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Make Beautiful Visios

As an architect working across enterprise programmes I use Visio – a lot.  It has become one of the key tools used to communicate conceptual, logical and physical representations of solutions or visions or anything else I need to illustrate in a design capacity.  A consistent challenge is crafting the artifacts I produce to engage the audience and I certainly can’t underestimate the effectiveness of a pretty document – in fact I am sure there is some correlation between governance approvals of architecture and how good the design looks on the page!

Anyhoo, to help in this constant quest, I was made aware of http://networkdiagram101.com, a great site providing some simple tips to vastly improve the look and feel of visio content – use it, it’s great!

vSphere 5.1 – All the docs

VMware has created docs explaining everything links here:

An overview of vSphere 5.1 features can be seen at the VMware website.

Hyper-V 3 vs vSphere 5

As Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V version 3.0 is right on the horizon I thought I’d pull together a single source of the comparison pieces doing the rounds.  Somewhere you can bookmark in the conversations with your fellow virtualisation professionals:

Firstly VMware has their marketing team on it and has their first pass:

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/getthefacts/vmw-vSphere-5-vs-Hyper-V-3-Beta.pdf

Microsoft has their own take:

Why Hyper-V

ZDNet has a commentry on the debate from two industry insiders:

http://www.zdnet.com/debate/hyper-v-or-vmware/10086932/

The excellent vmguru.nl site has their own take on things:

http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/VMGuru-vSphere-5-vs-HyperV-3.pdf 

Finally there is the dedicated site virtualizationmatrix.com

http://www.virtualizationmatrix.com/matrix.php

For me, Microsoft are moving forward, but are still some way off VMware in terms of the maturity of the offering.  Lots will argue about the cost of Virtualisation being significantly cheaper with Microsoft, but I guess that depends on the features and how you are intending to use the technology.