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BlueStripe Releases FactFinder 1.1

BlueStripe Software has released version 1.1 of its flagship product, FactFinder. Readers may recall that I met with BlueStripe back during the VMworld 2008 timeframe, and I’ve spoken with them on a number of occasions at other times as well.

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VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3 is Available

I’m sure most everyone already knows from some other source, but just in case you hadn’t already heard: VMware has made available for download VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3. The link to download and the Release Notes are available here. Enjoy!

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Where is Bluebear Going with Kodiak?

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I broke the news on Kodiak, but since my first post on Kodiak back in August, Bluebear has seen quite a bit of coverage around the Internet. Fellow virtualization blogger Duncan Epping of Yellow Bricks has discussed Kodiak a number of times (here are only a few):

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Need a Favor

Any readers from Australia or New Zealand? If so—and you have a few minutes to spare—please contact me (see the About page). My wife and I are thinking of a trip there and could use some advice. Many thanks!

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Virtualization Short Take #21

Virtualization Short Take #21 is a collection of press releases, news announcements, and other links that have been collecting in my inbox over the past couple of weeks.

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P2V With IBM Blades

A colleague and a customer passed me some information late last week about performing physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions on with blades in an IBM blade chassis. (This was with an older BladeCenter chassis, not the BladeCenter H chassis.)

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NetApp Adds Deduplication to Their VTL

I’m sure that others have already picked this up, but I thought it was worth mentioning that NetApp has added deduplication functionality to their virtual tape library (VTL) product line. The official press release was published on October 28, 2008:

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A Couple More Articles Published

So a couple more articles I wrote have been published by SearchVMware.com:

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The Adventures of OmniFocus Bonjour Sync

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I use and enjoy OmniFocus, a GTD application from the fine folks at OmniGroup. (Just for the record, I also use and enjoy OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner. Doesn’t that qualify me for a free license to OmniPlan?) In fact, one of the driving factors for purchasing my iPhone—aside from the fact that it’s cool and I wanted one—was the fact that OmniGroup also had an iPhone version of OmniFocus.

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Is Power the Key to Controlling the Cloud?

While the idea of “cloud computing” is, at best, a nebulous definition, most experts and pundits agree that cloud computing is based upon Internet-scale technologies that involve large data centers such as those built and managed by companies like Google and Microsoft. But is there a dark side to the trend towards larger and larger data centers?

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