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May 20, 2010  4:00 PM

So, VMware, is Google a real cloud now?



Posted by: Colin Steele
cloud computing, Colin Steele, Google, VMware, VMworld 2010

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." That old saying sure doesn't apply to the cloud computing market. Just last summer, VMware came out and said Google wasn't a

May 14, 2010  5:28 PM

VMworld is turning into a cloud conference



Posted by: Colin Steele
cloud computing, Colin Steele, EMC, VMware, VMworld 2010

Public voting on the VMworld 2010 call for papers is now open, and the ballot gives us our first look at what the conference's focus will be. Surprise, surprise, it's cloud computing. At this week's


April 27, 2010  4:57 PM

What does VMforce mean for virtualization?



Posted by: Colin Steele
cloud computing, Colin Steele, Salesforce.com, VMforce, VMware

For most of the past decade, VMware was synonymous with virtualization. When you thought about virtualization, you thought about VMware and no one else. That's changing now, as Microsoft, Citrix and others chip away in the hypervisor market. And when you thought about VMware, you thought...


April 27, 2010  2:05 PM

VMforce: Cloud 2? I was just getting used to Cloud 1!



Posted by: Colin Steele
cloud computing, Colin Steele, Salesforce.com, VMforce, VMware

No, no, no! It can't be! Please tell me it's not true! I used to hate the term "cloud computing" -- like, in a "I totally despise this phrase and will go to the ends of the Earth to avoid using it" kind of way. I thought it was another meaningless phrase, ripped from the marketing-ese dictionary...


April 9, 2010  7:55 PM

Branch office virtualization: Formula 1 in a grocery-shopping world



Posted by: Alex Barrett
Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Hyper-V, server virtualization, VM6, VMware

Feedback from my recent article on server virtualization in branch offices suggests that virtualization still has a long way to go in those settings. FBL Insurance in West Des Moines,...


March 9, 2010  8:40 PM

Virtualization ain’t goin’ out like that



Posted by: Colin Steele
cloud computing, Colin Steele, server virtualization, VMware

It seems like every virtualization insider I talk to these days -- vendor, analyst, admin, you name it -- says the same thing. “The hypervisor is commoditized.” “The cloud is the future.” “I’m on a...

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March 3, 2010  10:07 PM

Win vSphere training videos!



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere

St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and to celebrate, I thought I'd take this opportunity to encourage all of our readers to dye their servers green. No dice? How about this instead: Write a virtualization-themed limerick, and you could win a vSphere training video.

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February 16, 2010  3:30 PM

VMware vs. Microsoft on support costs



Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Hyper-V vs. VMware

When you're trying to figure out if virtualization is right for your business, or which platform to choose, it's crucial to understand virtualization costs. There are the obvious costs, which...


January 21, 2010  4:36 PM

IT manager calls on HP and Microsoft to collapse SIM, SCOM



Posted by: Alex Barrett
HP, Microsoft, SCOM, SIM, System Center Operations Manager, Systems Insight Manager, Virtualization management

Last week’s announcement by Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard that they had entered in to a $250 million partnership was light on specifics, but at least one IT manager has an opinion of how...


December 22, 2009  8:46 PM

All I want for Christmas is … a clustered file system?



Posted by: Colin Steele
Microsoft Hyper-V, vSphere

Having a hard time finding a holiday gift for that special admin in your life (or yourself)? We’ve asked two of our virtualization experts what was on their letters to Santa Claus; maybe their wish lists will inspire you. Remember, there are still two shopping days left! Rob McShinsky, senior...


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