Startup Browsium, is readying a lifeline for enterprise IT organizations that moving to Windows 7 but unable to escape their addiction to Internet Explorer 6. The Redmond-based startup staffed by ex-Microsoft employees is planning to release UniBrows an add-on for Internet Explorer 8 that lets customers access IE6 dependent web apps from the now defacto standard that is IE 8. Continue reading Browsium crafts lifeline for IE 6 users
Red Hat announced on November 30, 2010, for an undisclosed sum, the acquisition of startup PaaS vendor, Makara, which provides a deployment platform for most of the Open Source application stacks (Apache, MySQL, PHP, Java, Tomcat and JBoss) onto most of the IaaS cloud infrastructures (Amazon EC2, Amazon VPC, Rackspace Cloud, VMware vCloud, Terremark, Cloud.com and Eucalyptus). Makara is not open source, although the company was committed to open sourcing in due course, and Red Hat is aiming to accelerate that process. Continue reading Red Hat Acquires PaaS Cloud vendor Makara to help compete with VMware’s vFabric
I had a fun day resolving a licensing issue for a client. This one was a little different than I had seen in the past. The cluster in question is an eight node cluster running ESX 3.5. The error message that I received when trying to perform a vMotion was “Unable to migrate from HostA to HostB: Virtual machine has 2 virtual CPUs, but the host only supports 1. The number of virtual CPU’s may be limited by the guest OS selected for the virtual machine or by the licensing for the host.”
At first, I thought this might be an issue with the virtual machine being a 64bit Windows 2008 virtual machine with multiple virtual CPU’s. After further review of the environment I discovered this issue was happening with all multi-processor virtual machines. I also discovered that this issue was happening on six of the eight hosts in the cluster. Continue reading Host Only Supports 1 vCPU: Licensing?
If you are a hyperscale (Cloud) data center manager, one of your top concerns is how to get the maximum amount of computing work done per Watt of power consumed. With that in concern at the forefront Cloud Providers like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have strong incentives to explore new solutions for delivering compute cycles. Rumors coming out of Facebook suggest that it is looking to move away from its current X86 architecture platform in favor of servers based on ARM Holdings Cortex processor range. Porting an entire service to a new processor platform may not appear to be a sensible direction to take but porting to a new architecture is more a financial consideration than a technical one. If the cost per unit of performance justifies it , it is cheaper to pay a few programmers to rework the apps for a new architecture than it is to buy more servers. Continue reading ZT Systems launch commercial ARM-based cloud server
Many times we virtualization experts push for backups without the agents as these backups tend to be in our opinion, cleaner and faster. But what if you could get the benefits of your existing backup tools (such as Tivoli) but gain the power and advantages of using all the possibilities within the virtual environment. For VMware vSphere this is possible using the Pancetera backup tools. Continue reading Virtualization Backup: Agent or Agent-less?
It is now very clear the VMware vSphere 4.0 and 4.1 have demonstrated the robustness and performance necessary in order for them to be trusted virtualization platforms for many business critical applications. It is also very clear that many organizations are well down the road toward putting business critical applications on vSphere. We may not yet be at the point where the most response time critical applications (like online trading) are on vSphere, but we are certainly at the point where line of business applications like SAP and enterprise resident CRM applications are being virtualized. Continue reading Applications Performance Management on VMware vSphere