The correct legal way to write about VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform

During my blogging for the past 3 years, I have never been contacted about using the wrong upper & lower case incorrectly in the product name. Though the VCE VblockTM Infrastructure Platform was the exception. Two days ago, I have put a simple post about VCE Vblock Platform at http://www.vblocksolutions.com/2011/04/20/the-misleading-reality-behind-vce-vblock/

I have done a small non intentional repeated mistake at the blog post by using the word vBlock rather than Vblock, which is incorrect. It seems the way most virtualization vendors specially VMware has written their products has got me as Vblock does not follow it. Example: vCenter, vSphere, vCloud, vRanger, … ect all of them had a v in small case where the second letter is what capitalizes. Carrying the same method on vblock it would have been vBlock, but after using that on my post 2 days back & being slapped already by 5 different VCE Employee I have definitely learned that you have to spell it as Vblock with an upper case for the V and lower case for the rest of the letters.

I always thought a trademark is done based on the letters of the word & does not bother about upper and lower case.… Read More

My VMworld Awards Critique

First lets start by answering “Do I agree with the VMworld 2010 Awards winners?”. My answer to the previous question to the most part I agree with most of the winners, though I believe the judging process might need a bit of improvement. I have just came across Eric Siebert, which discuss the judging process for VMworld Award winners. You can find Eric article at:

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/the-process-behind-judging-the-best-of-vmworld-awards/

Although the process is quite fair to every vendor, I still believe without installing and testing the product running we will allow vendors to promise the sky and deliver nothing close. I am sure the judges like Eric are Virtualization experts that are not easy to fool about the products functionality, but still there is a gray area that vendors can play around. I believe it would be more fair if the judges get to test these products in the lab & ensure it meets the promised functionality. As the installation of all the products to be tested can be time consuming for the judges, it might make sense to let these app vendors install the application and keep it ready for the judges test drive.

Further, I was wondering if the judges declare them selves to the competing vendors as judges when they go to evaluate and ask about the products.… Read More

VMworld 2010 Awards Winners

First of all I would like to congrats all the VMworld 2010 Awards Winners.  You have really worked so hard for it & you definitely deserve it. Before sharing the winners list I thought I will share a good funny story I had yesterday. Two hours before declaring the winners I have got an e-mail from Tina at VKernel as follow:

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Hi ~

Just a quick update that our new Capacity Management Suite 2.0 is in the top 3 for the VMworld 2010 Best of Show in the “Virtualization Management” category.

Hope you make an opportunity to download it and try it out for yourself in the lab.

In 2 hours we learn who the winner is, but we are of course excited to be in the finalists out of 35 contenders.

Stay tuned!

Cheers,

– Tina

====Tina E-mail End ====

After reading the e-mail, I had a feeling that VKernel had a gut feeling that they will be the winner before it was announced. It was a nice touch from them after they won they have sent another e-mail thanking all the bloggers and customers who supported them. Well Done VKenel. Veeam seemed to be the most finalist for this year, well done Veeam.Read More

Where will IBM fans stay at VMworld?

Shortly after posting my last post “Where will Apple Lover stay in VMworld?” I had a funny feed back of one of the apple fans as he knew I am a quite IBM fan. He told me did you know here will IBM Fans stay at VMworld check below to find out:

Where will IBM fans stay at VMworld?

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Hint: its one of the recommended hotels by VMware for VMworld

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As you all know Tivoli is one of the largest and most important IBM Software Suites, so here you go VMware are not only taking care of VMware Fans but of IBM and Apple Fans. I am not sure if there are any more lucky winner fans.
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Where will Apple Lover stay in VMworld?

Don’t get me wrong. I really love Apple & VMware, though I have received this in my e-mail few days back and thought its kinda funny and decided to share it.

Where will Apple Lovers stay in VMworld?

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Guess ????

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Keep looking further down

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Well, believe it or not this hotel was one of the hotels recommended by VMware for VMworld. A great choice to attract Apple lovers :). I wonder if you get a discount for carrying your iMac, iPad, iPhone with you to the hotel.
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Win a trip to VMwolrd Europe 2010

This year Zenoss are offering a chance to win a trip to VMworld Europe 2010. Zenoss will not only offer a VMworld Europe 2010 pass for the winner, but they are including Airplane Tickets and accommodation.  All you have to do to win is to try their product. Below is thier campaign announcement:

Test drive Zenoss Enterprise between July 30th and September 1st and you could be packing your bags for Copenhagen, Denmark to attend VMworld Europe this October!

It’s easy to enter… all you need to do is:

  1. Watch a short introductory video on Zenoss Enterprise and managing Virtual Infrastructures
  2. Take the test drive
  3. Complete the quick 7 question Try and Fly survey

The winner will receive one (1) conference session pass to VMworld Europe along with air travel and hotel accommodations for two in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Are you ready to get started? If so then the following link is what you need to start: http://www.zenoss.com/tryandfly

Good Luck!! Yes, I have registered my chance did you?
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VirtualizationTeam New Design

We have finally just finished the face left to our blog. We hope you like it better than the earlier design. Below are few of the improvement in the design:

1- Faster Load time.
2- Better search functionality.
3- Compatible with more web browsers.
4- Eliminated the html errors we had with the earlier design.
5- Less Ads.  (I know many of you wish there will be no ads at all, but we have to pay for our hosting & ISP. Though we have reduced the ads to minimum and removed them from interfering while reading the articles and comments).

Please let us know what do you think of the new design, & if you have any further suggestion.

Regards,

Eiad… Read More

How do I choose the right virtualization solution?

Being on the vendor side & visiting many customers a day who is looking to find out which virtualization solution fit them best has made me used to the question:  “Which virtualization solution is the right one for me?”

I wish there was an easy answer, where I can say this solution or that solution is best for every customer. As each customer is unique & has its own unique requirements there is no one solution that fit all. Below are few points I always bring to my customers attentions to take into consideration when helping them decide on the best virtualizaiton solution for their enviornment & thought might help many of you taking the right decision.

1-The customer has to size their environment & to decide if they are going to use virtualization for the purpose of production, test environment, development, or several of the previous purposes.

2- The customer has to figure out what features are critical to his business in a virtualization solution, which one are nice to have & which one are not required at all.

3- The customer has to consider the total cost of the virtualization solution including management software, hardware, services, as well as ongoing maintainence & operation.… Read More

Can you guess whose logo is this?

I want all of you to look at this logo & try to guess which company logo is this :).

Funny VMware Logo

Ah if you rather watch this post as a video instead of reading it check the video below else keep reading.

I am sure this logo is familiar to most of us. At least I am sure 75% of you had already guessed whose logo is this :). Do you think you really know whose logo is this? Well then scroll down to see the answer. If you missed it or got it right the first time then please leave me a commend & a feed back of this small puzzle :).

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Well, I am sure plenty of you even VMware employees had fallen for this logo and thought it was their own logo, but guess what this is Novotel Hotel in France logo. I was amazed to see the logo all over the place when I stayed there a month back for VMware/IBM Training which was not held in the hotel. I was suprised to discover that was the hotel logo & decided to take a picture of the logo and tuzz it on my blog & see how many people I can trick with it.… Read More

Virtualization nightmares!

Find out how this cute lady nightmares Vanished using VMware :). watch the video below to find out just that:

Do you still have nightmares? or did VMware or virtualization helped you get rid of one, please let us know about it in the comment below.… Read More

VMware ESX Action Movie

Lol, Take a look & try to imagine how VMware would look like if it was an Action Movie. Check out the video below to find out:

I hope you enjoyed it, please leave a comment of what do u think of this movie.… Read More

Q&A: should i use vmware ESX or hyper-v for best costs/Reliability ratio

The Question Below was received by giammin:

i need to build a 2 server cluster to host a frontend virtual machine.

the virtual machine should run on 1 node(most powerful) and in case of hardware/software failure run on 2 node (less powerful only for services availability, reliability)

should i use vmware or hyper-v for best costs/Reliability ratio?

thanks in advance.

As reliability go I would say VMware can beat hyper-V at any time, specially they have been out there for a lot longer & running in many production environment. I know many members of our team will argue on this, but if you come to me I would always implement VMware over Hyper-V when a critical application is involved.

In regards of cost, it will all depend. If you are going to need centeralized management & all the advanced featured VMware offers, then for sure your upfront cost will be higher than hyper-V. Though something to consider is that you are paying for many features, that Microsoft Hyper-V still failing to offer. You will be paying as well for the extra reliability that you will be getting as well. Please note if you start calculating the management suites of Microsoft Hyper-V & VMware & hardware required and distribute that money on the number of virtual machines you can run on both setups, then your cost per virtual machine will come very close.

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Virtualization Questions & Answers.

As we have noticed that the number of our readers have been increasing & the amount of questions we had been getting through e-mail had increased. We have decided to allow people to post all their virtualization questions on this page & we will easier answer it directly in here in the comment or create a post with the solution.

We hope to be able to help more people this way. So just post your virtualization question in the comments & we will try to get back to you on it as soon as possible.… Read More

Cisco TelePresence – On-Stage Holographic Video Conferencing

I know reading the title you wonder what does this has to do with Virtualizaiton, but if you look deep into it you will find out that some one has figured out how to virtualize human :). For example you have one instructur & he can do lecture in 20 different countries which is 100s maybe 1000s of miles away at the same time. Ah wow that can save a lot of travel cost & man power cost used for training. The same concept can be used for many other purposes, which get you to use 1 person to do 20 people job. Does not that sound like server virtualization when it started out!! To find out more about TelePresence & what I like to call Human virtualizaiton please look at the few videos below:


OoOpss does that mean companies will need less people to do the same job in the future just as less servers in the datacenter? Wow, what will happen to the rest do we manufacture less human in the future than now just like servers!! who know. I hope this one was fun though.

Please leave your comments & thoughts.… Read More