Scott’s Friday Virtualization (& Smartwatch) Round Up: 9/6/2013
It’s been a busy post-VMworld week! In case you missed it, here on VirtualizationSoftware.com David posted his VMworld day one, two and three/four summaries (including videos), in addition to Lauren’s VMworld attendee takeaways.
My Reading List for the Week of 9/6/2013
Here’s what made it to the top of my Instapaper reading list:
- Could VMware be considering bring back the much-sought VMTN subscription so that virtualization pros can more easily manage their labs?. The virtualization community has been years pushing VMware to bring back this resource, which provides low-cost lab licenses, allowing virtualization pros to strengthen their skill set with real products that don’t carry short expiration periods.
- VMware released vSphere 5.5 with a bunch of new features. Marco Broeken talks about his top 10 favorite features in this blog post at his site,vClouds.nl. While you’re there, read his post on some of the new vSphere 5.5 configuration maximums, too.
- In what is a boon to hyper-convergence, VMware released their VSAN tool into beta. Mike Laverick explains some of the ins and outs of this storage aggregation and acceleration tool and goes into technical depth to help virtualization pros understand how this storage service fits into the stack.
- On the desktop front, VMware also announced Fusion 6. MacRumors spills the beans and explains some of the important new features shipping with Fusion 6, including support for Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks and also the additional Fusion 6 Professional, which brings to the product some IT Pro-focused features, including linked clones, and virtual machine expiration.
- TechRepublic released a two part series on desktop virtualization. The primer helps reads gain an understanding for the benefits and drawbacks of this growing technology and offersinsight regarding the various ways to deploy.
- In more VDI love, TechTarget helped readers learn a bit about Dell vWorkspace. The latest vWorkspace brings to the product significant support for Hyper-V and Windows 8 and helps organizations streamline their VDI deployments.
- EMC announced its VNX2 lineup, with some major improvements. The new VNX lineup sports a new operating system, support for flash drives, and support for multicore CPUs. Storage is an integral part of the virtualization equation, so check out what’s new in VNX.
- Microsoft buys Nokia in what is thought to be a (brilliant/desperate/necessary/weird) move. So, Microsoft finally bought Nokia’s pertinent assets rather than continue a partnership. What was behind this move and is it good for either company?
Oh, & I Just Can’t Resist…
This week, Samsung jumped into what it hoped would be a red hot market for smart watches. If you’re not sure what a smart watch is, here’s the skinny: A smart watch is a watch that communicates with a user’s smart phone. It’s a wearable device and can tell a user when, for example, a call is coming in, an appointment is nearing, or a message arrives… kind of like your smartphone already does. But, as we all know, having to retrieve the smart phone to accomplish these tasks is onerous and extremely difficult. Now, instead of having to reach all the way into your pocket, you can just glance at your wrist… right after you turn the watch around because it got messed up on your wrist.
In honor of this momentous release from Samsung, I thought that I’d put together a few top use cases for those that might be considering a smart watch from Samsung.
#1. You Want a Stylish Accessory to Accompany Your Smartphone
Of course, this applies only if you have a Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, which, as of this writing is the only phone that works with the watch.
#2. You Need to Call Your Car Over to Save Your Life
You never know when you’re going to run into trouble. You might need to call your car over to come get you out of a jam… and fast!
#3. You Need to Beam Your Team off a Borg Ship Before They Kill You
A fairly common use case is to wear the watch higher up on the arm and use it as a portable power device to operate the transporter so that you can retrieve Captain Picard from a Borg ship by beaming your team back to a shuttlecraft.
#4. Communicate Without Anyone Knowing
Your smart watch makes it possible to avoid having to actually carry around a communicator when you need to keep a line open to your overlord and, better yet, no one even knows you have a channel open because the watch looks just like a normal part of your wardrobe!
If the wearer of the watch is vaporized, you can always just pick up the watch and use it yourself, too.
#5. You Need to Stay in Touch With Your Buddies
Let’s face it. Almost everyone has buddies. With your new smart watch, you can actually talk to them using just your watch! No more pesty texting while driving, trying to find them on Facebook, or sending them a direct message on Twitter. Now, you just up the antenna, switch on, push talk button and you broadcast from room to room and even house to house! No wires needed, yet voices travel back and forth. Remember, your smart watch is a real electronic instrument!