22 Dec 2008
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HEYHEY!! I've just received my first Christmas gift!

This one is from Veeam! I've been waiting for this gift to arrive, as I've registered for the gift a few days/weeks ago.

I'm glad to announce that I've unwrapped it and that it contained Veeam Monitor, "FREE Real time Monitoring for your ESXi".

Apparently the rest of the world that has not registered for the product will hear about it in a few hours. Just hang in there!

Thanks Veeam!

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20 Dec 2008
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The news is out that VMware has decided to rename what would have been VMware Virtual Infrastructure 4 or VI4 to VMware "vSphere". This is the latest of a series of product name changes that VMware has been making in the past couple of weeks. A while ago, VMware renamed VMware Virtual Desktop Manager to VMware View.

I can't really figure out why they went for the name vSphere. The only reason I can think of is that maybe they felt the need to rename the product to try and make it sound as if it includes the a sphere of products for the entire data centre? Anyway, we just better get used to it. VI4 is out and vSphere is in.

VMware has also announced that vSphere's maximum host RAM will be 1TB and 250GB for the Guest's RAM. A nice addition, however I think it will be a while before we get our servers to have 1TB RAM.

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15 Dec 2008
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VMware and HP are to integrate HP's BTO (Business Technology Optimization) software with VMware vCenter Lab Manager.

This will support VMware’s contemplated VDC-OS (virtual datacenter operating system) by integrating HP Discovery and dependency Mapping, BTO’s application and infrastructure discovery technologies.

HP’s BTO helps you make sure that every dollar invested in IT, every resource allocated and every application in development or production meets your business goals.

It is an approach to IT management that reduces costs and produces business outcomes by helping your IT leaders:

  • Allocate IT spend and resources based on business priorities
  • Automate key processes across IT strategy, applications and operations
  • Measure IT effectiveness and efficiency from a business perspective

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VMware’s VDC-OS is aimed at enabling the use of all types of hardware, including servers, storage and networks in an internal enterprise cloud that acts like one super computer that could automatically move workloads to external clouds when additional capacity is needed.

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10 Dec 2008
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Today I've enabled PDA/Mobile Device functionality for this site. I've tested it on the Nokia E90 Communicator and the iPhone 3G. It seems to be working fine as far as I can see.

When you browse http://www.virtualvcp.com/ from your mobile device, you will see the PDA version, which should make your life a little easier in trying to browse for articles and technical tips from you mobile device.

 I will still be tuning this in the days to come to make it easier and faster to find articles.

Please contact me via the contact form or comment on this is you find any issues with the PDA site.

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09 Dec 2008
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I have decided to enable full article length RSS feeds as from yesterday, 08 December 2008.

Although I do realise that it may have an impact on the overall visitor count of the site, as users won't have to visit the site to read a full article anymore, I do hope that it makes life a little easier for my readers as you will be able to simply use your RSS reader without having to open your browser to get the article.

I will also NOT be running ads in the RSS feeds as it I myself really dislike being distracted by annoying ads while I'm reading articles on other sites.

Let's see how well this works. In the end, my main goal with the site is to post my findings in day-to-day tasks and troubleshooting, not to advertise.

 

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13 Nov 2008
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So, in less than a year, VMware has gone from a strong fast growing public offering "to a company whose slowing growth and plummeting shares led to the ouster of its former CEO and co-founder Diane Greene." I remember just shortly after VMware listed on the NYSE, I bought some shares in VMW at around $70 per share. Shortly after that the stock went on a rally and turned at around $125 per share. Back then I thought that this is going to get good, but as the shares rose to $125 I realised that it would not be wise to buy more at such a high share price.

However, as fast as the share price went up, it came down. Lucky for me, I sold all my VMware shares at around $113 per share, so I still made some good profit in a very short period. Just after I sold my shares, the stock went on to crush down to around $70 again. It got even worse and dropped to around $50. Yeah sure, it went up a couple of times, but in the long run it went down more than up and that's when Dianne Greene got the sack! Surprise or not, but after she left the stock slumped even more to $35. On 12 Nov, the stock took another drop by $1.22 or 5% to $22. Back at the $125 mark, a $1.22 drop is not much, but at the $24 mark it does matter a lot.

Let's just hope that the new CEO, Paul Maritz can pull something back with the mounting battle over cloud computing. At the moment the computing power shift is moving towards tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Amazon. VMware needs to get it right if they want to be a player in the cloud computing league.

Call it lucky or not, but I'm just glad I sold off my stake in VMware at the best of times. I'm no stock broker so don't ask me where it's going but who knows, maybe a year from now they'll be back on the rise. Time will tell.

 

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