Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications?

July 19, 2011
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The single most dangerous part of this new pricing (to VMware) is rooted in the following fact. What is left to virtualize is very different from what has been virtualized to date. If what VMware has done is change its licensing around to replace one metric (cores) with another (vRAM) in a manner that would…

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RES Software’s Baseline Desktop Analyzer: Using the Cloud to help Migrate to Windows 7 for Free?

July 18, 2011
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RES Baseline Desktop Analyzer is a free, on-line, Microsoft Windows Azure-hosted service that allows you to gain visibility into your existing desktop infrastructure through a real-time analysis of your environment and user base. RES have shown interesting innovation in the presentation of their Baseline Desktop Analyzer. The tool can work well as an initial guide…

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Licensing: Pools and Architecture Changes?

July 15, 2011
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Licensing:  Pools and Architecture Changes?

In the past, virtualization architects and administrators were told the best way forward is to buy as much fast memory as they could afford as well as standardize on one set of boxes with as many CPUs as they dare use. With vRAM Pool licensing this type of open-ended RAM architecture will change as now…

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vSphere 5 – Did VMware Misjudge its Licensing Changes?

July 14, 2011
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vSphere 5 – Did VMware Misjudge its Licensing Changes?

Well, as much fun as it is to express outrage at any vendor with the temerity to change its licensing mechanism, VMware's new system isn't as bad as many have made out. Now that the true impact of changes are beginning to be understood saner heads are starting to prevail.

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Cisco, Intel, and Citrix Re-invent OpenStack Networking for the Enterprise

July 13, 2011
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Cisco, Intel, and Citrix Re-invent OpenStack Networking for the Enterprise

Over the last few months an additional subproject codenamed Quantum has emerged which deals explicitly with networking and has particpation from networking giants Intel and Cisco as well as from Citrix. It's a mechanism for defining network topologies aimed at providing Layer-2 network connectivity for VM instances running in clouds based on the OpenStack cloud…

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vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

July 12, 2011
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vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

Just in time for the adoption of vSphere 5 by enterprises seeking to virtualize business critical and performance critical applications, AppFirst, BlueStripe, and ExtraHop have pioneered a new category of APM solutions. This new category is focused upon allowing IT to take responsibility for applications response time for every application running in production. This is…

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