Archive for July, 2012

Heading to VMworld? Are you a geek? Head to booth 1709!!!!!

No worry I am not selling you anyone’s products, but this is a chance you do not want to miss. Veeam is having an awesome competition on their VMworld booth!! A chance to win a DREEAM LAB!!!
- 2 HP ProLiant Servers with memory upgrades
- NETGEAR ReadyNAS storage system with SSD storage
- HP V1410-16G Ethernet switch
…and Microsoft, VMware and Veeam subscription for 1 year!

WOW.. I should be writing, DO NOT go to the VEEAM booth, because I want to win this price, and yes for sure I will be participating in it :-) I need a nice upgrade of my home server lab.

Way to go veeam!
http://go.veeam.com/vmworld-2012-win-dream-home-lab.html

2012 List of ways to go for FREE to VMworld

I guess it is time again to start building a list of ways to go for free to VMworld. Every year some vendors have competitions and give-aways for free tickets and even sometimes with free travel.

First to start this year is Veeam. Just by filling in a simple form you can participate in their raffle. It is ‘just’ for the ticket of VMworld, so travel and hotel you need to pay yourself. Competition ends April 18th!

Also VMware is having a competition. Create a video that shows how you are using VMware and you can win a free TRIP (flight plus hotel) to VMworld 2012.

 

THE LIST
Veeam free pass competition (ends August 9th, 2012, ticket only)

Closed:
Vkernel session voting competition (ends June 11th, ticket only)
Veeam free pass competition (ends April 18th 2012, Ticket Only)

Create a video for vmware (end April 30th 2012, FULL Trip and 2x Conference passes)

 

 

Keep checking this page as I will add any other competitions to this list

 

 

 

 

Network Acquisitions are hot :-)

Well well, what is going on in the virtualization landscape. I guess more compute virtualization challenges are solved, so it is up to the next challange, network virtualization. Today IP addresses really pose a big problem in creating an agile environment, as it represents both identity and location.

To help start solving some of these network challenges, VMware and Oracle both announced big acquisitions in the networking space.

VMware will acquire Nicira, who is specialized in software-defined networking. Oracle will acquire Xsigo, who as well is specialized in software-defined networking :-)

More about both deals:
VMware press release
Oracle press release

Is it a coincidence that both virtualization players are getting into software defined networking? Of course not, as I said, most problems around compute virtualization are solved today, while networking is still very much old-school. If we want environments where virtual machines can move from on-premise to off-premise, from one datacenter to another, if we do not want a 1000 cables sticking out of our highly consolidated servers, we need to get the networking on the virtualization bandwagon :-)

When both companies will integrate these solutions into their stack it will truely be a win for all their customers, who will gain a lot of networking flexibility because of it.

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