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VMWorld 2009  and many other VMWarevirtualisation topics are still rolling around in my head. So many ideas, so many paths… so many vendors calling me after the conference.

Some interesting tidbits of discussions included baremetal VMWare View clients. In response to portable thinclients like the WyseMobile Thinclient, VMWare wants to install its hypervisoron your hardware then install the VM workstation on top of that – checking in the deltas to a central server for management, backup, and business continuity.

VMWare View workstations with support for VoIP, presumably leveraging the PCoIP protocol learned from Teradici.

And this week after a 64GB memory upgrade on our virtual desktop environment, the talk of thinclients has risen to a roar. It looks like we’re going to be spending upwards of a half a million on workstation refresh this year – do we plunk down a core duo micro tower twenty five times a room or invest in a virtual desktop environment that’s infinitely easier to manage and much more mobile.

We’re also implementing a new NetAppSAN. The gear just arrived this afternoon – five pallets worth. It’s a thing of beauty, and it’s not even out of the box yet. Dual FAS3140 controllers, 28 x 450GB 15,000 RPM FiberChannel drives and 14 x 1TB 7200 RPM SATA drives.

We’ve already moved the LeftHand/MPC equipment to a temp rack  until we can migrate the data off of them.

It’s going to be a busy week.

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