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Andrew Kutz


September 23, 2008  2:44 PM

Are offline desktops really that necessary?



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMworld 2008

I am sure by now that I am getting a reputation as a downer or naysayer at this VMworld, but as one of my colleagues pointed out, we look around and wonder how many of these products and features we see are simply solutions searching for problems. That said, I look at something like VMware View,...

September 17, 2008  2:58 PM

Virtual Desktops: Lose the Desktop Already!



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMworld 2008

Aside from all of the non-product announcements, the biggest disappointment to me so far has been the unsatisfied requirement with all virtual desktop platforms. From VMware Desktop Manager, to Desktone, to WebOS, I still need a desktop in order to first access my virtual or hosted desktop! Now,...


September 16, 2008  11:57 PM

VMworld 2008: Looking Back At Day 1



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMworld 2008

VMworld 2008 so far has been characterized by a few things:

  • The smell of smoke, the crowds, the scented casino floors (Please take this convention back to the Bay!)
  • The promises of features - I'm still looking for a feature announcement that is accompanied by an "Available...


September 16, 2008  12:24 AM

VDC-OS: Deja Vu?



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VDC-OS, Virtualization, VMworld 2008

I've been thinking about VDC-OS all morning, trying to figure out that nagging feeling in the back of my mind. Something feels so familiar about this new, seemingly fantastic, initiative from VMware. And then it hit me -- VDC-OS is an initiative! IT professionals expecting an...


September 16, 2008  12:21 AM

VMware expands education opportunities with GoVirtual.org



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Andrew Kutz, Virtualization

In the past, young men seeking their fortunes were often told "Go West, young man." The West was pregnant with opportunity for those willing to seek it. Now VMware is offering young men and women at universities...


September 16, 2008  12:19 AM

Introducing Virtual Data Center OS (VDC-OS)



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Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMworld 2008

Today at VMworld 2008 those industrious developers working for a small technology company you may or may not have heard of, VMware, announced their most ambitious product to date, the Virtual Data Center...


August 11, 2008  1:59 PM

VMware working on patch for ESXi API exploit



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware pricing, VMware scripting

Although VMware's ESXi hypervisor is free under the VMware Infrastructure (VI) base license, it's not without limitations. Only some of the application programming interface (API) method calls that are typically shipped with the

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May 26, 2008  1:51 AM

Friends don’t let friends, like VMware, act like Google



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

I like VMware. I like Google. Heck, both of them keep me more than busy with development ideas. But I have a problem with them. Google started it with Gmail. Although it is hard to remember now, Gmail was in beta forever. Oh wait, it still is? Huh. I guess I just figured it *must* have hit...


May 8, 2008  8:45 PM

VMotion and RDMs



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Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

Yesterday I was a speaker at "Virtualization: Getting from Pilot to Production." During my second session I claimed that you could VMotion a virtual machine (VM) that uses a Raw Device Mapping (RDM) to access a raw...


April 21, 2008  7:53 PM

VMware releases official plug-in guide



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, VI3, Virtualization

Congratulations to the VMware engineering team releasing the official guide to creating VMware plugins. Their awesome, hard work is culminated in the document


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