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Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

Tomorrowland

CloudComputingHave you heard about the new movie that is out, called Tomorrowland? I can’t tell you anything about the movie, but when I saw a commercial for it on the television the other night, the title Tomorrowland got me thinking. It left me wondering about the direction technology is leading us in. What kind of Tomorrowland are we heading full steam ahead to? Some technologies, when you think about them, are really pretty cool, and others, well… they can be downright scary.

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It’s That Season Again!

VirtualizationBackupIt’s that season again! For those who don’t know, I live in Florida, and yes, we do have seasons down here. We have Tourist Season, Lovebug Season, and of course the one we’re best known for: Hurricane Season. With Hurricane Season starting on June first, most companies should have finished their preseason disaster recovery test by now. Oh, how things have changed from the days of flying off to have loads of fun at the remote data center, restoring test objectives from tape to prove we had the capabilities to restore applications and services slated for that specific test.

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Look at All the Pretty Clouds!

CloudComputingLook at all the pretty clouds! Every day there are more clouds filling the sky, and that trend won’t change anytime soon. It appears that the future, at least for information technology, will be entirely in some type of cloud or even in multiclouds. To get a picture of where we’re going, let’s take a moment to look at where we have been.

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Have You Heard about the New Nano?

CloudComputingHave you heard about the new Nano? No, you didn’t miss a new announcement from Apple. Rather, it is Microsoft that is releasing Nano into the wild. Given the name, what do you think Nano is? Dictionary.com defines Nano as “a combining form with the meaning ‘very small, minute.’” Unsurprisingly, Nano is another option for a stripped-down, lightweight install mode feature.

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Different Approaches to the Cloud

DataCenterVirtualizationMicrosoft and VMware have been, in my opinion, two companies in direct competition with each other during their respective journeys to the cloud. VMware started first, paving the way for virtualization in corporate data centers. One could argue that once VMware demonstrated success with virtualization running corporate critical systems, Microsoft decided to go all in developing its virtualization strategy. Once the Microsoft juggernaut gets released, it seems there is no way to stop or even slow down the Microsoft machine.

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