June 2nd, 2011
I have enjoyed blogging over the last several years here. However mid last year I started a virtual CIO and Business Technology Consulting business called vAusTek here in Austin. During that time I quickly realized how much time running your own business takes and obviously have neglected my blogging here.
I do continue to blog at my new site and you are welcome to check in and continue reading my posts, if you are bored. I just don’t have the bandwidth to blog on both sites and since the content I blog about there is almost identical I have decided that it is time.
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I will keep this blog up as an archive as I tend to get a lot of hits for fixes and past discussions.
October 8th, 2010
Egenera announced that they are now offering the PAN Manager software on Fujitsu x86 servers in addition to the Dell and their own BladeFrame products. They also indicated that there will be another in first half of 2011.
This is one of the strengths of the PAN Manager software which is similar to what Cisco UCS offers. Where Cisco UCS is only run on Cisco hardware, the PAN software now offers a growing selection of Hardware vendors. This alleviates potential fears some companies may have of vendor lock in.
Egenera’s PAN Manager software has been around for 10+ years, ahead of its time in many aspects. Now with the explosion of Cloud and Virtualization systems like Egenera’s PAN Manager and Cisco’s UCS fit a need of a dynamic infrastructure to fit the dynamic needs of these areas.
September 30th, 2010
One of the things I still get asked a lot by clients is licensing a Windows OS in a virtual / hypervisor environment. In many cases people still try to apply traditional licensing to virtual machines, which does not work. In other cases people think the licensing is different if you are using Hyper-V, vSphere, Xen, etc. It is not!!
One thing I want to make clear this article is not to say which hypervisor gives the best ROI. There is plenty of FUD by all the hypervisor vendors for that. I have worked with, architected solutions, and sold each of the major hypervisors. I have my opinions on each, but this is not the format for that.
August 11th, 2010
I was reading the following article on Network World. Makes some very good observations on how the world of physical servers are changing. My time at Egenera really gave me a glimpse of the future of the data center. Between virtualization at all layers of the data center and cloud computing coming on strong, the
revolution of the "server" is changing.
More and more you will see less emphasis on the physical server as a stand alone platform and integrated more with network, storage, and software to have a truly dynamic infrastructure that is much more efficient a resilient.
The big name server vendors are taking notice and realize they had better change or risk getting left behind.
Here is a snippet of the article…
If certain server and virtualization vendors get their way, end-user companies will be buying many fewer individual servers
in a few years, and many more integrated packages of infrastructure.
Virtualization has allowed many companies to reduce the number of their physical servers, but increased demand for compute
power, I/O capacity and storage, according to an April report from IDC.
Read the full article here
August 4th, 2010
The Verde VDI suite from Virtual Bridges has really been one of my favorite VDI technologies over the last year that I have been following them. Although VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft seem to get the majority of the press, Virtual Bridges may have the most compelling offer that most have not heard of.
The combination of a extremely flexible back end with low system requirements, end user capabilities a few years ahead of the big guys, and enhance cloud offerings give them a great story.
The best thing is they are not just sitting idle. Sure the big companies will eventually get the features that Verde currently trumps them on. However Virtual Bridges is keeping the foot on the gas.
There are some cool new features in this release to check out!!