Archive for September, 2006

Utility Computing – The Ultimate Example

Well how long have we been talking in the IT industry about Utility Computing, getting our computing abilities like water and electricity just out of the wall. Well the new chippc thin client really makes this possible. Computing straight out of the wall 🙂 You might not believe it, but I have seen it work my self, these new thin client are the size of a normal wallmount socket. It contains a Full thin client and depending on which model you buy it will support VGA or DVI. The last one will allow you even to hook two screens to it. It runs windows CE and allows all the normal kind of connections like RDP and ICA. The device gets its power over the Ethernet if you have switches that support this feature.

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You might think “what does this has to do with virtualization?”… haha, I was just wondering this my self 😉 I saw the device on the VMware Customer Symposium roadshow in europe and since now virtualization is used for Virtual Desktops, terminal server and thin client technologies are diving onto the virtualization train.

New Perl Library to easily program against VI3

Some folks at VMware have made a new library in perl that allows you to easily write your code in perl and talk to the VMware Infrastructure 3 software. The perl libary is open source and available on source forge. It is still in an ‘alpha’ release state, but some of the sample code that comes with it is really great. It really takes all the hassle away of doing soap programming yourself.

This is an example of querying all Windows Virtual Machines, look at how nice and short the code is 🙂

my $vm_views = Vim::find_entity_views(view_type => ‘VirtualMachine’,
filter => { ‘config.guestFullName’ => ‘.*Windows.*’ });

foreach (@$vm_views) {
print $_->name . “: ” . $_->config->guestFullName . “\n”;

The library has sample codes for discovery, VM and Host management and Performance queries.

You can find the library here: