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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.

VMware, Novell and the CVP

September 23, 2010
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There has been a lot of noise about a negotiations between VMware and Novell, rumors are that it regards the purchase of the SUSE division, now firstly every thing that follows is pure supposition on my part, I have no insider knowledge. now mike has put forward one argument on why a VMware purchase of…

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VMware vShield 4.1, not for the SMB

September 6, 2010
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VMware vShield 4.1, not for the SMB

I wonder how many of us remember when VMware bought BlueLane and their technology, good things were promised, we saw the first part with the release of vSphere when they introduced vShield Zones. This was a “Free” product for those of you that had any version above Advanced vSphere and to be fair for a…

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Quest + Vizioncore + Surgient = A Virtualization Management Gorilla?

August 6, 2010
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Quest + Vizioncore + Surgient = A Virtualization Management Gorilla?

The combination of Quest, Vizioncore and Surgient creates a company that for the first time has all of the management pieces required for an enterprise to be able to virtualize tier one applications and to automate the process of assuring service levels for these applications. This puts Quest in position to be a clear leader…

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What is in a name?

July 2, 2010
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So what has this got to do with virtualization I hear you say, simple, Companies change their name all the time. they rebrand their products to make it "shiney and new" or to reflect a change in corporate direction.

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Announcement: Virtual Thoughts Podcast the rebirth

June 29, 2010
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Virtual Thoughts Podcast the Rebirth, Join us Tuesday 29th June @ 7:00pm (BST), 2:00pm (EST), 11:00am (PST)

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News: esXpress is no more

May 24, 2010
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Before you all go screaming to your local vendor let me elaborate, the product has just had it’s name changed to reflect a new corporate direction. esXpress is now called PHD Virtual Backup for ESX,

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ESXi – Closer but still no Cigar

April 29, 2010
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We all know that ESXi is the future for VMware are regards their Hypervisor strategy, however most of you are more that aware of my dislike of the current interation. Now that I have got that off my chest, what has prompted this latest outburst?

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The End of ESX is Near – Is ESXi Ready for the Enterprise?

February 12, 2010
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The End of ESX is Near – Is ESXi Ready for the Enterprise?

Well the worse kept secret in virtualisation is now finally out in the open, have a read of VMware ESX to ESXi Upgrade Center:Planning your Upgrade to the next-generation hypervisor architecture where they state that "In the future, the superior architecture of ESXi will be the exclusive focus of VMware's development efforts. This means that…

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Xsigo Forms an Alliance with CTC and Hitachi

February 10, 2010
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Those of you who attended VMworld this year will remember the stack of servers and storage on display happily serving VM's to the vistors, exhibitors and Staff at the conference, well one of the key components of that stack was provided by Xsigo. Their product the I/O Director offers signficant savings in large environments by…

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