RDA - Working for scale

We've been encouraged by the response to the announcement of RDA 1.0.  The number of visits, registrations and people downloading the free evaluation version of the product has been terrific. 

But we're not yet satisfied: We are particularly interested in finding organizations with sizable VI3 virtualized datacenters who would like to evaluate the datacenter analyzer.  The majority of our users have indicated that the number of ESX hosts under management by Virtual Center (or should I say vCenter ?) is 20 or less.  We'd like to find the installations with 40 or more ESX hosts under management. 

To that end, we're extending to three organizations with more than 40 ESX hosts in their datacenter, the opportunity to become a Replicate Technologies design partner.  In exchange for providing us with modest amount of feedback on your experience, design partners will receive one year's free subscription for the full compliment of servers in the datacenter.  If you're interested, give us a call or use the sales inquiry submission form here.


Duncan Epping on RDA 1.0

We continue to be delighted with the reactions to the Replicate Technologies Data Center Analyzer.  Duncan Epping of Yellow Bricks (and a tireless twitter citizen -- twitizen ??) has done us proud with the write-up of his experience with RDA. 

The best parts of this are two-fold: his recognition of the attention we've given to usability in all aspects of the product and his thoughtful inclusion of aspects that would enhance and improve the RDA in the future.  We can't ask for more than that!  Thanks, Duncan.

Replicate Technologies Datacenter Analyzer » Yellow Bricks

About a week ago Eric Sloof wrote about Datacenter Analyzer (RDA) by a company called Replicate Technologies. I think his blog title is a great caption of the product “RDA Rocks”. It does indeed.

The one thing that really stands out is the simplicity of implementing the product, their website claims 30 minutes and that’s exactly what it took me. (Could have been faster if I had a decent testing kit.) You just download the two virtual appliances and import them into your environment. One appliance (the probe) needs to be converted to a template and the other one just needs to be started up. ...


AWS Cloudfront

At Amazon Web Services, the folks in the back room have kept their thinking caps on.  I found the announcement of Amazon CloudFront in my mailbox this morning and (even before coffee) thought: "Wow... That makes perfect sense for an IaaS provider like Amazon."  Nicely done.

Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is a web service for content delivery. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.

Amazon CloudFront delivers your content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your objects are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. Amazon CloudFront works seamlessly with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) which durably stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services, there are no contracts or monthly commitments for using Amazon CloudFront – you pay only for as much or as little content as you actually deliver through the service.


Chris Wolf Throws Down the Gauntlet

Chris Wolf of Burton Group is another voice in the group that calls for standards with respect to virtualizion's impact on security and compliance audit.  He restates the call from auditors looking for guidance, and a (typical ?) response from the vendor community to the effect: It's not my job.

So, he's much happier now that VMware has apparently made it their concern.

VMware Launches Site for Security and Compliance Auditors at

I’m once again going to repeat my request to you - please get serious about providing guidelines and clarity for security auditors. They want your help. Without it, some will inevitably revert to enforcing full physical isolation within their organization’s virtual infrastructure, something which reduces consolidation density and undermines your TCO arguments. What do you say? If you’re serious about being a production-class virtualization platform, you need to publicly demonstrate how you are serious about security and compliance. The ball’s in your court.


VMware Gets Busy with PCI-DSS

Another interesting addition to the conversation regarding virtualization and PCI-DSS.  VMware has joined PCI, and we'll now see how they can improve the situation ...hopefully.

VMware makes the case for PCI DSS compliance

...Today, with a nod to millions of merchants worldwide that accept credit card payments, VMware Inc. announced that it has joined the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to incorporate awareness of virtualization into forthcoming versions of PCI regulations.

The company has also launched the VMware Compliance Center, a website dedicated to educating merchants and auditors about compliance in a virtualized environments, and the resource includes links to relevant white papers and webcasts.  ...