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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: SimpliVity Announces GA of OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS

DataCenterVirtualizationOn November 24, 2014, SimpliVity announced the general availability of its Cisco-certified solution, SimpliVity OmniStack. Fully integrated with Cisco UCS, this product is based on the C240 M3 model. Since the latter’s launch in August of this year, the hyperconverged infrastructure solution has, according to the press release, “realized tremendous global market demand, with rapid channel partner adoption and pre-orders to help customers drastically transform their data centers.”

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Containers: The Emperor’s New Clothes

DataCenterVirtualizationWe in IT love our buzzwords and the next best new thing. But am I really the only person who cannot see the point of containers? I mean, those of us who were working in IT during the early noughties at the birth of virtualization in the enterprise will well remember containers—sorry, Solaris Zones—from Sun Microsystems. We should also remember that the questions they were supposed to answer were better answered by the then-newfangled technology called “virtualization” from a little-known upstart company called “VMware.”  Continue reading Containers: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Microsoft Changes Windows Licensing

DesktopVirtualization

…or “Yaw’ll run and git your shotguns, ’cause those pigs are a-flyin!”

Mark November 3, 2014, in your calendar as a red-letter day and living proof that leopards can change their spots. On this day, Microsoft changed the terms of Windows licensing for its flagship desktop operating system, Windows Enterprise. In an update to the terms and conditions of its Enterprise edition, Microsoft now offers the option to purchase Windows desktop operating systems on a per-user basis as well as a per-device basis, thereby opening up BYOD (bring your own device). Even more amazing, this user-based license negates the hated VDA (Windows Virtual Desktop Access).

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News: Lenovo Completes Acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google

ITasaServiceOn October 30, 2014, Lenovo completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google. This acquisition, which was announced in January, means that the Chinese company that bought IBM’s x86 server and desktop products now has mobile device manufacture in its portfolio. Continue reading News: Lenovo Completes Acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google

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