I’ve started playing around (I mean testing) with Terremark’s vCloud Express offering a few weeks ago. This is not only interesting technology but it is also an interesting project. I get to understand how VMware works in the cloud and blog about it. The posts run on the VMware blog.
My first posting details how to get started with Terremark’s vCloud Express. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
I spend most of my day testing software for reviews on blogs, websites, and magazines – plus the testing that we at Sarrel Group do directly for software developers. Virtual machines play a major role in my test operations. We have a number of servers running VMware and the VM’s themselves live on a mix of NAS and SAN boxes. This is a huge leap forward from the old racks and racks of physical machines we used to have in the lab at PC Magazine (at one point we had 512 PC’s in one lab and 128 in another).
Enter vCloud. Now I don’t even have to consolidate VM’s onto my servers. I just build them in the cloud, run my tests, and then delete them. In the past 2 weeks I’ve learned that I can be just as productive with NO hardware as I was with 640 PC’s. Even I, the jaded battle-scarred tech warrior I am, feel a bit giddy with such power and flexibility at my disposal.