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November 30, 2010  5:45 PM

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ



Posted by: Raj Perumal
CapacityIQ, ESX, ESXi, vCenter, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So everyone and their dog is virtualizing right now. The question is, how do you know you are planning for the right capacity? How do you know if you are over or under provisioned? You can make a ball park guess and just eyeball it, but that isn't really a technically sound way of...

November 30, 2010  5:35 PM

Zimbra



Posted by: Raj Perumal
collaboration, competitor, e-mail, email, Exchange, Microsoft, VMWare, Zimbra, Zimbra vs Exchange

Hi folks! So for a long time now MS Exchange has been the dominant player in the collaboration space. Well as you may know, VMware acquired Zimbra. What is Zimbra exactly? Well Zimbra is an email and collaboration alternative to Exchange and it is open source. Now Zimbra can offer to us an...


November 30, 2010  4:57 PM

Private vs Public Cloud



Posted by: Raj Perumal
cloud, ESX, ESXi, private, public, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! So with all the mention of the cloud nowadays, it's common to hear the terms private and public tossed around in relation to the cloud. What does this mean to the customer? Well based on the apps and data you have, some of them might work in the public cloud or some might work in the...


November 30, 2010  4:50 PM

Pay for use in the Cloud



Posted by: Raj Perumal
chargeback, cloud, ESX, ESXi, pay per use, vCloud Director, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks! Now with virtualization you find a lot of people putting their apps in the cloud. Now the question becomes, if you have multiple departments or companies using the same infrastructure, how do you charge that back? In some companies this isn't a requirement, but in a lot of companies it...


August 31, 2010  9:35 PM

Lack of Certified Virtualized people!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Citrix, Hyper-V, virtualization training, VMWare

Hi everyone! This is a quick shout out to all of you fellow techies out there. I'm finding that up here in Canada we have a severe lack of officially trained certified individuals in virtualization. Whether it's Hyper-V, VMware, or Citrix. Sure there are a few people out there, and some are...


April 30, 2010  10:53 PM

Finally, VMware adds our certs to our transcripts!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
backup free vmware, VCP, VMWare

Hi folks! Were you one of the few that managed to finish your VCP before the deadlines I mentioned earlier? Well if you were and you logged into VMware's web site you probably didn't see your certification listed there. That's because VMware never listed the VCP certifications on the...


March 31, 2010  10:04 PM

Veeam SureBackup!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, ESXi, SureBackup, Veeam, VMWare

Hi folks, as you know I'm a big fan of virtualization, and for backups I love Veeam which is great at backing up my virtual machines. Well recently announced from Veeam is Veeam SureBackup which contains a lot of the same features from Veeam that you have grown to know and love, but also...


February 28, 2010  9:49 PM

What do you do with unsupported storage?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HCL, iSCSI, repurposing old storage, secondary storage, unsupported hardware, VMWare

Hi folks! Now here is a problem that is plaguing few people with the introduction of vSphere 4. A few people who bought SAN iSCSI storage in the past with their old VMware 3.5 environments find that their hardware is no longer supported in vSphere 4 on the HCL. The hardware might still work, but it...


February 28, 2010  9:41 PM

Another software storage offering



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HP, HP StorageWorks P4000 virtual appliance, LeftHand, VMWare, VSA

Hi folks, in the last few posts I've been focusing on virtualization and storage. This brings to mind another great option and that is the LeftHand VSA option from HP. Recently HP acquired the company LeftHand which specializes in storage. One of their products is a software offering called the...


February 28, 2010  9:04 PM

Are your physical servers ready to be virtualized?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
capacity planning, guided consolidation, vCenter, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, one of the common questions in virtualization is, are your physical servers ready? Also how do you tell if they are ready? Luckily VMware has the answer. VMware offers a feature called guided consolidation that comes with vCenter. You can install this from your VMware vCenter...


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