Let’s face it: Mac usage is increasing within business environments, and the days of IT departments telling users that they’re unsupported if they purchase a computer with an Apple logo are dwindling.
Should software licensing be completely based off of the hardware MAC address of the NIC and or UUID of the mother board? This process worked very well before the introduction of virtualization but now that virtualization has become more prevalent in most environments. I think software venders really need to reconsider how they are going to license their software although it seems that some companies have not bought on to the idea of virtualization and would prefer to continue to support their product type to a specific hardware platform that the vender put together and shipped out. Can software venders hope to survive and remain current without embracing virtualization? I think the answer to that question is going to be no in the long run. Continue reading Using MAC-Based Licensing with vSphere: A Necessary Evil
In Texiwill’s recent vSphere post, he came to the conclusion he would have to retire his HP DL380 G3 hardware in order to upgrade to vSphere. There is an interesting question as to whether his development environment could be saved by the judicious application of some Open Source technology. I too have some hardware of that vintage (an ML350 G3) so I thought I’d have a go, and to add a little spice I thought I’d try and do it using free Open Source software. After all ESXi 3.5i is free, and that works pretty darn well on a ML350 G3. Continue reading VirtualBox OSE 3.0 – Still a viable Open Source option?