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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News: Cisco and EMC, Together With VMware, Form Coalition to Accelerate Pervasive Virtualization and Private Cloud Infrastructures

November 3, 2009
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Unprecedented Collaboration Heralds Business-Ready IT Infrastructure Packages and Single Point of Contact for Design, Service and Support; Cisco-EMC Solutions Joint Venture Also Established to Help Enable Customer Adoption Cisco and EMC, together with VMware, today introduced the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, an unprecedented collaboration of three information technology (IT) industry leaders. The coalition has been…

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Capacity Management Approaches and Products

November 2, 2009
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Capacity Management Approaches and Products

Now the VMware has release Capacity IQ it is worth taking a look at the category of Capacity Planning and Monitoring Tools for VMWare (and other virtualization platforms), and see how they compare to VMware's offering. This article highlights a couple of the capabilities of each product and is not intended to be an exhaustive…

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Virtualizing from an Island?

October 30, 2009
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I was recently on an island and it got me thinking of how would I move my company to the island. The company services people around the world, but would also service local to the island. Does virtualization really help me here? Why do I ask this, because an island is often prone to the…

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FCoE Update – The Good News and The Bad News

October 28, 2009
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The number one reason to adopt FCoE today is to reduce heat, energy, cable plant and space. Data center networks are converging, but are not converged.

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Open Source XenServer? ESXi to Follow?

October 23, 2009
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Citrix has recently joined the Linux Foundation, and there is a report (which they seem to have endorsed) that they plan to open source XenServer. That’s not Xen, it’s XenServer – not the kernel, the product, the thing you stick on your server instead of ESXi, or sometimes vSphere. It is entirely possible that Citrix's…

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News: Gartner Projects Server Virtualization to Grow from 16% to 50% of Workloads by 2012

October 21, 2009
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During Gartner Symposium/ITxpo outlook for the server virtualization market, Gartner dropped two very interesting numbers on the audience. The first was that only 16% of the workloads worldwide are running in virtual machines today. This is a far lower number than has been suggested by any number of other sources. Gartner went on to predict…

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Xsigo IT Survey Reveals Need for I/O Virtualization in Today’s Virtualized Data Center

October 21, 2009
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Xsigo IT Survey Reveals Need for I/O Virtualization in Today’s Virtualized Data Center

Given the potential cost savings, higher asset utilization, and performance and availability improvements of these emerging technologies. It is clear that I/O is going to be virtualized and that it will happen rather quickly.

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NetApp Previews SnapManager for Hyper-V; Grows Presence in Microsoft’s Ecosystem

October 18, 2009
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NetApp Previews SnapManager for Hyper-V; Grows Presence in Microsoft’s Ecosystem

It is clear that NetApp has recognized the importance of Hyper-V in the market and that it intends to be a major player in Hyper-V’s ecosystem.

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Cloudy Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10)

October 15, 2009
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There’s been a lot of press around the FREE Ubuntu 9.10 Linux distribution as a client operating system, and a wide set of comparisons made (typically by Mac or PC-using journalists) between Ubuntu and Windows 7, but 9.10 is also interesting from a broader virtualization and especially Cloud perspective. Ubuntu is managed by a UK…

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