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Tom Howarth
Tom HowarthTom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2009 and each subsequent year thereafter.

Docker: What Is It? Hint: It’s Not a Harbour Worker

July 23, 2014
By
agilecloud

There is a lot of buzz about a “new” technology called Docker. I say “new” in quotes, because most of us greybeards should remember a technology called “containers,” circa 2004, and the arguments about which was better: virtualization or containers. Well, it seems that the wheel has turned full circle, and we are back in…

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A Timely Remider: Passwords and Pin Codes Are Important

July 8, 2014
By
VirtualizationSecurity

On June 24, 2014, a former editor of a now-defunct British tabloid newspaper (some will disagree with the use of the prefix “news”) was found guilty of phone hacking. Phone hacking is the practice of intercepting and listening to a phone’s voicemail messages without the owner’s knowledge or permission.

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News: Nutanix Climbs into Bed with Dell

June 30, 2014
By
StorageNetworking

On June 24, 2014, Nutanix released a statement that Dell has entered into an agreement to OEM Nutanix’s product and sell it globally. This is a big deal for Nutanix, as it has expanded its reach exponentially and now potentially could be front and center on Dell deals.

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News: SanDisk to Acquire Fusion-io

June 16, 2014
By
DataCenterVirtualization

June 16, 2014 – Today, SanDisk agreed to acquire Fusion-io in an all-cash deal that values the data storage company at about $1.1 billion. SanDisk will fund the acquisition with cash held on its balance sheet, and it is expected that the deal will finalize in the company’s fiscal third quarter. Salt Lake City–based Fusion-io…

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DAS Is Dead; Long Live DAS!

June 6, 2014
By
DataCenterVirtualization

In a play on the old saying “the king is dead; long live the king!” this post will opine about the current resurgence of locally attached storage in the data center.

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Cisco ACI: Is It Wham! or Sam Cooke?

May 29, 2014
By
DataCenterVirtualization

An odd little title, I think you will agree, but consider this: Wham! had a hit with “Freedom” and Sam Cooke sang “Chain Gang,” and I think you can now see my thought process. This post is going to investigate not the technical capabilities of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), but rather what its market…

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News: Oracle Buys GreenBytes — Once More on the Road to Obscurity

May 19, 2014
By
StorageNetworking

On May 16, 2014, Oracle entered into an agreement to acquire GreenBytes, a provider of ZFS technology, for an undisclosed price. In addition to expertise in areas related to ZFS, GreenBytes has developed a deduplication, replication, and virtualization overlay for it. (Rather bizarrely, in a tussle with the then-giant in 2009, GreenBytes accused Sun of…

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Will the SDDC Be the Norm in Two Years?

May 16, 2014
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Come on, let’s get real here. The software-defined data center may become the norm in two years in the gilded cages of Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and the other “centers of excellence” out there. But in the real world—you know, the one where companies are still using NT4 servers to deliver real and…

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News: Oracle v. Google — Why Is This Important?

May 16, 2014
By
agilecloud

On the 9th of May, 2014, something happened in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that could have massive ramifications for our fledgling cloud orchestration industry. Circuit judges with no knowledge about the software industry and how that industry works made a judgement that could pull the rug out from under the…

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