Dec 31

I hate those end of year lists, made especially tiresome this year being the end of the decade (which really doesn’t end until next year, but we won’t get into that).
Nevertheless, I will call your attention to this list where I reside at #26:
Ulitzer Names The World’s 30 Most Influential Virtualization Bloggers
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Dec 31

What do Virtualization and Cloud executives think about 2010? Find out in this VMblog.com series exclusive. DataCore Software’s CEO George Teixeira… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Dec 31

An article at Gamasutra provides some details on the hardware Mythic uses to power Warhammer Online, courtesy of Chief Technical Officer Matt Shaw and Online Technical Director Andrew Mann. Quoting: “At any given time, approximately 2,000 servers are in operation, supporting the gameplay in WAR. Matt Shaw commented, ‘What we call a server to the user, that main server is actually a cluster of a number of machines. Our Server Farm in Virginia, for example,’ Mann said, ‘has about 60 Dell Blade chassis running Warhammer Online — each hosting up to 16 servers. All in all, we have about 700 servers in operation at this location.’ … ‘We use blade architecture heavily for Warhammer Online,’ Mann noted. ‘Almost every server that we deploy is a blade system. We don’t use virtualization; our software is somewhat virtualized itself. We’ve always had the technology to run our game world across several pieces of hardware. It’s application-layer clustering at a process level. Virtualization wouldn’t gain us much because we already run very close to peak CPU usage on these systems.’ … The normalized server configuration — in use across all of the Mythic-managed facilities — features dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors running at 3 GHz with 8 GB of RAM.”

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Dec 30

AOL announced today that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) selected Engadget, as the Official Blog Partner of the 2010 International CES to be held January 7-10, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In tandem with the show, Engadget will launch new mobile applications for the BlackBerry and Palm webOS devices that will join the site’s just-released iPhone app. As part of the Official Blog Partnership, Engadget, which was recently voted as the blog of the decade as part of an AdweekMedia poll, will provide ongoing news coverage of the hottest products from more than 2,500 CES exhibitors at the 2010 International CES.

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Dec 30

OWASP AppSec DC 2009 had a compelling session that defined cloud taxonomies and the security implications associated with the cloud computing. Set of virtualized components that can be assembled to build a application. Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Opsource, and GoGrid are examples of IaaS where you can rent “virtual” hardware and software as a “pay-as-you-go” services. If you need 5 Linux servers running MySQL Database for 3 months, you’d subscribe to an IaaS provider and using their REST or Web service-based API (or command line if you’re too cool) to provision, de-provision and monitor your instance.

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Dec 30

Times of economic woe, such as we find ourselves in now, require organizations to think outside of the box in order to survive. This typically involves searching for new and creative ways to streamline business processes, reduce overhead and maintain sales despite decreased demand. However, more companies are realizing the potential of investing in new and emerging technologies as a tactical survival strategy than ever before. This begs the question of why?

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Dec 30

Join eWeek labs for this Up Close and Technical review of VMware Workstation 7. Find out why they believe it still maintains leader position for developer desktop virtualization and adds support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system along with Windows XP Mode and complete support for VMware’s data center infrastructure products including vSphere 4.
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Dec 30

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, data centers across the United States accounted for 1.5 percent of total US electricity demand in 2006 — equivalent to the annual electric consumption of the state of Florida — and have become one of the fastest growing users of energy. While the power consumed at these individual data centers may be small, the consumption in totality at EPA and other large organizations is significantly enormous. Even as much is written about greening data centers and as non-profit organizations like the Green Grid are striving to bring about a new improved way of approaching this data center energy crisis, there is not much initiative on the part of the data centers themselves. They are often found to be slack on basic essentials in measurement and tracking equipment.

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Dec 30

David Linthicum wrote an intriguing article titled “Cloud Computing will kill these three technologies” in which he writes obituaries for: i) design-time governance ii) older and smaller clouds iii) and Tier 2 enterprise software providers. Of these predictions, the one that resonates most is design-time governance.

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Dec 30

What do Virtualization and Cloud executives think about 2010? Find out in this VMblog.com series exclusive. Contributed Article by Patrick Kerpan,… Read more at VMblog.com.

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