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Tom 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.

News: Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down

CloudComputingOn February 26 in a groundbreaking announcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed in a 3 – 2 vote to recognize the rights of two southern US cities (Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina) to build their own publicly owned high-speed Internet networks in areas where incumbents had refused to invest in modern infrastructure to support high-speed broadband connectivity.  Continue reading News: Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down

Xtravirt Releases SONAR — Reporting as a Service

CloudComputingXtravirt has earned a reputation as a leader in virtualization and cloud technologies, and its consultants regularly work on some of the most complicated environments in Europe.

Xtravirt has also been active in the community, releasing tools and Visio stencils to help clients plan their virtualization processes. Tools like vPi and the Document Downloader are staples in many a virtualization consultant’s armoury.

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Hotel Goes Medieval on Personal Data Access

Network VirtualizationHow many of you “road warriors” out there have to pay for hotel Wi-Fi?  How many of you take your own personal MiFi out on the road with you because of the exorbitant charges that the mainstream hotel chains charge? (For example, $22 per night for the Hilton in Lyon, or $10.95 a day for the Sheraton in Seattle.) Now, if I were getting 100mbs speeds, I might not be too upset at these costs. But the fact is, you are not: you are lucky to get dialup speeds circa pre-millennium. This is why, especially with the move to the higher data speeds that 4G provides, it is becoming more popular to use your mobile device as a wireless hotspot, or to take your own MiFi on your road trip. A MiFi is a personal Wi-Fi that uses a 3G or 4G signal to route data to the Internet.

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What Is SDN? The History of All Things SDN

Network VirtualizationSoftware-defined networking (SDN) is clearly one of the hot items of the tech field at the moment.  VMware’s purchase of Nicira precipitated a sea change, leading to today’s plethora of SDN vendors and array of competing technologies. It reminds me the early noughties—the introduction of virtualization, competing hypervisor technology stacks and Unix/Linux Zones*—followed by the scramble of the incumbents as they claimed performance penalties for virtualized operating systems and platforms, followed by spreading FUD about support status and onerous licensing models.

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