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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.

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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Is VMware moving to Guest based Licensing?

February 3, 2010
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Is VMware moving to Guest based Licensing?

There has been a rumour that VMware circulating that are going to move to a per VM Guest licensing model rather than the traditional Host based licenses. Well it looks like the first move to this has been taken

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Hyper-V: Free or Licensed the Choice is Yours

January 8, 2010
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Hyper-V: Free or Licensed the Choice is Yours

Which is better Hyper-V version deploy for production environments? For a traditional server based virtualization project, it makes financial sense to deploy Datacenter, and this is most likely the case for a hybrid deployment of Server and Desktop devices. However, for raw VDI and Open source deployments, it is obviously more fiscally prudent to utilise…

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – The Data Center Virtualization Perspective

November 30, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – The Data Center Virtualization Perspective

Well the cat is well and truly out of the bag now, after several months of serious courting and getting caught behind the bike shed a few time, the worse kept secret in IT has arrived. Cisco, EMC, and VMware have entered into a joint venture arrangement called V-block, so what is it and how…

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News: Cisco and EMC, Together With VMware, Form Coalition to Accelerate Pervasive Virtualization and Private Cloud Infrastructures

November 3, 2009
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Unprecedented Collaboration Heralds Business-Ready IT Infrastructure Packages and Single Point of Contact for Design, Service and Support; Cisco-EMC Solutions Joint Venture Also Established to Help Enable Customer Adoption Cisco and EMC, together with VMware, today introduced the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, an unprecedented collaboration of three information technology (IT) industry leaders. The coalition has been…

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VMware releases SRM 4.0 – Full Support for vSphere and vCenter Linked clones

October 7, 2009
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VMware have finally released a vSphere compatible version of SRM, and all I can say is about time. I could not believe it when vSphere was released int May without SRM support, that should have been there from day one. Well rant over what VMware goodness does the version 4.0 bring.

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News: vSphere Enterprise to continue beyond 2009

October 5, 2009
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vSphere Enterprise has a stay of execution beyond 2009.

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News: Cisco Enter the Rack mount market with UCS

September 30, 2009
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We all remember the fanfare that sounded on the release of the UCS Blade technology, well Cisco have just quietly snuck an announcement out of the door about some rack mounted brothers for the Blades, now these are as usual "more than just a rack mount server" they are the next addition in the "unified…

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