Posts Tagged ‘VMWare’

Bypass Fibre Channel Switching for Small Storage Environments

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

If you’re in the process of designing a fibre based storage application, you might want to check this article out …

There is nothing more frustrating than building out a solution only to determine that while the costs for servers and storage have been accommodated for, the switching costs have not. I personally think we are in a transition time where fibre channel still makes sense in some situations where 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 Gig-E) doesn’t quite make sense. For small installations, there is an opportunity to skip the fibre channel switch and connect the servers directly to the storage. This can even be possible in multiple node cluster configurations of two, three or more servers.


How 12 technology companies came up with their names

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Ever wonder where some of those eclectic high-tech corporate names came from?

Product names with technology can be created in the craftiest of ways it seems. Sometimes you look at the story behind the name of the company or product, and it makes quite a bit of sense. In other cases, it is the age old technology humor that may or may not translate well to others who don’t have the passion it takes to launch a company or product. I’ve collected a series of companies and the stories behind the names. I also created this collection in a gallery format.


Getting a bit more life out of legacy applications with VMWare ThinApp

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

These days, just about everybody is interested in squeezing a little bit more usefulness out of stuff that we already have …

Recently I was tasked with improving availability of a legacy application used by a few people in my organization. Simple enough, I thought, since most of the PCs in the environment are still running Windows XP and the application does run well. The problem isn’t that the application doesn’t run (yet) — it is that there isn’t a good way to quickly make it available.

Thinking about this problem, which I had previously tackled with Citrix Metaframe XP, got me to consider packaging the application into an MSI and pushing it out to the users with Group Policy. This was a great idea, until the application had other ideas. The biggest issue there was the settings within the application being pulled into the MSI correctly to ensure it would operate as needed.