It has been a bit quiet on the public side of AutoLab for a while, mostly because my day job has been getting in the way of developing the new version of AutoLab with vSphere 5.5 support. The new release is almost ready, some final testing and documentation updates so the next couple of weeks should see AutoLab 1.5 released.
The big news for this week is that AutoLab has a new sponsor, my friends at Infinio are helping to enable me to spend some more time developing AutoLab and generally make the project better. If you haven’t heard about Infinio I suggest you take a look at their site, the basics of the product is that it can alleviate NFS storage performance issues on ESXi servers. One potential customer I saw last year was spending a lot of money on more disk shelves for their aging NFS array just to get better performance, the Infinio caching could have given them a much more graceful solution to the problem for less money.
Infinio have their own big news today, the release of Infinio Accelerator version 1.2, which add support for ESXi5.5. Of special interest is that they are giving away a limited number of licenses for home lab use. If your home lab is based around a low end NAS with SATA disks as shared storage you already know that this is a bottleneck, adding the Infinio accelerator will improve storage performance. You can enter the giveaway by filling in this form on Infinio’s site.
One of the things that makes me happy about the Infinio support is that we finally have a logo for AutoLab which you may see on shirts and buttons at future events.
Stay tuned for the AutoLab v1.5 release post