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vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for vCloud Director

The vCenter Orchestrator team at VMware recently released a plug-in for vCloud Director. If you are not currently using Orchestrator, the product has come a long way since the 3.x days.

vCenter Orchestrator can be used to automate tons of taks in vCenter. The latest version also makes use of a feature rich client that can be used to easily automate workflows and common tasks. After using the latest version for some time now, I am quite impressed.

The latest plug-in for vCloud Director really expands the functionality of Orchestrator into your vCD environment.

More info on vCenter Orchestrator can be found here.

The vCenter Orchestrator Team Blog post on the plug-in can be found here.


VMware Awards iland Service Provider Partner of the Year – Americas for 2010

Houston, Texas - February 10, 2011 – iland™, a leading provider of VMware®-hosted, cloud computing infrastructure, was named VMware’s Service Provider Program Partner of the Year (VSPP) 2010 for Americas. iland accepted the award during VMware’s annual Partner Exchange at a special awards banquet last night. The award comes as recognition for the company’s thought-leadership in the virtualization space and its initiatives in the development of enterprise-class solutions. The VSPP award serves as a testament to the unique and collaborative relationship the two companies share as well as iland’s drive toward innovation and its accessibility to businesses of all sizes.

“We’re honored that iland has been recognized as VMware’s Service Provider Program Partner of the Year for Americas,” said Scott Sparvero, CEO and co-founder of iland. “We’re very excited that we’ve been able to leverage VMware’s vCloud Director and vCloud Connector products. Working closely with VMware has fostered significant progress in our technology development. We’re making an impact in new and exciting ways.”

Over the past year, VMware has worked closely with iland to develop affordable, automated solutions in the cloud hosting sphere. iland rose to the Premier VSP level in 2010 by developing leading-edge cloud hosting solutions for enterprise production, SaaS, desktop, and disaster recovery. iland provides an entire infrastructure solution including redundant, standby resources based on industry-leading VMware solutions in six high-availability cloud computing datacenters across North America and Europe. iland’s cloud infrastructure is delivered through high-availability datacenters and technology development.

iland has shown tremendous growth in recent years and is poised to continue this forward momentum.

“iland has been able to leverage VMware’s platform, and as a result, we’ve been able to provide redundancy and reliability to our customers,” said Scott Sparvero. “This kind of collaboration and the resulting innovative technology that ensues are the hallmarks of what we do. We’re igniting a firestorm within the industry and we’re looking forward to future collaboration with VMware in the weeks ahead.”

iland will be wrapping up the Partner Exchange event on Thursday, February 10 with presentations on various Cloud hosting topics. In “Cloud Forecast,” iland will demonstrate how a hybrid cloud deployment works through migrating production workloads to the iland public cloud from existing private VMware environments. In the presentation “Gold in the Clouds,” iland will speak on the different ways VMware partners can add value and capture new revenue streams through the use of iland’s cloud solutions.

About iland
iland Internet Solutions is a provider of hosted cloud infrastructure for production virtual servers and desktops, disaster recovery, and test and development computing environments with six Enterprise class datacenters in Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas and London.

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Using Keyspan USB Serial Adapter With Mac OSX

I have been getting a lot of questions about using USB serial adapters with my Mac. Although there are a lot out there, I usually recommend that people try the Keyspan USA-19HS. I have never had an issue with this adapter on OSX, as well as Windows.

I do recommend installing the driver that comes with the adapter, it will add a new device to OSX, /dev/tty.KeySerial1.

Once you install the driver, you can add the small AppleScript snippet to open a new terminal window and utilize screen. You can also compile this simple script and create a clickable application to launch your serial screen quickly.

Code below:

tell application "Terminal"
do script with command "screen /dev/tty.KeySerial1"
set number of rows of window 1 to 100
set number of columns of window 1 to 80
set background color of window 1 to "black"
set normal text color of window 1 to "green"
set custom title of window 1 to "SerialOut"
end tell

I must thank Mark Stewart for the info on this.