There is a profusion of sources of data about the deployment of Operating Systems available today, just see the references for the usage share of operating systems for a sample. I’ve always wondered about the accuracy and real world applicability of that data.  Thus, I created a small data point in time snapshot of OS distributions thanks to a few anonymous contacts in my network.  The following graph shows both Production IT managed and Development Team (DevOps) managed environments that span both physical and virtual environments:

2014Q3 OS Distribution Snapshot


This is a data point as the total aggregate OS instances involved is below 250,000.  While the numbers in the graph represent both physical and virtual environments,  the Production side was over 85% virtualized and the Development side was over 75% virtualized.

How does this compare to your own internal OS Distributions?

Some of the interesting points that jumped out at me:

  • Maybe I’m dating myself here, but I remember when those Windows and Linux proportions used to be flipped…
  • Solaris and HPUX are still breathing…thought I think it’s safe to say they are on hospice care
  • There was a larger percentage of development running ESX Nested than running HPUX (even when nested ESX is not officially supported by VMware)
  • Windows deployments are lower in Development; the sources of these data points were not using Azure as far as I know, I wonder how Azure might impact a graph like this moving forward
  • Unsure how to read the significant delta between Solaris deployments on the Production side versus the Development side

Post a comment if you want to compare your environment to the above.  Since this is a data point snapshot I haven’t calculated any statistical margin of error…for entertaining discussion only. :-)


VMworld 2014 Recap

by latoga on September 5, 2014

in Tech Industry, Virtualization, VMware, VMworld

I’m a bit delayed in posting my VMworld recap of VMware announcements…a week in the tech industry seems like a lifetime but real life items like kid’s birthdays, overseeing a landscaping project, and maintaining a thumb rehab schedule (I was the one walking around VMworld in the orange cast, and I’m finally back to two handed productivity on the keyboard!) sometimes get priority.

001_7924_VMWorld_DW211(Image via vmworld)

In retrospect, the imagery around VMworld 2014 struck a little to close to home considering the 6.0 earthquake that struck the Bay Area on the Sunday before…  Anyhoo, here is my list of the most important stuff from VMworld last week:

And while technically this happened pre-VMworld, it’s important to note that vCloud Hybrid Services was rebounded to vCloud Air and .

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vCenter Operations Blog Series

August 7, 2014

I recently came across the blog series that David Davis, of, guest wrote for VMware on VCOPS which I though was a great resource for those ramping up or looking to dive deeper into VCOPS.  I couldn’t find a list of all the articles in  the series, so I created one (14 posts at time […]

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VMware “Getting Up to Speed” Education List

December 20, 2013

A frequent request from my clients is what education resources do you have to help get me up to speed with recent changes? This is always a loaded question as everyone’s current speed varies as does the type of education resources that work best for them.  However, I put together this list for a client’s […]

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Temper Your New Release Excitement & Protect Yourself

October 22, 2013

With all the new releases that have spun out of VMware in the past few months it’s great to see all the excitement from my clients wanting to upgrade (and with good reason).  There is an exciting set of new features and capabilities to add value to your environment in these releases. However, make sure […]

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License Key Management for new VMWare ELA Customers

June 25, 2013

I had a recent discussion with a client regarding management of VMware Licenses after an ELA.  This is a area that I’ve been actively working on since the launch of My VMware and thought others would benefit from my high level summary; the following applies to both an Unlimited or Capped ELA. This advice assumes a bit […]

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