Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Emerging Domain Engineering Technologies

As most of my blog readers know, I work fulltime in education. Specifically I work for a high school in Illinois here we support over 1,400 computer nodes every day. As our user base’s needs increase, so does the need for emerging technology. We suspect over the course of two years approx we will have to support over three or four thousand computers. Users are soon filling up wireless access points with download activity of youtube.com videos, pdf’s, files, web searches and etc for research.

Something I am learning rather quickly is that users need their data delivered to their ipads, iphones, android gadgets, tables & more flavors of what the regular desktop PC is now becoming. What if I told you that the desktop systems are becoming obselete? In 5 years from now can you picture yourself behind a huge CRT monitor or even a flat screen or LED monitor? Probably not, you will be behind an iPad or a tablet comprable device.

The current thought process is that you need a PC some where. A bulky desktop or a server somewhere in the back room making a ton of noise & draining electricity like no tomorrow. What I am here to tell you – is that you don’t. What you will really enjoy is that I am now aware of certain technologies available now to use and I guarantee it will help your domaining experience by 1000%.

First off, who says you cannot run a virtual windows 7 desktop from any iPad or any mac platform? Well, if you visit citrix.com – you can download the connector / receiver software & run a virtual desktop from any Mac OS system, even a unix based server or workstation. The virtualization works so well, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference really and all the programs on your virtual desktop would work flawless without the need for a PC next to you. It can be hosted across the world and the current medium or network speed can push that virtual desktop / console directly in your hands for instant integration?

More so, I am interested to see what citrix.com does with a new acquisition they purchased. I have been spending a good amount of time with Citrix’s product: VDI-in-a-box. The technology was started by: Kaviza.com which was brought out by Citrix.com last year. kaviza.com proved itself to be cost effective enough for citrix to buy it, but they lack a lot of support and documentation. If you have any support issues, they go unnoticed, usually with a toll free number to call which then you are still unable to get through your issues. I sense there is a bit of growing pains over this acqusition, but I sense they are headed in the right direction.

So far, this is what I have found & can assure you it will help with domaining.

1..) First off, I am able to use a virtual windows 7 desktop on any ipad without any issues.

2.) I get to build apps or windows desktops with preloaded programs anyone on pretty much any device can use.

3.) There is a need for a strong server, a cluster or some crazy multiple core & cpu server to push the desktops to each device. As long as the server has a good backbone the desktop push is consistent and fast.

4.) Windows 2008 server R2 – Hypervision – Hyper-V is your best friend. You will need to build up virtual desktops that will be cloned across hundreds of nodes.

Now you may be asking how will this help with domaining & drop catching domains. While using the above or similar virtualization techniques, one can build a huge empire of remote desktops to do your drop catching for you or host domains.

I found that a single license of windows server 2008 R2, hypervision installed as a role and a beefy server can run over 1,000 virtualized desktops synchronously. What’s better is that you can run all from a single server & assign different static or dynamic IP’s as you wish.

In this case, if you are a domain registrar, you can shuffle away a ton more productivity across the same server instead of a ton of servers just wasting space and your electric bill. If you drop catch on your own, you can setup an instant get up of vdi-in-a-box for your personal drop catching. Perhaps a vdi box just for seperating each virtual desktop with a seperate api provider for catching drops with a unique ip address the server controls and so on.

This post may be above most people’s heads & I will commit to post various screenshots of how I can run all my windows 7 & 8 apps from an ipad in realtime via virtualization for drop catching expired domains. I will make sure to include a lot of screen shots & tutorials for those who feel this type of virtualization can help.

Like I mentioned, kaviza & the Citrix buyout / merge may not be very well documented.  I think I have it figured out enough where and when this merge becomes huge news, I’ll still be blogging away. The price is currently much lower per desktop to virtualize and the only current overhead price is the size of the VDI box hardware. So if your server only cost you $1,000 – you can virtualize hundreds of desktops with drop catching software for no overhead after the licensing price.

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  • Gene says:

    Thanks for this.

    I source tech for a living, and virtualization software has become fundamental for enterprises of all sizes. I saw this coming a few years back and registered VMStorage.com, VMAnalytics.com, and VMApps. Com.

  • admin says:

    Hi Gene,

    I wish more people would open their eyes to what’s really going on in the VM world. The price of visualizing desktops has and always will be cheaper than having more physical hardware to do the same job. It’s just smart thinking & like it or not, where we’re heading.

    Good luck on your vm domains. The best domain strategy is to put your eggs into multiple baskets.

    Dan

 

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