VMware vSphere is a truly remarkable product that has redefined the idea of "unprecedented disruption" in the IT infrastructure market. On a feature basis, vSphere 5 remains a generation ahead of competing offerings from Microsoft, Citrix, and others, and VMware is in an excellent position to retain and grow this position. But no company is invincible, and VMware's Achilles … [Read more...] about Sub-Standard Deployments: VMware’s Achilles Heel
As I have done since version 3.5, I'm charting the storage changes in VMware's latest release of vSphere, 5.1. Detailed at VMworld but not released as of this writing, vSphere 5.1 is lauded for eliminating the "vTax" and bringing features like replication, a revised backup application, and shared-nothing vMotion. Unlike version 5, which included many new technical storage … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5.1
"Convergence" is a hot topic today but, like so many buzzwords, the term takes on many different meanings. But let's consider converged infrastructure for a moment - systems that seamlessly combine server and storage. A variety of offerings can be called "converged", from "stacks" of equipment curated by major vendors and resellers to integrated boxes with everything inside. … [Read more...] about Scale Computing HC3 – Converged Infrastructure For Everybody!
VMware officially launched their next-generation (version 5) enterprise server virtualization product line this week under the "vSphere 5" name. As I've been doing for the last few major VMware releases, I'm focusing this post on the storage changes present in vSphere 5. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5
It was an interesting week, with a cloud computing summit in Washington DC, the release of Windows Storage Server 2008, and discussions of best practices and non-compete agreements. Apple MacBook Users: Turn off This Bluetooth Default Setting Now - Now I know what turned on my MacBook Pro in the bag: My BlueTooth mouse! Enterprise Computing Windows Storage … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Content From the Week of May 9, 2009