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August 2, 2010  5:46 PM

Virtualization Vendor Profile: Stratus Technologies

Posted by: Colin Steele
Citrix XenServer, Colin Steele, hardware

Welcome to the latest edition of 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. At the beginning of my recent phone call with

November 20, 2008  12:04 PM

Where regular desktops fear to tread

Posted by: Alex Barrett
Desktop virtualization, hardware, Pano Logic, thin clients, VDI, Virtualization

Have you ever marveled at how fast desktops and laptops start breaking down, even under normal working conditions? Try putting a desktop on the floor of a plastics manufacturing facility. You’ll be lucky if you get a week out of the desktop before something fails, said Kunal Patel, IT director at...

September 2, 2008  9:24 AM

Making a P2V conversion: Driver cleansing

Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, P2V, Rick Vanover, Virtual machine, Virtualization strategies

Successful physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions revolve around getting the virtual environment correct before presenting the actual workload to the new VM. In this video blog, Rick Vanover discusses some conversion tasks that can help a VM function optimally as the workload goes virtual from a...

August 28, 2008  7:44 AM

Xen version 3.3 enhances performance, scalability to open source hypervisor

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Citrix XenServer, Embedded Virtualization, hardware, Intel, Open source, Oracle VM, Servers, Sun xVM, Virtual machine, Virtualization platforms, Xen, XenSource announced the release of a new version of the project's open source hypervisor, Xen 3.3 today, with enhancements to security, performance and scalability. Xen logo

August 25, 2008  9:58 AM

VDI process selection revolves heavily on the endpoint device

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Desktop virtualization, hardware, Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VDI, Virtualization

Selecting a VDI environment is a daunting process. As I begin to evaluate technologies for VDI design and implementation for an upcoming project, the first step is often to identify the requirements from the end-user perspective. Administrators frequently get wrapped up in the server side of a...

August 25, 2008  9:09 AM

AMD Opteron powering top servers on VMmark list

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
AMD, AMD Opteron, hardware, HP, Intel, quad-core processor, Servers, Virtual machine, Virtualization, VMmark, VMware

AMD's quad-core Opteron processors powered the top three performing servers on VMware Inc.'s VMmark virtualization...

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August 20, 2008  3:21 PM

VMware helps hospital reduce data center power, increase performance

Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Desktop virtualization, hardware, High availability and virtualization, HP, Servers, VDI, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, VMware

Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware, Inc. announced that Rochester General Hospital(RGH) deployed VMware Infrastructure 3 to scale and manage its...

August 6, 2008  8:08 AM

More on optimizing virtual hosts

Posted by: Rick Vanover
Eric Siebert, hardware, Networking, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies

Eric Siebert's recent post on optimizing the host environment is a very important concern that may frequently be passed aside in the interest of...

July 20, 2008  8:50 PM

Considering external-facing virtual machines

Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Networking, Rick Vanover, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

One of the more overlooked placement discussions that happen within the design or re-engineering phases of virtualization projects involves systems that are on an external network. The placement of external systems can be addressed many different ways, including the use of virtual private network...

July 7, 2008  12:39 PM

Test virtual environments make for better server upgrades

Posted by: Rick Vanover
hardware, Lab management, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, virtualization costs, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

Given that virtual environments for x86 servers are relatively new, most lack direct experience in performing major in-place upgrades. While there are many ways to approach a key upgrade to a virtual environment, we'll take a look at one example of a server virtualization upgrade: VMware ESX 3.5...

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