Hardware appliance dinosaurs

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Mitchell Ashley of Still Secure (disclosure: StillSecure Strata Guard virtual appliance available in Virtual Appliance Marketplace) lays out his view of the effects of commodization and Moore’s Law on the hardware part of hardware appliances. Why appliances are dinosaurs: Virtualization offers other capabilities interesting to networking and security – the ability to migrate and move Read more...

VMworld 2006 Conference Sessions

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Last week, we posted slides and audio from many of the sessions at VMworld 2006. This week we also added the lab manuals. I think it’s unusual to package up most of a conference and make it available on the web to everyone. We hope this content is useful whether you came to VMworld or Read more...

VMware Server on Windows

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Andrew Kutz has been writing some nice material about VMware Server at SearchServerVirtualization.com. His latest: VMware Server on Windows vs. VMware Server on Linux. On to happier topics. The biggest reason to host VMware Server on Windows is the host operating system’s manageability. When joined to an Active Directory, Windows can take advantage of centrally Read more...

New Red Hat virtual appliances: RHEL4, Application Stack with JBoss

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And speaking of long-awaited cool virtual appliances, check out the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 4 Update 4 and the Red Hat Application Stack, featuring Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Application Server with Tomcat, JBoss Hibernate, and a choice of open source databases: MySQL or PostgreSQL, and Apache Web Server. It’s a good time Read more...

Long-awaited Solaris Enterprise System virtual appliance now available

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First they open source Java, and now we get a Solaris 10 + Sun Enterprise System virtual machine. Somebody at Sun is definitely not getting coal in their stocking this year. VMware’s Andy Tucker writes: I’ve noted previously that one of the non-Sun distros of OpenSolaris (Nexenta) is available in a VM.  Now, Sun has Read more...