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Clojure, Ruby, Scala, and Go: When to Use Which?

March 11th, 2010 No comments

Just came back from a SDForum meeting organized by its emerging technology SIG. The topic was about the 4 languages in the title. It’s not much about any emerging technology per se, but pretty controversial among the developers.

The organizers invited four panelists and one moderator:

  • Clojure advocate – Amit Rathore, author of the forthcoming “Clojure In Action”
  • Go advocate – Robert Griesemer, Google, co-author of Go
  • Scala advocate – David Pollak, lead author of Lift
  • Ruby advocate – Evan Phoenix, lead developer of Rubinius, a high performance Ruby VM
  • Moderator – Steve Mezak, co-chair of the SDForum Software Architecture and Modeling SIG, author of Software without Borders

Each of the panelists had 10 minutes of introduction of the language in the first part. Then, they all answered questions ranging from language strength/weakness, library/tool/IDE support, application framework, advice on migrating existing codebase, to how these languages compare to each other.

Here are introductions from the languages’ homepages. See if you can map them to the languages.

Attention Java Developers: Spring on VMware Promotion

March 10th, 2010 No comments

VMware announced today “Spring on VMware” promotion in which you may get free licenses of the tc Server in a news release.

To help you get started, VMware is pleased to announce the “Spring on VMware Promotion”. Under this promotion, all customer orders fulfilled  between March 8th 2010 and May 8th 2010 that include products (license only) from the vSphere, vCenter, View or ThinApp product family will receive 2 perpetual, production-use CPU licenses of tc Server Spring Edition 2.0 and 60 days of Evaluation Support for SpringSource (collectively referred to as the “Spring on VMware Bundle”).

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VMwareExpress Truck: First Hand Experience

March 8th, 2010 No comments

VMwareExpress truck came to VMware headquarter before noon today, parking between the gym and office buildings. I went to check it out this afternoon, also enjoyed ice cream in front of the truck.

The following is a picture of the truck. I could use others, but think this one is better because it has the cloud as background. :-)

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Building Trusted Datacenters in the Cloud

March 6th, 2010 No comments

RSA just had its annual conference at San Francisco this past week. Intel, VMware and RSA demoed how to build up layers of trust in data centers in the conference.

A New Member Joined vCloud Initiative For Cloud Computing

February 20th, 2010 No comments

newScale recently announced it would support VMware vCloud API in a press release.

San Mateo, Calif. February 17, 2010 – newScale®, Inc., pioneers of the self-service IT storefront for the enterprise, today announced it will support the VMware vCloud API, a key component of the VMware vCloud initiative. Enterprises and service providers integrating with the VMware vCloud API can now use the newScale FrontOfficeTM Suite to effectively manage and control self-service requests for cloud resources as well as their physical and virtual environments. 

This announcement underscores newScale’s continuing commitment to supporting multi-vendor, cross-platform data center and cloud infrastructures. The newScale FrontOffice Suite –  a complete set of Service Catalog solutions for managing IT services from cradle to grave –  integrates with VMware vSphereTM 4 and VMware vCenterTM Server. newScale is also a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. By leveraging the VMware vCloud API, newScale demonstrates its ongoing support for a wide range of virtualization and cloud infrastructures, giving newScale customers maximum flexibility, efficiency, and agility in their data center deployments.

VMware PEX 2010 – Day Three

February 12th, 2010 3 comments

I know I haven’t written the day three of my PEX yet. You know there was a celebration party at that night and we had a really good time there. Now I’m back and have more time to write about day three.

CTO Steve Herrod’s Keynote

This is the most important part of day three, followed by the celebration party:-). If you are interested in knowing what is happening in VMware R&D and what new products are coming from VMware, you don’t want to miss a single minute of Steve’s keynote. That is why I got there early and sat in the front.

VMware PEX 2010 – Day Four

February 11th, 2010 No comments

After my presentation yesterday, I had more time on the break-out sessions and self paced lab today.

Accelerate Your Services With VMware Services Automation Tools

This session is by Budianto Bong, VMware Sr. Product Manager. He demoed three tools from VMware PSO that help consulting partners: Migration Manager, Desktop Reference Architecture Workload Simulator, and HealthAnalyzer. The first one is not the P2V converter, but a management tool that tracks, manages, and reports large scale migration projects.

Using the VMware vSphere PowerCLI for Automated Installation And Configuration of ESXi and vCenter for ISV Partners

This is a joint presentation by VMware TAM Ken Brady, and CareFusion network engineer Fisk Shogren. Ken introduced the basics of PowerCLI and VMware TAP programs. Fish showed off his PowerShell code that is used to set up the environment, which took 2 days, if lucky, of manual work before. It’s a great example on how much you can get by automating vSphere API, particularly with PowerCLI. I handed over my business card so that Fisk can show more of his code later.

Getting Stoned With “Project Onyx

VMware PEX 2010 – Day Two

February 10th, 2010 No comments

The day started with the keynote by Carl with lots of coverages on cloud computing and what that means for VMware partners. Backed by virtualization, cloud computing brings in efficiency, agility and freedom of choice to the cloud adopters. It’s interesting to see that even CostcoConnection has an article about “computing in the cloud.”

After the keynote, I went to the self paced lab and then the Exhibit Hall. That is the most fun part for me to be in a VMware conference. I can see how our partners use our technologies and product, how they use our SDKs/APIs, what more they want from us in terms of partner enablement. You don’t normally see so many demos in time and have deep conversations face to face.

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VMware PEX 2010 – Reception Party

February 9th, 2010 No comments

After posting my last blog yesterday, I went on to the reception party. Besides good food, I had opportunities to talk to several companies with cool technologies and services.

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VMware PEX 2010 Kicks Off Today In The Cloudy Las Vegas

February 8th, 2010 No comments

Today is the first day of VMware Partner Exchange. According to a company news,

VMware Partner Exchange 2010 Kicks Off With Record-breaking 2,600+ Attendees, 55 Sponsors and 45 Countries Represented

Third Annual Event Grows More than 60 Percent Year over Year; VMware Continues to Invest in Solution Competencies, Partner University and Education to Help Partners Deliver Virtualization Solutions to Customers on the Journey to Cloud Computing

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Can You Express Your Love With VMware For Valentine’s Day?

February 7th, 2010 No comments

While reading my personal emails today, I also checked the spam folder. One email title caught my eyes instantly, “Express Your Love with A Domain Name.” That sounds like an interesting idea for techies.

Following the lead, I was thinking what VMware can offer to help you to express your love. Obviously VMware has done far more than expressing. According to our CTO Steve Herrod, VMware VMotion had saved 74 marriages by the time of his keynote at VMworld 2009 (32’35”). I bet the number is even more today.

With that statistical in mind, one quick solution is the VMotion and DRS which balance the computing workload, also your work and life I suppose. It’s great but only for the system administrators who have access to vSphere and VMware Infrastructure. For other people, it’s not that practical.

Luckily, VMware is not only about business, but also about personal. Here are several ideas you can consider for this coming Valentine’s day:

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4 Ways to WIN $2,500 Prize With vSphere Java API

February 4th, 2010 3 comments

You may have read blogs from my colleagues Mike DiPetrillo, Duncan Epping about the VMware Script-O-Mania contest. The prizes are $2,500 (1st), $1,000 (2nd), and $500(3rd) respectively. The contest ends in March 15, 2010. So act quickly!

“Wait, how can I WIN the prizes?”

Well, first of all, you want to read carefully the criteria. Note that your script is for System Administrators with ESXi. So it could be for initial server set up, health monitoring, trouble shooting, reporting auditing, or anything else that is cool and creative. I suggest you talk to system administrators what REAL PAINS they have, and how they would like to fix the problems.

When you are clear what problems to solve, then let’s move on.

If you are already familiar with PowerCLI and RCLI, you should probably stick with them. You can get helps from VMware Developer Community.

If not, open source VI Java API can help you!

Here are 4 ways the API can do for you to win the $2,500:

Event: SF Cloud Computing Club Meetup on Mar 16

January 30th, 2010 No comments

Got an invitation email from my colleague Jame Watters who is the organizer of the SF Cloud Computing Club. This is the 4th of a very successful series of meet-ups for cloud professionals to network and brain storm new ideas.

I just registered the event, no nice portrait yet. If you are in bay area, it’s highly recommended.

What: SF Cloud Club Part 4: The great Cloud Connect Gathering! (By special request)
When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:00 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
How: http://www.meetup.com/SF-Cloud-Computing-Club/calendar/12455606/

How does LinkedIn.com do the search?

January 28th, 2010 No comments

Search has been a hot topic since Google successfully monetized it with advertising business model. Besides general Web content search like Google does, there are many other types of searches needed for other Internet companies.

LinkedIn.com, with which most of us have created profiles, offers search capabilities based criteria like keywords, names, location, industry, companies currently with and before, school, etc. Because what Linkedin.com has is well structured data, you and I expect it to do a better job than Web searches. In fact, it does.