the very virus they were vaccinated against per recent testing on people in South Africa.
In India there are three Mutations of the thing that are raising the eyebrows of the epidemiologists working on these vaccines in a similar vein to the South African strain.
The virology folks classify the new strains as either Virus of Concern (VOC) or Virus Under Investigation (VUI).
These new strains do not seem to be affected by any vaccine that is out there currently.
This was my worst fear.
I have some of my prior Malaria symptoms I had while serving in the South African 7th Infantry from Incursions into Mozambique while Flying Denel Engineering Alouette III Helicopter variants.
I wake up in the most reminiscent Malaria sweats from those years.
One Mil hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte outside Pretoria gave me a drug that got rid of it back in the day that came from Israel.
Not sure how I would go about finding what that was in view of the fact my sweats are back - but there is no body temp increase.
They are going to have to give us all the latest and greatest vaccine shot for this batshit crazy Corona virus every year I suspect.
Other news on the vaccines front is side effects with Moderna and the J&J shot both causing unexpected blot clots in some patients with fatalities that are also being drastically over-hyped.
Well there is no zero risk medication available for anything is a better way of framing it.
If you compare the many millions who had no issues with these vaccines to the fatalities and do some math it is still statistically exceedingly low.
As always we just do not know for what reasons they have suspended it for and you don't want to ask because because you will get 360 different opinions if you do dare ask.
Regardless, statistically I would say this falls into the acceptable risk category (so far).
Well this was until my own stepson who has never had a day off sick in his life developed Guillane Barre or NMOSD from his second Pfizer vaccine shot.
This has been reported as a J&J vaccine shot issue and after speaking to senior Phizer C level execs this is clearly a massive lie they are pulling the wool over the public eye with.
they skipped years of testing with this Covid vaccine shit and it appears the incidence of “issues” is a lot higher and a whole lot more common than what they are admitting to.
The data from Europe corroborates this fact.
NMOSD is a Myelitis based symptom set that means you lose control of your limbs and your optic nerve,
You could lose control of arms, legs and go blind.
Go getting vaccinated……….
I had voiced my reluctance at getting vaccinated but went with the herd on this one.
I am seriously regretting it.
If you have had these vaccines and are fine to date, you are OK so no need to panic if you had these months ago per medical advice on this subject.
You notice the bad effects pretty quick if you are going to get them.
It is worth remembering that even my bee sting stuff kills some people.
It's just one of those rare things.
There are a lot more people that have died from complications to COVID-19 vaccines than Swine flu jabs caused back in 2009 by the way.
In that one after 54 deaths they withdrew the vaccines then because they then determined it was too risky.
COVID-19 vaccines deaths are in the thousands to date. Europe has the best statistics captured for this so far but they say nearly 10,000 have died from complications the jabs brought in the USA.
In Europe the number seems to be around 16,000 odd so far. This would explain why only 22% of Europeans have had their shot.
Bear in mind that there is not and never will be a drug that is 100% safe for everyone.
That we still find ourselves in Covid-19 lock down territory though defies much common sense on the matter to my sole surviving synapse at any rate.
The simple fact is we cannot afford a lock down no matter how virulent this thing is and it just is not anything like they say it is.
Even post vaccination the politicians running the circus everywhere seem to be messaging as if the vaccine has no preventative effect at all.
What do they know that we do not, I ask myself?
I have heard, even if you get sick once you are vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine is that your chances of death from any subsequent Covid-19 corona variant are pretty low.
That is to say, that so far, they are not aware of serious death resulting outcomes of that particular vaccine ounce you are vaccinated. Or if they know, they ain't telling.
Which is more likely the real situation.
Meanwhile, closer to home my own mother has fallen victim to the effects of a strain of the bat bug corona and spends her final days in a hospice in George in the Western Cape province of South Africa, she just had her 77th birthday and is barely still with us.
She lingers on.
Sad times indeed.....
She had a very sudden drop in health in November 2020 and COVID-19 appears to have got past her brain barrier somehow very rapidly indeed.
That is what we can surmise after a myriad of tests for everything else drew a blank at any rate.
My son was supposed to be living with her to ensure she got fed but appears to have abandoned her in a total Alzheimer state where she was not getting fed or taking medication.
It is interesting she has recovered to the state she is currently in.
If anybody is in George and eating at 101 Meade do stop to congratulate Chef Llewellyn on his fine job of the care of his Grandmother.
Sadly, South African authorities have been less than useless in helping me out here remotely and I am not going anywhere near the place myself.
She speaks like she just had a massive stroke but there is no evidence of such in any of the many scans or blood tests she has had.
I am in quite a bizarre situation here and feel like a 400lb Galapagos tortoise flipped on my back in the blazing equatorial sun.
All I can do is flail and bleat like a pathetic lamb on the matter.
Earlier in 2020 I experienced a few brief moments of panic myself about mid May through July amid this COVID driven mayhem as to futures before I got a grip and realized everyone everywhere is suffering the same problems and that this ridiculous COVID circus has to shutter it's tent at some point in time.
My chess rating also plummeted through the floor in this period and my brain was definitely impacted by what felt like a heavy wet blanket.
I have since recovered, winning a Gameknot chess tournament in the Grand Master section in early October of 2020 and my rating has rocketed back into the top 100 players getting to no 61 by November 30th 2020.
As my attention is focus on business successes of late I have lost focus on Chess at the competitive edge I was once playing at but still dabble to keep the old noodle and strategic capabilities pretty sharp.
I am not that far off the top actually.
I can feel the sole surviving synapse is working better than before my bout with Covid-19, so that has been a big unexpected plus.
The folding at home project has been instrumental in our amazingly fast response here by the way - it has proven invaluable as a tool that cut around an estimated 37 years off the research cycle.
It really has been that radical.
The stuff that has and is coming out of that folding at home effort is going to be near miraculous as they go through the normal verification process for other human use cases as we go forward.
The Gilead work on Ebola and the work the German biotech companies did with Gilead are also helping us out quite a lot.
Anyway, right now, here in California some 37% of the gen pop has had their two vaccine shots.
Its probably going to take 3-5 years to reach everyone on the planet though.
The thing that we cannot allow is the poor countries to not get these vaccines as we will re-create a new problem with a new strain if we let them languish too long.
How long is too long?
The Brazilian variant of this thing looks plenty nasty by the way and as I said the latest evidence suggests those vaccinated with the Pfizer shot have been 8x more susceptible to getting COVID-19 sick from Covid-19. Oi vey!!
A COVID mutates less rapidly than a flu does but it does not stand still.......
This is a rare test case for humanity to take care of all of humanity, not just those at the top of the pecking order.
I will watch in total fascination as this one plays out realizing we are all collectively in new territory with this one.
One of the impacts to me of COVID realities has been the crazy work hours I put in these days vs being on the road.
The Nutanix product portfolio and capability is very strong, and almost custom tailored to said COVID-19 data center working realities in terms of simplicity and sheer ease of use.
There are now many more bona-fide compelling reasons for customers to sweep all of their old legacy 3 tier architectures out the door and go with a Nutanix only data center.
Bye bye SAN, Bye Bye NAS, bye bye FC networking nightmares, bye bye complexity, and hello Simplicity and easy street!!
Saving up to a staggering 80% on OPEX costs is not to be sneered at folks!! This is what Nutanix brings to the table!!!
I have not even started talking about the power and cooling reduction the small but deadly footprint leaves behind as one of its many fabulous bonus points either!!
Semper Molto Dolce!!
I have, amid these "other" distractions of the pandemic, focused my efforts on Nutanix AMD EPYC related technologies and various other forthcoming Nutanix attractions based on EPYC Powered HCI shenanigans so as to better win business in the Sacramento Valley and East Bay regions.
My efforts during Covid seem to be reaping pretty big rewards which is nice to see and satisfying that I have made an impact while imprisoned at home this past year.
The commercial space is an interesting one, nestling between SMB and Enterprise as you get a vast range of solution architectures that can fit any bill effortlessly with a varied range of challenges that come with each opportunity served up.
The key challenge here being customers keenly understanding the capabilities envelope and the awesome solution they are getting with Nutanix and penciling the boundaries around the solution with it's performance floor and ceiling notations.
I can tell you from my experience of free-diving and scuba antics around the South African coast and in Tahitian waters, that the understanding of limitations and capabilities when you partake in these activities is a life and death envelope journey of discovery well worth making.
I have found that customers buying HCI cluster technologies also do better if they understand the envelope of capabilities of what they are getting and the limitations they gave up when "budget sizing" the solution if they executed any of these antics.
You cannot expect to buy a budget airplane for $23,000 and expect it to perform like an F18 Raptor....
Likewise you cannot buy a Top of the Range Lamborghini Evolution and expect to start winning Formula one Grand Prix events with it unless you know what you are doing with said exotic equipment and are able to persuade Formula one to let you race....
Nutanix flexibility and capability ranges from the Citroen Deux Chevaux up to the UFO Beamship class type solutions, and each solution architecture capability depends on what you put into meeting the requirements without compromise and understanding the compromises if you indeed made any!
This all became a totally EPYC experience in 2020 which translates to less dollah in exchange for molto power, in my humble opinion.
In fact this EPYC flavor has made "right now" a Golden Age for Nutanix based HCI.
I have run into some customers on both ends of the "want to have" spectrum in this regard and it has been interesting to observe and interact with the wide range of reactions to what they get to deliver their IT miracles with on any fabulous Nutanix platform.
I tap into my channel partner days of total disbelief often with the more incredulous customers pressing my vast sense of humor reserves into overdrive on occasion.
Fortunately, I myself can (still) vividly recall my own disbelief of Nutanix HCI glory when I first evaluated Nutanix back in 2013 as I go through these challenges from some customers entrenched deeply into old school 3 tier architecture hell.
In fact it was not until 2015 that I myself was suddenly a very passionate HCI evangelista but from that moment on I have set about making all my previous work in the 3 Tier server and storage space completely obsolete.
With somewhat of a vengeance too I might add!!
As I said, in the first rendition of this posting, some interesting items to watch in 2021 will be PCIe 4.0 capable nodes, merging Optane goodies with PCIe 4.0 ready CPU's and the 100 GB Ethernet Networking side of the equation as it pertains to Nutanix related HCI.
Did you know that the Intel Optane group is forced to buy AMD CPU's to test their new PCIe 4.0 Optane based SSD stuff?
Intel rocket lake allegedly has full PCIe 4.0 capability but I still await my first one to test.
A marvelous twist and Irony as Chipzilla still has ZERO true PCIe 4.0 capable CPU product right now and will not have until the end of 2021 (if they are lucky).
They are stuffing Optane goodies into PCIe 3.0 servers but not telling anyone this is totally pointless........Chipzilla ain't got a fully PCIe 4.0 capable Xeon CPU yet......
It's going to be partial. SSD only.
Nutanix Clusters, Xi LEAP, Calm, Beam and Nutanix Karbon for Kubernetes action is also going to be my focus area for 2021 as well as promoting the joys of seamless integration of Public cloud into Nutanix Private Cloud solutions here, there and everywhere.
I will also be renewing my channel relations and bringing them into the action wherever I can as well.
I have already begun with Groupware, eVolve, Dasher, SHI, Presidio West, Kovarus, WWT and others as I get deeper into this new adventure.
Nutanix has become available on a great many more hardware platforms over the last year as well by the way - the HCL list is now pretty impressive.
As of now you can get Nutanix for Nutanix platforms (NX), Dell (XC), Lenovo (HX), HPe (DX), Cisco (UCS B & C) series, and various other Telco rugged formats (Klas Telecom) as well.
There is more....
Nutanix is also available for Inspur, Fujitsu and IBM Power platforms as well.
The last one I mentioned may raise eyebrows in a skeptical vein a tad but its true.
Nutanix for IBM Power platforms is a reality. I have had three companies get into those solutions but they are holding out for pending IBM Power 10 CPU action.
The Power 10 stuff looks like Dark Arts Magic compared with the current generation Power 9 stuff.
There are also droves of OEM Server companies flocking to get their hardware certified and onto the Nutanix HCL.
The Nutanix AMD EPYC journey with HPe and Lenovo as the first EPYC platforms certified for AOS has also begun (August 2019) and I personally am very excited and thrilled about this as I am unashamedly a big AMD bigot and AMD CPU fan boi.
These are now available on single and Dual socket EPYC servers from Dell, Lenovo and HPe, but when you see how many cores you get with EPYC, why it is just totally EPIC!
The one thing I did learn about Ryzen and EPYC CPU ZEN 3 architectures by the way, which is a major XEON killer, is how AMD chips can throttle their GHz from a base frequency of 2.2 GHz to up to 4.4 GHz with no problem at all.
My Chess Engine AI running dual 64 core EPYC 7742's inside a Lenovo SR665 armed with 32 x 128GB Samsung DDR5 RAM slots was able to have a constant frequency when loading all 128 Cores of 3.8 GHz and it would run at a consistent 4.1 GHz when it needed to clock the barstewards very heavily.
When the clock dropped it cheerfully went to 2.2 GHz which is its idle clock @ 45 degrees C.
Temps at 3.8 GHz are 72 degrees C and at 4.1 GHz are at 79 degrees C.
This no XEON can do!!
4TB of RAM on this thing also impressed me greatly. These EPYC CPU's love these big 128GB DDR RAM chips a lot. Why, it's just EPYC!!
A Glitch in the BIOS reported RAM as 8TB but it was in fact just 4TB. I did the math stats and double checked. Don't believe the BIOS was my takeway!!
I also half listened to the Lenovo guy (Chris R) who was talking about the new Samsung DDR4 256GB DIMM modules and the fact these boxes will happily support 8TB when that launches.
I am getting one in March to benchmark when those 256 GB DDR4 Modules come the way of the Lenovo HPC guys.
I was actually pretty sad that I had to give the last SR665 back!!
The HPe DX385 dual core EPYC boxes for Nutanix AOS launched on Thursday 8/27/2020 by the way!!
The HPe DL325 single core EPYC processor platform is a pretty sweet starting point for a starter Nutanix Cluster in my professional opinion, on paper at any rate.
I have since discovered a 4 node DL325 single EPYC CPU based cluster is ideal for SQL shenanigans.
On average, core for core these EPYC CPU's are 19.1% cheaper than XEON and in my opinion are worth 500% more, so they are a fantabulous bargain when you bake what you actually get here into the solution pie and you are getting a lot of worry free compute power here!
No burnt DIMMs, massive I/O, Full PCIe 4.0, CPU turbo boost, solid reliability, fantasmic performance, 4TB RAM!!
Whack the 64 core EPYC Rome or better CPU in each Node with from 512 GB RAM and 8 x 8 TB HDD Drives with up to 4 x 7.68TB SSD and you have yourself quite the 2U x 3 Power Package to be your new Data Center (Just add non-blocking switches).
This brings some memory per core challenges to the table for dual and quad socket EPYC CPU systems though but the motherboard designers have got very creative...lets just hope 8TB RAM per dual core node becomes the Novel standard for now!
I will have a new blog all about them beasties shortly.
Most of my work in FY21 is going to be on new EPYC stuff and a lot of that will be on the DX385 platform.
The DX325 single processor in a 4 node starter cluster has a lot of options as does the DX385 with a single processor.
As an ex Microprocessor specialist myself (HP PA RISC McKinley series) I have a lot of respect for AMD platforms and I myself have six workstations in my home office that are all new gen AMD 5000 Ryzen or TRX40 based systems.
I now have four ThreadRipper rigs, and two newly updated Ryzen 5950X rigs.
The thought of Nutanix nodes bearing 5nm AMD EPYC Genoa series processors sends my brainwaves into all sorts of exotic waves of cerebral cortex pleasure dome conniptions.
I call these EPYC-Nutantgasms and all I can say is there are no words in known languages bar Sanskrit that could possibly come close to describing the blissful joy....
What makes this even more fantasmic is the four threads per core technology with SMT4 on these EPYC Genoa, Zen 4 architectures that is getting served up in the 2021/2022 time-frame....
OMG, I need to go cool my head in a deep bucket of ice somewhere quick....my sole surviving synapse is ascending to a higher dimension and frequency of nerd joy!!
Making for Christmas joy for me this year was my decision to replace my personal 15" Macbook Pro Retina with the new MacBook Air M1 after bench-marking one.
The performance was nothing less than completely unbelievable. I'm still rubbing my eyes in disbelief on that one....If you are doubting it's suitability, you would be wrong.
I too was firmly in that camp before I got my grubbies on one!!
I did find out about some interesting USB-C Hub issues and in my other blogs I posted you can read all about them!!
I am focusing on the more advanced features and portfolio products Nutanix offers these days, specifically Frame, Citrix driven Nutanix solutions and ERA DBaaS stuff while getting dragged into the automation capabilities of all the Nutanix core platforms.
In fact it would be useful if we could knock the planet into a new orbit around old Sol that had 30 hours in a day with 10 months in a year like it used to be (December is latin for Decem which is 10, not 12)......see latin for decade = decem annis (10 years).
We do need to change the Calendar to make sense with the original.
The year should start in March and run through December with January being the 11th month and February being the 12th.
That way the latin root origins of the months can correlate with the number of the month they were intended for in a full calendar year.
I am going to fly more and golf more the next 6 months to balance it all out and ponder the meaning of life, the universe and well.....everything.....
2021 has to be better than 2020, but it is going to be the year of out-toughing things as we go.
May I wish you all a year of good health and superb mental wellness as we go forward into the unknown armed with determination, grit and bulldog tenacity by the bucket load!!
If I don't see you through the year, I will no doubt see you through the window or through a camera lens running Zoom!
And just remember everything runs smoother and much better on AMD EPYC!!
The only thing better than lofty goals are loftier ambitions!!