Data Center Virtualization

Data Center Virtualization covers virtualizing servers, networks, and storage delivering server consolidation, CAPEX savings, IT agility, and improved management. Major areas of focus include the tradeoffs between various virtualization platforms (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Red Hat KVM), the evolution of hypervisors into data center management platforms,|VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy, and how the SDDC is spurring innovation in storage, networking and server hardware. Covered vendors indlude VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, CloudPhysics, Hotlink, Tintri, and VMTurbo.

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Impact of Latest vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model upon Data Center Virtualization and Virtualization Management

August 4, 2011
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VMware has updated the vRAM pricing for vSphere 5 to address certain customer issues, and deserves a great deal of credit for acting this quickly and decisively to the feedback that was generated by the initial announcement. However, even with the new vSphere 5 vRAM pricing the question is now raised as to whether competing…

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News: VMware Announces Updates to vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing

August 3, 2011
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VMware has made significant changes to the recently announced vRAM based pricing. The single most significant change is that potential barriers to the virtualization of memory intensive business critical applications have been eliminated by ensuring that no application no matter how big can cause a charge of more than 96GB to be levied against the…

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And we are Worried About VMware’s Licensing?

July 29, 2011
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And we are Worried About VMware’s Licensing?

I was reading through a recent article about the new Java 7 release, which contradicts Oracle's current support statement with respect to licensing. The License from Oracle exclusively states Java 7 is only supported on those hypervisors Oracle currently supports: Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Solaris Containers, and Solaris LDOMs except where noted. That last phrase is…

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VMware vSphere 5 vRAM Pricing and Taxes

July 26, 2011
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VMware has done the right thing by taking care of their enterprise customers and making sure that they know that they can purchase vSphere 5 licenses under the terms of their existing ELA's. The vast majority of smaller customers who run a small number of purchased applications are unlikely to be impacted by the new…

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VMware – A Train with an Engine, 3 Boxcars, and a Caboose

July 21, 2011
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VMware – A Train with an Engine, 3 Boxcars, and a Caboose

VMware is already the most important, and with vSphere the best systems software vendor on the planet. This is true not only based upon the current success of the vSphere platform, but the quality of the long term strategies in place for vFabric, vCloud, and vCenter. With vSphere 5, VMware can ill afford distractions that…

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Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications?

July 19, 2011
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The single most dangerous part of this new pricing (to VMware) is rooted in the following fact. What is left to virtualize is very different from what has been virtualized to date. If what VMware has done is change its licensing around to replace one metric (cores) with another (vRAM) in a manner that would…

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Licensing: Pools and Architecture Changes?

July 15, 2011
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Licensing:  Pools and Architecture Changes?

In the past, virtualization architects and administrators were told the best way forward is to buy as much fast memory as they could afford as well as standardize on one set of boxes with as many CPUs as they dare use. With vRAM Pool licensing this type of open-ended RAM architecture will change as now…

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vSphere 5 – Did VMware Misjudge its Licensing Changes?

July 14, 2011
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vSphere 5 – Did VMware Misjudge its Licensing Changes?

Well, as much fun as it is to express outrage at any vendor with the temerity to change its licensing mechanism, VMware's new system isn't as bad as many have made out. Now that the true impact of changes are beginning to be understood saner heads are starting to prevail.

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Cisco, Intel, and Citrix Re-invent OpenStack Networking for the Enterprise

July 13, 2011
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Cisco, Intel, and Citrix Re-invent OpenStack Networking for the Enterprise

Over the last few months an additional subproject codenamed Quantum has emerged which deals explicitly with networking and has particpation from networking giants Intel and Cisco as well as from Citrix. It's a mechanism for defining network topologies aimed at providing Layer-2 network connectivity for VM instances running in clouds based on the OpenStack cloud…

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