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Project Bonfire -- Igniting Change

Created on: Sep 18, 2008 12:00 AM by VMworld Team - Last Modified:  Jul 24, 2009 3:02 PM by VMworld Team

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Project Bonfire -- Igniting Change

Session Abstract:

This session reviews the methodology at the foundation of Project Bonfire's success, along with new methods and procedures around security and performance that have been forged. Also discussed are the pitfalls and lessons learned in migrating to low cost, open, virtualized, highly available grid computing. Project Bonfire started as a quick "scorched earth" Oracle database and Web infrastructure re-design and deployment while performing a storage area network refresh and server consolidation effort at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Phase-1 of Project Bonfire was less than 2% of the cost of the large UNIX environment it replaced and is achieving better performance and higher availability levels. Phase-1 established the foundation for Phase-2 of migrating the Datacenter to VMware.


Session Type:

Technical Overview Session


Networking; Storage / Backup; VMware Infrastructure; Virtualization Platform / Hypervisor


1 Hour


Brandon Gillespie( SystemsImplementers ), Doug Babb( U.S. Air Force ), Michael Jolley( U.S. Air Force ), Steve Kemp( VMware, Inc. )

Speaker 1:

Brandon Gillespie has been designing and building information technology since 1992. He is experienced with many different and successful large-scale deployments and data centers. In 2004 Brandon joined Project Bonfire, which received the 2007 Redhat Innovator of the year award. He received his GIAC/GSEC Certification in 2001, and is a VMware Certified Professional.

Speaker 2:

Douglas Babb is currently engaged as the Chief IT Systems Architect for the U.S. Air Force at Hill AFB and is a senior consultant with Systems Implementers Incorporated. He is the initiator and technical lead for Project BonFire. He is also the designer of the BonFire Methodology and Doctrine utilized which focuses on a "Plan, Do, Check, Act" LEAN approach to derive solutions that simply work typically at a fraction of the previous cost. He has over 27 years experience in the management, development and support of very large enterprise systems with no failed projects. He is an Oracle Certified Master and a Red Hat Certified Architect.

Speaker 3:

Michael Jolley has worked for the Air Force since 1982. He has managed aircraft depot maintenance, supply, munitions testing, and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) systems and networks, working in most of the organizations on the base. Mr. Jolley spent almost five years managing all communications and networking resources for the entire facility of over 22,000 people. Mr. Jolley joined the BonFire Project as Project Manager in October 2005. Under his leadership, Project BonFire has earned the 2007 Red Hat Innovation in Government Award, the Red Hat 2007 Innovator of the Year award and the 2007 Air Force Materiel Command Gen. Edwin Rawlings Communications & Information Team Award.

Speaker 4:

Steve Kemp works at VMware as a Technical Account Manager. Since 2002 he has worked with VMware in the datacenter for various companies in management and consulting roles. His professional accreditations include VCP, MCSE and ITIL Foundations certifications. In his current role, Steve assesses virtualization infrastructure, addresses technical and business hurdles and provides his customers access to VMware information and product experts. He is a customer advocate for some of VMware's most important and strategic customers.

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