Its been two months since my HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8 arrived and I’ve had an opportunity to run it in a couple different configurations. Out of the box, Windows Server Essentials 2012 came pre-installed on my eval unit and on first boot, configuration kicked off to setup and configure an Active Directory domain and setup […]
When I unboxed my MicroServer several weeks ago, I was surprised to find an unexpected second box inside. The surprise turns out to be an HP PS1810 8-port gigabit switch to compliment my Proliant MicroServer. The PS1810-8G is specifically manufactured to sit perfectly on top of the Proliant MicroServer Gen8. Its the epitome of “made for […]
This week kicks off the first two of seven opportunities to win your own HP Microserver and an HP PS1810-8G. Over the next month, seven different bloggers and sites will be giving away a combination HP Microserver and companion switch. I have been blogging about the pair of HP products for the last several weeks. I’ll […]
Almost two weeks ago now, VMware unwrapped vSphere 5.5 to the public. The release, which ships later this year, includes a lot of enhancements and some new features for the datacenter. I won’t lie – 5.5 has a lot more in it for the datacenter than 5.1 enhancements. And I left VMworld 2013 much more […]
Like most things, IT concepts tend to be cyclical. Many years ago, Windows and Linux on x86 hardware changed the course of purpose-built solutions, moving customers to what became industry standard servers. Before them, customers bought proprietary hardware with proprietary storage and proprietary software. Now, the complexities of deploying industry standard servers are moving customers back to […]
I’m on the ground now in San Francisco for VMworld 2012. This will be an extremely busy week packed with sessions, meetings, keynotes and social meet-ups. This year seems a little different already than years past that I have attended. There is a lot less official pre-event news but a lot more rumors and speculation. That […]
This week, we shine the spotlight on network convergence and management in the FlexNetwork portfolio, specifically the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules and the Intelligent Management Control (IMC) software. Networking is generally not my forte, so some of this is a stretch for me, but I use and understand Virtual Connect. FlexFabric is an implementation […]
So, one particularly interesting session I attended was TA2275, which basically involved the speaker, a crystal ball and the future of Virtual Networking in ESX. The content was set into two parts – what we can expect in the immediate future and then some speculation about where things are probably going for the future.