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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.

Finding Atlantis USX—The Move to the Ocean from the Sea

May 6, 2014
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Atlantis100x30

Most will know Atlantis from the days of ILIO Persistent VDI and ILIO Diskless VDI. I would expect that most even consider it a niche product with the single goal of accelerating desktops. I have to admit, I was shocked to find that this is no longer the case. It is well known that I…

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Storm in a Teacup, or as Elmer FUD Would Say, “Shhh—be vewy vewy quiet; I’m hunting wabbits”

April 25, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

What is it about the tech world that always seems to put us at each others’ throats? FUD is thrown around like candy from a broken piñata. Notable oppositions that come to mind are EMC vs. NetApp, block vs. file, diversity vs. simplicity, an so on. Currently, we have the software-defined networking (SDN) wars: hyper-converged…

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What Next for x86 Hardware Industry: The Death of the Blade Format?

April 3, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

The rise of server-based flash caching and other technologies like local performant storage pools, whether virtual storage appliances like the HP StoreVirtual VSA or VMware’s VSAN, marks a possible return to the days of the pizza box server in data centers across the world.

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Software-Defined Storage (SDS): What Is It?

March 26, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Recently, Nutanix got awarded a key patent for software-defined storage, and it got me thinking, “What is SDS?” Well, to me, one key aspect of SDS is the fact that it is hardware agnostic. Therefore, by default, Nutanix is not a provider of SDS. Now, don’t get me wrong: Nutanix is an awesome product and…

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VSAN Pricing Comparison

March 19, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Last week, VMware released vSphere 5.5 Update 1. You can find the release notes here, and the links to the download are here. Why is this such a milestone? It finally marks the release of VMware’s long-awaited entry into the world of software-defined storage, the VSAN (Virtual Storage Area Network). But before we move on…

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News: VMware Introduces a Re-certification Process

March 10, 2014
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VMware100x30

This should have been posted on Friday when it appeared. Regardless, it seems that VMware has just introduced a re-certification policy that will expire legacy VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications and force current-level VCPs to re-certify every two years. For full information on this process, read the below link:

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News: VSAN Is Now GA

March 7, 2014
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VMware100x30

Today finally marks the announcement of the general availability of VMware VSAN. This is VMware’s most public beta to date. 

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Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What Is It?

March 4, 2014
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Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What Is It?

SDN is getting a lot of hype at the moment. Coupled with its kissing cousin, network virtualization, it is all the buzz. So what exactly is it? At its most basic level, SDN is an approach to networking in which the control plane is decoupled from hardware and given over to a software controller.  

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Good Technology to Acquire BoxTone

February 25, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

With the mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) markets still reeling from VMware’s $1.5B purchase of competitor AirWatch, Good Technology has announced that it is purchasing BoxTone for an undisclosed amount. This is a purchase to turn heads: Good Technology is making a bold statement to the world that it, too, is…

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