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Rick Vanover


January 30, 2008  10:29 PM

Technosium 2008: Virtualization and regulatory compliance, time to revisit?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization management

I am blogging from the first annual Technosium 2008 Global Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., where I have gotten some clarification on regulatory compliance, a topic that perplexes me and other virtualization managers and administrators I...

January 30, 2008  10:18 PM

Technosium 2008: FastScale Composer’s cool virtual server deployment



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Application virtualization, Product announcements, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware

Today at the Technosium Global Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., I saw a cool demonstration of FastScale Composer at work deploying virtual (and physical) servers. FastScale Technologies...


January 30, 2008  2:27 PM

Technosium 2008: Virtualization takeaways for business continuity



Posted by: Rick Vanover
High availability and virtualization, Rick Vanover, Storage, Virtualization, Virtualization strategies

I am blogging from the inaugural Technosium Global Conference and Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I’ll be signing on intermittently to provide you with everything I consider beneficial to...


January 15, 2008  3:48 PM

VMware ESX 3.5 upgrade path: Where to start



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Product announcements, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware

VMware's flagship products ESX 3.5 and Virtual Center 2.5 have been available for a little over a month now. When the upgrades were...

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December 26, 2007  12:15 PM

VMware ESX 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Linux and virtualization, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies, VMware

The virtualization world was very excited for the release of VMware ESX 3.5 and Virtual Center 2.5 last week. However, should everyone jump on to the new platforms quickly? I say no. To be fair to myself, I have performed a limited set of upgrades already within the week, and some are planned over...


December 7, 2007  10:31 AM

Single-stop shopping for virtualization?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization strategies

Can you get your core hardware vendor to sell you the hardware, the virtualization software, integration services, and support? Sure can. This becomes more of a benefit as you can get direct access to better resources for support and pre-sales matters. One example is to conside Dell as your single...


December 5, 2007  11:23 AM

The spreading of the field



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft Virtual Server, Product announcements, Rick Vanover, SUSE/Novell, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms

When you think virtualization, VMware comes to mind as the leader, correct? Sure ESX is the premium product right now for x86 virtualization, but there is a movement that needs awareness right now.


November 27, 2007  10:27 AM

Why You Must Evaluate Citrix XenServer



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Product announcements, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies, Xen

With two clear players emerging in the premier virtualization space, VMware's ESX Server platform and the Citrix XenServer, every serious virtualization shop needs to evaluate XenServer for fair comparison. Why? Well, right now ESX is the top product in the popular opinion, but after attending a...


November 13, 2007  6:27 PM

ESX 3i is rocking it on the skinny



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Virtualization, VMware

ESX 3i is a great opportunity not only to reduce the local storage footprint requirement, but also provide additional RAM and CPU available to virtual machines.  ESX 3i is a small footprint, featuring a hardware integrated hypervisor that provides the VMWare ESX server on a small local footprint...


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