Archive for April, 2009

Update Your Bookmarks – VMware Orchestrator Community Launched!

April 25, 2009

I’m not sure how many vSphere beta participants spent some time with the new version of VMware Orchestrator, or vCO, but I certainly did and I’m happy to say the product completely rocks. I have looked at a few of the orchestration tools on the market, and this is easily the best I’ve seen to date for orchestration of the VMware layer.

I’m not going to post more about it until GA just in case I inadvertently divulge something that I shouldn’t and get in trouble, but everyone should add the new vCO Community Site to their bookmarks, and lookout for a new section on similar to the VI Toolkit Mastery section, dedicated to vCO Mastery!


Ever Wondered What A Terabyte of RAM Looked Like?

April 25, 2009

The cloud is finally coming at the place I work, and a couple of chassis’ worth of HP BL685c G5 goodness arrived in the lab on Friday so that we could finally get to work with some scalability and performance testing before finalising the specifics of VM sizing and the cost model. Except it wasn’t fully assembled. This was on purpose though – sharing the rather common geek characteristic of (1) extreme impatience and (2) the ability to assemble any given bit of infrastructure without the aid of manuals or even eyesight, we told HP to not worry about shipping the order to the company that usually assembles stuff for us, and just ship it direct to our labs. We weren’t quite expecting the 5 pallets worth of boxes that showed up however. So when one of my co-workers picked up the phone to hear a voice somewhat like the lab manager’s but more whimpy, crying “help… help…” we thought the Right Thing to do would be to hit the lab and assemble the kit ourselves.

VMware Slaps Enterprise and Cisco In Face, Opens Door For Competitors

April 21, 2009

Today was supposed to be a happy day. Finally, after months and months of being kept under wraps, the vSphere 4 code was announced to the world as having reached “gold” status.

But for VMware’s large enterprise customers and Cisco, the announcement had more insult than insight. I am of course talking about the introduction of the new “Enterprise Plus” license option, which no existing VMware licensee is eligible for without further payment. At a time when corporate IT spending is way down, and businesses are struggling, VMware decide to invent a new category of license above the previous top of the line option, and think it’s OK to ask enterprises to pay for the privilege. Here’s some news for you VMware – it’s not OK to do this. In fact, it’s not just ‘not OK’ – it’s fucking insulting. If you wanted to create another tier of licensing, you should have just rolled the old Enterprise features into the new “Advanced” option (I’m still trying to figure out what the target market is for “Advanced”), put the new stuff into Enterprise and jacked up the Enterprise price for any new contracts / customers. But no, someone in VMware either got greedy, ballsy, or is just plain stupid. My money is on the latter. Looking at the differences between “Enterprise” and “Enterprise Plus”, it is clear this is a blatant money grab by VMware. Because 12-18 months from now, there won’t be a single enterprise that is eligible for the “Enterprise” package. Read on to see why.

Virtualised XenApp Benchmarks – Does Anybody Actually Care?

April 16, 2009

I apologise in advance for YARP’ing (Yet Another Ranty Post) – truth be told, I’ve been biting my tongue for so long with regards to vSphere that I just don’t feel compelled to offer any VI3 based technical insights. So give me some leeway for the 5 or so days, things will return to normal after that. Well, as normal as they can be around here ;-).

So as my good mate Boche posted yesterday, we see yet another benchmark paper being sponsored by Citrix (albeit published by a reputable enough 3rd party, the Tolly Group) touting the superior performance of XenServer for XenApp workloads. I have 3 words for these kind of benchmarks. Who. Fucking. Cares. (more…)

Microsoft Myths and Realities…

April 7, 2009

The fun just doesn’t stop from those ‘ol pranksters over in Redmond. So we all know about the Microsoft Myths video that was recently published, but you all know me – I tear straight through the marketing bs and go straight for the jugular. Give me the cold, hard facts. That’s all I ask. And don’t lie, because I’ll know.

So I have to hand it to Microsoft, although they don’t publicise the cold hard facts too often, they are hidden in the bowels of Technet, just waiting to be happened upon. And so it came to pass that an article was brought to my attention by none other than my friendly Microsoft TAM. Bless him, he means well and is a top bloke. But Microsoft really shouldn’t be publishing this kind of information for the world at large to see, or at least not for people like you and I to see.

The Problem With Virtual Appliances

April 6, 2009

Ok, this one has been a long time coming for me – it’s in no way any kind of response to Mike D’s recent post about VMware, SaaS, and the Virtual Appliance Marketplace – that post simply reminded me that I need to get this off my chest.

The great thing about Virtual Appliances (VA’s) is that an application vendor can configure the OS to their liking, and tune their app to match. But the worst thing about VA’s, is that an _application_ vendor can configure the OS to their liking, and tune their app to match. In my experience, what ISV’s don’t know about operating systems (as they are used in the enterprise) could fill a several tomes (obviously I’m talking about ISV’s who don’t also produce operating systems themselves).

Microsoft Hyper-V 2.0 – NO Memory Overcommit!

April 4, 2009

Well this is quite interesting. In the latest round of marketing bullshit from Microsoft, they do a “myth busting” of some of VMware’s marketing. Which is all well and good, what kind of society would we live in if you couldn’t freely and openly comment on anything in the public domain.

But what’s interesting about this one, besides the fact that they continually refer to a product that is some 6-9 months away from actually being released, is that in trying to downplay the usefulness of memory overcommit they are inadvertently announcing that memory overcommit will not be available in Hyper-V 2.0. Otherwise, they would be talking it up like they are with Live Migration. We should all download this video, and save it for the time when Microsoft actually do have the feature and are busily espousing the virtues of memory overcommitment. Just like they did with Live Migration.

G20 Protest Caption Contest!

April 4, 2009

Well the G20 protests have come and gone from London, without much incident – I’m sure there are more arrests at the weekend football matches than there were during the 2 days of disruption in the City. We don’t really get this kind of thing in Australia, so i went into the office (which was conveniently located in between the 2 main protest areas while they were going) on both protest days to check it out first hand.