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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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I have created this QR code (Quick Response Code) generator using Google's Chart API that dynamically generates a QR code containing the URL of the current page. This is handy if you have a mobile phone with a QR barcode reader. I'm sure if you use Google to search for your mobile phone's make and model with "QR reader Software" that most mobile phones will have an application that can do this. A good place to start looking for a QR application for your mobile phone would be http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/

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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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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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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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It’s now a done deal. VMware has officially completed their acquisition of SpringSource. SpringSource is an enterprise and web application development company and will now be seen as a division of VMware. The CEO of SpringSource will serve as the division’s general manager.

VMware says that the new division’s “charter” will be to focus on providing developers and customers the best experience for developing enterprise and web applications, as well as helping VMware create integrated products based on SpringSource technologies and VMware vSphere to deliver a simplified ‘build, run and manage’ experience. These new products will help VMware’s cloud computing strategy to deliver PaaS (Platform as Service) solutions that can be hosted by their customers internally or by service providers.

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In today’s world where mission critical applications need to be available 24x7 with 99.99% availability, companies are throwing millions of dollars or pounds at implementing redundant and fault tolerant infrastructures. We all know that the money we spend today will save us much more in the future. Some companies make two to three million profit each and every day. In order to be competitive in the current climate, they need business applications such as messaging and collaboration to be available at all times. Imagine if a business with hundreds of employees one day suddenly lost the ability to send and receive email.

This may sound unheard of, but just this very week I’ve dealt with such a case where a company employing almost 10,000 people had no email, collaboration, database systems and even a corporate website for more than 24 hours, just because a critical component failed on their main SAN. Now let’s just say they make on average 2 million pounds profit each day. They had no business trading on the day of the failure, costing them a huge part of that 2 million pounds profit as the 10,000 people they employ had to be paid for that day an no one could do any meaningful work. If they had only spend half of that on a replication solution for their SAN, they could have avoided such a lengthy outage.

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I’ve been trying to install VMware vCenter Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition. This is because I am working on a few blog articles on protecting the vCenter Server against hardware failures. At the moment, I’m busy working on two blog posts.

1.       Protecting vCenter with VMware vCenter Server heartbeat;

2.       Protecting vCenter with Microsoft Cluster Services (MSCS).

 

Whilst trying to install vCenter on Windows Server 2008 R2, I ran into some issues I had to resolve before I could do anything useful.

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VMware announced vCloud Express™ at VMworld 2009. vCloud Express allows for the provisioning of infrastructure on-demand. Unlike conventional hosting, services running inside the cloud provided by vCloud Express services are charged for by the hour. This is paid for by credit card. The credit card details are taken upon registering for a vCloud Express account with a service provider that provides vCloud Express services.

 

Service providers who will provide vCloud Express services, will display the VMware Virtualized™ logo on the website. This is because VMware vCloud Express™ essentially runs on vSphere and it therefore ensures compatibility with VMware environments on external as well as internal clouds.

 

With vCloud Express™, service providers can now provide a fast and cost-effective solution for their customers to gain on-demand access to a VMware Virtualized™ environment. Virtual Machines can be easily and quickly be deployed. This is especially useful for application development and testing. As vCloud Express™ runs on vSphere 4, it also supports all the guest operating systems that vSphere 4 supports. From registration to deploying machines, vCloud Express™ is fully web based.

 

Terremarks’s implementation of VMware vCloud Express™ was demonstrated on stage at VMworld 2009. The demonstration was quick and easy and demonstrated just how easy vCloud Express™ makes it for clients to register for the service and provision a server in minutes.

 

Although still in Beta, the following service providers are currently offering vCloud Express™ services:

 

United States and Canada (Amaricas):
Terremark, Hosting.com, BlueLock

EMEA:
Logica

APAC:
Melbourne IT

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As I'm trying to get to grips with Hyper-V, I've decided to purchase MS techNet Plus which allows a single user to use any of Microsoft's software products for private use for one year.

A TechNet Plus subscription is normally £234.00 excl. VAT at 21.5% (If you live in the EU, VAT is charged at the Irish rate of 21.5%). This comes to £284.31. However, I found a discount code that gives you 25% off. The total amount for my purchase came to £213.43.

The Promo Code is: TMSAM10

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