Category: Data Center Virtualization

IBM Releases a New Mainframe

In this day and age of cloud computing, this article’s headline may come as a bit of a shock to many of you. Yes, the mainframe is still a thing. And IBM’s newest is a beast of a machine, capable of over 2.5 billion transactions a day, with real-time encryption built in. Also likely to …

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SLEDs, Blades, or Racks? We Are Not Talking about Snow-sport Equipment

The data center is changing, and once again the question of hardware format comes to mind. It is an open secret that I am not a fan of the blade format. Yes, it has flexibility, but that comes at a cost: namely, the loss of density brought by the blade format.  True, the blade format …

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DAS Is Dead; Long Live DAS!

In a play on the old saying “the king is dead; long live the king!” this post will opine about the current resurgence of locally attached storage in the data center. Before the emergence of virtualization, as some of you might remember, came the physical server. Yes, folks, we really did have a single machine …

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Cisco ACI: Is It Wham! or Sam Cooke?

An odd little title, I think you will agree, but consider this: Wham! had a hit with “Freedom” and Sam Cooke sang “Chain Gang,” and I think you can now see my thought process. This post is going to investigate not the technical capabilities of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), but rather what its market …

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News: Oracle v. Google — Why Is This Important?

On the 9th of May, 2014, something happened in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that could have massive ramifications for our fledgling cloud orchestration industry. Circuit judges with no knowledge about the software industry and how that industry works made a judgement that could pull the rug out from under the …

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News: VSAN and vSphere 5.5 Update 1 are available, finally pricing is released!

Today marks the release of vSphere 5.5 Update 1, you can find the release notes here and the links to the download are found here.  Why is this such a milestone? Well it also finally marks the release of VMware’s long awaited entry into the world of Software defined storage the VSAN, but before we …

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VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2011-0009

This one is a little late, but I have been gallivanting at Tech Field Day in Boston. one good thing it is a brand new advisory.

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VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2011-0003.2

The last on is a second issue of yet another VMSA issue,  this time relating to Third party updates,  on another note this is almost war and peace in size

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VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2011-0005.2

The Third of the week is a reissue of a vulnerability relating to vCenter Orchestrator and its predecessor Alive Enterprise.

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VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2010-0012.2

The Second of the week is a second update to an advisory released in July 2010 and relates again to VMSA

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