The Virtualization Room


December 3, 2010  8:53 PM

Why Reflex Systems replaced its CEO

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Virtualization management ISV Reflex Systems abruptly replaced President and CEO Peter Privateer Nov. 12 with its former VP of sales and business development Preston Futrell, and with very little explanation.

The reasons for the departure were not picked up on among tech media; as it turns out, they were covered instead by mainstream press in the Atlanta area, and are very disturbing.

December 2, 2010  4:25 PM

Contest: Virtualization predictions for 2011

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Get your crystal ball out! It’s time to make some virtualization predictions for 2011.

Email me your predictions by Dec. 17, and we’ll randomly select two winners. One will get a copy of “Grow a Greener Data Center” by Douglas Alger and another will receive “VMware VI and vSphere SDK: Managing the VMware Infrastructure and vSphere” by Steve Jin.

We’ll also publish the best predictions as part of our year-end package. Try to be somewhat realistic — no “Oracle will buy EMC and make all customers move to Oracle VM” — but have fun too!


November 30, 2010  5:57 PM

Hyper-V finds niche in Europe, survey says

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Americans and Europeans often have different tastes when it comes to football…

fashion…

and food.

It may be time to add virtualization to that list. A new virtualization survey by the German analyst firm KuppingerCole shows significantly higher adoption of Microsoft Hyper-V in Europe than we’ve seen stateside.

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November 30, 2010  1:50 PM

And our new advisory board member is…

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

We had a lot of interest in the opening on our Server Virtualization Advisory Board. Virtualization experts from all over the world — five countries and three continents, in fact — applied to become the new member.

I’m happy to introduce our selection, Maish Saidel-Keesing. Many of you know him as a moderator on the VMware Communities site or through his popular blog, Technodrone, which was ranked No. 32 on Eric Siebert’s latest poll of the best VMware blogs. You may also follow him on Twitter, @maishsk.

Maish is an infrastructure administrator and virtualization architect for NDS Group in Jerusalem, Israel, and he’s spent 12 years working in IT, with a focus on virtualization for the past five years. He’ll bring an international perspective to the Server Virtualization Advisory Board and fit right in with the other expert users and consultants. Welcome, Maish!


November 24, 2010  2:24 PM

Data security worries rise as virtualization spreads

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Yesterday I caught a brief but an interesting exchange between two of the people I follow on Twitter. “All my storage conversations used to push to virtualization. Now all my virt / cloud conversations push to backup or security,” said Ed Saipetch, a senior vSpecialist at EMC Corp. Greg Knieriemen, a vice president at VAR Chi Corporation, retweeted this with the comment, “Agree.”

I can also agree. My own conversations since I started covering virtualization have followed a similar path, away from the hypervisor and back toward concerns about the underlying infrastructure. As Saipetch notes, this is particularly true when it comes to data security (as well as virtual backup, which is mostly a separate discussion).  

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November 23, 2010  8:05 PM

PaaS vs. IaaS: What’s Microsoft’s private cloud vision?

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

It’s hard to avoid the obvious cliche on this one: Microsoft’s private cloud messaging is getting very cloudy.

Back in July, at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, all the talk was about Windows Azure and the company’s Platform as a Service-based approach to private cloud computing. Steve Ballmer talked about the “dramatic” difference between cloud computing and virtualization, and VP Robert Wahbe said Infrastructure as a Service was “just a feature” of a private cloud.

Those comments showed a major difference between Microsoft’s cloud strategy and VMware’s virtualization-centric, IaaS approach. And Microsoft was delivering a clear, consistent message.

That all changed last week, when we got some news about System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.

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November 22, 2010  3:26 PM

Novell acquired, but not by VMware

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Despite a report by the Wall Street Journal September 15 that VMware was in talks to acquire at least a piece of Novell, the majority of the company will be acquired for $2.2 billion by Attachmate, primarily known for its mainframe connectivity and terminal emulation software. Another portion of Novell’s IP, some 882 patents, will be sold off for $450 million to a consortium led by Microsoft.

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November 17, 2010  5:53 PM

Want to be on our advisory board?

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

With this week’s news that expert contributor Rick Vanover is joining Veeam Software — congrats, Rick! — we have an opening on our Server Virtualization Advisory Board.

The users and consultants on our advisory board are our go-to experts who help us stay on top of the latest news and trends in the server virtualization market. Their primary responsibility is to answer the question of the month, where they weigh in on hot topics in the industry (or answer seasonal questions, like in this month’s Thanksgiving-themed article). Often, they’re also the first people we call when we need perspective on a breaking news story, a podcast guest, or a technology sanity-check.

If you’re interested, email me a short bio and why you think you’d be a good fit for the board. Please send all responses by Monday.


November 9, 2010  8:26 PM

The preconfigured stack craze – if IT vendors build it, will users come?

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

While vendors and vendor coalitions are putting together preconfigured bundles of storage, networking, virtualization and applications, industry analysts say interest among IT pros in turnkey stacks seems high. But actual sales figures for such products are difficult to pin down, and anecdotal opinions vary widely about their actual popularity.

For example, yesterday, the coalition between VMware, Cisco and EMC (VCE) launched new Vblocks targeting VDI and SAP deployments, but VCE’s senior vice president of solutions Todd Pavone declined to comment on how many customers Vblocks have garnered since they officially began shipping last November.

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November 8, 2010  5:32 PM

Why we’re still resisting virtual backup best practices

Alyssa Provazza Alyssa Provazza Profile: Alyssa Provazza

Many enterprises are putting on the brakes when it comes to VM backup and recovery. A recent report says enterprises aren’t confident about the ability to back up and recover VMs — leading many to avoid virtualizing their entire infrastructure.

Backup vendor Veeam surveyed 500 organizations with more than 1,000 employees about their virtualization and data protection practices. Here are a few stats from Veeam’s “VMware Data Protection Report 2010” that reveal the problems with backup and recovery in many enterprises:

  • 44% of IT directors say they are avoiding virtualizing mission-critical workloads due to concerns about backup and recovery.
  • Only 2% of all server and VM backups are tested for recoverability each year.
  • 25% of full-server recoveries are being performed to recover a single file or application item.

Of course, it’s in Veeam’s business interests to publicize the challenges of backup and recovery — and its solutions — and that’s what these survey results are doing. But backup is a recurring problem for enterprises, and it’s keeping them from successfully recovering VMs.

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