The Virtualization Room:

May, 2008


May 29, 2008  8:23 AM

Intel Premier IT Professional series provides virtualization resources



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Intel, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms

New vendors, strategies, technologies and capabilities seem to present themselves daily to the virtualization administrator and manager. One resource that can help is the Intel Premier IT Professional (IPIP)...

May 29, 2008  8:18 AM

Virtualization performance benchmarks needed ASAP, vendors say



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
AMD, Application virtualization, hardware, Intel, Networking, Red Hat, Servers, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, VMware, Xen

Big players in the virtualization world griped about the absence of performance benchmarks for virtual machines on CIO Talk Radio yesterday and discussed some of the issues surrounding virtualization standards.

Guests on the show included: Simon...


May 28, 2008  10:22 AM

Xen: An endangered species in the virtualization ecosystem?



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, VMware, Xen

While Citrix Systems’ Xen's ubiquity may help the technology earn a legacy as the invisible hypervisor, it may also prove the most challenging next step for IT administrators and developers who want to find or develop software that leverages, supports or extends the Xen hypervisor. To understand...


May 27, 2008  8:21 AM

VMware will cut hypervisor prices, says virtualization guru Chris Wolf



Posted by: Jan Stafford
Virtualization

Hypervisor price competition will get intense this year as Microsoft enters the market with Hyper-V, and VMware will have to respond, says Chris Wolf.

Wolf is Burton Group's senior analyst for data center strategies, and he's probably everyone's go-to expert on virtualization.  He...


May 23, 2008  10:00 AM

Virtual machines bleed money



Posted by: Lauren Horwitz
Servers, Virtualization, virtualization costs

This blog post was written by Megan Santosus, Features Writer. A recent white paper published by Embotics Corp. on the hidden costs of virtual machines (VMs) paints just the kind of picture one might expect from a vendor of VM...


May 22, 2008  9:51 AM

Storage utilization is a new battle



Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Rick Vanover, Servers, Storage, Virtualization

I was recently asked, "do you have any visibility of the storge utilization you provide your virtual machines?" I stopped, thought about it and said "no". However, in my situation, this is not yet a problem. A pitfall for most enterprise server virtualization strategies is in a reservation for...


May 22, 2008  9:34 AM

VMware entering final phase of virtualization evolution: Cloud computing



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Clusters, Desktop virtualization, green computing, grids and mainframes, VDI, Virtual machine, Virtualization, VMware, Why choose server virtualization?

As new vendors enter the x86 virtualization space, pioneer VMware, Inc. is moving on to the next frontier, cloud computing, said VMware President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Greene in her keynote address at...


May 20, 2008  9:26 AM

Using virtual appliances with VMware



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Virtual appliances, Virtual machine, VMware

VMware’s Virtual Appliance Marketplace has over 800 appliances available for download over a wide range of categories that can be used in your VMware environment. For those who may not be familiar,...


May 16, 2008  9:45 AM

Still no Linux VMware VI client



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Linux and virtualization, Microsoft, VMware

As this long running thread in the VMware forums indicates, many users are frustrated with VMware’s lack of support for a Linux-based Virtual Infrastructure client to manage VI3 environments. Currently,...


May 16, 2008  9:28 AM

Virtual environment architecting requires network zone placement



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Clusters, hardware, Lab management, Networking, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtual appliances, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

Almost every virtualization admin that I interact with has materially changed their strategy at some point with their first generation of server virtualization before the entire project is complete. Among the strategy changes are those related to network zoning, which will become a more...


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