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Joseph Foran


November 21, 2007  10:49 AM

The Xengine Keeps on Chugging Along



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtual Iron, Virtualization, Xen

Just a few days after my last post about Virtual Iron and their wheeling-and-dealing, they sign an OEM agreement with Dell. This little train is starting to sound more and more like a serious...

November 19, 2007  2:54 PM

The Little Xengine That Could



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Linux and virtualization, Virtual Iron, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, VMware, Xen

As reported in a number of other places, Virtual Iron has been making some great deals lately. They've picked up a new CEO, received a large sum (13m) in their most

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October 17, 2007  9:38 AM

Real Life ROI



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtualization, VMware, Why choose server virtualization?

Return on Investment... the holy grail of IT. Simply put, ROI is defined as the "ratio of money gained or lost on an investment relative to the amount of money invested". One formula used to determine ROI is "net income plus interest divided by the book value of assets equals Return On...


October 12, 2007  11:33 AM

The Value of the VCP (VMware Certified Professional)



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Uncategorized, Virtualization, VMware

The VMware Certified Professional exam isn't the easiest exam in the world, nor the hardest (many diverge on whether Red Hat, Citrix, or Cisco win that title for their premier certification levels), but it's rapidly...


October 8, 2007  1:34 PM

Scaling Up or Scaling Out, Revisited



Posted by: Joe Foran
Blade servers, Joseph Foran, Servers, Uncategorized, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, Why choose server virtualization?

Some time back, before I was invited on as a blogger for SSV, I was interviewed by the always-fun-to-work-with Adam Trujillo about Virtualization in the Data Center, and, like all good...


October 1, 2007  8:47 AM

Hiring Questions in the Virtualization Age



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Uncategorized, Virtualization, Virtualization strategies

The need to hire qualified staff to design, implement and manage virtualized environments is growing, and that means hiring managers are having to shift focus towards this distruptive technology and be ready with good interview questions for their prospective hires. 1. Do you have experience...


August 21, 2007  8:56 AM

Citrix and Xen – the Fruity Flavored Path to Nirvana



Posted by: Joe Foran
Application virtualization, Desktop virtualization, Joseph Foran, Uncategorized, Virtualization platforms, Xen, XenSource

XenSource is now going to be a part of Citrix, an interesting move that answers a question that a lot of Citrix...


August 7, 2007  8:15 PM

Some Common Sense Ideas When Designing a Virtualization Environment



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization security, Virtualization strategies, VMware

This is my attempt at putting together something that every sysadmin and supervisor should have when they look at whether to take the next step in virtualization - a Common Sense (tm, patent-pending, sm, r) guide to putting virtualization in place. Truth be told, it works with any server...


August 1, 2007  1:50 PM

Virtualization and the Singularity



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Uncategorized, Virtualization

I'm waxing philosophical for a bit here... What is the future of virtualization? What role will it play in the unfolding technological evolution of our society? Is the Technological Singularity really coming, and...


June 20, 2007  10:29 AM

The End of the Appliance As We Know It, And I Feel Fine



Posted by: Joe Foran
Application virtualization, Joseph Foran, Virtual machine, Why choose server virtualization?

I am writing this little op-ed piece in lieu of a full-blown obituary. Why? the market speaketh, and it declared hardware-based appliances dead. Like dinosaur-dead, dead. Sure, some of the specialists may...


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