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I love virtual machines. They enable me to stretch my limited hardware by letting me run more than one operating system on a single computer. But my needs pale in comparision to those of quality assurance and testing teams. They have to test tens if not hundreds of configurations and setting up individual machines is expensive in terms of both time and hardware. For the software tester there's one invaluable tool, VMware Workstation 5, released in early April 2005, whose feature set development was driven mainly by customer requirements, according to VMware senior product manager Srinivas Krishnamurti. VMware is a highly effective virtual machine infrastructure for software and infrastructure testing environments. The company also has a server line that consolidates servers on Intel/AMD hardware. The VMware Workstation 5 beta program boasted over 230,000 downloads an... (more)

Nitix Linux Operating System - Debate Between Open Source and Microsoft

There is a new facet in the debate between open source and Microsoft, pitting the flexibility of open source against the tight integration of Microsoft technologies. One camp claims that integration is the key for ease-of-use and consequent cost-savings from reduced administration while the open source advocates are preaching the virtues of flexibility. Nitix OS, a Linux distribution made by Net Integration Technologies, may actually be able to assuage both camps. Nitix OS facilitates tight integration of network services made possible by the flexibility of Linux open source arc... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: The New Paradigm of IT Buying

With the U.S. economy and IT spending finally appearing to be making a comeback and China and India adopting IT faster than you can say symmetric multiprocessing, why am I predicting layoffs? I'm not predicting layoffs so much as a shift from vendors and service providers who don't support the integration of open source and commercial systems. You see, I lead somewhat of a sheltered life - I usually speak with people in the open source field, the IT professionals who drink the proverbial Kool-Aid. They already have IT plans that encompass open source operating systems, such as Li... (more)

Desktop Computing and Beyond

The year is 2015 and I am sitting at my desk typing on my "computer;" I interact with it through a holographic projection of a keyboard etched with blue-green lasers on my desktop and a whopping 42" wide image projected onto my office wall. The walls are painted with light-reactive paint enhanced by a phosphorus polymer from the Phillips Company, a once-leading supplier for now passé LCD monitors that used to crowd desks, along with a noisy PC tower. My current desktop environment is provided by my cell phone, as it is now my primary conduit to the world. I no longer need a wired ... (more)

Opscode, Turning Sysadmins into Superheroes

For the last few years I have had an interest in configuration management of IT infrastructure. While by no means an expert I have a considerable amount of experience with the problems associated with mass server configuration and have come to believe it also one of the most under-served disciplines in systems management. In a previous life I had an operations role maintaining primarily Linux servers and other open source infrastructure. In 2006 I worked on launching the open source NetDirector project, a graphical tool for configuring open source infrastructure like Apache, Sa... (more)