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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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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The Hypervisor Wars, a 2000-year old story

September 23, 2009
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In the fog of the datacenter virtualization war, it is difficult to see clearly who will end up on top, and yet the outcome is almost certainly determined, and the victorious generals are even now moving on to fight new battles. Here at the Virtualization Practice we too would like to think we can see…

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VirtualBox OSE 3.0 – Still a viable Open Source option?

September 20, 2009
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In trying to re-use some old server hardware I re-vsisted VirtualBox/Ubuntu, a viable and completely free Open Source option for non-virtualization-enabled hardware. It is a neat solution, simple and well-supported, but the open source version of VirtualBox is nobbled to make it extremely awkward to use, in a different way to VMware's nobbling of the…

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VMsafe – Vendor Implementations at VMworld

September 18, 2009
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VMsafe – Vendor Implementations at VMworld

With the advent of existing VMsafe products from Altor Networks, Reflex Systems, and ones on the horizon from Trend Micro and others in the security space, all administrators should have a clear understanding of how they work under the covers. Where does VMsafe appear within the stack? Is VMsafe on the incoming physical NICs, within…

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