The Virtualization Room:

April, 2009


April 27, 2009  7:00 PM

VMware bristles at suggestions of lousy IOPS performance

Posted by: Alex Barrett
IOPS, Oracle, performance, VMware, vSphere

When it comes to IOPS performance, VMware has its proverbial panties in a bunch. Plagued by the public perception that IO-intensive workloads don’t perform well in a virtual machine, the company is on a mission to prove otherwise, throwing tremendous amounts of engineering resources at the...

April 27, 2009  6:34 PM

Open source hypervisors face an uphill battle

Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Microsoft Hyper-V, Open source, Oracle, server virtualization, Sun Microsystems, VMware

VMware vs. Microsoft is the hot debate in virtualization these days, but what about proprietary vs. open source hypervisors? Forrester Research has an interesting take on that topic. The...

April 27, 2009  2:52 PM

Consolidation ratios are yesterday’s news

Posted by: Craig Hatmaker
hypervisor, Virtualization, Why choose server virtualization?

Ever notice that when you talk to someone about virtualizating, it always seems to come down to, "So, what's your consolidation ratio?" Everyone seems to care only about the number of virtual machines you can house on a single host system. While consolidation ratios are important, they're...

April 20, 2009  3:36 PM

Oracle-Sun: A threat to VMware?

Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Oracle, Oracle VM, server virtualization, Sun Microsystems, Sun xVM

You may have heard this morning that Oracle acquired Sun...

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April 17, 2009  1:36 PM

Bricks or blades?

Posted by: Craig Hatmaker
blades, infrastructure, Servers, Virtualization

Bricks (standard rack-mount servers) are a known entity. You've been buying and deploying them forever. You are comfortable with bricks. Blades (blade servers) are cool. They're small. They look really neat in your rack. Your vendor really wants you to buy blades. The question is,...

April 16, 2009  9:11 PM

Virtualization vendor comparisons

Posted by: Eric Siebert
comparisons, Eric Siebert, vendor, Virtualization

There has been a lot of mud slinging and FUD raising among virtualization vendors lately as the quest to rule the...

April 8, 2009  6:48 PM

I just virtualized my data center. Was I successful?

Posted by: Craig Hatmaker
cost justification, project, Virtualization

I've been involved in many data center virtualization projects and one thing that continues to amaze me is that, far too often, the senior management team has no way of knowing if the project is a success. Oh sure, the manager of the data center is thrilled! He's got only 10% of the systems he had...

April 8, 2009  2:27 PM

VMware fires back against Microsoft’s mythbusters

Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware

VMware and its supporters have made like Mr. Burns and released the hounds on Microsoft. The object of their ire is the "

April 6, 2009  2:32 PM

Microsoft’s ‘embarrassing’ Hyper-V vs. VMware video

Posted by: Colin Steele
Colin Steele, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware

Microsoft has taken its virtualization marketing push and kicked it up a notch -- BAM! -- but it may be doing more harm than good. The company's new "


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