Geek Software of the Week: SIW!

This is AWESOME!!!! I mean, really, it may be one of the best GSoTW’s ever! This shows EVERYTHING about your system!

SIW Software Utility

“SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensive manner.

The system information is divided into few major categories:

* Software Information: Operating System, Installed Software and Hotfixes, Processes, Services, Users, Open Files, System Uptime, Installed Codecs, Software Licenses (Product Keys / Serial Numbers / CD Key), Secrets (Password Recovery).
* Hardware Information: Motherboard, Sensors, BIOS, CPU, chipset, PCI/AGP, USB and ISA/PnP Devices, Memory, Video Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Devices, SCSI Devices, S.M.A.R.T., Ports, Printers.
* Network Information: Network Cards, Network Shares, currently active Network Connections, Open Ports.
* Network Tools: MAC Address Changer, Neighborhood Scan, Ping, Trace, Statistics
* Miscellaneous Tools: Eureka! (Reveal lost passwords hidden behind asterisks), Monitor Test, Shutdown / Restart.
* Real-time monitors: CPU, Memory, Page File usage and Network Traffic.

SIW is a standalone utility that does not require installation (Portable Freeware) – one less installed program on your PC as well the fact that you can run the program directly from an USB flash drive, from a floppy, from a network drive or from a domain login script.”

This is a MUST HAVE for the geek!

VMware Sets Virtualization Performance Records for Database and Web Server Workloads

VMware continued its tradition of breaking performance records at the VMworld Europe conference when VMware Chief Technology Officer Dr. Stephen Herrod demonstrated 8,900 database transactions per second and 60,000 disk input/outputs per second (IOPS) on an Oracle Database workload running on a VMware ESX host—the most resource-intensive load ever shown in a virtual environment to date.

VMware Sets Virtualization Performance Records for Database and Web Server Workloads

VMware also recently set a world record in Web server performance—actually beating native performance in a side-by-side comparison of a Web server running on VMware Infrastructure with a similarly configured non-virtualized server.

“In the past, there was a perception that demanding databases such as Oracle were not suitable candidates for virtualization,” said Dr. Herrod. “These record-setting throughputs at near-native performance prove that VMware’s maximum capabilities exceed the server needs of most customers. This makes virtualizing database environments a viable solution for those looking to reduce IT costs by consolidating servers and increasing business continuity.”