Is there a Cloud over a set of Islands?

November 13, 2009
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I was recently on an island and it got me thinking about whether a set of close islands can support a highly mobile cloud? If not what would be needed to make the Islands Cloud safer from the vagaries of Mother Nature, such as hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Can a cloud provider be based on…

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – OpEx Savings Courtesy of Ionix

November 12, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – OpEx Savings Courtesy of Ionix

Prior to the announcement and subsequent to the announcement of Ionix, EMC has been on an absolute tear acquiring companies that have components that will be combined into the new Ionix management stack. These announcements have included the acquisitions of Voyence, ConfigureSoft, Fastsale Technology, and an agreement to resell VMware AppSpeed.

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EMC Hints at Storage Technology Breakthrough in VMworld Demo

November 10, 2009
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This technique operates completely transparent to the vSphere environment, as only a single LUN is presented to the two hosts. So a single vMotion and a “logical” storage vMotion (actually hyper-speed synchronous dual write) are combined into a single vMotion which only takes a few minutes or seconds to execute.

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VMware Player – still no threat to VirtualBox

November 9, 2009
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VMware Player is becoming more directly comparable to VirtualBox, and a possible competitor given VMware's marketing dollars. However we anticipate both products will co-exist in the marketplace.

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – an Economist’s Perspective

November 6, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – an Economist’s Perspective

So from an economists perspective, there is really one and only one simple question. How will the vBlock initiative make earnings per share at EMC, Cisco, and VMware grow faster than they would have had the companies not done this partnership or faster than if they had of done something else with the resources that…

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Upgrades to VMware vSphere will Impact Availability and Security!

November 5, 2009
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I was upgrading my nodes from VMware VI3 to VMware vSphere and used the VMware Update Manager to perform the update. Given that my existing filesystems were implemented to meet the requirements of the DISA STIG for ESX, as well as availability. I was surprised to find that when the upgrade of the first node…

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