Articles Tagged with Hyper-V

Where are my NOC Views: Virtualization Management Vendors

As a delegate for Tech Field Day 6 in Boston, I was introduced to many third party management tools. In the past I have been given briefings as well on various VMware, Hyper-V, and Citrix Xen Management Tools as well. Many of these tools are marketed directly for use by the administrator, but they have the tools can be used by more than the administrator. These tools should be marketed to management, administrators, as well as the network operations center (NOC). The NOC you say, why should they see the details of my environment? The NOC should not, but they should be able to tell when systems are in failure states outside of the hardware. Only a few tools can be used this way today. The sooner  administrators get the word of a problem the sooner it can be fixed. The NOC is the one place that centralizes all monitoring whether it is for security or health of your virtual and cloud environments.

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Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

Virsto has announced they have secured $12 million in Series B venture capital funding. In addition, Virsto has revealed it has acquired EvoStor, a company specializing in storage virtualization technology for VMware environments.

Virsto developed the first hypervisor-based storage solution built for virtual machines which we’ve spoken about in the past. At present, Virsto’s solution is for Microsoft Hyper-V implementations only. Yet Khaled Nasr, partner at InterWest who joins Virsto’s board of directors, is obviously excited about the prospect of not only expanding Virtso’s potential for Microsoft Hyper-V,  but developing new markets:

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Small Business Virtualization: Part 1 – Licensing

VMware and Microsoft approach the Small to Medium companies quite differently, but which product to buy often depends on your business needs vs cost of the products. However, there needs to be at least one major distinction: SMB vs SME.

The Small to Medium Business (SMB) is quite a bit different than the growing number of Small to Medium Enterprises (SME), and VMware knows this does Microsoft or Citrix?

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OpenStack on Hyper-V – Microsoft does Public Cloud Interoperability

On October 22nd, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Cloud.com to provide integration and support of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to the OpenStack project. The announcement caused a great deal of interest here at the Virtualization Practice, as it signals an unexpected willingness on Microsoft’s part to pursue interoperability at the IaaS layer, allowing users to break out of the Hyper-v stack, whilst still retaining Hyper-v at the bottom. The fact this announcement came from Microsoft (not Cloud.com, Rackspace or OpenStack) seems to signal the seriousness of the intent.

In practical terms this means that Cloud.com puts a Hypervisor Abstraction Layer into the bottom of the OpenStack compute platform (Nova), and binds Hyper-V into that, to allow images to be deployed to and controlled on Hyper-V from OpenStack, using tooling that speaks one or other of the two OpenStack APIs (Native or Amazon EC2). Technically it is not a major step because although the initial version of Nova targeted libvirt and thereby Xen, KVM and Qemu, Citrix had already succceeded in providing a hypervisor abstraction layer in OpenStack for XenServer.

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Pano Logic delivers Hyper-V support in Pano System 3.5

Pano Logic announced today the release of Pano System 3.5, which adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V the alongside VMware vSphere.
Every new product release tells the story, not only do we get to learn about how a vendor’s marketing department wants others to see its products, but we also learn how that vendor sees its marketplace.  Today’s release by Pano Logic of Pano System 3.5 is a case in point.  The most significant new feature, certainly the one that Pano Logic are drawing the most attention to in Pano System 3.5 is support for Microsoft Hyper-V alongside VMware vSphere.  It is interesting to see a startup like Pano Logic devoting its resources not to additional functionality, but instead to improving cross-platform compatibility.  Pano Logic must be closely monitoring Microsoft’s market share in its target markets and recognizing an opportunity to squeeze out VMware View, and compete head-on with the likes of Quest vWorkspace and Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box in the SMB market.

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Announcement: Virtual Thoughts Podcast the rebirth

Like all good remakes this is best served cold.  After an hiatus of several months The Virutalization Practice are pleased to bring back to life the Virtual Thoughts podcast.  The subject for the first program is as follows:-

Is the Hypervisor being pushed into hardware, why/why not?

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/50667

So add the time and date into your calendar and join the Analysts of the The Virtualization Practice for an hour of thoughts and maybe even a little bit of insight into the dark arts that is the virtualisation world

That is Tuesday the 29th June 2010 @ 7:00pm (BST)that is 2:00pm EST and 11:00am PST

Hope to see you there!