Product Review : vKernel Chargeback

Recently my employer found the need to assess virtual machine utilization, to be used for FY10 budget planning.  So, I started my search for the best product to do just that.

As you may have read, I’ve already reviewed Vizioncore’s vFoglight – which is a real nice product and extremely flexible…but, as some may have already seen or heard, it is extremely bloated and put a 2 vCPU/4GB Virtual Machine to its knees. (Also, it does not have a Chargeback feature..which is surprising since the older versions of vCharter did) …So, this is where vKernel’s product line comes in.

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Created on November 25, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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NetApp Customer Success Story

I was recently interviewed by NetApp for a Customer Success Story, it was in regards to server virtualization and utilizing NetApp storage.  This success story was recently released by NetApp and can be found online by clicking here.


Created on November 25, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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Virtualize your SAP Environment with NetApp and VMware

I recently did a TechTalk session with NetApp and VMware on Virtualizing your SAP Environments.  If you are running SAP or thinking about deploying SAP, I strongly suggest you check out this session as it has valuable information from NetApp, VMware and also a customers perspective on Virtualizing SAP.

NetApp TechTalk – Virtualize your SAP Environment with NetApp and VMware >> LISTEN NOW


Created on November 19, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Conferences, NetApp, VMware.

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Speaking at NetApp/VMware Event

I’ll be giving a customer example presentation at the San Diego Go Green event which is put on by NetApp and VMware.  If your new to virtualization, or would like to learn more about NetApp, I strongly suggest you sign-up and attend one of these briefings.  You will also get a nice free lunch!   The San Diego event is at Morton’s Steakhouse, so the food will definitely be good!

You can signup at this website; NetApp Go Green Event

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Created on November 12, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Conferences, NetApp, VMware.

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Product Review : Sun xVM Server

Just like everyone else, Sun has joined the Virtualization marketplace. A couple weeks back I reviewed Sun VirtualBox which takes a stab at VMware Server with somewhat of a success (simply because its fast and runs on virtually any operating system (Mac included)). This round I will discuss their bare-metal stage 1 hypervisor, xVM Server.

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Created on November 12, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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Product Review : Sun VirtualBox

I never was really interested in Sun VirtualBox until I went to a Product Roadshow put on by Sun Microsystems about 2 weeks ago. As soon as I returned to my office I immediately download VirtualBox to see what all the hype was about.

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Created on November 2, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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Product Review : Vizioncore vFoglight

I’ve been using a demo version of vFoglight for about 2 weeks now and I am overwhelmed with how much this product can do.  The installation is extremely straight forward, this product is based on Quest Software’s Foglight Application and Service Management software.  Basically you have three components, the actual Foglight software and the VMware Collector and Connector.  Long story short, this piece of software is most likely all you would ever need for complete monitoring, reporting and alerting of your VMware Infrastructure, the downside is that you would most likely need a team of server administrators and trained professionals to get it all configured and running to meet your needs.

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Created on October 30, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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NetApp Accelerate Cancelled

Sad to hear that NetApp Accelerate has been canceled.  You can definitely tell our economy isn’t doing too good when conferences like these are canceled. You can read the official NetApp statement on the cancellation on their website.


Created on October 29, 2008 by Rick Scherer

Posted under Accelerate, Conferences, NetApp.

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Product Reviews Coming Soon

It has been a few days since I’ve blogged, I apologize for not devoting as much time this week as I should have. But, on a lighter note, I do plan on writing up a few product reviews this weekend.

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Created on October 28, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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GoToAssist Express

Its not often that I talk about non virtualized things, but a recent run-in with this new piece of software created by Citrix has me delighted. Most tech heads know that your typically the first line of support for your friends and families desktop repair needs, with this being said its typically a nightmare providing phone support for non-techie people without getting frustrated and pulling your own hair out, or even worse yelling at the person.

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Created on October 22, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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