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vmware workstation your first step in virtualization

how to buy vmware workstationSo finally we have covered the benefits of virtualization but mostly at an enterprise level that may not be suitable for everyone. 

Let’s think that you just need to run more than one computer as a personal lab, you don’t need to move all the way to an enterprise grade virtualization deployment, you need Vmware workstation.

Vmware workstation allows the user to run more than one operative system in the same computer at the same time without having to turn on and off your computer every time you need to use a different operative system.

From a green it perspective the product avoids the need to have several computers running at the same time with ends up saving on the electricity bill  at the end of the month and  of course leaving less electronic waste on the streets when the end of life of the computers arrive.

Vmware workstation is pretty cheap when you look at the benefits it provides. Without any discount you can pay for the product about 250 US dollars but when you compare the cost of buying another computer and the monthly cost of the energy you can easily figure the math.

It allows you to run more than 30 different operative systems including windows, Linux and some versions of Novell.  So it’s perfect to run a lab with a variety of needs.

The latest version of the product can run very big virtual machines with servers characteristics. So you can even simulate a server environment on your laptop or desktop.

It also allows the user to run a personal cloud on the on the computer with vmware cloud foundry which is a tiny version of vmware’s platform as a service. With these you can develop your cloud applications on your desktop and then upload it to their service.

So if you run into the need of having a small lab or need to develop locally vmware workstation is a great product. For more information on how to buy vmware workstation click here.

If you have any doubt about if vmware workstation is right for you please visit 10 things you should know before buying vmware workstation.

About Comptia’s Green IT Exam Part 3

On the third post about Comptia’s Green IT Certification Objectives I’m going to list the Standards and Policies that needs to be met.

So far I have listed the details of the exam as an introduction and the Techniques and Technologies so now is time to cover the Standard and Policies that Comptia evaluates during the Green IT Exam.

Green IT Policies and Standards 

  • Develop and implement an internal IT strategy analyzing ROI for the Green IT initiative
  • Identify Green IT framework assessment tools, organizations, and standards
  • Identify methods to reduce workforce environmental impacts. 

Each and every topic of the exam will be explained on different posts series but in case you need to get the complete list of objectives of the exam you can get it from Comptia’s web site.

Nicolás Solop

About Comptia’s Green IT Exam Part 2

As stated on a previous post this is the second part of the objectives that needs to be achieved in order to get Comptia Green ITComptia’s Green IT Certification. In this case I’m going to list Green IT Techniques and Technologies that appears on the official Comptia’s Green IT certification site.

Green IT Techniques and Technologies

    Implement environmentally sound techniques to dispose of hazardous materials.

    Identify and implement environmentally sound techniques to preserve power.

    Explain the purpose and application of virtualization technology.

    Explain different techniques and technologies that will enhance Green IT initiatives

Each one of the lines on the list will have it’s own blog post in order to list the details included.

The third part of the objectives will cover Green IT Policies and Standards.

In case you need to check the details of the exam you can check this link.

Nicolas Solop

Why get certified on green it?

With all kinds of it certifications out there why on earth would you take the time to pursue a cert on Green IT?. Here’s why. 

Companies of all sizes are trying to apply any resources to appears greener than the one besides them.

A clear picture how this thing of Green IT is growing can be found using google trends:

Green IT forecast

There are many reasons for that. Either it is for a real intention to reduce their CO2 footprint or to get a save on the electricity bill by the end of the month.

Both of these options are valid. Personally I prefer to go for the first option, the other one is more likely to address a common saying of a vmware’s exec down here in Argentina… “the only green in Green IT is the dollar bill”.

Moving on, if you want to implement some green policies at your work place or if you want to start a new career on this field a certification is a great way to start.

The same way I started my career on vmware with almost no experience at all on certifying I will share with you my experience preparing Comptia’s Green IT Exam.