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"Users of Australia's largest ISP, BigPond, have decided to ditch it. The users posted a terse update on the service's website, citing reasons of low popularity and the existence of better services. BigPond customers were not impressed, given that the ISP is infamous in Australia for its high prices and relatively low monthly quotas of bandwidth (many users are on 10gb or 25gb per month plans) and for canceling a download service, downloads from which did not count towards their monthly limits."
A virtualized development environment is brilliant!
A few years ago we bought a large spec Dell server:
PowerEdge 2950 with dual quad-core Xeons
At present we have (just) 16Gb of RAM
We use 6 750Gb SATA 7200PRM drives in a RAID6 configuration.
This server runs VMware ESX 3.5
Today you could get even more powerful CPUs now and load up much more RAM. VMware 4.0 would probably also perform better
Each developer has a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine.
The server is housed in a datacenter in The Netherlands, we access the virtual infra via VPN and RDP (Microsoft's remote deskop protocol).
I'm developing from Sweden, a colleague works in Belgium.
I often don't even realise that I'm working remotely, only when I try to run Google Maps in a browser does it break down...
So don't tell me virtualisation is only for servers not for workstations.
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