The Virtualization Room:

April, 2008


April 29, 2008  12:49 PM

No virtualization-specific requirements for PCI audits



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization security

If your company deals with credit cards, you are required to follow the Payment Card Industry's data security standards (PCI DSS). The major credit card players -- Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover -- set forth these requirements in...

April 29, 2008  12:20 PM

Using ISO files with virtual machines



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtual machine

ISO files offer an advantage to virtual machines (VMs), chiefly as a means of loading operating systems and applications on virtual servers without the hassle of using physical media. Many tools for creating, editing and mounting ISOs are readily available and if you haven't been creating ISOs...


April 28, 2008  2:16 PM

Is hypervisor-based virtualization doomed?



Posted by: SAS70ExPERT
Application virtualization, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft, Virtualization

The following is a guest blog written by Schorschi Decker, an IT professional specializing in virtualization and enterprise-level management with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Operating system isolation or hypervisor-based virtualization remains popular, but are we settling...


April 24, 2008  10:13 AM

Choosing your next virtualization project



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Application virtualization, Desktop virtualization, High availability and virtualization, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management

For organizations with an established server virtualization environment, future virtualization projects are looming on the horizon. Whether it is desktop or application virtualization, much deliberating will undoubtly be given to the best product for the new virtualization endeavor -- as it...


April 22, 2008  1:50 PM

Attend the best of VMworld (virtually)



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware, VMworld

Didn't attend last year's VMworld? Don't worry: You can download many of the sessions for free from the VMworld website.

VMware has been gradually releasing the sessions on the website. After last year's conference, VMware chose not to...


April 21, 2008  2:16 PM

VMware Certified Professionals command higher salaries, report shows



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtualization, VMware

It's been six months since I posted about the value of the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certificate, and I thought I'd provide an update. As the...


April 21, 2008  12:20 PM

VMware’s ESX 3i for free?



Posted by: Joe Foran
Embedded Virtualization, Joseph Foran, Phoenix, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, VMware

The Inquirer recently published a story on how Dell is considering giving away VMware VI 3i licensing on its PowerEdge servers. While I won't rehash the details of the rumor here, I'll...


April 18, 2008  11:05 AM

Virtualization of Citrix Presentation Server in VMware calculations



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Application virtualization, High availability and virtualization, Joseph Foran, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

In following with Joe Foran's recent blog about virtualizing Citrix Presentation Server (PS) systems, I too have had success with this practice. I took...


April 18, 2008  10:40 AM

VMware white paper review: “Comparison of storage protocol performance”



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Storage, VMware

Since I just love to read white papers (n.b., sarcasm), I grabbed a copy of VMware's Comparison of Storage Protocol Performance. Actually, I found it to be a good read. It's short and to the point. This sums...


April 16, 2008  1:48 PM

Saving money by using virtualization



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtualization, Why choose server virtualization?

As part of a business case to justify our server consolidation/virtualization project, I had to show the benefits of what the project would provide. Virtualization provides a lot of "soft" benefits like reduced administration, maintenance costs, head count, etc. but one of the "hard" benefits is...


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