21 Feb 2013
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3707isvIf you’ve ever had to answer the following question “Is application X supported on the VMware Platform?”, then you will probably be familiar with the website that VMware has set up over at http://vmware-alliances.force.com/supportedapps/. It’s a website that is dedicated to Business Applications on the VMware Platform and currently, at the time of writing this post, shows that there are 3707 applications that are officially supported to run on the “VMware Platform”.

25 Jan 2013
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As most people in the VMware Virtualisation Community will know, we have been working on a new book entitled “VMware vSphere Performance”. The book was first announced in June 2011, and although being listed as available to pre-order on sites such as Amazon, the book is still yet to be published almost two years later.

Since the project began back in 2011, we have suffered several setbacks, with issues ranging form changes at the project management level, to issues with finding relevant performance related issues in order to produce content. I'm not going to go into much detail as to what exactly the issues were, however, since December 2011 the project has stalled and started up again on several occasions, and for the past year, there has been very little movement in terms of content being generated and therefore reviewed for the book. We have missed several targets in terms of publication dates. The book was originally planned to be released for VMware vSphere 5 and would cover VMware vSphere 4 and 5. We missed the publication for vSphere 5, and then vSphere 5.1 at which point Sybex (an imprint of Wiley) decided to push the publication date back even further and wait for the next release of VMware vSphere, whenever that may be, which would make sense, as at the time the shelf life of a book that is focused on vSphere 5 would not have been long enough to make it worth publishing.

Ever since the publication date got pushed back again, there have been even less interaction between the authors and the editorial teams, and I must admit that there were times that I had though that the book was dead. However, yesterday, the 24th of January, after a conversation with our technical editor, I decided to get in touch with all the authors, and the acquisition editor at Sybex, in order to determine the current state of the project. I have now received responses from most of the parties involved and to make a long story short, this is what is now going to happen.

We are yet to work out the finer details, but as of today, myself and co-author Jonathan Fitch will be taking control of the project in a much more involved way. Previously we were simply writing and submitting content and the rewriting the same content after editorial reviews. We are yet to determine who the “lead” author will be, but together we will review what has been done and what still needs doing, and together we will drive this thing forward. There is now a lot of work to be done, but we will be pushing hard for the next three to four months.

I would like to thank everyone who's been waiting for the book to hit the stands for their patience. I would also like to thank co-author Jonathan for his good work on the book thus far as well as technical editor Matt Liebowitz for his patience, understanding and words of encouragement.

26 Sep 2012
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PHD Virtual Technologies recently released PHD Virtual Backup v6.0 at VMworld.

This latest version builds on unique, patented virtual appliance architecture to deliver a powerful, feature-filled, easy to use backup solution for virtual servers at a fraction of the cost of competitive alternatives. Designed from the ground up as an exclusively virtual solution for the virtual environment, additional functionality in PHD Virtual Backup v6.0 includes:

  • PHD Instant Recovery for VMware: Eliminate downtime and meet SLA’s

Make any application available as quickly as possible in the event of a failure. PHD Instant Recovery gets you back up and running in less than 3 minutes.

  • Full/Incremental Backup Mode: Optimized for Moving Data Offsite & to the Cloud

Extending the flexibility of PHD Virtual Backup, full/incremental mode is ideal for organizations leveraging third party tools to copy backup files to the Cloud, or Tape, or those utilizing a hardware deduplication appliance or CIFS as a backup target.

  • Application Aware Backups: Ensure Application Consistent Backup

Take an application aware backup for any application every time. Maintain full confidence that backups of your mission critical applications will complete without fail.

  • Enhanced File Recovery: Dramatically Simplified File Recovery

Consume fewer resources and take advantage of unprecedented flexibility with enhanced file recovery.

  • Email Report Enhancements: Manage Your Daily Backups with Ease

“Set it and Forget it” backup management with daily, easy to read, HTML emails detailing backup jobs.

  • Encryption and Security Improvements: Meet your Organization’s Compliance Policies with Ease

Enhance security with built-in encryption and meet compliance requirements with customizable security certificates.

  • Virtual Backup Appliance (VBA) Tools: Efficient Backup Infrastructure Management

Simplify and streamline backup infrastructure management even further with new VBA Tools like Health Monitor.

How does PHD Virtual Backup v6.0 deliver value compared to other backup products? The main points are listed below although there are more!

  1. PHD Virtual installs and configures in 10 minutes or less sporting one of the easiest installations for a ranking backup product.
  2. It also has menus that are integrated into your existing hypervisor client and an intuitive,  wizard-driven interface. This means you don’t need to read the documentation. It’s just that easy!
  3. One of the best features of PHD Virtual is their unique architecture! You can easily deploy a new Virtual Backup Appliance (VBA) to handle additional workload and set up a new backup job takes only minutes.
  4. PHD Virtual Backup performs much faster on incremental backups than most other vendors maximizing speed by leveraging the best technologies available, including hot-add from VMware, change block tracking, and deduplication.
  5. Instant VM Recovery is a great new feature of 6.0 allowing you to get back up and running in less than 3 minutes while File Recovery options provide access to your backed up files, folders, and application objects within seconds.
  6. Virtual Backup Appliance also mean there are no management servers, proxy servers, or data servers (usually required by many other solutions)

PHD Virtual costs up to 40% less than its competitors while delivering product value to rival any other vendor!



For more information on PHD Virtual Backup 6.0 please go to http://PHDVirtual.com

03 Aug 2012
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Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware ViewMike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) over at www.rtfm-ed.co.uk has released a new book, “Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View”. Mike and co-author Barry Coombs (@VirtualisedReal) over at www.virtualisedreality.com have been working on the title for quite some time.

This book is all about VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7.2 administration - and it takes in a wide scope of complementary technologies from the likes of Teradici, BitDefender and F5 Networks. Towards the end the focus switches away from virtual desktops to look at the future of end-user computing including VMware’s ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manager.

This book is a not for profit venture. The monies raised by the sale of the book will be donated in full to the work of UNICEF. UNICEF carries out work across the globe that benefits all children regardless of their social, ethnic, religious or geographical location. It’s our sincere hope that people will use the legitimate sources for acquiring this book – and by doing so support the work of UNICEF.

The book can be purchased from LULU.COM

19 Jul 2012
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I have been made aware by StratoGen that they are seeking beta testers to participate in the StratoGen Beta program for the upcoming VMware vCloud Director V5.1. They are looking for beta testers that can really push this new platform to the limits. In particularthey are looking for power users familiar with building complex environments using VPNs, inter-vApp networking and tiered storage.


The original announcement follows:

StratoGen are pleased to announce the start of our VCD51 beta program which will provide valuable feedback on our implementation of the next version of VMware vCloud Director.

 Beta testing underpins all of our product launches and is crucial in our ability to provide services that lead the hosted VMware market whilst remaining highly resilient. In this program we are particularly interested in working with experienced “power users” who are familiar with VPNs, complex internetworking and able to utilize tiered SAN storage.

 By participating in this program you agree to be contacted to provide feedback on usability and platform performance. In return you will be one of the first to use this exciting new technology, and allocated temporary resources on our USA based enterprise platform.

 StratoGen is a leading VMware hosting provider with award winning cloud platforms in both the USA and UK.

If you would like to take part in the program please visit http://www.stratogen.com/products/vmware-hosting.html and follow the link for the Beta program to register your interest.

03 Aug 2011
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Following the changes made by VMware to the vSphere 5 vRAM allocation sizes, I've released version 0.6 of my vSphere License Calculator to reflect the new vRAM allocations.


Please download version 0.6 and let me know if you discover any further problems with the calculator.

*The vRAM Entitlement for vSphere Enterprise has now been corrected to 64GB*

The new version of tha calculator can be found here


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