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This blog has been created to share technical information, interesting innovations that I notice on daily basis and Architectural/Consulting overview of various technologies. My areas of interest, on which I would be blogging, are VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Technologies. I hope you will enjoy this blog and share your experience with me.

Having best of both worlds Windows 7 and Android Apps and Games

Did you every imagine!! what if you could get the best of both the worlds Windows 7 Desktop and Android Apps & Games?? Yes guys its possible!! I know it’s a late discovery however, I got excited the moment I installed the app on my Windows 7 PC and the very first app I downloaded was “Angry Birds Space” works like a charm.

Big thanks to BlueStack App: www.bluestacks.com Simply Download the package and it will install the bits onto your computer.

BlueStack Download

You need to enter the following details:

- Language
- Cloud Connect Sync option if you have a Android based phone – (I don’t have one Smile)
- Enter your email address for all the correspondence

Screen Shot: (Downloading Angry Bird on my desktop )

AngryBirds Download

Beauty of the App:

Suppose if you have a Android based phone you can download the applications onto your desktop under the BlueStacks App Player for Windows (Beta-1). The Cloud Connect Sync options will automatically sync all the Apps & Games with your phone.

Memory Usage:

When I was playing games in the BlueStacks App I noticed the memory utilization is approx. 270 - 500 MB depending on the Game/App you are playing inside.

Alternates:

I know people will say we can install the Android Operating System into a Virtual Machine and then download the apps & games from the application store. However, I have noticed that doing so involves technical expertise & even after managing to run the Android OS into the VM’s still there are issues related to Sound and Mouse movement within the VM.

I bet this is the best application cum player I have ever seen for running the Android Apps & Games for Windows 7. I hope you will enjoy this post as much as I did after exploring this software.

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

Building a home lab a.k.a Monster Machine in Bangalore, India–Purpose Virtualization

The last time I spent Rs. 64,000/- on a laptop HP DV9830us was back in 2007 (Fry’s Store, in Texas) on which my original plan was to run virtual machine and utilize it for personal use (Gaming, movies, surfing etc.). Back in 2007, I got a very decent configuration of  Intel Duo Core 1.8 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, 512 NVidia Dedicated Graphics, Blue-ray player and hi-definition 17” screen. The whole purpose of the laptop got defeated when I returned back to India and figured out that BIOS is locked down by HP and doesn’t have the feature of Intel-VT and Intel-XD and cannot utilize the potential of this machine. (It is definitely me to blame as I got carried away in the store and made the purchase without doing research)

Recently, I started getting this feeling of building a home machine, so that I can test all the latest products from Microsoft, Citrix and Quest and learn all the new stuff along with creating a lot of useful material for myself and other techies. Though our companies would invest a lot of money in buying machine for building POC however, it always involves a lot of complexity (multiple RDP sessions just to get into the server and mother of all latency issues) in accessing and utilizing the machines Sad smile.

What do I plan to build on this Machine?

I plan to install Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition for starters then later on move to Windows 8 Server Beta using Hyper-V 3.0 or even try Windows 8 Client with Hyper-V and then create a lot of VM’s of various technologies. At all point in time my setup would have at least 6-8 VM’s running so there is going to be a lot of CPU and Memory utilization on the machine.

How about going with a OEM Manufacturer?

I thought rather than investing my time in building the ideal configuration why not buy something out of the box like a Dell or HP Workstation but to my surprise all of the OEM are super expensive nothing less than 1.75 to 2 lacs. All the OEM in the Workstation series typically have the machines starting from the price range of Rs. 85,000/- however, the moment you start adding more RAM, better processor and HDD space the prices shoots up.

My Research & Aresh’s Configuration or Plan for 2012:

My quest begins to research on building a decent performance machine. Remember, I missed this step last time during my laptop purchase Smile. I shortlisted on certain brands and products as follows:

CPU: Undoubtedly the Intel CPU came to my mind just that I am very comfortable and implemented a lot of Intel based implementations

Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor  (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) = Rs. 33,000/-

Intel® Core™ i7-2700K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)

Note: I have to purchase the CPU fan extra as it doesn’t come along with the original Intel Processor Kit. My choice for the fan is CoolMaster - X6

Motherboard: The mother of all choke-ups, bottlenecks & F****-ups if not selected by doing proper research. I shortlisted on ASUS industry leader in building robust and non-failure prone motherboards

ASUS P9X79 DELUXE – Rs. 25,000/-

Memory: Now comes the turn of buying RAM and my choice was Corsair

Vengeance® — 24GB Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CMZ24GX3M6A1600C9) = Rs. 15000/- to 18,000/-

HDD: A lot of options in this space however, being budget handicapped I selected a single HDD. I am surely aware a single HDD means a single point of failure but I have a couple of portable drives that I might use to backup and keep information. I don’t care if the HDD dies and have to rebuilt the lab Smile 

Seagate Barracuda® XT Desktop Hard Drives (2 TB) = Rs. 10,000/-

Even  if I plan to create a RAID 1 mirror my cost is going to double. Which I don’t think I can afford at this point in time.

Cabinet: Best in the class CoolMaster cabinets however, haven't shortlisted the model yet.

S.No

Product

Price

1

Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)

33.000

2

ASUS P9X79 DELUXE

25,000

3

Vengeance® — 24GB Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Kit

18,000

4

Seagate Barracuda® XT Desktop Hard Drives (2 TB)

10,000

5

Cool Master Cabinet

7,000

6

Cool Master X6 CPU Fan

4,000

Taxes Misc. On all products

5,000

Total

1,02,000

Now, when seeing the total cost of the entire Monster Machine I was thrown flat on my face to the ground after seeing the money that is involved in building this machine. I am open to all types of charity and hope soon I can afford this machine.

Best Regards,

Aresh Sarkari

Few of my all time favorite Future Innovation Videos

I wanted to publish few of my all time favorite innovation videos into a single blog post. I am sure you all will love these mind blowing innovations!!!

Corning A Day made of glass 1:

Corning Future on Glass based touch technologies (Original)

Corning A Day made of glass 2:

Corning Future on Glass based touch technologies (Latest Includes more of Mobile & Tablet Devices)

Future of you Car Glass Windows:

Future of Car Glass Window by General Motors

Future of Microsoft Office:

How the complete Business Productivity Suite will look like in the future

Future of Electricity Bloom Box 1: (Alternate Energy)

Future of Alternative Energy 1

Future of Electricity Bloom Box 2: (Alternate Energy)

Future of Alternative Energy 2

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview VS iPad 2 iOS 5

With the release of Windows 8 it finally brings Microsoft into the Tablet Wars and a comparison video was inevitable. My 2 cents are it would be unfair to compare a product (iPad) that has been into the market for 3 years with a new launch of Windows 8. Though, I understand all eyes would be on Microsoft to beat Apple feature by feature. Looking at the video Windows 8 looks quite promising, I hope they get the Office Suite/Applications accustom to Metro UI where there are big buttons/icons/ribbon doing a lot of work in the background rather than small icons which are difficult to press and hover around.

 

Windows 8 Consumer Preview VS iPad 2 iOS 5

I am  noticing that a lot of Hardware Manufactures like Nokia, Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba and HCL are building Tablets for Windows 8. By end of Q4 2012 markets are going to get flooded with Tablets devices and the War would be full on Smile

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

Source: Josh, from The Verge

Awesome Tool to compare Hyper-V with VMware - Private Cloud Economic Tool

Recently, I came across this Microsoft Private Cloud Economic Tool which comes in handy when you are responding to RFP and RFI and you want to sit back and compare the solution pricing on two best virtualization platforms available in the market

Assessment Tool

Enter the value into the above mentioned fields and get a detailed comparison of Hyper-V and VMware

I am sure there is a lot of stuff available on the internet however, I am sure this tool along with the below mentioned feature comparison will come in very handy

Feature Comparison between Hyper-V 3.0, Hyper-V 2.0, vSphere 5 Standard and vSphere 5 Enterprise: http://up2v.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/full-overview-vsphere5-versus-hyper-v3-0.jpg

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

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