Sorry folks but last year was terribly busy year with all the projects virtualization was involved with around Health Care. VMware deffinately has moved into servicing Tier 1 application needs.
I was also busy with studying for the VCP 5 test which I passed on the first try...and yes I did think this was one of the more challenging certification tests I have seen from VMware for VCP level certification.
Late last year I started experimenting with the EMC Cellera and VNX virtual storage appliances trying to get some early experience for what I hoped was coming.
But enough of the past and lets look into 2012 now. My vCenter was upgraded to vCenter 5 level in December and now that HP finally got their driver and firmware issues worked out for the HP BL460c G6 and G7 blades and vSphere 5 we are off on our migration to vSphere 5. I just recently moved my virtual vCenter and it separate SQL database vm off of old hardware to newer blades and like the better performance.
In addition we have bought 2 EMC VNX 5500 units which I am looking forward to learning and using starting in March time frame. We have been wanting some EMC storage for a long time so very excited about this. I am most excited about the ability to do some LUN provisioning at the vCenter level. I really think the efficiency and control being closer to the virtual admin level will help make much wiser choices in the LUN work ahead in Migration to VMFS 5 (which to do right really needs to be an empty the LUN and reformat).
I'll try my best to start sharing the many things I am learning!