I participated in GestaltIT‘s TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following virtualization vendors:
- vKernel where we were introduced to their Predictive Capacity Planning tools
- EMC where we discussed integration of storage into the virtualization management tools as well as other hypervisor integrations
- Cisco where CVN and CVE were discussed in detail.
At the reception at Fenway Park we also had a chance to further our discussion with all these vendors as well as Akorri with their BalancePoint software.Of these vendors what I found interesting is that all have noticed that Hyper-V is now of interest to their customer base so all either have products ready for Hyper-V or are working on products for Hyper-V. Akorri and vKernel have Hyper-V ready products. Cisco and EMC are working with Hyper-V at some level I suspect.
Continue reading GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up
On March 18, Microsoft embarked on a major offensive to focus the desktop virtualisation market away from VMware View. As well as announcing updates for their desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Microsoft and Citrix Systems jointly announced two major promotions:
“Rescue for VMware VDI” – Starting in April 2010, VMware View customers who have Microsoft Core CAL or Enterprise CAL suites with Software Assurance through Select, Enterprise & CASA family of agreements are offered the opportunity to trade in up to 500 licenses for free up until December 2010.
“VDI Kick Start” from March 18, if you’ve a Microsoft Core CAL or Enterprise CAL suites with Software Assurance through Enterprise and Select family of agreements you are eligible customers only pay $28 per device for up to 250 devices. If you’ve an Open Value, Campus Agreement or School Agreement (CASA) family of agreements you’ll be eligible starting July 1, 2010.
Are these announcements marketing hype or do they actually help deliver an improved VDI experience? Indeed, are you a VMware View house in peril?
Continue reading Microsoft and Citrix offer a “Rescue for VMware VDI”
Project Virtual Reality Check have released their Phase 2 white paper on Terminal Server/RDS workloads running on the latest generation Intel processor: the Xeon 5500 series (Nehalem). Besides providing some great figures to support the adoption of Intel’s Nehalem to drive high demand virtualized workloads, this is an interesting and important comparison document for those considering centralised desktop virtualisation.
Continue reading Is Running Terminal Services on a Hypervisor Viable?
Aimed for those who use medium sized storage for virtualization loads, Virsto will add quite a bit of needed functionality to Hyper-V to reduce disk space requirements, improve general disk IO performance, as well as provide faster high availability failover. The disk space saving Linked Clone technology available for VMware ESX and ESXi has been missing from Hyper-V. Virsto provides this. Continue reading Virsto Promises More than Linked Clones for Hyper-V
On January 25th 2010 VMware reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2009 and for the full year of 2009. While we are not a financial analysis site focused upon earnings and stock prices, there is important information contained in these earnings numbers about the success of VMware. This is a critical issue, as many people expected the release of Microsoft Hyper-V R2 to significantly eat into the growth of VMware, and perhaps even start to eat into VMware’s dominant market share position. These earnings numbers provide a critical insight into how well VMware is doing, which helps us understand how impacted by Hyper-V VMware was in the fourth quarter of 2009. Continue reading What the Numbers Tell Us About The Success of VMware
Prior to virtualization, “performance management” was roughly broken into two groups of products:
- Products that focused upon how utilized the infrastructure (hardware and software – everything from the spindle on the storage array to the operating system in the servers) was, is currently and will projected to be. These products came in many forms, from any different vendors, focusing upon many different parts of the infrastructure stack – but they invariably were put to one of two purposes. The first was to manage and plan the capacity of elements of the infrastructure. The second was to infer (or in some cases, assert) that if resource utilization was within either a set of manually set or statistically derived thresholds that the performance that the infrastructure was providing to applications was “normal”. These products were largely sold to the teams within IT who supported one or more of the layers of this infrastructure. Examples abound but include IBM Tivoli, HP Business Availability Center, BMC, CA Unicenter (now renamed CA Spectrum), and products from hundreds of other companies. Continue reading Virtualization Splits Up the Performance Management Business