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October 19, 2011  5:55 PM

VMware CEO Paul Maritz admits licensing will change to a consumption model

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Moore's Law, VMware

In a questions and answers session at VMworld in Copenhagen, Paul Maritz, chief executive office at VMWare, responded to a question I posed...

August 4, 2010  12:16 PM

EMC picks Greenplum

imurphy Profile: imurphy
Business Intelligence, cloud, DB2, EMC, Greenplum, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Sybase, Teradata, VMware

At the beginning of July, EMC announced its intention to acquire data warehouse vendor Greenplum. On the 29th July that deal was completed and EMC announced that Greenplum is the foundation of the new EMC Data Computing Product Division.

This  is another step down EMC's...

May 27, 2010  4:09 PM

ThinApp – another layer to the compatibility question

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Application Compatibility, Applications, Compatibility, Virtualisation, VMware, Windows, Windows 7

OK - I have been having loads of fun with Microsoft's App-V virtualisation suitability challenges over the past few months, and I now have been tasked to look at the VMware ThinApp technology. From the VMware website, the ThinApp technology is described as a technology...

November 12, 2008  10:15 AM


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iPhone, VMware

VMware Mobile Virtualisation Platform (MVP), the company's mobile virtualisation platform has the potential to open up mobile application development. The question is whether operators will allow third-party applications on their networks. Mobile telcos seem particularly reluctant about making...

September 18, 2008  9:56 AM

VMWare counters Microsoft

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
data-centre, HP-UX, Linux, Microsoft, Netware, Novell, Solaris, Unix, Virtualisation, VMware

Paul Maritz appears to be giving his old employer a bit of a beating this week at VMWorld. I used to speak to Paul when he headed up the Windows Server team at Microsoft - and like many MS peops, he was clearly passionate about the product and he believed he could make a difference. I think...

September 11, 2008  8:40 AM

Virtualisation goes mainstream

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Citrix, desktop virtualisation, ESX Server, Hyper-V, Hypervisor, Metaframe, Microsoft, VM, VMware, XenServer

The availability of Microsoft's Hyper-V technology will mean that every business running Windows Server 2008 will be able to use virtualisation, without needing to purchase any additional software.
Admin staff simply tick a box when installing Windows, and the Microsoft...

July 10, 2008  8:52 AM

Do green mainframes make sense today?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Green IT, IBM, Linux, Virtualisation, VMware, Xen

Imagine if there was a resurgence of mainframes. IBM says they are greener than Unix and PC servers, and the savings in electricity...

July 10, 2007  10:15 PM

VMWare London Symposia: let’s tackle the issues

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
IBM, Licensing, Microsoft, Oracle, Support, VMware

Around 800 people turned up at The Brewery, Chiswell Street for what was VMWare's largest UK event. The company gave a quick overview on some of the new areas it was working on like memory...

July 9, 2007  7:52 PM

Tackle green IT, make virtualisation affordable

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
data-centre, Energy efficiency, Green IT, Licensing, Virtualisation, VMware

Tomorrow I'm attending a conference in London organised by VMWare - VMware Symposia 2007. It should be an interesting day, not least because I'm keen to see what people really feel about the

June 29, 2007  4:45 PM

Microsoft’s second class support for virtualisation

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Microsoft, Oracle, Support, Virtual Server, Virtualisation, VMware, Windows

Microsoft has not updated its support policy covering the use of third-party virtualisation products since October 2005. The company's support policy is as follows:

Microsoft does not test or support Microsoft software...

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