SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Apple iPad vs the Blackberry Playbook

Sean Daniel

So I own an iPad (Hey, the Windows 8 tablet’s aren’t out yet, it’s ok!), and I thought it would be great to do a little bit of a comparison now that I’ve played with it for a bit. Note that the Playbook hardware was not updated for Playbook 2.0, Windows 7.

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SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008.

Sean Daniel

Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. This morning, building on the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Announcement , we are announcing a new edition targeted at Small Business called Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. Windows 7. (47). Windows 8. (4).

2013 may FINALLY be the year of VDI and BYOD

Virtualized Greek

This is not because of some fancy new feature in VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop but due to a new feature of Windows 8. I said a LONG TIME ago that Windows 8 should be a hypervisor based OS. A better comparison would be with XenClient which I wrote about here.

Cedexis Now Tracks Performance for 50 Clouds » Data Center.

Data Center Knowledge

Internet performance and control company Cedexis announced an extension to its Radar community services with the addition of many new clouds, and the availability of Radar reports as an app for Windows 8. Collecting nearly 1 billion measurements per day around the world, Radar provides performance metrics on cloud platform performance, both in absolute terms and in comparison to other providers. The Windows 8 Radar app is available immediately for free on the Windows App Store.

Technology Short Take #83

Scott Lowe

Anthony Shaw has a good comparison of Ansible, StackStorm, and Salt (with a particular view at applicability in a networking context). Servers/Hardware. Unfortunately, if you were the owner of a Logitech device, you had to boot into Windows just to update the firmware—until now. Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization Ansible Automation StackStorm Salt NSX VMware Linux OpenStack Docker GitWelcome to Technology Short Take #83!

Technology Short Take #83

Scott Lowe

Anthony Shaw has a good comparison of Ansible, StackStorm, and Salt (with a particular view at applicability in a networking context). Servers/Hardware. Unfortunately, if you were the owner of a Logitech device, you had to boot into Windows just to update the firmware—until now. Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization Ansible Automation StackStorm Salt NSX VMware Linux OpenStack Docker GitWelcome to Technology Short Take #83!

Technology Short Take #62

Scott Lowe

Cumulus Networks recently shifted their pricing and licensing model toward perpetual licenses; this article has more information and a comparison of the old vs. new models. Servers/Hardware. Trevor Roberts recently posted an article discussing Windows images in your OpenStack cloud. Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization VMware NSX Cisco Cumulus Linux OpenFlow Microsoft Intel OpenStack Docker CoreOS AnsibleWelcome to Technology Short Take #62.

Is a single management solution required for multi-hypervisor environments?

Virtualized Greek

Or should I say, I haven’t seen a great operating model for seamlessly managing both Windows and Linux. For instance, there was the whole Windows vs. automobile industry meme that was going around a few years ago. Hypervisors should be treated the same as Linux and Windows management.

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Online Backup using Proxure's KeepVault.

Sean Daniel

Online Backup using Proxure’s KeepVault for Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Small Business Server 2011. When using Windows Home Server v1, I had found an Online Backup solution that I previously reviewed on this blog. Windows 7. (47). Windows 8. (4).

Dissecting Gartner’s MQ For Hypervisors

Chuck's Blog - EMC

1-3 people) that already need to support Microsoft operating systems and tools anyway, so using the Hyper-V feature included as part of Windows makes a certain sense.  Perhaps this is a result of feature-checklist comparisons.

Why I Love The Oracle Cloud Strategy

Chuck's Blog - EMC

You're free to compare subsets of the public Oracle Cloud with other alternatives, but there is no direct comparison for the entire offering. Run Linux, Windows or UNIX. We use the term "engineered systems" to describe our full-stack integration of hardware and software.

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Tackling Total Cost of Ownership

CIO Dashboard

It is primarily used to make apples to apples comparisons in large capital investments, and, if done properly, can bring out hidden costs of ownership. Hardware. Guest post by Sean Sell.

The Shape Of Today's Storage Market - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  Just for comparison purposes, IDC also counts three or more drives in a server enclosure as "internal storage" -- they don't count the server, just the drives as well as any required controllers.  Chucks Blog.

Dissecting Gartner’s MQ For Hypervisors

Chuck's Blog - EMC

1-3 people) that already need to support Microsoft operating systems and tools anyway, so using the Hyper-V feature included as part of Windows makes a certain sense.  Perhaps this is a result of feature-checklist comparisons. Back then, the major attraction was server consolidation: more logical servers on less physical hardware.

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Technology Short Take #27

Scott Lowe

First up is Brent Salisbury’s how to build an SDN lab without needing OpenFlow hardware. Not unsurprisingly, one of the key advantages of STT that’s highlighted is its improved performance due to TSO support in NIC hardware. Related to the bare metal provisioning work (see below under “Servers/Hardware”), Mirantis also detailed some bare-metal networking stuff they’ve done for OpenStack in relation to the use of bare metal nodes.

Technology Short Take 92

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Jorge Salamero Sanz (on behalf of Sysdig) provides a similar comparison, this time looking at ECS, Fargate, and EKS. OpenSSH on Windows —what a time to be alive! It almost makes me want to add a Windows 10 machine to my collection… I enjoyed this developer-centric comparison of Kubernetes and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Welcome to Technology Short Take 92, the first Technology Short Take of 2018.

Technology Short Take 97

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Tirumarai Selvan has a comparison. If I ever get my hands on a Windows 10 box (I’m seriously considering adding a Windows 10 box to my home office setup), I’m going to try this process. Hmmm…maybe I could install Windows 10 on my quad-proc Mac Pro, then run macOS virtualized on it…that might be something to try one day (as if I’ll ever have time for that!). Welcome to Technology Short Take 97!

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Technology Short Take #86

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Werner Ruegg has a post on an alternative hardware solution for vSphere home labs. Need a comparison of CloudFormation versus Terraform? Did you catch the official announcement about the future of vCenter Server for Windows? Welcome to Technology Short Take #86, the latest collection of links, articles, and posts from around the web, focused on major data center technology areas. Enjoy! Networking.

Citrix XenClient vs VMware View Client

Virtualized Greek

My overall impression was that it was an interesting technology but the hardware support was too limited. So, I thought I’d do a quick hit comparison of the two solutions based on the use case. This means that the View client is a Type 2 hypervisor which means that it would run under Windows (or Mac) and require the end user to have the view client installed on the OS that is factory installed. Some time ago I posted a first look post on XenClient.

Technology Short Take #30

Scott Lowe

He starts out by discussing proactive vs. reactive flows , in which Brent explains that OpenFlow performance is less about OpenFlow and more about how flows are inserted into the hardware. Servers/Hardware. Although this post is a bit older (it’s from September of last year), it’s still an interesting comparison of both OpenStack and CloudStack. Windows Backup has native Hyper-V support in Windows Server 2012. Welcome to Technology Short Take #30.

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Technology Short Take #83

Scott Lowe

Anthony Shaw has a good comparison of Ansible, StackStorm, and Salt (with a particular view at applicability in a networking context). Servers/Hardware. Unfortunately, if you were the owner of a Logitech device, you had to boot into Windows just to update the firmware—until now. Welcome to Technology Short Take #83! This is a slightly shorter TST than usual, which might be a nice break from the typical information overload. In any case, enjoy! Networking.

IDF 2013: Virtualizing the Network to Enable SDI

Scott Lowe

Brian is a Solution Architect; Jim is a Windows Server Architect. Brian draws the comparison between property management and how IT is shaping: A rental house is pretty easy to manage. At this point, Jim Pinkerton of Microsoft takes over to discuss how Windows Server thinks about this issue and these challenges. This is session EDCS008, “Virtualizing the Network to Enable a Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI).”

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Technology Short Take #50

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Kevin Houston’s March 2015 blade server comparisons might be a useful place to start. Much ado was made about the Microsoft-Docker announcement a while back regarding the availability of Docker on Windows. The post also mentions a new version of Windows, Nano Server. Welcome to Technology Short Take #50, the latest in my series of posts sharing various links and articles pertaining to key data center technologies.

VMworld 2014 Day 2 Keynote

Scott Lowe

Poonen revisits the VMware Workspace Suite announcement from yesterday, drawing a comparison between vCloud Suite for SDDC and the Workspace Suite for EUC. The hardware specification for EVO:RAIL is a 2U, four-node enclosure (think Dell C6100 or similar hardware form factor). Fathi paints containers as “having been around for years,” including pointing to a feature in Windows Data Center Server 15 years ago.

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