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Hosting For Freelance Developers: PaaS, VPS, Cloud, And More


(This is a ‘Technical Affiliate Article’, bringing you additional in-depth technical content from our community affiliates – enjoy!) At a glance, the hosting industry may not appear exciting, but it’s grunts in data centres the world over that keep our industry going. They are, quite literally, the backbone of the Internet, and as such they make everything possible: from e-commerce sites, to smart mobile apps for our latest toys. The heavy lifting is done in

“Hmm, this is NOT correct …” – or – “How to submit a “change request” (open community feedback)


So, you came to the site and started looking at our online comparisons ….  what if you’d like us to add information, spotted a mistake or disagree with an evaluation … you might even be annoyed with us for “misrepresenting” a product – what can you do? First, let us apologize and assure you … we WANT (and need) to provide accurate information. We are keeping all core listings free to maintain our unique agnostic

Upcoming New Website and Collaboration with The

Guest Post By Marek Ďuriš – The  I am very happy that some members of our community have stepped into a closer cooperation with This site is well known by the broad technical community and used by many technical specialists to find the best match for their designs, use and adjustments of virtualized environments. All of that with an impartial technical look at each of those technologies. Our experienced members were welcomed into a team

Deploying VMware Infrastructure on SoftLayer (public cloud) – Technical Considerations and FAQs

An update to this article is now available here (new capabilities) This article will discuss SoftLayer’s unique “private cloud” capabilities and provide a technical Q&A for deploying VMware infrastructures on the SoftLayer public cloud. After my first fair share of architectural engagements, it became clear that SoftLayer’s bare metal capabilities are resonating incredibly well with our clients. Please let me stress that bare metal is just “one tool in our architectural tool box” (see picture) … we offer public virtual servers (even private

Who will Service Providers choose? Hybrid Cloud Management – Key Battle for VMware and Microsoft

Our comparison has been updated with vSphere 5.5, Windows Server / System Center 2012 R2 and related products (Cloud, Desktop Virtualization, Network Virtualization etc.) The fight for the virtualization-vendor “top spot” is certainly not fading away, if anything it has intensified and quickly expanded into strategic peripheral parts of the ecosystem.   Recent product releases from both, market leader VMware and challenger Microsoft make it clear that (while rapidly updating fundamental hypervisor and hypervisor management capabilities),

What’s new in RHEV 3.2 and Red Hat’s Cloud Infrastructure … and what will Red Hat’s “Niche” be …?

(The Virtualization Matrix has been updated with RHEV 3.2 and new cloud related content) Following public announcements at its summit in June, Red Hat made significant updates to its cloud portfolio as well as its Enterprise Virtualization platform (RHEV) available in June and July 2013. The two predominant improvements in RHEV were the full support for live storage migration and a new plugin framework that allows third parties to provide new features and actions directly into the RHEV management user interface

Stateless desktops, hotels and floating rooms …

Eyes glaze over, the meaningless automatic nodding starts and you can feel the person’s mind is miles away … yes, I admit, I had several such fruitless attempts of explaining the concept and benefits of using ‘stateless versus dedicated desktops’.   The inconsistency of todays “VDI” terminology doesn’t help and that includes the description of the relationship between the user and the desktop image. Stateless desktops are often also referred to as ‘non-persistent’, ‘pooled’ and ‘dynamic’

Maximums and sizing guidelines for VMware View, XenDesktop (on vSphere) and Virtual Bridges VERDE

When we introduced a building block approach to our reference architecture many questions from the wider team revolved around the scaling maximums and limitations of the respective desktop virtualization solution in order to create valid configurations and correctly sized building blocks. It became quickly apparent that while e.g. in VMware’s case vSphere maximums were well documented, the virtual desktop specific guidelines are scattered around in different documents, some are not listed at all and others

How to configure 3D and Aero for VMware View 5 – and what is the overhead of doing so? (IBM VDI RA Part 3)

As you probably know, View 5 (in conjunction with vSphere 5) introduced has a software-based GPU function that gives users basic DirectX and OpenGL capability without the use of a physical GPU (like e.g. Citrix’s HDX3D GPU-passthrough requires). Typical target use cases include Aero and low-end 3D animations, not “high-end” 3D engineering application. One of the questions I’ve been regularely asked is “what amount of overhead does this create? As we have no physical GPU in this

From Virtualization Management to Private Cloud – Lab Test Log: Upgrading Hyper-V cluster on IBM BladeCenter to SCVMM 2012

IMHO the only way to provide relevant coverage of vendor capabilities on is through hands-on experience with the products in client projects or lab test – finding the  time to always document this in detail is however a challenge. So initially this “test log” was not intended to be a blog but I decided to post it after running a few colleagues through my experience with VMM 2012 and they asked me to share