Starwind named finalist for storage software of the year

This week StarWind Software announced that they were named as a finalist in the “Storage Software Product of the Year” category at the 2012 Storage, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing (SVC) Awards. These highly prestigious awards recognize the products, projects, and services as well as honor companies and teams operating in the cloud, virtualization, and storage fields.

StarWind was nominated for its highly available storage software, StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS, which Sander reviewed last month.

“We’re pleased and honored to be selected as a finalist in the 2012 Storage, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing Awards,” said Artem Berman, Chief Executive Officer of StarWind Software“We strive to deliver a high performance, reliable, and cost-effective storage solution that guarantees ultimate data protection, which is why this reward is a testament to StarWind’s achievements and commitment to innovation in the storage software field.”

The winners of the SCV Awards 2012 will be announced on November 22, 2012 at the Pullman St. Pancras (previously Novotel) in London.

Take a second to check out all of the categories and nominations and take your time to vote.

NEW Enterprise Hypervisor comparison

Two weeks ago VMware released the new version of their vSphere hypervisor, so it’s time to update our Enterprise Hypervisor comparison. It very impressive to see how quick VMware has reacted to the Hyper-V 3 announcements and has taken most of the wind out of the Microsoft sails.

I hope you find the new Enterprise Hypervisor comparison useful and feel free to contact us when you have feedback for us to improve the list.
The information on Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V features is very inconsistent, many different values out there.

In this version I added 10 new criteria. Many of these criteria should, in my opinion, be available in hypervisors suitable for enterprise environments.

You can find the new and improved Enterprise Hypervisor comparison here.

Last update: August 27th, 2013

Win a ticket to VMworld Barcelona

If you haven’t been able to convince you employer, wife or yourself to go to Barcelona and attend VMworld Europe 2012, this is your chance.

Veeam is giving away a free pass to VMworld 2012 in Barcelona which, as you know, will take place October 09-11. Just register yourself on the Veeam website and win a free pass to THE virtualization event of the year. See you in Barca!

Imtech ICT promoted to VMware Premier Partner

When we joined Imtech ICT two years ago, the VMware sales was disappointing and we where demoted from VMware Premier to Enterprise Partner. After one and a half years of hard work we managed to get back on top and today we received the message that Imtech ICT has been promoted to VMware Premier Partner!

This is great news as there are only 5 Premier Partners in the Netherlands, SLTN, PQR , Centric, CamIT and now Imtech ICT. This is a great reward of our hard work so VMware thank you very much for this acknowledgment.

For those of you who have never heard of the VMware Premier Partnership,VMware Premier Partners have made a commitment to invest in the VMware partnership through dedicated technical, sales and support resources, and have demonstrated this consistently over time.

VMware rewards Premier Partners with the highest level of enablement, support and rewards and they are authorized to sell the full VMwareproduct line. Taking a solution-oriented approach, Premier Partners engage in complex solution offerings and demonstrate high levels of skill.

Highlights from VMworld 2012 San Francisco

The new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. That technology was on display at VMworld San Francisco.

Today Veeam hosts a live webinar showing you the highlights from VMworld San Francisco 2012, including:

  • What’s new from VMware.
  • What’s new from Veeam.
  • What’s Next.

10 things you should know about Cisco UCS

Two years ago the HP Vice President for Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking, Randy Seidl, said the following:

A year from now the difference will be (Cisco) UCS (Unified Compute System) is dead and we have had phenomenal market share growth in the networking space.

Man, he must feel pretty stupid right now. In Q2 of 2012 Cisco realized a 22% market share in the blade server market in North America and a 15% market share worldwide. How’s that for being dead, mister Seidl?

I have sold Cisco UCS solutions for about 18 months now and Cisco has definitely made a good impression in the server market. But there are still a lot of people (customers, (former) colleagues, VMware enthusiasts) who have vaguely heard of Cisco UCS but don’t see the distinct differences with blade server solutions like those from HP, IBM, Dell or Fujitsu.

So I decided to sum up

10 things you should know about Cisco UCS


VMware vSphere 5.1 available NOW

At VMworld 2012 VMware announced the newest version of vSphere, version 5.1.
Today this new version is finally available! So, in DOLBY DIGITAL available NOW ;-)

You can download VMware vSphere 5.1 from the VMware download site.

If you’re wondering what’s new in vSphere 5.1, check out Alex’s article from August 27th.

One of the major changes is the disappearance of the vRAM limit for VMware vSphere 5.x.

Interview with Mattias Sundling about Dutch vGurus, Future of Cloud and Trends

VMworld 2012 San Francisco / Barcelona



During VMworld I had a nice fast paced interview with Mattias Sundling about why there are so many vGurus in the Netherlands, the future of Clouds, key takeaways from VMworld and IT trends in general.

AJ is getting married!

Today our good friend, colleague and fellow VMGuru-blogger AJ is getting married!

Last Saturday we had some last minute fun with AJ, watch the evidence in the movie below.

If you want to congratulate AJ you can do that using his FaceBook, twitter or e-mail.

To ensure an exploding Inbox we placed his contact information below. Let’s flood him with so he has something to do during his honeymoon ;-)

Anne Jan & Tineke, we wish you both a lot of happiness and joy on your wedding day and in the future!

Impressions of VMworld 2012 San Francisco – Thursday 30th

VMworld 2012 San Francisco / Barcelona



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