Tuesday, September 7, 2010
To stream or not to stream, that is the question. In the middle of a VMware View project and the decision was finally made to not move forward without investigating application streaming to virtual desktops in order to take advantage of non-persistent virtual machines. Some of the front runners come to mind such as Symantec, Microsoft, Citrix and InstallFree which will all allow the ability to control user profile, lockdown desktop and application streaming on a find me follow me principle.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Obviously the theme this year was all about cloud computing and how VMware solutions can help you move towards that model. From cloud solutions like VMware Cloud Director, vShield Zones, vCenter and vShpere all the way to the endpoint access using mobile devices, VMware View, and Cloud based suite solutions like Zimbra, it was clear that the push was to upgrade to vSphere 4.1 as the starting point and move on to use open solutions and standards to migrate your IT Infrastructure into a private, hybrid, or public cloud.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
So, Roku started the lead with streaming from Netflix, then XBox 360, then PS3, and now the WII will have an update this spring to stream movies from Netflix. Just found another great site with open source media center called Boxee that runs on Windows, Linux or Mac and supports Netflix streaming as one of the plugins. Looks like they have also partnered with DLink and will be competing with Roku with a hardware device to act as the media center device. Also supports IPhone app to control the Boxee media center wirelessly from your home network. Read more about it here at Boxee
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
How many times have you had a developer make the statement "I need a VM to test this one thing. Can I get one to user for a little while?" This generally is the concept behind VMware Lab Manager which allow you to have a VMware Lab that can be sandboxed for VMs that need connectivity for outbound traffic, in and outbound, or no traffic at all by providing a fenced network for your VMs. Best of all, it allows your developers to log in and self provision their VMs and make as many clones, or better yet, linked-clones (which dramatically reduces the disk space needed for the copied VM). Time limits can be set around the VMs that are requested in order to reduce the possibility of VM sprawl. It is a very useful tool that removes a lot of the manual intervention of a VM administrator for provisioning VMs.
Translation: An automated server request portal build on a very powerful workflow engine called VMware Orchestrator. Vmware Lifecycle Manager allow you to provide your end user community the ability to log in to a web portal and request servers that are based on your own custom VMware Templates and automate the provisioning of those Virtual Servers with built-in approval processes and placement services. The back-end is built on the Orchestrator workflow engine that can be used to build custom workflows beyond the Lifecycle Manager add-on to the orchestrator platform.