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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The Red Hat/Microsoft Alliance

October 15, 2009
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The Red Hat/Microsoft Alliance

Microsoft and Red Hat Cross-Certify to try and get VmWare out of the Datacenter. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 has passed certification tests when running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2003/ Windows Server 2008 / Windows…

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Virtualization – A Feature of the OS, or a New Platform?

October 14, 2009
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Virtualization – A Feature of the OS, or a New Platform?

Microsoft and Red Hat has just announced that they have completed the certifications of the cross OS hypervisor agreements that the companies originally announced back in February of 2009. This means that Microsoft now certifies Red Hat Linux guests on Hyper-V and Red Hat certifies certain Windows guests on KVM. Red Hat has an excellent…

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Eucalyptus, a “self-build” Amazon Cloud

October 9, 2009
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Eucalyptus is a software stack that when added to a standard virtualized data-center or co-located server network, turns it into a Cloud which looks exactly like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It is a “self-build” Amazon Cloud kit. Just add hypervisor. We consider Eucalyptus in the context of cloud to datacenter migrations, and standards…

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VMware releases SRM 4.0 – Full Support for vSphere and vCenter Linked clones

October 7, 2009
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VMware have finally released a vSphere compatible version of SRM, and all I can say is about time. I could not believe it when vSphere was released int May without SRM support, that should have been there from day one. Well rant over what VMware goodness does the version 4.0 bring.

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VMware vs. Microsoft – Management Stack Strategies

October 6, 2009
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VMware vs. Microsoft – Management Stack Strategies

VMware has made it very clear that it views virtualization as the catalyst technology which enables driving complexity and cost out of the data center, and injecting freedom, agility, and choice into the data center. VMware has also made it clear that these benefits from virtualization will only occur if virtualization itself (the hypervisor and…

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News: vSphere Enterprise to continue beyond 2009

October 5, 2009
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vSphere Enterprise has a stay of execution beyond 2009.

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News: Cisco Enter the Rack mount market with UCS

September 30, 2009
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We all remember the fanfare that sounded on the release of the UCS Blade technology, well Cisco have just quietly snuck an announcement out of the door about some rack mounted brothers for the Blades, now these are as usual "more than just a rack mount server" they are the next addition in the "unified…

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News: Cisco to introduce a Chassis Nexus

September 30, 2009
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Things have been very busy at Cisco today in addition to the new that they are to release a Rack mounted version of there UCS servere. the Networking giant and server newboy on the block Cisco Systems announced that will be working with third-party blade server makers to create a version of its Nexus family…

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Are Hypervisor Vendors welcoming ISVs?

September 28, 2009
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There is a great debate on which hypervisor vendor works with ISVs and which do not. You have a number of ISVs working with VMware that are just now starting to work with Hyper-V. A number of ISVs that are struggling to catch up in the virtualization space. Hypervisor Vendors that are directly competing with…

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