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, (Read More)

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.

Fix the App or Add Hardware?

ApplicationVirtualizationWhile participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking PureStorage on whether or not SSD based storage was throwing hardware at a problem that is better fixed, by changing the code in question? What brought this thought to mind was the example used during the presentation which was about database performance. This example, tied to a current consulting problem, where fixing the database improved performance by 10x. This alleviated the need for over all storage improvements. So the question remains, is using SSD, throwing hardware to solve a basic coding problem? Continue reading Fix the App or Add Hardware?

Using MAC-Based Licensing with vSphere: A Necessary Evil

DataCenterVirtualizationShould software licensing be completely based off of the hardware MAC address of the NIC and or UUID of the mother board?  This process worked very well before the introduction of virtualization but now that virtualization has become more prevalent in most environments. I think software venders really need to reconsider how they are going to license their software although it seems that some companies have not bought on to the idea of virtualization and would prefer to continue to support their product type to a specific hardware platform that the vender put together and shipped out.  Can software venders hope to survive and remain current without embracing virtualization? I think the answer to that question is going to be no in the long run.  Continue reading Using MAC-Based Licensing with vSphere: A Necessary Evil

News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again

Quest_Software100x30As we have noted before, virtualization and cloud computing are forcing a reinvention of the operations management business on two fronts. The first front is that virtualization and cloud computing introduce new requirements that legacy solutions do not meet and they break legacy products rendering them worse than useless (because the consume resources and money and add no value). The second front is that successful operations management vendors like Veeam, Xangati, VMTurbo, Zenoss, PHD Virtual, SolarWinds, Reflex Systems, VKernel, and VMware have all made it much easier to try and buy operations management solutions leading to a new business model for operations management vendors that makes the existing legacy way of selling enterprise systems management software completely unattractive to customers and irrelevant. Continue reading News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again

VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?

VMware100x30VMware is already the best (most competent) and most important (fastest growing and the source of the most innovation) system software company on the planet. But as successful as VMware has been to date, it is worthwhile to ask what lies ahead – and most importantly in what direction VMware is likely to go on some key business and technical issues. In order to understand the range of choices VMware has it is worth looking at both Microsoft and Oracle as points of reference. Continue reading VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?

SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

Part 1 of this series laid out the basics of nand flash SSD with part II discussing endurance and performance. This part looks at SSD options for virtual servers, vdi or virtual desktop as well as storage for physical server environments, your usage and configuration criteria will have a bearing on what type of SSD solution is best for you. Continue reading SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

Application Aware Virtualization Backup

VirtualizationBackupWhile participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking Symantec about Application Aware Backups. In other words, could one backup an entire application, regardless of how the application was defined. This concept goes hand in hand with Application Aware Security measures. We can always backup VMs and their data to remote locations, but can we backup or maintain the application interactions within a multi-VM Application regardless of how it is defined. Continue reading Application Aware Virtualization Backup