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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Something else that I hadn't noticed before was Alessandro's Rent-a-lab available from his web site

If you need to complete a Proof of Concept and lack of cold hard cash for hardware is holding you back then this is quite possibly a way forward - still with only 14 days max you'll need to be up and ready to roll before you get the gear?

Nice innovative way of being able to prove the concept though  ;-))

Rent-A-Lab Rent-A-Lab is a fully-redundant enterprise infrastructure available on demand.

Every part of the equipment can be reached and configured online, including physical servers, network switches and SANs. No need to transport racks to your site!

It can be used to evaluate a new software feature or a new beta, to train company staff on new technologies, to study for a certification exam, to show your customers a new product or anything else.

All hardware is certified by VMware to run lastest version of ESX Server and VirtualCenter, but the infrastructure is available to work also with different virtualization platforms, like Microsoft Virtual Server, XenSource XenEnterprise and Virtual Iron, SWsoft Virtuozzo or Sun Solaris Containers.

Following 10-minutes demo shows Rent-A-Lab capabilities in a typical configuration with VMware Infrastructure 3:

Equipment list

Management Station

  • 1 x HP ProLiant DL 380 G4 (2 x single core Intel Xeon 3.2GHz // 4GB RAM // 2 x 72GB SCSI disk RAID1)


  • 12 x HP ProLiant DL 380 G5 (2 x quad core Intel Xeon 5300 1.86GHz // 4GB RAM // 2 x 72GB SAS disk RAID1)
  • 2 x HP ProLiant DL 385 G1 (2 x dual core AMD Opteron 280 2.4GHz // 3GB RAM // 2 x 72GB SCSI disk RAID1)
  • 1 x HP ProLiant DL 380 G4 (2 x single core Intel Xeon 3.2GHz // 4GB RAM // 2 x 72GB SCSI disk RAID1)


  • 2 x HP StorageWorks 4/8V (4GB fibre channel Brocade switches)
  • 2 x HP StorageWorks MSA1000 SAN (up to 4 x 146GB SCSI disk)


  • 2 x HP ProCurve 2900-48G switches (10GB uplink)
  • 1 x 3Mbps cable Internet link (in load balancing)
  • 1 x 5Mbps DSL Internet link (in load balancing)


The infrastructure is available for rent from 1 to 14 days maximum, for worldwide customers.
Special hardware or longer renting periods can be requested specifically.
Rent price depends on requested servers and storage equipment, but always includes an initial setup cost.

Initial setup includes:

  • installation of Management Station (Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2)
  • SAN zoning
  • (optionally) installation of VMware ESX Server (full trial license included)

Check prices online and place your order.

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2007 10:16 PM Real Cool Stuff , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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