The Virtualization Room


June 11, 2009  8:29 PM

Cisco hires Christofer Hoff as virtualization director

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Cisco Systems has a new virtualization and cloud computing director: Christofer Hoff, the security and virtualization expert and popular blogger.

Hoff, aka “Beaker,” runs the Rational Survivability blog and has held high-ranking security positions at several IT vendors and other firms — albeit none as big as Cisco. They include Unisys, Crossbeam Systems and the WesCorp federal credit union.

His hiring at Cisco comes as the networking giant is making its move into the virtualization and data center markets with its Unified Computing System.

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June 10, 2009  7:23 PM

Mobile virtualization management: Valuable but not sexy

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

There’s been a lot of talk about mobile phone virtualization lately, thanks to the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) and the Citrix Receiver.

These new products hold a lot of promise. But for now, the best application of mobile phone virtualization is to use mobile devices to manage existing virtual environments. The latest release in this area of the market comes from Hyper9, which yesterday unveiled its Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM).

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June 2, 2009  4:58 PM

Virtualization security fears grow

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

As people who deal with virtualization every day — you work with it, I write about it — it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that it’s a ubiquitous technology with infinite use cases and unending appeal.

Well, in the words of Lee Corso:

Lee Corso

There are still quite a few people out there who don’t feel totally comfortable virtualizing everything. And they’re not all newbies who don’t know what they’re talking about.

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May 29, 2009  2:34 PM

VMworld 2009 contract verbiage causes kerfuffle

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

VMware inserted some new language in to its VMworld 2009 sponsor and exhibitor agreement that caused some industry insiders to wonder whether the upcoming show will be as hot a destination as in years past.

In a blog post For shame! VMware is now banning competing vendors’ products from VMworld!, desktop and application virtualization analyst Brian Madden highlighted language that states exhibitors and sponsors can only discuss products which are “complementary” to VMware’s, where “complementary” is defined as “products/services that do not overlap/substitute with VMware’s products/capabilities, and help expand the reach and solution scope of VMware’s capabilities solely as deemed by VMware.”

With this move, VMworld will no longer be a “true industry-wide virtualization event” like it has in the past, Madden wrote, but simply “a big rah rah hug-fest.” Continued »


May 26, 2009  8:49 PM

Can you afford vSphere?

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

vSphere is out, and it contains lots of new features and functionality. But can companies afford to upgrade right now?

vSphere is a great release — if your hardware is supported and you have the money you may need to pay for additional licensing and training. If you do, then by all means upgrade and check out all the new features and functionality that is has to offer. If you don’t, consider these issues:

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May 26, 2009  1:42 PM

Virtualization: Why Microsoft cares

Craig Hatmaker Craig Hatmaker Profile: Craig Hatmaker

Have you ever wondered why Microsoft cares so much about server virtualization? After all, it’s only a software representation of a physical machine.

Microsoft has been very content over the last nearly 30 years letting the likes of Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM build physical servers with nary a care. When VMware introduced commodity server virtualization back in 1999, Microsoft hardly batted an eye. So what’s happened to make Microsoft not only care, but care enough to invest millions of dollars into their own server virtualization solution?

It’s all about control.

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May 5, 2009  7:38 PM

Get virtual with Sid Smith

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Looking for another expert perspective on server virtualization? Sid Smith, who runs the Daily Hypervisor, now has a new blog here on IT Knowledge Exchange.

Virtualization with Sid Smith will focus on the storage, networking and other issues related to deploying and managing VMware, Hyper-V and Xen environments. His first post is about upgrading from ESX to vSphere.

In addition to writing for two blogs, Smith is also a senior systems engineer with VIRTERA, a New York-based solutions provider, and the author of an upcoming book on virtualization. He’s been working in virtualization for nearly a decade, so check out what he has to say.


May 5, 2009  7:36 PM

VMware engineers caution IT pros: Use Fault Tolerance sparingly

Bridget Botelho Profile: Bridget Botelho
Virtualization

One of the most anticipated features in the next version of VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere, is Fault Tolerance, but VMware engineers caution IT pros to use it sparingly.

During the New England VMware User Group meeting in Newport, RI on April 30, VMware engineers who gave a session called “What’s Next for VMware Virtual Infrastructure” said not to use the upcoming fault tolerance (FT) feature as a general replacement for High Availability because it requires more resources. Instead, only use it where absolutely no downtime can be tolerated.

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May 5, 2009  2:52 PM

Microsoft: With vSphere, now we’re even cheaper than VMware!

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Microsoft is nothing if not persistent.

The folks up in Redmond have fired yet ANOTHER salvo against VMware. This time it’s in the form of a blog post by Edwin Yuen, the senior technical product manager for Microsoft’s integrated virtualization team. (You may know him as “Laughing Guy” from the now-notorious “Microsoft Mythbusters” video.)

Microsoft has always said VMware is more expensive than Hyper-V, and Yuen uses the upcoming release of vSphere 4 to drive that point home even further in his post, “VMware vSphere pricing – Meet the new price; same as the old price, only more.”

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May 4, 2009  5:33 PM

Microsoft TechEd, virtualization and you

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Windows 7 is supposed to be the star of next week’s Microsoft TechEd show in L.A., but the conference will also have a ton of stuff for all you virtualization users out there.

Some sessions will focus on Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2, System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 and other products. Others will cover cloud computing, green IT and more hot topics in virtualization. I’ve just gone through the entire agenda to set my schedule, and I’ve picked out what look to be some of the most interesting sessions:


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