Profile of Joe HernickIT Director
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Joe Hernick is in his seventh year as director of academic technology at Suffield Academy, where he teaches, sits on the Academic Committee, provides faculty training and is a general proponent of information literacy. He was formerly the director of IT and computer studies chair at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, and spent 10 years in the insurance industry as a director and program manager at CIGNA.
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I chatted up a group of IT pros running full tilt towards virtualization. They all seemed to have left their management hats at home... How 'bout you? We'd love to get your view on VM management.
Is Windows 7 with XP on its back going to be your next corporate desktop? How about XP-in-a-can, delivered, somehow, to the device of your choice?
I spend 80% of my work life in a 100% Mac shop. I've used VM solutions from Sun, VMware, and Parallels on Apple hardware for InformationWeek. We've been a Parallels shop at my day job 'cause, frankly, it was first out with desktop and server solutions. We're much happier with the latest rev of Desktop.
Long-time readers know that a Dell iSCSI array currently lies at the heart of our virt lab. Our December wishes came true when Dell updated us with not one, but two arrays just in time for the holidays.
Novell's Richard Whitehead is a pretty sharp guy. I tend to tout shiny new startups in the world of VMs; I'm a big fan of up-and-comers. I'm also an open source fan. Well. It is easy to forget that Novell is an open source shop and that PlateSpin offers pretty snazzy Swiss-army knife functionality for physical and virtual server management. Richard, bless his heart, won't let me forget.
A quick announcement out of Palo Alto this morning... VMware plans to bring the metaphor of virtualization to mobile handsets.
The world was a different place the last time we ran a full review of XenServer. In July 2007, we called XenSource's XenEnterprise 3.04 a virtual bargain, and suggested that it was rough around the edges but a viable ESX alternative for smaller shops. It's not so rough anymore. You might even say it has smooth edges.
Both companies exceeded expectations for the last quarter. Now... how to close '08 with a bang?
Last month I suggested future computing models would let employees pick their own machine with company funds, fetching a corporate desktop via some mix of VM tech. At Citrix, the future is now.
One side of my production shop is all-Mac. Or soon to be all-Mac hardware. Say what you will, we have our reasons. I've tooled around with Parallels server in the Virt Test Lab for IW; now I'm trying it with real end users.
Our Virtualization Lab VMware hosts were at 3.5 Update 2, while the ESX hosts in our Syracuse lab were still at a base 3.5 build. Guess who's in better shape this evening?
Traditional enterprise management tools are targeted, at, well, enterprises. Empirum from Matrix42 is looking to shake that model up, targeting shops with 500-5000 devices at a reasonable price point.
Not that you'd want to, but if you needed to... basic SSH clients are out for iPhone 2.0
After two years of collaboration with the XenSource/Citrix team, the latest version of Hyperic's HQ management suite enters Xen space.
Leopard Server now supported plus better HW utilization and Windows-to-Mac data sharing.
2Q08 VMware numbers announced. The good: international and service revenue are up. The not as good: the street is always looking for more.
Cocktail party. Polite conversation. National IT recruiter. Who has never heard of "virtualization."
I interviewed a VM-friendly CTO last week. His biggest issue? Not management, virt sprawl, or security concerns. His challenge is staying in compliance with OS and application licenses in a complex VMotion shop. Anyone else?
I'm not usually one to make public service announcements, but I can't wait to be a fly on the wall for this call...
A year ago my inbox vendor-clutter was all server, all the time, Now I get thirty new emails a week proclaiming some variation on the end of fat client computing. Should we all dump our MSFT shares and plan to run VMs off our iPhones in two years?
Parallels other VM product, Virtuozzo Containers, has been vetted on HP Integrity servers all the way up to the monster 64-processor Superdome, leveraging 128 Itanium cores, 2 TB of memory and 192 slots of I/O goodness. Parallels' viewpoint? Virtualization solutions can't be a "one-size-fits-all" approach. That's why the company offers Virtuozzo and the hypervisor-based Parallels Server.
Try Googling Virtual Security Professional You'll pull up one guy. One. Guess where he works? VirtSec vendor (and VMSafe partner) Catbird recognized the knowledge/skills gap and stepped up to the plate. They've minted a VSP cert and created a Virtual Security Professional program to spread the love through your local training vendor.
KVM, Kernel Virtual Machine, got wrapped into the Linux kernel 2.6.20 back in October, 2006. Now Red Hat is promoting KVM in Fedora. Should you care?
More than 1 million eval instances have hopefully worked out the kinks. Oh, and MS has been running a chunk of its main portal on VMs since early June. Did you notice?
Astute readers may have noticed many of my recent blog posts have touched on VM management. I've been doing research for InformationWeek Reports, investigating the state of vendor offerings, real-world experiences and new solutions to handle VM sprawl.
Want to try out desktop virtualization? Take a look at Sun's latest open source VirtualBox -- I bet it has a binary with your name on it.
Citrix has remade themselves as a virtualization vendor. Now they want to remake your data center as a 'delivery center.'
This is good news for multihypervisor shops. Microsoft pushed out the beta of VMM today, which includes management support of VMWare.
Vizioncore announced availability today of vCharter Pro as an enterprise-class performance monitoring and management solution for ESX shops.
As much as I want you all reading my stuff, there are a many other folks writing some great content and analysis on the VM front. Here are some of the writers I try to keep up with.
Pano Logic's virtual desktop solution (VDS) is getting a major rev update to 2.0, picks up WAN, wireless and USB support for its tiny, shiny VDI solution.
The biggest news out of ManageFusion so far? Symantec bought AppStream last night and is rolling 'em into the newly formed "EndPoint Virtualization Group."
A follow-up with VMware on the company's new Lifecycle Manager add-on for ESX.
Happy Monday -- I'm catching a plane out to the Altiris ManageFusion conference in Vegas.
We all know how it starts. You said, 'sure, just this once.' Someone said, 'psst, buddy, try this out.'
Virtual Center can support 200 hosts and 2,000 VMs. VMware's new Lifecycle Manager offers hope to automate and track those thousands of containers...
I wrote on Sun's VDI upgrade earlier this month. Charlie Babcock interviewed Jeff Harvey from Cincinnati Bell on his company's VDI deployment for our 3/31 issue.
Should we call this stage two of adoption for virtualization? Am I jumping too soon with my '1x1 makes sense' pitch?
VMware's Bangalore engineering office to grow to 1,000+ in two years. Add in 200 or so other sales and support employees, 160 channel partners, university partnerships and many customers across India to look at the big picture.
Ubuntu's JeOS (say 'juice' if you must) weighs in at 151 MB. Want to roll your own VMware mini-appliance? This is a pretty good place to start.
Every P2V business case is about cost savings, right? You know the pitch; consolidation will set you (and your budget) free. PR firms are even touting virtualization as the saving grace for budget woes in the coming Dark Age, er, Recession. What if I told you folks up and down the food chain are looking at VM'ing to resolve server-build hassles and a list of other operational woes? What if I said those same folks are expecting costs to be neutral, or higher for P2V, but their
Who else wants Mike's job? He gets to hang out at Intel predicting the future of computing.
Sun's rapid move to v2.0 brings a new Virtual Desktop Connector hoping to serve as a "universal translator" for many-to-any desktop delivery.
I spoke with Kidaro CEO Kevin Brown for about 90 seconds yesterday afternoon; the conversation was cut short because of an emergency conflict on my end. Kevin and I hope to reconnect via phone next week while he is in Israel. I suspect he & his will be a bit busy for the foreseeable future, what with that recent Microsoft acquisition.
I've been digging into I/O virtualization lately and ended up speaking with some folks who want to virtualize everything. Everything. Data I/O. Network. Entire physical servers. Liquid Computing is hoping to be the next major disruption in the force.
I've spent the better part of the last week reconfiguring gear in the virtualization test lab, getting reacquainted with specs and idiosyncrasies. We have a variety of servers connected to a Dell (EqualLogic) iSCSI SAN. Half of our HP servers and one Xserve also have 2 Gb Fibre Channel HBAs, unused since we lost our FC SAN. Remember when those 2 Gb connections seemed zippy? 4 Gb HBAs have been on the market for a couple years and a number of recent 8 Gb FC solutions are being touted as a remedy
Novell's Richard Whitehead and I sat down to a lively discussion on the trials and tribulations of VM management. Whitehead was good enough to remind me of Novell's open source chops on SUSE and Xen...
I missed Intel's 10GbE and IOV news. Read on for why you shouldn't make the same mistake.
Overheard in an Apple Store today: 'Parallels... made by VMware; Boot Camp, like, way better for running Windows.'
So you liked trekking to Cannes for VMworld? Pony up for autumn in the U.K. to attend the vendor-independent "Virtualization Congress."
VMworld Europe offered a bunch o' news. VMware and others come out strong on systems management and security tools. I guess they have been listening to their customers.
I spoke with Stonesoft on Wednesday regarding the company's new security solutions for VMware. Intrahost protection, anyone?
A death notice was posted to one of my blogs last week. I'm guessing it was someone with a personal grudge. Turns out Reflex Security is alive and well.
An Indy-based independent consultant I know turned me on to Stoneware, makers of a webOS, not the heavy stuff your mother-in-law collects. Will it break into the desktop virt market?
I had a very informal chat with a buddy of mine about service management. And virtualization. Of course. Many TLAs were used.
The party invites keep rolling in for product announcements in Cannes. Where, sadly I won't be for VMworld Europe 2008. But I have received a number of goodies, offers ,and handouts here in the States.
I was weighing topic posts tonight, and Xen won out over VMware. Will this be a trend in the market? Demo v4.1 and see for yourself.
Just how much CO2 is offset by virtualizing your servers? Oriel, an Aussie VMware partner, offers a calculator that explicitly shows the benefit to the planet for P-to-V conversions.
I spoke with VMware last week about its recent channel initiatives. The company is listening to its partners, broadening incentives worldwide to crank up sales.
Last fall CA hit up IT management at shops earning $250M+ revenue to check the pulse of virtualization. 300 professionals from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia and Korea replied. They're sharing the goods.
VMware and Citrix have been stepping on each other's toes. A bunch. Will they meet somewhere in the middle, or are they shooting for winner takes all?
I'm attending a symposium on Fair Use at Columbia Law today. Here's a 'rights' angle to consider for VMs while I listen to a eight hours of lawyer-talk.
I just got back from a short-term consulting gig in the mid-Atlantic region. The local IT team had heard of virtualization. Maybe.
We've written about VKernel before; the young New Hampshire startup produces virtual appliances for VMware. It looks like the Nashua-based folks have something to be happy about after the Pats loss on Sunday - they've picked up $4.6M in VC funding.
VMware may be cold at the moment, but VCs are saying virtualization is still hot.
What started as a basic VM test has taken on a life of its own; it looks like we'll be walking the virtualization talk, pushing a VM host out near the edge of my production network. Wish me luck ...
Sentillion saw a business opportunity, talked to its customers, and mashed up a novel solution to a problem that already had a couple of "answers."
Today was one of those days that makes you wonder, 'just how may PR firms are working the virtualization sector?'
I spoke with Don Norbeck out of Wayne, Pa., this morning. He is director of product development for SunGard Availability Services, though a more appropriate title might be SunGard Virtualization Guru.
I'm not ready to drop $200 for an iSCSI initiator for the test lab. Aside from writing our own it looks like Atto Technology's Xtend SAN is the only game in town.
Leveraging the ESX experience of subsidiary Mosso, Rackspace is moving beyond 1x1 hosting solutions.
If you're a tech exec, is retention of top IT talent worth going to jail?
Alright, no actual transmutation occurs, but LeftHand Networks can help customers repurpose existing x86 storage into iSCSI SANs with its Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) for ESX.
VMware buys Thinstall and acquires services side of Foedus.
I've had a number of recent requests for additional virtualization sites and resources. While I'm reluctant to admit that one might need to look outside of Network Computing or InformationWeek, I'm including some of my favorite bloggers and vendor sites on the topic. Feel free to fire up your favorite RSS reader (as long as you subscribe to NWC.com's feed first!) Enjoy.
Mac admins rejoice. Others may want to read, too. Trust me.