Blogging just to remember something

2008/06/15

VSTO PowerTools & Visual Studio Extensions for WSS

It's a must and make your life easier during the development of VSTO applications:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc626294.aspx

And you need to create complex solution with Sharepoint and don't want to waste time:

http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/06/04/announcing-the-vsewss-version-1-2.aspx

Sharepoint Community Kit, Sharepoint White-Papers and CodePlex Tools

Sharepoint Community Kit

Set of installable features to enhance sharepoint functionalities:

http://www.codeplex.com/CKS

The most important improvements are on on Wiki and Blog functionalities.

White-Papers

Interesting white-papers about Sharepoint on the following site:

http://www.combined-knowledge.com/Downloads%202007.htm

Sharepoint it's a huge platform and it's not so easy to find the starting-point. For the development this is a must:

http://www.microsoft.com/click/SharePointDeveloper/

Code-Plex Tools

Some tools interesting to implements winy company web-sites with blog.

http://www.codeplex.com/MyWebPagesStarterKit

http://www.codeplex.com/blogengine

2008/06/13

Marathon

Following the a customer suggestion, I've looked at www.marathon.com a company which provides high-reliability software solutions.

Here my personal annotations:

 

 Marathon everRun VM

Provides extensions to give high-reliability to Citrix XenServer.

Good to know but usually we work deploying VMWare which has other ways to provide reliable configurations.

 Marathon everRun HT & FT


everRun is a virtual environment which creates a virtual logical server leveraging 2 physical servers. We can think to it as a cluster without using Microsoft cluster service and should be easier to maintain.

The synchronization at disk level is provided duplicating all the writes operations on both physical disks over the 2 physical servers. The write is transacted and an Ack is sent back to the physical servers only when the operation has been completed on both systems.

My concern are just for the performances but at a basic level no dedicated hardware is required to provide high-reliability.

We are internally evaluating the platform to provide real high-reliability to SCADAti\

everRun SplitSite


Provides geographic redundancy but I don't understand which kind and how...

I think that in some way it leverages the distributed transactional writing having high-reliability over a files system (excluding application executions).

everRun CDP

Like for SplitSite I haven't understand so well the product scope. It should enlarge the functionalities of everRun HT & FT  providing them geographic redundancy. It should work as a kind of synchronizer for all the everRun servers.