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How To Instructions for fatVM

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A How To Guide that provides instructions for using fatVM is available for your reference.

Steve Herrod’s Virtualization Predictions for 2010

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Steve Herrod is the CTO and Senior VP R&D at VMWare.

1) Growing modularization of the data center

The EMC/Cisco vBlock bundles, as well as “converged infrastructure” offerings from HP, demonstrate that vendors understand that customers want simplicity, ease of use, and a single support channel for utilizing them. Look for more to come

2) Private clouds

Industry participants in 2010 will better define the private cloud and help customers implement it. We’ve finally emerged from the hype of cloud computing to tackle the realities of what’s needed and confront the challenges that currently exist, particularly around security. Furthermore, customers are realizing that their IT landscape will include a mix of both private and public cloud offerings (hybrid clouds). Customers want this hybrid world to be more easily managed and give them the right balances between efficiency, scalability, security, and control I fully expect that vendors, systems integrators, and certification agencies will rally to meet that demand in 2010

3) High-level application frameworks

I expect 2010 to be the year when developers and customers recognize the need to have even more choice as to where their applications are run in the cloud. This will lead to both open cloud standards and the arrival of new PaaS offerings designed with cloud portability in mind

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Predictions for 2009 are here.

Written by paule1s

December 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Steve Herrod’s self-graded report card for 2009 virtualization predictions

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Steve Herrod is the CTO and Senior VP R&D at VMWare.

Full credit: 60% Partial credit: 40%.

… the economy definitely forced businesses to do more with less and this caused many transformative investments to be postponed; short-term return on investment became a near single-minded focal point for customers. These are all still valid trends – especially as the economy rebounds — and I do expect more progress in 2010 than what we saw in 2009 for all of them (especially enterprise desktop virtualization now that Microsoft Windows 7 is out).

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Original predictions for 2009 are here.

Written by paule1s

December 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm

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Top 10 Posts for Q1 2009

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Here are the Top 10 posts for Q1 2009, the numbers of views are in parentheses.

  1. Defragment Ubuntu, Fedora, ext3, ext4 (2247)
  2. Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for IT Administrators (2186)
  3. VirtualBox – setup, share, shrink, convert (842)
  4. How to convert a VMWare VMDK to a Microsoft, Xen VHD? (810)
  5. How does shrink with vmware disk manager work? (614)
  6. Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for Security (607)
  7. Pre-configured VHD (Virtual Appliance) available from Microsoft (593)
  8. Most popular VMWare Virtual Appliances for Web Apps (558)
  9. Virtual Machine Disk Image Compression (320)
  10. rsync vm, vhd for backup, disaster recovery, ec2 (317)

Defragmentation of virtual disk files remains the dominant theme. There is an equal amount of interest in virtual appliances, particularly those for system administrators.

Search terms:

  • ext4 defrag ubuntu
  • ext4 defrag
  • convert vdi to vhd
  • e4defrag ubuntu
  • virtualbox shrink
  • rsync vmdk
  • wubi
  • defrag ubuntu
  • defrag ext3
  • windows 7 virtual appliance
  • defragment ext3
  • vmware appliances
  • defrag ext4
  • xen vhd
  • ubuntu ext4 defrag
  • defrag ext4 ubuntu
  • vmware firewall appliance
  • vmware appliance
  • “vdi to vhd”
  • convert vhd to xen
  • ext3 defrag
  • windows 7 beta vmware virtual appliances
  • defrag fedora
  • ext3 defragmentation
  • virtual appliance windows 7
  • ubuntu defrag
  • hercules load balancer virtual appliance
  • fedora defrag
  • convert vmdk to xen
  • shrink vmware disk

Top 10 referrers for Q1 2009

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VMWorld 2009 Synopsis of VMWare Product Announcements

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This synopsis is based on the blog posts of Alessandro Perilli  for Day 1 and Day 2 of VMWorld 2009

VMWare is pursuing three major initiatives:

  • Virtual Data Center OS (VDC-OS)
  • vCloud (private and public clouds along with federation across them)
  • vClient (for a desktop as a Service)

VIrtual Data Center

vSphere is the official name for the new Virtual Datacenter (OS) platform, which includes:

  • vCompute: hardware assisted virtualization and extended live migration compatibility
  • vStorage : for storage management and replication
  • vNetwork: for network management, vSphere 4.0 distributed switch and the Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Security : VMsafe API for firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion detection/prevention and compliance, vShield Zones – the firewall virtual appliance (Blue Lane technologies)
  • Availability : for data protection and clustering
  • Scalability : for dynamic resource sizing

(As an aside, clearly someone was awake and realized that most customers will demand real Security, real Availability, real Scalability and in the midst of the prevailing vNaming zeal, paused before rushing to trademark vSecurity, vAvailability, vScalability) 😉

I am glad to see that VMWare is responding to customer feedback- vSphere ESX4 supports 8 virtual CPU’s and 256GB vRAM. This will offer databases a virtual environment which is very close to production physical hardware and enable them to run SQL applications efficiently within virtual machines

vCenter Suite is the official name for the new VirtualCenter management tools platform, which supports :

Provisioning (including thin provisioning), Configuration, Capacity Planning,  Routine Operations, Performance Measurement, Availability, Self Service Portal, Service Catalogue, Billing / Chargeback

vCenter Server for Linux (Beta) is available as a virtual appliance – this is another shining example of listening to customer feedback.

The following modules have been announced for the vCenter Server :

vCenter Server Heartbeat, a hot-standby technology OEM’d from Neverfail Group

vCenter Server Linked Mode, a new technology that allows the same object inventory to be shared across tens and hundreds of vCenter hosts. It incorporates a  basic and advanced Search

Host Profiles feature, which verifies and enforces the compliance of new ESX hosts configuration as soon as they are included in the vCenter inventory


vCloud encompasses  an architecture, tools (vCenter Suite and vSphere) and API’s

to provide management and federation built on open industry standards so that the corporate private cloud can seamlessly integrate with external clouds out there.

vCenter Suite and vSphere are designed not to distinguish between internals and externals cloud infrastructures.

VM migration within the vCloud

A customer using vSphere 4.0 can install the vCloud plug-in for vCenter, log on the cloud service provider he has a contract with and simply drag his production virtual machine inside the cloud infrastructure that appears within the vCenter GUI. The VM will be automatically migrated inside the cloud without further intervention.

However, it is interesting to note that VMWare does not support a similar capability to perform a live migration between private or public data centers using VMotion yet.


VMWare has announced a partnership with Intel deliver the VMware Client Virtualization Platform. which utilizes Intel Core2 and Centrino 2 processors with Intel vPro technology. It will enable users to run virtualized client environments on desktop or notebook PCs, and work online or offline while IT administrators manage these environments securely from a central location.

The vClient technologies to be delivered in 2009 will include enhancements for thin clients management (HD video, Flash, 3D graphics) and the client hypervisor. VMware View will manage VDI thin clients and client hypervisor instances on corporate desktops and laptops.

In addition to managing VDI thin clients,

VMWare intends to centrally manage any kind of corporate client, including LAN and WAN clients, thick and thin clients. VMware is developing with Teradici the PC over IP (PCoIP) protocol. PCoIP is going to leverage the hardware acceleration that a local client on a LAN or a WAN can provide.

Mobile Virtualization

VMWare demonstrated a mobile hypervisor

The VMware hypervisor is running inside a Nokia N800 device, and boots a Windows CE 6.0 virtual machine side by side with a Google Android virtual machine. Each VM takes less than 40MBs . The touchscreen capabilities of the N800, leveraged by Android, are still there.

Written by paule1s

February 25, 2009 at 11:46 pm