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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...

October 8, 2007  1:34 PM

Scaling Up or Scaling Out, Revisited

Posted by: Joe Foran
Blade servers, Joseph Foran, Servers, Uncategorized, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, Why choose server virtualization?

Some time back, before I was invited on as a blogger for SSV, I was interviewed by the always-fun-to-work-with Adam Trujillo about Virtualization in the Data Center, and, like all good...

September 11, 2007  10:06 AM

Thin client technology advances with multimedia support

Posted by: Ryan Shopp
Product announcements, Servers, Virtualization, VMworld

Thin client computing, known as the ability to use use a thin client device to run the RDP or ICA protocols in order to connect to a remote computer, is forging its way back into the enterprise.

A key advancement in the thin client technology is the new ability for the thin client device to...

July 23, 2007  7:19 PM

Server consolidation via virtualization: Advice on pitches, multi-purpose server conversion and P2V

Posted by: Jan Stafford
Chris Wolf, Servers, Virtualization strategies, Why choose server virtualization?

Burton Group analyst Chris Wolf shared some good advice about consolidating servers with virtualization in our recent interview. Here are some quick tips gleaned from our conversation and some more-info...

June 18, 2007  2:34 PM

Linux users: Xen, VMware, or Virtual Server?

Posted by: Ryan Shopp
Microsoft Virtual Server, Red Hat, Servers, SUSE/Novell, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, VMware, Xen

In Monday's newsletter column, I included a question to our Linux users: Do you prefer Xen, VMware or Virtual Server, and why? It's only Monday afternoon, but I've gotten some interesting responses. Chris, the CIO for Oxford Archaeology: Explorying the Human Journey, wrote:


May 10, 2007  11:53 AM

Expert opinion: Virtualization server hardware uses, pros and cons

Posted by: Jan Stafford
Blade servers, Servers

Most companies will run virtual machines on a mixture of server hardware types, but figuring out what app to run on each platform can be challenging, according to open source consultant and author Bernard Golden, a presenter at the Red Hat Summit, happening right now in San Diego. After sharing...

May 3, 2007  1:00 AM

VMware proof of concept shows big RHEL, app, management savings

Posted by: Jan Stafford
Red Hat, Servers, VMware

TransUnion Interactive, a direct-to-consumer credit reporting bureau, is running a proof of concept (POC) project to determine if virtualization could deliver server and space reductions and better TCO than its current infrastructure. I met Daniel Hahn, TranUnion Interactive (TI) associate...

April 12, 2007  5:34 PM

Viridian – Better Late than… Early?

Posted by: Marcia Savage
Anil Desai, Microsoft, Microsoft Virtual Server, Servers, Virtualization platforms

The big news today is that the Hypervisor for Windows Server Longhorn (codenamed Viridian) is being delayed.  See the Windows Server Division Blog for the main...

April 5, 2007  3:23 PM

Physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration blooper

Posted by: Jan Stafford
P2V, Servers, VMware

Since I wrote the post, P2V wins and losses, I've been hearing from IT managers who've done the P2V deed. One migration was halted by a too-proactive IT guy. Here's the story, but I'll let...

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