SMB Virtualization

SMB Virtualization focuses on delivering the benefits of virtualization to SMB’s, and SME’s in a cost effective and easy to manage manner. SMB Virtualization covers all aspects for virtualization for the SMB or SME starting with hardware and working up the virtualization stack.|SMB Virtualization includes use of the technologies that allowed bursting into the cloud for small organizations as well as other cloud services that an SMB or SME could use to perform business operations within virtual or cloud environments. SMB Virtualization concentrates on the smaller scale organizations but while planning for those organizations to grow.

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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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    Virtualization Security @ InfoSec World 2010: Go for the Low Hanging Fruit!

    April 27, 2010
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    I recently spoke at the InfoSec World 2010 Summit on Virtualization and Cloud Security and also attended the main conference sitting in on many Virtualization discussions. Perhaps it was the crowd, which was roughly 30-40% auditors. Perhaps it was the timing as SourceBoston was also going on, as well as CloudExpo in NY. But I…

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    GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

    April 19, 2010
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    GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

    I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following virtualization vendors: * vKernel where we were introduced to their Predictive Capacity Planning tools * EMC where we discussed integration of…

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    When vCenter Alone Is Just Not Enough

    April 13, 2010
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    One thing I have learned in the time I have spent working in IT is that no software product, out of the box, will do everything that you want it to do. This especially goes for VMware’s vCenter Server. This is a great product but yet still has its shortcoming. vCenter will perform a lot…

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    Drobo FS, Your Link to the Cloud

    April 7, 2010
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    Data Robotics just announced the Drobo FS. Drobo FS via Drobo Apps (which are free) will have a link to the Oxygen Cloud. This could lead to several interesting options for the small business to large enterprise with respect to data storage and accessibility. Not to mention protection.

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    Veeam SureBackup

    March 23, 2010
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    Veeam has introduced a new product named SureBackup. SureBackup is designed to not only use Veeam's Backup technology to backup your virtual machines (VMs) but will also test the restoration of each of these VMs to ensure that they at least boot and at most the applications involved are actually running within the VM.

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    Virtualization Security for the SMB, Starting Point for All

    March 16, 2010
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    The most recent Virtualization Security Podcast was on the subject of virtualization security for the SMB. Specifically cover the case where the customer wanting virtualization security could afford to purchase a hypervisor and perhaps one other security product. In the end the panelists came up with a list of suggestions for virtualization security for the…

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    Windows MultiPoint Server

    March 9, 2010
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    Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server – globally available from March 1, 2010 – is a “shared resource computing solution designed for educational institutions”.  It is a Presentation Virtualization solution based on Windows 2008 server, and sharing codebase with Remote Desktop Server (i.e. the product formerly known as Terminal Services). It is designed to deal with a specific…

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    Is Hyper9 a good fit for the SMB?

    March 8, 2010
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    I talked extensively to Hyper9 to determine if their product would be a good fit for the SMB as most of their marketing literature is geared towards helping to manage thousands of VMs not necessarily 100s of VMs. My thoughts before talking to them is yes it would be useful, but after talking to them,…

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