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daily link  Saturday, August 19, 2006

The future of appliances is virtual: Good summary of the advantages of virtual appliances: "Virtual appliances have some distinct advantages over traditional appliances and servers. So many, in fact, that the age of the traditional hardware appliance could be coming to an end. .. although hardware appliances are usually much easier to deploy and manage than traditional full function servers, they are wasteful when it comes to power consumption, heat output and space requirements.  Each appliance also needs cabling to networks and power outlets, and before you can use them, most also need you to connect a serial interface to them to assign an IP address. This last point may seem trivial, but finding a PC with a serial port and a copy of HyperTerminal thatís within a cableís length of a new appliance is not always easy.  Plus, [you may need] two appliances if you want a reasonable degree of fault tolerance.

In contrast, virtual appliances can be run on whatever hardware you see fit, ranging from a cheap single-socket desktop for appliances that you just want to evaluate, through to extremely fault-tolerant multiprocessor server hardware and SAN storage for a virtual appliance that you need to be constantly available."  And of course they have advantages for the vendor, allowing them to distribute easily-changed software rather than inventory and ship hardware.

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daily link  Friday, August 18, 2006

Parallels Compressor Server:  In addition to a virtualization engine for the Intel Mac, Parallels offers the Compressor, which "improves the performance of any Windows-powered Parallels, VMware and Microsoft virtual server or virtual workstation by reducing virtual hard disk size by 50% or more. .. Compatible with virtual servers built with Parallels Server (expected late 2006), VMware Server, VMware GSX Server, Microsoft Virtual Server.[or] Parallels Workstation 2.1, Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMware Workstation, and Microsoft Virtual PC." Two versions for sale, $50 and $180, with 15-day free trials.
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daily link  Monday, August 07, 2006

Let's get virtual:  How to convert an old, cheap PC into an iSCSI server (and use an dual Athlon white box for VMware ESX).
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Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Or other Debian Linux distros, including ones that don't run X.   Good reference.
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