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July 13, 2010  4:17 PM

VMware adopts per-VM licensing, pricing

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

VMware released vSphere 4.1 today, but that wasn’t the only news out of Palo Alto.

VMware is also introducing a per-VM licensing and pricing model for most of its management portfolio. Customers can now buy licenses for vCenter Capacity IQ, vCenter AppSpeed, vCenter Site Recovery Manager and the Ionix management line on a per-VM basis.

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July 13, 2010  2:06 PM

vSphere vs. Azure: The real battle

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hyper-V vs. vSphere is SO last year.

Cloud computing is the main theme at this week’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, and Hyper-V has taken a backseat to Windows Azure. The focus on Azure, a Platform as a Service (PaaS), marks a significantly different approach to private clouds than VMware has taken with its cloud infrastructure model.

And it means that when we talk about the battle between VMware and Microsoft, the folks in Redmond want us to talk less about vSphere vs. Hyper-V and more about vSphere vs. Azure.

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July 1, 2010  5:04 PM

Virtualization Vendor Profile: enStratus

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Welcome to the debut of a new feature here on the SearchServerVirtualization Blog, called the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, and write up a recap.

Yesterday I spoke with George Reese, CTO of enStratus, a Minneapolis-based management vendor. The company’s software provides monitoring, provisioning, security and access-control features, but the real selling point, if it works as advertised, is a feature for moving data across private and public clouds. (The company says it supports most major cloud providers, including VMware, Rackspace, Azure, Amazon Web Services, Eucalyptus and Google storage.)

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June 30, 2010  6:32 PM

VMware: The Papa Tomato of virtualization

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You know that old joke about the family of tomatoes and the baby that falls behind?

You don’t? OK then, I’ll let Uma Thurman tell it:

Sometimes IT customers can feel like Baby Tomato, lagging behind all the innovation and hype that vendors are throwing out there and eventually getting squished. It’s a big issue for SAP now, as my colleague Courtney Bjorlin at SearchSAP.com just blogged about. But it’s an equally big concern in the server virtualization market — particularly for VMware, thanks to its focus on cloud computing.

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June 29, 2010  4:18 PM

Oracle VM machine targets Cisco, HP

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Appliances like Cisco’s Unified Computing System are designed to help you kick-start a virtualization deployment.

Now, Oracle is banking on an appliance to do the same for its lagging virtualization market share.

Our sister site SearchITChannel.com reports that a so-called “Oracle VM machine” (perhaps developed by Oracle’s Department of Redundancy Department?) is in the works. Oracle President Charles Phillips disclosed the news during the company’s quarterly earnings call last week.

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June 24, 2010  1:17 PM

Red Hat KVM: A bold vision

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BOSTON — Is Red Hat’s move to KVM bold and forward-thinking, or does it show a lack of strategic vision?

That’s the question our virtualization columnist Mark Vaughn asked me on Twitter yesterday as I covered the Red Hat Summit here. My 140-characters-or-less response was, “It’s definitely bold, and they clearly have a vision. The real question is, has Red Hat bet on the right horse?”

That’s a pretty good summary of Red Hat’s virtualization efforts and its shift from Xen to KVM, but let’s break it down in more detail: Continued »


June 23, 2010  5:28 PM

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 includes Xen converter

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

BOSTON — Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 is out today, and it includes a couple of enhancements for server virtualization.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 guest OSes will support up to 256 GB of RAM and 16 virtual CPUs. (The previous limit was 64 GB of RAM and 16 virtual CPUs.) The platform will also be able to import and export VMs in the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), which VMware and Oracle VirtualBox already support.

But perhaps the most important enhancement is a new V2V converter that will let you migrate VMs from VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Xen to OVF, so you can run those VMs in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2.

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June 21, 2010  6:50 PM

That’s stall, folks: When bureaucracy impedes virtualization

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

My recent article on ISV stall struck a chord with some readers — mostly because they’d never heard the term “ISV stall” before.

Basically, ISV stall is a roadblock to virtualization that occurs when software vendors won’t support their applications on virtual servers. It’s part of a larger problem that CA’s Andi Mann recently termed “VM stall” — when a virtualization roll-out hits a wall after the initial consolidation phase.

This afternoon I spoke with David Lynch, vice president of marketing for Embotics, about VM stall. He said the problem affects most of Embotics’ customers, and it’s a tough one to solve because technology alone won’t cut it.

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June 17, 2010  8:24 PM

Is Red Hat’s virtualization strategy backfiring?

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

VMware and Novell made big news last week with their announcement that VMware will distribute SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and push all its virtual appliances onto that OS.

One of the big questions around the announcement: Why Novell? As News Director Alex Barrett wrote in her story, “Red Hat still leads Novell in terms of Linux market share by a wide margin, leading some to wonder why VMware didn’t partner with that company instead.”

VMware isn’t the only virtualization vendor to spurn Red Hat lately. In fact, this latest news makes you wonder if Red Hat’s virtualization strategy is backfiring.

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June 10, 2010  5:27 PM

Vizioncore, Veeam get vicious

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When it comes to virtualization feuds, VMware vs. Microsoft grabs all the headlines. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only game in town.

Two leading third-party management vendors — Veeam and Vizioncore — are now going at it as well. Vizioncore kicked off the fracas last week with an attack on Veeam, saying its “poorly designed architecture for data backup will undermine a virtual environment.”  In a 1,900-word blog post, Vizioncore took Veeam Backup and Replication 4.1.1 to task for several of its technical features (or lack thereof). The post also included some more, um, provocative statements.

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