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September 2, 2008  9:19 AM

Embotics’ V-Scout enters management arena for free



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

Embotics has launched a new product, V-Scout, which provides administrators with an extra view into their VMware-based virtual environments. V-Scout is a free product that complements Embotics' existing product, V-Commander. I have had a chance to work with the version 1.0 release of the product...

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 19, 2008  1:16 PM

Making a P2V conversion: Stage-phase configuration



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Networking, P2V, Rick Vanover, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

A well-documented procedure for physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions still lacks the valuable information learned by experience. In this video blog, Rick Vanover introduces the stage configuration phase of a P2V conversion. When this phase and other phases of a conversion are used in a procedural...


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 29, 2008  11:09 AM

Recovering servers, virtual machines after power failure



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, High availability and virtualization, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

An event like a complete data center power failure is something you never want to experience. Having recently gone through one I thought I would share some lessons learned from it.

This particular data center had a full UPS...


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 14, 2008  4:46 AM

When not to treat VMs like physical servers



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, VMware, Xen


July 10, 2008  8:12 AM

Where are the Microsoft Hyper-V users?



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Microsoft, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtual Iron, Virtualization, virtualization costs, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, VMware

So, earlier this week I wrote a blog about Clabby Analytics Analyst Joe Clabby's report spelling out a handful of


July 8, 2008  2:14 PM

Six reasons Hyper-V will surpass VMware within five years



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
High availability and virtualization, Microsoft, Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtual machine, Virtualization, virtualization costs, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies, VMware

Clabby Analytics analyst Joe Clabby is 100% convinced that Microsoft's Hyper-V will take over VMware in market share over the next three to five years, and makes some strong points for this in his recent report,


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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