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October 12, 2010  1:18 PM

VMware remote office licensing: a long and winding road from Norway to the UK



Posted by: Beth Pariseau

A blog post caught my eye a couple of weeks ago, at vNinja.net, concerning the author’s struggles to affordably license vSphere at remote “office” locations (actually shipping vessels).

“After investigating a bit,” the blogger wrote,

it seems that I would need to buy VMware vSphere Standard licenses for all the vessels to be able to get what I want.

For 20 vessels, with the standard pricing available on vmware.com, inclusive 1 year support, we come up with this (all prices in USD)

Hosts vSphere Standard
License Cost incl. Support
Total Cost
20 1318 26360

In effect, this means that I would need to pay $26360.- USD to be able to get my vSphere Hypervisor hosts connected to my existing vCenter. That simply isn’t feasible in the current situation.

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October 11, 2010  5:53 PM

You don’t have to deliver a cloud by Tuesday



Posted by: Lauren Horwitz
cloud computing, Desktop virtualization, server virtualization, VMware, VMworld Eruope, VMworld Europe

Even if this week’s VMworld Europe 2010 conference fleshes out further detail on VMware’s new vCloud Director offering, IT shops’ move to the cloud is a long-term strategy, say users and experts. Given persistent concerns about cloud security, standards and interoperability, and a loss of control, cloud computing still has to prove its mettle to uneasy IT shops.

“The reality is that [cloud computing] still has to win over security concerns,” said Scott Newton, ICT systems manager at Jewel & Esk College, as SearchServerVirtualization.com’s sister site, SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.UK., reported last week.

Rolled out in September, VMware’s v Cloud Director is designed to ease the move to a hybrid cloud. Its aim is to automate the provisioning of virtual machines and networks and enable virtualization administrators to manage multiple data center locations through a single management interface. Still, VMware’s cloud offering is only one step — and one that will require additional third-party tools, among other things. Experts continue to urge caution as users consider introducing a cloud to their companies.

“Users shouldn’t be scared thinking that they have to deliver a cloud by Tuesday of next week,” said Mike Laverick, a virtualization expert and RTFM blogger. “It’s a long-term operational model over a five-or 10-year period.”

Still and though, attendees are likely to get VMware’s cloud message – “virtual roads, actual clouds” — full bore at VMworld Europe, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 12-Oct. 14. VMware has several scheduled sessions on cloud and other reruns of the VMworld U.S. conference, which took place in September. But many virtualization professionals are clamoring for more information rather than the broad strokes of VMware’s U.S.-based confab.

“At VMworld U.S. there was an awful lot of high-level, C-class … big-picture stuff,” Laverick recalled. “I’m hoping VMworld Europe will be more nitty-gritty rather than a kind of rerun of those announcements. I’m hoping to have a lot more labs and vendor sessions to do, because my schedule at VMworld [U.S.] was so packed, I didn’t really get to see much of the show.”

And for all the news from VMworld Europe, check out SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.UK.


October 1, 2010  5:07 PM

The Blog Formerly Known as SearchServerVirtualization Blog?



Posted by: Colin Steele
server virtualization

It took us a couple of years, but we’ve finally come to the realization that “SearchServerVirtualization Blog” isn’t the catchiest name for a blog. It’s 10 syllables long, and it doesn’t exactly ooze creativity.

So we’re thinking about changing the name. We have some ideas kicking around, including “The Blog Formerly Known as SearchServerVirtualization Blog,” which Assistant Editor Keith Kessinger came up with, but we thought we’d ask our readers for their ideas too.

If you have any ideas, let us know! You can email me, leave a comment below, tell me on Twitter, whatever. Just do it in the next week or so, so we can get this blog-renaming show on the road.


September 30, 2010  7:18 PM

Still a long way to go on the virtualization road



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Gartner

I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting for us to release the results of our “Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey.” Fear not. It’s coming next week.

To whet your appetite in the meantime, Gartner has some virtualization stats of its own — particularly around the breadth and depth of server virtualization deployments. The research firm says 80% of enterprises are involved with virtualization, but only one in four server workloads will be virtualized by the end of the year.

In other words: lots of businesses are trying virtualization, but most aren’t getting very far.

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September 27, 2010  5:09 PM

Virtualization Vendor Profile: Virtustream



Posted by: Colin Steele
cloud computing, Colin Steele, managed services, Virtualization management

Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, and write up a recap.

A few years back, managed services was a big buzzword. But then people started talking about Software as a Service, then Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Anything Else You Can Think of as a Service, and they wrapped them all up under the “cloud computing” umbrella.

But managed services are still alive, and they may actually get a boost from cloud computing, Virtustream CTO Julian Box told me.

“The managed services comes in on top of that,” he said. “We do see them going hand in hand.”

Virtustream is an infrastructure vendor that offers professional services, managed services and its own cloud platform, xStream. The Washington, D.C.-based company has spent 10 years in the virtualization market, doing live implementations since 2002.

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September 24, 2010  5:56 PM

Virtualization Vendor Profile: Hyper9



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Virtualization management

Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, and write up a recap.

We just closed our Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey, and over the next few weeks we’ll be reporting on the results. One of the things I noticed as I looked through the data is that organizational challenges are on the rise.

Last year, the top reasons for not virtualizing were “too expensive” and “too complex.” But this year, the top reasons were “budget approval won’t come until next year” and “lack of in-house skills.” Clearly, IT needs a better way to demonstrate virtualization’s value to the decision-makers that approve purchasing and training budgets.

Coincidentally, this week I spoke with Jonathan Reeve, vice president of product strategy for Hyper9, a virtualization management vendor. One of Hyper9′s product features is live reporting through SharePoint and other collaboration software, which lets IT managers share information with the business side of the house in a more familiar, easy-to-understand format.

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September 20, 2010  1:15 PM

What you learned at VMworld



Posted by: Colin Steele
contest, VMworld 2010

We recently asked readers to tell us what they learned at VMworld, and we enticed them with three prizes: TrainSignal DVDs, a Cisco Unified Computing System book and an official VMworld 2010 T-shirt. Today, we announce our winners and publish their responses:

Michael Caplan (prize: TrainSignal’s “VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol. 2″ DVDs)
What I was most excited learning more about was the debut of VMware View 4.5. My organization is preparing for a Windows 7 migration in the next year, and we’re evaluating all of the different options for how to best deploy a brand new OS to our end users.

Since we are looking at a fairly large desktop and laptop refresh (pretty much everyone in the 60-user company), we thought it best to begin testing View, now that we feel comfortable that PCoIP and RDP 7.0 have come along to standardize and address some of our concerns with how to deliver a rich desktop experience while at the office or working remotely.

Having to refresh 30 laptops and 20 desktops is a considerable capital expenditure, whereas with View we can leverage current equipment with the View Client and extend the equipment life cycle by years, saving the company in the long term from buying brand new equipment.  It also helped seeing the debut of the vSphere Managment and View Client tests on the iPad, and the release of Junos Pulse as well.

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September 16, 2010  10:19 PM

VMware, Novell in acquisition talks, WSJ says



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Novell, VMware

A VMware/Novell acquisition is in the works, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The paper has just reported that Novell “is in advanced talks” to sell its SUSE Linux operating system business to VMware and the rest of its assets to Attachmate, a “private-equity backed software company.” Contrary to what was said in yesterday’s New York Post report (which did not name VMware, only a “strategic buyer”), the Journal says the sides have not finalized any agreements and that VMware and Novell “still differ on valuation.” The Journal’s report is attributed to “people familiar with the matter.”

After yesterday’s Post report, I wrote a blog sizing up all of Novell’s potential suitors, and VMware was at the top of the list. Here’s what I said about the potential VMware/Novell acquisition:

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September 16, 2010  7:28 PM

Talking VMworld with the VMware community



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, VMware, VMworld 2010

Before VMworld, VMware’s social media guru John Troyer came on our This Week in Virtualization podcast to preview the show. This week, John returned the favor and invited me on the VMware Communities Podcast.

The theme of the podcast was “VMworld 2010 community tales,” which gave me a chance to plug our “What did you learn at VMworld?” contest. Other attendees talked about what they liked and didn’t like about the show this year, and we also learned a little about VMworld Europe in Copenhagen, our Best of VMworld Europe 2010 User Awards, and VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to the recording below:


September 16, 2010  6:41 PM

Virtualization Vendor Profile: UShareSoft



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, private cloud, Virtual appliances

Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, and write up a recap.

There were lots of first-timers at VMworld 2010, and not just attendees. It was also the first VMworld appearance for French vendor UShareSoft, which just started doing business in the United States a few months ago.

“Being a European company, if you want to get into the U.S. [market], it’s important to have visibility, and these shows are one way to do it,” UShareSoft CTO James Weir told me. “Being at the VMworld event was very important for us.”

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