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Sep 17 2008   5:04AM GMT

VMworld 2008: ServerSearchVirtualization.com Awards

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Yesterday I missed the Paul Mautriz keynote. Instead I was down on the Solutions Exchange floor doing some judging. SearchSearchVirtualization.com have awards in different catagories, and mine was “New Technologies”. My fellow judge was David Davis of Happyrouter.com. Well, was I wowed? Er, not really but there were some interesting notables.

Firstly, Cisco Nexus Virtual Switch. Something I have been telling my students about for some months (years?) was that Cisco has access to the API’s around vSwitch (in fact someone told me they helped VMware develop the original virtual switch!). But this is the daddy, a fully blown Cisco OS that your Cisco guys can telnet into. It could change the relationship significantly between the VMware Guy and Network Guy.

I was quite impressed by VizionCore’s OptimizerPro (is their an amateur edition?) basically it scans your VMs, find out which ones are wasting disk space – and then it can shrink or grow them depending on your needs. It has a costing system so you can make your SAN more expensive than your NAS – and do the shrink based on storage type. The problem you see is that people are always unsure how big to make their virtual disks – so there is a tendency to over-allocate. Sure, Optimizer is bit of a next-next Windows admin style tool (that’s not neccessarily) a bad thing but it could save you money.

The last exhibitor I was impressed by was vDesk. Basically, its a system that puts a “virtualization” layer between your PC OS, and environment. It will run local, run from a USB stick and from VDI (limited by the quality of graphics rendering by RDP of course). What I like about this is being to have my desktop being portable. I’ve been thinking of giving up running my OS/APPs on my local machine – and instead have them in a virtual machine. There were humorous events in my judging. I like to ask how many people work in a company and how many people they have in support. One of the exhibitors just refused to tell. He was told by his CEO not disclose that information!

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