The Virtualization Room:

December, 2007


December 26, 2007  12:15 PM

VMware ESX 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

The virtualization world was very excited for the release of VMware ESX 3.5 and Virtual Center 2.5 last week. However, should everyone jump on to the new platforms quickly? I say no. To be fair to myself, I have performed a limited set of upgrades already within the week, and some are planned over...

December 19, 2007  5:23 PM

‘Twas the week before Christmas: Virtualization Log

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Despite the impending holiday and our stubbornly long shopping list, SearchServerVirtualization.com and SearchVMware.com keep pumping out the virtualization content. Highlights of the week include the following:

  • An extremely well read-article on how


December 19, 2007  10:15 AM

Thoughts on the ‘top five’ trends in virtualization

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

I recently received a press release from London-based TechNavio, the creator of a Web-based information and research tool, that outlines the top five virtualization trends. Here they are, along with my own thoughts on these trends: 1. Business process...


December 15, 2007  10:51 AM

VMware’s busy week: Virtualization Log

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

VMware has made two significant news announcements of late: the long-awaited availability of ESX 3.5, and

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December 13, 2007  12:28 PM

VMware competition nears; Microsoft ships Hyper-V beta

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

VMware, are you listening? Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor, formerly known as Viridian, is available for public beta, the company announced today. It can be obtained by downloading Windows Server...


December 12, 2007  10:01 PM

Virtualization planning…with a little help

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Planning your virtual environment is critically important - and should not be taken on without the proper resources.  Sure you have IT colleagues that are giving you ideas and making you wish your virtual environment was where they are now, but make sure you select the correct solution.  And if...


December 12, 2007  1:10 PM

So long, SWsoft; hello, Parallels

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

It's no secret that SWsoft, the company known for its Virtuozzo OS virtualization software, and Parallels, of Apple desktop virtualization fame, are co-owned, but now the firm has decided to streamline its identity and use only the Parallels name. "We needed to stop using our historical guerilla...


December 10, 2007  9:05 AM

Virtual Iron 4.2 plays catch-up with VMware

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Virtual Iron announced version 4.2 of its server virtualization platform today, adding new features that inch the offering closer to feature parity with market leader VMware ESX Server and that represent firsts for a Xen-based platform. The features include the following:

  • multipathing for...


December 10, 2007  9:02 AM

Down and dirty with storage and networking: Virtualization Log

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Designing the storage to go along with your virtual environment? In this tip, Anil Desai explains a variety of ways to avoid storage (I/O) bottlenecks. In his analysis, Desai covers all the bases:...


December 7, 2007  10:31 AM

Single-stop shopping for virtualization?

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Can you get your core hardware vendor to sell you the hardware, the virtualization software, integration services, and support? Sure can. This becomes more of a benefit as you can get direct access to better resources for support and pre-sales matters. One example is to conside Dell as your single...


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