vCloud Director 1.5 Pilot for UK HE

In another blog post, I have written about the decisions and outlines about using vCloud Director 1.5 and vSphere 5 in a new pilot project for the University Modernisation Fund (UMF) on which I am working. The UMF project is a centrally funded multi-million pound project to provide shared services for the benefit of universities and colleges.

Read more about my blog post here: http://umfcloudpilot.eduserv.org.uk/entries/20351173-vmware-cloud-platform-proposed-solution

 

 

 

VMware vRAM Licensing Changes

Following lots of correspondance from users affected by the vRAM licensing model announced with vSphere 5 (including an 87 page communities posting), VMware have listened and responded by changing the model to make the licensing a more realistic proposition for licensed users. Highlights of the changes are:

  • vRAM has been capped at 96GB per VM, so VMs with the new 1TB maximum would no longer be mega-bucks!
  • vRAM entitlements have been increased across all licensing tiers.
  • Usage now calculated on 12 month average allocated vRAM, not high tide allocation mark, protecting users from short term usage spikes.
  • vRAM for the free ESXi hypervizor has been increased to 32GB, up from the previous 8GB.
Eric Siebert of vSphere-Land fame has an excellent detailed post on this: http://vsphere-land.com/news/vmware-has-a-change-of-heart-on-licensing.html

vSphere 5 Management Design Challenges

As the release of vSphere 5 comes closer, I’m reading and digesting information about the potential impacts of vSphere 5 and it’s enhancements over vSphere 4.

There is definately a shirt in direction for the platform with the last 2 major releases of Virtual Infrastructure – vSphere 4 and 5, in that the platform focus is going away from virtualization and the focus on the host hardware and hypervisors running the VMs to actually managing and maintaining the VMs in a highly available and scalable manner. This has been proven over the past release and continues into the new release with the new feature set announced with vSphere 5. Add this to the new products and streams of recent releases from VMware, and the direction is clear to see. Read more of this post

MacBook Running Hot?

Recently my faithful MacBook Black (2006 – 2GHz Core Duo) has started to get a little hot under the collar.

When I say hot under the collar, I really mean the underside of the chassis gets so hot that you can’t put it on your lap comfortably – even with jeans on! And what is hot? My processor is getting-up to 190 degrees plus….resulting in 6000+rpm processor fans and the spinning beachball of doom.

Time for a little investigation – hardware, software or both? Read more of this post

Apple iCloud Pricing Unleashed

On Monday, Apple released it’s new Apple iCloud service to beta and made it available to registered Apple Developers. The launchpad for the service is openly available for all to see, with logins restricted to those who part with their $99 for an iOS Developers subscription. Also released was more information on what subscribers will have to pay to upgrade the storage provision.

Apple announced in June that all iOS5 and Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) users will automatically get 5GB of storage in the iCloud as part of their service provision. For those who don’t think 5GB will cut it, users will be able to upgrade their storage by paying a tiered price:

  • 15GB for $20/year
  • 25GB for $49/year
  • 55GB for $100/year
For more information on iCloud Pricing, good article for 9to5Mac here. Read more of this post