22 Oct 2009
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I have just downloaded and deployed CapacityIQ and it all went fine until I actually decided to register my vCenter server with the appliance, only to find out that the newest product by VMware does not even support vCenter 4, or in fact vSphere! That will teach me to read the release notes before actually bothering to try something new. This is what the release notes have to say:

CapacityIQ supports VirtualCenter 2.5, Update 4 and Update 5, managing hosts running ESX Server 3.0.2 through 3.5. CapacityIQ 1.0 does not support VMware vSphere 4.0 or vCenter 4.0

 

Am I dreaming? What's going on here? VMware, why did you even bother? Heck, why did I even bother?

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Proof that CapacityIQ does not support vSphere 4

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21 Oct 2009
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VMware has yet again delivered another value-add component to vCenter. vCenter CapacityIQ provides capacity management capabilities for virtualised data centre and or desktop environments. The product integrates with vCenter Server ensuring that your virtualised capacity is always predictable and efficiently used.

The product website states:

“VMware vCenter CapacityIQ balances business demand with IT supply, without compromising performance, availability and security. With CapacityIQ, your IT infrastructure is guaranteed to have sufficient capacity to meet any business service level agreements.” 

 

Once I have had a good play with CapacityIQ (which I intend on doing sometime this week), I will report back with my review of the product.

More information on vCenter CapacityIQ can be found at: http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-capacityiq/

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13 Oct 2009
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Myself, along with two of my colleagues, went on a day trip to this year’s IPEXPO Earls Court in London where we were shown a demo of esXpress at PHD Virtual Technology’s booth. We were very impressed by the presentation and some of the futures of esXpress. We were especially interested in the File Level Recovery features of their data De-Duplication appliance.

When I got back home from IPEXPO on Thursday, I decided to test the product for myself. So, I went on to download a 30 day evaluation from http://www.phdvirtual.com/ and I can surely say that I’ve been putting PHD Virtual esXpress 3.6 through some vigorous testing for the past few days. To start off with, I found esXpress easy to deploy and I was quite impressed with it. However I must confess that when I really started to dig into how esXpress goes about its business I started to have some concerns about it. However, I have decided not make any my concerns public until I have had a good chat with some people at PHD Virtual as I think that they will have an answer to most of my questions.

 
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24 Sep 2009
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For those of you who do not yet know, VMware has launched it's official vSphere blog.

The new VMware vSphere Blog will be VMware's central place to check for news, commentary, links to new resources, and other information about VMware vSphere. The blog's editor is Mike Adams. 

 The blog can be found at http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere

 

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22 Sep 2009
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Some interesting reading: 

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 22, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today HyTrust demonstrated new technological capabilities jointly developed with Intel and VMware, aimed at enhancing security and policy enforcement in cloud computing environments.

This proof of concept combines HyTrust Appliance with Intel(R) Trusted Execution Technology (Intel(R) TXT) and VMware platform technology currently in development to show customers how they can build and enforce policies that govern the behavior of virtualized cloud infrastructure. Cloud computing is gaining momentum as a way for customers to dynamically scale virtualized computing resources as a service on demand based on business need. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the "cloud" that supports them. As customers turn to cloud computing for its benefits--convenient, cost effective, on-demand access of computing resources--they are seeking a trusted platform that is secure and provides service identity.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hytrust-aligns-with-vmware-to-bring-trusted-computing-to-virtualized-cloud-infrastructure-2009-09-22

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22 Sep 2009
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I've just stumbled upon the following article. The writer actually accuses VMware of being lazy in that they've failed to develop a vSphere client that works out of the box for Windows 7! How messed up do you get? As far as I know, Windows 7 has not had its official release yet and can only be obtained via TechNet and MSDN. So all, let's blame someone for not developing a piece of software for an OS that's not really released yet!

Get a life! Oh, and maybe try buying a domain as well! Or wait, maybe you're too lazy or cheap to buy a domain, hence the reason we're all looking at an IP address in your URL...

Here's the article:

http://99.246.113.36/wtslabs/blog/?p=53

 

 

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