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 Joe Hernick

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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.

Articles by Joe Hernick

VM Management For Fun And Profit

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.

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Desktop Deliveries

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?

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Living With Parallels On Desktop, Server And iPhone

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.

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450 LBS Of Love From EqualLogic

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.

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PlateSpin Spins Up

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.

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VM'ing Phones?

A quick announcement out of Palo Alto this morning... VMware plans to bring the metaphor of virtualization to mobile handsets.

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XenServer 5.0 In The Lab

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.

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Citrix Tries BYOC

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.

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V to V'ing With Parallels

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.

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VM Management For The Masses

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.

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VMware 2Q Numbers

2Q08 VMware numbers announced. The good: international and service revenue are up. The not as good: the street is always looking for more.

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SW Licensing Woes In VMland

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?

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Death Of The Desktop?

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?

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Parallels Partners With HP, Goes To The Superdome

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.

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Any Certified Virtual Security Professionals Out There?

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.

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Shameless Self-Promotion

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.

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Other Voices

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.

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Symantec Buying AppStream

The biggest news out of ManageFusion so far? Symantec bought AppStream last night and is rolling 'em into the newly formed "EndPoint Virtualization Group."

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VM Sprawl?

We all know how it starts. You said, 'sure, just this once.' Someone said, 'psst, buddy, try this out.'

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Cradle To Grave, Baby

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...

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Cinci Bell Goes Thin With Sun

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.

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VMware To Double R&D Presence In India

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.

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Rethink The Business Case?

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

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Liquid Computing Wants To Virtualize Everything

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.

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8 Gb FC, Qlogic, HP, And VM I/O

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

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Novell On Virtualization

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...

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October In London?

So you liked trekking to Cannes for VMworld? Pony up for autumn in the U.K. to attend the vendor-independent "Virtualization Congress."

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VMworld Wrap

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.

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Does WebOS = Virtualization?

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?

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No Free Lunch

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.

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VMware Working The Channel

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.

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CA Surveys 300 IT Execs

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.

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No Detente In Sight

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?

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An Obscure Concern

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.

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VKernel Gets a Little VC Love, Too

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.

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VMs On The Edge

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 ...

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No iSCSI Love From Apple

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.

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Virtualization Blogging For Fun And Profit

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's feed first!) Enjoy.

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