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vmware esxi5 licensing thoughts v11.17.07.txt

At surface level it looks to set an expectation of two things for their hypervisor: an assumed amount of memory allocated to a VM, and the role of the VM (server or client based). Unfortunately they are basing this off of today's model.


Example:
Server role: paying $6990 per 96GB RAM sounds like 24-32 VMs per box (2cpu,4core)

Now when you have a (2cpu,12core) host with 192GB RAM, they lost an additional $6990 revenue and you gained 24-32 more VMs. The new licening model is a way for VMware to get that money back before the cores/RAM grow too quickly.  That is the smart move on their part to capitalize on Intel and AMD's progress.
Unfortunately, it stiffles innovation: ie allocating large RAM amounts to VMs for system cache (thinking Citrix PVS and other RAM caching software) that would dramatically reduce SAN IOPS. How thoughtful of them considering EMC is their parent company, since we all can agree that the most compelling reason to increase the RAM on a VM is to decrease th…

art of desktop and application virtualization v10.17.10.txt

Preparing for a presentation at the fall NCGLISA conference on desktop and application virtualization.  Topics will include include real world scenarios for implementing desktop virtualization for an entire organization and how to get there.  I am a bit disappointed that everyone is playing off VDI as a point-specific technology.  With the help of application virtualization and presentation virtualization you can form a strategy to centralize the full scope of your project.
This concept is akin to private cloud with other goals of be dynamic via scalibility and app agile.. well, as agile as you can get with Windows-based applications.
A key point to remember is that Windows is a multi-user operating system.  I think this valuable tidbit has been lost over time during the VDI hype cycle.  This should lead you to think that I am not a proponent of delivering XP, Vista, or Windows 7 VMs to users.. if so, you are right.. until I hear that the Windows operating system is no longer multi-us…

apple ipad yar with other thoughts v10.08.04.txt

Ok, so after looking at my predictions for the iPad, I guess it was just more wishful thinking than reality..

So, there was plently of room for a multi-color LED it was not included.  Seriously, how difficult would it be to put an LED in the bezel so you can tell if you have a new email when you flip open the case?  The background email checks with the little new email sound is nice, but with no customization I don't think it would be fun in a room with one or more iPads (think classroom)

The Citrix Receiver for the iPad and immediate followup with the Citrix 2.2 Receiver as a wireless mouse for the iPhone was timed perfectly for that thin client proving ground concept.  It works great, it takes all of 2 minutes to setup and really if as simple as your email client.

Thoughts for the industry, start using SRV records for services over the internet in a more simple approach.  Upon watching the iPad waiting to resolve where my ActiveSync service was located for Exchange, it prompted…

twitter zero following change predicted v10.31.01.txt

Not really anti-social here, but there is an inherent problem with twitter that will likely cause people to rethink their following lists.  The 0 following may reduce DM functionality but there are always tradeoffs and mentions are fine in a public timeline perspective.

30 minute follow-up, it would appear that the linkage is stronger if you protect your tweets..

apple 10-inch ipod slate pad err qualcomm tablet best guess v10.24.01.txt

Everyone gets a guess at this right?  It is brilliant that Apple can keep something like this from mainstream media so well.

My best guess without justifications:

- Qualcomm Mirasol 10" display to advance the ebook reader market
- Qualcomm Snapdragon single-core with 1-2GB RAM, 32-64GB NVRAM
- Qualcomm GOBI chip supporting over-the-air activation for AT&T and Verizon

- Based on iPhone OS 4.0 with code-signing and application approval through AppStore, not a full OSX.
- More initial applications that run backgrounded besides Safari and Mail.
- Push notification will be more robust.
- A multi-color LED indicator
- Limited theming (based on AppStore approved themes)

- Price: $599

- Time to jailbreak: 4-7 weeks from launch date by @geohot

yet another vmware zimbra take v10.18.01.txt

Yet another response to zimbra acquisition by vmware.. in this case, the catalyst was an article provided by Gestalt IT: http://gestaltit.com/all/tech/virtualization/rich/vmware-zimbra-vmail
First, no software application should be "optimized" for a specific hypervisor. Citrix claims this with XenApp and then doesn't openly publish what the optimizations are. Why do I want a hacked up hypervisor that can run specific applications faster than others? Imagine if RAM and Hard Drive manufacturers started making claims that Adobe Photoshop runs faster because of specific optimizations on the controllers provided by Crucial and Western Digital.
VMware's sudden diversity isn't really all that sudden, they've stagnated Thinstall's application a year ago while they were trying to break into the application virtualization market. While I would love to see the product mature, it appears to have back burnered it to launch VMware View without an effective way to …

adobe 9.3 remote code fix security categories v10.14.01.txt

After the upmteenth time of having to upgrade Adobe Acrobat Reader because of remote code exploits that we see everyday, I took a look under Edit - Preferences and noticed the "Security" and "Security (Enhanced)" tabs are visible in 9.2 and in 9.3. Although there are slight changes, just the fact of having a "security" category with an "advanced security" button and yet another "security (enhanced)" category it is time for some consolidation, or maybe not!


My suggestion, based on current industry practices and just to clarify would be to go with the following new categories:

Security (Bronze)
Security (Silver)
Security (Gold)
Security (Platinum)
Security (Titanium)
Security (Titanium Plus)
Security (No really, we mean it, we are just going to render PDF files, you'll be safe, really!)

Your own recommendation for the security flaw in 9.2 (APSA09-07) involves making a change under Edit -> Preferences category for the javascript blacklist…