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Monday, June 23, 2008

Symantec VPM vs Sun xVM

Symantec last year really tried to enter the Server Provisioning and Data Center Management with it’s product of Veritas Provisioning Manager 5.x Since 2007 Symantec has really stalled on Unix software development and features. I mentioned this before when comparing Clustering software. It really seems that Symantec has lost it’s vision on what used to be Veritas’ core markets.

So Friday I had the opportunity to see Sun’s upgrade to their N1 product. The new Sun xVM Provisioning. Now xVM to Sun is a category of products including the recent buy of VirtualBox. For anyone who had to use N1 you will be amazed at where Sun has come. The demo I saw was the 1.1 version of the Product.

So in comparison xVM does almost everything VPM does. It does lack full drive imaging that VPM has. But in real life use we had issues with that VPM feature. For bare metal provisioning xVM supports software they give you for remote proxies that do DHCP, BOOTP, and all the other needs for remote network OS imaging. They also support direct IPMI for handling auto server reboots and remote firmware updates (which is a really nice feature).

xVM will also support LDOM’s and zone’s in 2.0 which VPM still won’t really support at all and doesn’t plan on it. It also had real issues with T1000 hardware and it’s mini-os. There is also alot riding on the new Knowledge base portion they plan to have in 2.0.

Overall both products do OS installs using Jumpstart but xVM does it a bit better. They will both push software and run custom scripts. Both will do rollbacks but in a very different way. I liked what I saw for compliance reporting by xVM but the ability to do file level system and image comparisons worked well in VPM.

Overall Sun showed off a really nice version 1 product that almost makes you forget how complicated N1 provisioning was. At the same time look how few updates or new features are coming from Symantec in an area that should be dynamic and constantly growing right now. A year ago Symantec said that the Datacenter was their big core market moving forward. Somehow we just haven’t seen this happen.

This is now the second Sun vs Symantec product look I have done. So am I just hating Symantec and loving on Sun ? I would say no. I think that like many large corporate buys Symantec bought Veritas for a core group of products and customers. It seems that Unix and Datacenter were not that core. Sun on the other hand is going into a second life of sorts on putting out good hardware and challenging the software market. Right now no one is really challenging them in this area. Remember at one point people declared Sun dead and was asking who would buy them.

D~

Caveat. The opinions above are my personal thoughts. I have used VPM 5.x and have seen a product demo of xVM 1.1 so I haven’t gotten as deep and dirty into xVM.

 

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Boycot Denon

:!::!: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I1X6PM
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Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable

Okay this tom foolery has got to stop and stop now. Denon is selling this cable for 500$. This is for a Cat 5 ethernet cable. First problem, this is for digital signals, the old 0 or 1. No analog sine waves or noise that true vinyl lovers need. All the sound comes over as digital data so it either works or doesn’t. Second and this one really hurts, it has Direction indicator so your music plays correctly.

This item is worth noting for the pure genius of some of the customer reviews. If you need a good laugh then read those. If you want to believe that we are truly doomed as a nation then please remember that some people have actually bought this product.

D~

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Nagios 3 Enterprise Network Monitoring Now Available

Amazon.com now has this book in stock and available (finally they have the cover image). Please use the link to the right if you would like to order wink

I am one of the co-author’s of this book and it is my first published item. Quite a learning process for me but something that I would like to do again. Overall working with the author team and with Syngress was a real pleasure and a true team effort.

Look inside for many of my well kept Nagios secrets and some of my insight on how a NOC really does work. If your interested my company provides contract consulting.

D~

Image from Amazon
Nagios 3 Enterprise Network Monitoring: Including Plug-Ins and Hardware Devices by Max Schubert, Derrick Bennett, Jonathan Gines, Andrew Hay, John Strand

We have been working with the publisher regarding the book being published before the website was updated. At this time there is a delay as Syngress’s website was recently stopped as their parent company Elsevier http://www.elsevierdirect.com/index.jsp is centralizing the websites.

Because of this the companion website and vmware image have not been placed online yet. This is something we are very concerned about and we are pushing the publisher as hard as we can to try and get this resolved.


*Update*
Until Syngress is able to bring the full companion site online they have given us permission to put the source files online. Please visit http://www.elsevierdirect.com/index.jsp is centralizing the websites.  Because of this the companion website and vmware image have not been placed online yet. This is something we are very concerned about and we are pushing the publisher as hard as we can to try and get this resolved.  *Update* Until Syngress is able to bring the full companion site online they have given us permission to put the source files online. Please visit http://www.semintelligent.com/nagios/book/ for all the source files seen in the book.  D~ ” title=“http://www.nagios3book.com/”>http://www.nagios3book.com/ for all the source files seen in the book.

D~

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