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Amazon Web Services – VM Import

Amazon have announced the availability of a feature that allows vSphere virtual machines (as VMDKs) to be imported into AWS.  Today the feature is restricted to systems running Windows 2008 Server Sp2 but will be expanded in the future.  Now this concept sounds great but there’s a major drawback here – upload time.  A lot of my VMs are multi-gigabyte ... Read More »

Virtualization and Storage: Overview, Vendor Solutions

There’s no denying that virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V have revolutionized the way in which computing resources are deployed. Physical servers were usually under-utilized and took time and effort to deploy. These servers also consumed data center space, power and cooling. Virtualization reduced hardware costs, reduced the environmental requirements by saving on power and cooling and improved the ... Read More »

Compellent – The Inevitable Acquisition

Well, the announcement has been made and it’s official, Dell and Compellent are in talks over a “merger” which basically means Dell acquiring Compellent for around $27.50 per share.  The press release can be found here.  Even as recently as a couple of weeks ago, Compellent were denying acquisition rumours. Compellent’s share price has risen dramatically in the last couple ... Read More »

Storage Beers & vBeers – 2 December – Great Fun!

Here are a few pictures from last nights joint vBeers and StorageBeers in London. The weather was bad around London (although not too bad in London itself), so numbers were lower than could be expected.  We were joined by Steve Duplessie and Calvin Zito as they were both in London attending an HP event.  Hopefully we can be more regular ... Read More »

Microsoft Q&A Session: IP Expo 2010

Before IP Expo this year, I was invited to a Q&A session with Zane Adam, Microsoft General Manager for Azure.    I’ve not posted any video from the event (yet).  Fortunately Microsoft have saved me the effort and posted a few clips online.  Here’s one video with a few interesting questions. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzYOrG8YsxM[/youtube] Read More »

Is RAID Dead? No – Next Question

Portakabin Modular Construction I had a small discussion today with a few folks on Twitter that was a forerunner to a Wikibon “Peer Incite” discussion on whether RAID was still relevant or not (hence the title of this post).  It seems to me that perhaps the Wikibon discussion was a good way to introduce a “RAID beating” technology to the ... Read More »