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Technology vendors overwhelmingly believe that just because a new version of a product is made available to the marketplace, virtualization technologists will embrace it. However, in order for technologists to move to the newer version, it must:
- Be technically superior
- Be easier to administer/maintain
- Address a compelling business solution.
The speed at which technology changes is absolutely amazing in that as soon as you buy something, the next faster, bigger model comes out. I think back to when I started my career and remember a workstation that I was using with a 200MHz processor and I was really thrilled when I got it bumped up to 64MB of ram. Now, although the hardware was changing at blazing speeds, you used to know you had a three to five year run with the operating system before you had to worry about upgrading and refreshing the operating systems. VMware has been changing the rules the last few years on major releases coming out, every two years.
I have been preparing my virtual environment for a VMware vSphere upgrade. Specifically I have been going over my existing hardware with an eye towards running all aspects of vSphere including VMware Fault Tolerance (FT), NPIV, Cisco Nexus 1000V, and well everything.
But first a little about my environment. It is not all that big. Currently it has 2 DL380 G5s with dual quad port E5345 CPUs, 16GBs of memory, 2 146GB SAS drives, dual port Intel GigE dual port adapters, Emulex Dual Port FC-HBAs. In addition, there are 2 DL380 G3s both with 6GBs of memory and 6 146GB drives. One of the DL380 G3s is my VMware vCenter Server and Backup Server attached to a USB DISC BluSafe of which I blogged about previously. The other DL380 G3 is a test box for the virtual environment.
So what will going to vSphere entail?