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.

2012: The Beginning of the End for Virtualization Management?

In the APM Digest, Andi Mann VP of Strategic Solutions for CA, predicted that “in 3-5 years Virtual System Management vendors will no longer survive, as virtualization becomes a core part of the enterprise compute fabric. Three years later this trend has definitely started, and will accelerate in 2012 as IT turns instead to hybrid IT management, recognizing that silos of standalone virtualization management is a costly and inefficient burden. Maybe 2012 is not the end of Virtualization Management, but it is going to be the start of the demise“. Continue reading 2012: The Beginning of the End for Virtualization Management?

Xen port to ARM puts pressure on VMware

Stefano Stabellini, a senior software engineer at Citrix Systems, has announced a proof of concept port of the open source Xen Hypervisor for the ARM Cortex A15 processor. The project was started in early November and has already developed to the point where it is capable of booting a Linux 3.0 based virtual machine up to a shell prompt. The Xen port has progressed so rapidly due to a decision to take advantage of the virtualization features that were introduced with the ARMv7 architecture making it small and comparatively easy to develop. However, because of this it won’t be able to run on anything older than a Cortex-A15 processor. Continue reading Xen port to ARM puts pressure on VMware

2011 Winners and Losers in Virtualization Management

The virtualization management industry (all aspects of physical systems monitoring, virtual systems monitoring, applications monitoring, and systems/applications provisioning) is undergoing an extremely rapid rate of change. In 2011, VMware put two very important stakes in the ground. The first was to combine performance management, capacity management, configuration management with self-learning analytics in vCenter Operations. The second was to state that its forward going management strategy was around delivering OPEX savings through automated remediation (monitor–>remediate–>notify). These VMware initiatives will shape how management plays out in 2012, and create new winners and losers. Continue reading 2011 Winners and Losers in Virtualization Management

The Speed of Change

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.  Continue reading The Speed of Change

Some Thoughts on the Last Decade and 2011 in Review

I cannot believe the month of December is almost upon us.  Every year around this time I like to reflect upon the year and give my review and remarks.  This is a special year for me because it was around this time a decade ago that I was introduced to a cool new technology called virtualization from this neat new product called VMware Workstation. It was a magical moment when I first discovered the ability to run multiple operating systems, at the same time, on a single computer.  I remember this moment well because it was true love at first install.  Within a year I was playing with VMware ESX Server 1.5 and was given my first virtualization proof of concept that was followed by my first production design and deployment. The rest, as they say, is history as well as an amazing ride. On to 2011 in Review. Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Last Decade and 2011 in Review