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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To Cloud or not to Cloud, Better Yet, What is a Cloud?

June 9, 2010
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While doing a quick Google search to find what a Cloud is, I have found several different definitions which depend on which vendor site you pull up. One thing is for sure despite the frequent use of the term, it still means different things to different people and or companies. For my reference point I…

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KVM in SUSE, what is going on at Novell?

June 8, 2010
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As of Service Pack 1, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SLES) supports KVM for SUSE guests. This post follows on from our previous post regarding the demise of Xen in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and perhaps suggests the beginning of the end for Xen-based virtualization in Linux, but the story is far from clear. A…

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VMware Advanced Certifications

June 3, 2010
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VMware has now announced two new advanced certifications that will be available for registration in the very near future. VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Datacenter Administrator (VCAP4-DCA) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Datacenter Design (VCAO4-DCD). Both these certification and exams are a stepping stone for the VMware Certified Design Expert on vSphere…

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Is the CMDB Irrelevant in a Virtual and Cloud Based World?

June 2, 2010
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Is the CMDB Irrelevant in a Virtual and Cloud Based World?

The CMDB's that were designed and architected for static physical systems appear to be unwieldy, too difficult to keep up to date, and not real-time enough to make the transition into the virtualized and cloud based world. Virtualized environment change too fast for existing CMDB's to keep up, and the notion of keeping a CMDB…

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Growth of Citrix and Hyper-V EcoSystems

May 27, 2010
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PhD Virtual has gained its second round of funding with investment from Citrix amongst others as discussed within our post News: esXpress is no more but what does this mean for XenServer? Up until this point it looked like Citrix was out of the server hypervisor wars and backing Microsoft's Hyper-V play. Yet this looks…

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Reinventing Infrastructure Performance Monitoring for the Cloud

May 25, 2010
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Cloud Performance Management needs to evolve and allow cloud vendors to provide their customers a customer specific Infrastructure Response Time metric. This in conjunction with cloud aware Applications Performance Management solutions is needed in order for customers to feel comfortable putting business critical applications in the cloud.

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News: esXpress is no more

May 24, 2010
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Before you all go screaming to your local vendor let me elaborate, the product has just had it’s name changed to reflect a new corporate direction. esXpress is now called PHD Virtual Backup for ESX,

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Virtualize Java without an Operating System

May 20, 2010
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Virtualize Java without an Operating System

When we put a .NET application on Windows on Hyper-V (or a Java application on Linux on ESXi) we are actually virtualizing twice. Can we virtualize only once, by putting the CLR or the JVM directly on the VM Host? In this action of course we remove the operating system. Oracle is taking the lead…

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CA Gets Serious about Virtualization Management and Performance

May 18, 2010
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CA Technologies (CAT) has announced three new virtualization management and performance offerings. This is the first example of a "big 4" enterprise systems management vendor getting serious about providing virtualization and cloud focused solutions. This will be very reasuring for CAT customers and may will accelerate stalled virtualization projects.

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