Ken Hess

Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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How can meeting virtualization save the planet?

How can meeting virtualization save the planet?

I was speaking with Greg Scott, a former colleague from Digital Equipment Corporation, recently about his company InfraSupport. Although his business focuses more on network infrastructure, such as firewalls, virus protection and spam filtering, InfraSupport has started down an interesting path towards helping organizations virtualize meetings at a very low cost.

June 13, 2007 by in Virtualization

Evergrid releases its Cluster Availability Management Suite

Evergrid releases its Cluster Availability Management Suite

A press release came across my desk announcing Evergrid Cluster Availability Management Suite. Since information about this software has been up on the Evergrid Website for a while, I was working with the understanding that it was a released product when I published Evergrid - High Performance Computing in the Enterprise a short while ago.

June 10, 2007 by in Data Management

Conversation with Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic

Conversation with Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic

title Javier Soltero, CEO and co-founder of Hyperic, and I had a fast moving discussion about management of virtualized environments, management architectures, the history of modern computing and came to the conclusion that a well designed architecture offers people freedom to select the best of new technology without fearing that adopting that technology will force them to abandon years of investment in other technologies.

June 7, 2007 by in Virtualization

Evergrid -- High Performance Computing in the Enterprise

Evergrid -- High Performance Computing in the Enterprise

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with representatives of Evergrid, a company that focuses on how to apply high performance/grid computing techniques in enterprise computing environments. Since I've spoken to many companies attempting to deploy open source tools, such as Beowulf or Grid Engine, in commercial data centers, I was prepared to be very skeptical.

June 5, 2007 by in Developer

Breaking through the virtualization confusion

Breaking through the virtualization confusion

Many vendors have embraced the idea of helping organizations work with a logical view of computing resources rather than a physical view. Unfortunately, each has chosen a different layer or set of layers as their focus and yet, they still call their product “"virtualization.

May 30, 2007 by in Storage

InovaWave: Doubling VM performance?

InovaWave: Doubling VM performance?

InovaWave is offering an interesting, very focused product family, called DXtreme, aimed at optimizing the performance of that optimization of virtual machine performance on Microsoft's 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and VMware's ESX Server. The key benefits of this product family are that they can optimize and accelerate I/O.

May 29, 2007 by in Virtualization

Access virtualization and green computing

Access virtualization and green computing

As mentioned in my post titled, Virtualization and Green Computing, green computing the industry catch phrase for finding ways to make the most efficient use of computing resources. In this post, I'd like to look at access virtualization and the role it plays in green computing.

May 23, 2007 by in Virtualization

Application virtualization and green computing

Application virtualization and green computing

As mentioned in my post titled, Virtualization and Green Computing, green computing the industry catch phrase for finding ways to make the most efficient use of computing resources. In this post, I'd like to look at application virtualization and the role it plays in green computing.

May 22, 2007 by in Virtualization

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