The Virtualization Room

June 30, 2009  7:05 PM

Red Hat turning VMworld into KVMworld?

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

VMworld 2009 is still two months away, but at least one virtualization competitor is already planning to steal some thunder at the show.

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) suite will hit general availability Sept. 1, according to LeMagIT — which, for those of you who don’t parlez francais, means “The IT Mag.” Sept. 1 is the first full day of VMworld 2009, when VMware typically makes most of its major announcements.

RHEV marks a shift from Xen to KVM as Red Hat’s open source virtualization technology of choice, as senior virtualization director Navin Thadani said on last week’s edition of This Week in Virtualization.

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June 23, 2009  1:34 PM

Know your acronyms!

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Next time you tell someone, “I’m a VCP and VMUG member who runs a next-generation COS and uses NPIV to offer a virtual HBA,” it better not be B.S.

Acronym overload is an unfortunate part of life in IT, especially in virtualization. But that doesn’t mean you can toss them around willy-nilly without knowing what they mean.

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June 15, 2009  6:24 PM

VMware: Sorry for the Hyper-V crash video, Microsoft

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Much has been made of Microsoft’s regular attacks against VMware, from its “VMware Costs Way Too Much” poker chips to its “Microsoft Mythbusters” video. The folks in Redmond even faced accusations that they were spreading lies about VMware last year.

So why is VMware apologizing to Microsoft?

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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.

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