Last week, VMware has also won in ten out of fourteen categories of the 2012 Virtualization Review Reader’s Choice Awards. We are quite elated over that here in Palo Alto. The categories we won include: Application virtualization, Business continuity, Cloud computing, Desktop virtualization, Mobile, virtualization, and nine others. You can check out the full list and also download the Buyer’s Guide on virtualizationreview.com.
Oh YouTube, our partner team has published a funny little animated film about bringing out datacenter and VM management out of the stone age with VMware cloud management tools. It has cute little cave men running around beating on the servers with clubs and stones, and ...read more...
I started my life in IT at a very young age, it had to be around early 1992 or 1993 when I remember my father showing me the new IBM mainframe that was purchased for the family business. A few years later I can remember my father bringing home his first laptop, at the time a 30 pound IBM Thinkpad, from that moment on I couldn't get away from computers. Surprisingly, during my high school years I wasn't sure what I exactly wanted to ...read more...
While we were on the well-deserved holiday break, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has awarded our CEO Paul Maritz the title of the Executive of the Year 2011. In the interview with the Biz Blog, Paul has emphasized that the ongoing success and growth of VMware is rooted in having “teams of people who work effectively together.” He said the biggest challenge for companies is striking the right balance between having ambitious goals, and being so focused on those goals that you ignore constructive feedback.
I've been into computers since I was a kid. I'm 28 so I'm a younger guy on the scene, but I remember playing Wheel of Fortune on 5 1/4" floppy disks on some ancient piece of hardware. Then I got my dads old Pentium with Windows 3.1 and I spent loads and loads of time getting myself into trouble in the old AOL days. I'll leave those days for another time.
When I got to high school, I was still very much into technology and my high school was one of the first ones in the nation to actually offer CCNA prep courses as part of the curriculum. It was a 2 year course (which is way too much time to spend studying for a CCNA) and by the 2nd year, there were only 8 people left in the ...read more...
I got into IT when I was 12 with the first experience in gaming and developing software on my first pc. It all started there, with a growing passion for all things IT that brought me, in 1995, to my first job in IT. Eventually I found that system administration was a perfect fit for me, and since then… I never stopped :)
So, in the last 16 (wow, I’m getting old) years that’s what I’ve been doing: I started setting up the first few Unix servers, and it all grew to a full-fledged Data Center that currently holds hundreds of servers, appliances, network equipment, etc. Having to deal with every single bit of it has been a challenge, but it gave me the chance to get the whole picture, and to grow my knowledge of “IT things” well beyond ...read more...
This article provides information about searching the VMware Knowledge Base (KB). This article details: 1) How to Search 2) General Search Tips 3) Search Operators How to Search To search the Knowledge
I started my IT career supporting a CAD lab, quickly moving from a University to an in-house role and then on to solution provider roles.
My first big step up was seeing Citrix early and getting certified before leaving New Zealand for a few years in the UK. Having certification in an emerging technology allowed me to get a better contract position than I would have otherwise found in a new country.
My next big step up was resigning from a salaried job to become self-employed. This was a huge risk that I took as the main earner in the household, despite having children and a large mortgage. There are always reasons why now is not the right time to go self-employed. In the end, I chose to take the leap and have faith in my ability to identify coming ...read more...
At VMworld Europe, we asked attendees to send in questions for Paul Maritz, the CEO of VMware, to answer. He has now published answers to these questions on our EMEA blog. He talks about mobile devices and the cloud, our new collaboration applications Sliderocket and Socialcast, cloud management, AppBlast, and makes some predictions for the year 2012. The Q&A is currently available in English and German. You can read it all on vmwareemeablog.com.
Speaking of VMworld, we have now made all the keynotes and general sessions from the conference available on YouTube. You can watch them on youtube.com/vmwaretv – they are all in the “VMworld 2011 sessions” playlist.
As the year is coming to a close, we all look forward to the new year, and some of us even make predictions. Our very own CTO Steve Herrod has published an article on vmblog.com about what’s next for virtualization in the ...read more...
After completing my degree in Economics and Statistics I was getting bored of those fields having studied them a long time and decided that a future in accountancy was not for me. Having enjoyed some IT modules during my degree, including one titled an ‘Introduction to the Internet using the NCSA Mosaic web browser’, I thought a career in IT might be a good idea.
I started out in a helpdesk / desktop support role which was a good grounding in seeing the user side of IT. After about a year they decided to make me responsible for the Exchange messaging system and I spent most of the next ten years in different jobs internally in organisations and as a consultant, mostly carrying out Active Directory and Exchange migrations.
How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?
Blog URL:http://www.planetvm.net Twitter handle: @tom_howarth Current employer: Currently working as a Self-employed consultant focused on VMware.
How did you get into IT?
To be truthful accidentally, I was training to be a Lawyer. And took a part time job in a Construction firms planning department to help with finance. I ended up computerizing their process and installing a Novell 3.12 environment for them.
How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?
It was 2004 and I was working for a Reseller, a good friend introduced me to this magic fairy dust product called ESX and blew my socks off by performing a vMotion, I still get a buzz over vMotion. I took it to my MD who said “yeah, I seen that, it is just a gimmick and will be dead by the end of the year, we are sticking to what we know”. I left to go contracting and that company is now ...read more...
Today, you can join in the Beta testing fun for the new customer portal we’ve been working on for the past months. It is called My VMware and is focused on simplifying and streamlining your interactions with us. It will allow you to more easily manage your licenses and support, and it’s coming in the first half of 2012. Read more and join the beta on the VMware Support Insider blog at blogs.vmware.com/kb
vFabric Application Performance Manager is now available, to deliver a new approach to managing applications in the cloud. It is focused on managing the health and performance of applications deployed on virtual and cloud infrastructures, and a result of more than 18 months’ of innovation and development work, combined with know-how from several acquisitions such as B-Hive, Spring Source and Hyperic, to name just a few. Read all about VMware vFabric Application Performance Manager on Rethink IT blog at blogs.vmware.com/rethinkit
Blog URL:http://andysworld.org.uk Twitter handle:@einsteinagogo Current employer: Cyrus Computer Consultants Ltd (http://www.cyrus-consultants.co.uk/)
How did you get into IT?
In the late 70's in the UK, I was introduced to a PDP11 minicomputer, by a friend's father that worked in a Research department for a Welsh University. That got me hooked, during the late 70s, my parent's purchased an EACA Video Genie (TRS-80 clone), I was coding in Assembler and BASIC, the BBC launched the BBC Microcomputer in 1981, which I also had, and completed the newly introduced GCE 'O' Level.
I left university in 1990, and the Electronics Engineering job never appeared, so I started on the bottom rung of the ladder as a Customer Support Assistant for a Software House, supporting the Leisure and Commercial Marine markets, with personal computers at sea, and in those days it was MSDOS 3.0. My interest was always supporting servers, networks, and larger computer systems. I left that company to join Computer ...read more...
Scott Lowe - Examining VXLAN - It’s taken me far too long to write this post, that’s for sure. Since the announcement of VXLAN at VMworld earlier in the year, I’ve been searching for additional information on these questions: “What is VXLAN? How does it fit into the broader networking landscape? Why did we need a new standard?”
Cormac Hogan - Upgraded VMFS-5: Automatic Partition Format Change - By now, regular readers of this blog will be aware that VMFS-5 supports a single extent volume size of 64TB. In an earlier post, I mentioned that newly created VMFS-5 partitions use a GUID Partition Format, GPT. This partition format allows for the creation of large partition sizes to cater for the new single extent 64TB VMFS-5 volume.