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December 12, 2007  10:01 PM

Virtualization planning…with a little help



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Virtualization, Virtualization strategies

Planning your virtual environment is critically important - and should not be taken on without the proper resources.  Sure you have IT colleagues that are giving you ideas and making you wish your virtual environment was where they are now, but make sure you select the correct solution.  And if...

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...


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 14, 2007  12:23 PM

Return of the MAC



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization security, Virtualization strategies

Chris Wolf and I were presenting Virtualization 101 in Seattle yesterday when something he said sparked an idea in my usually dormant brain. Okay, it's not usually dormant, but Seattle is so cold I think half of my synapses aren't firing! In the process of discussing virtual machines (VMs), Chris...


November 7, 2007  11:10 AM

Gartner offers virtualization tips, predictions



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies, Why choose server virtualization?

At Gartner's Data Center Summit 2007 in London yesterday, analysts said virtualization will be the most significant factor in adding agility to data centers through 2012. I think we already figured that, since virtualization can...


November 6, 2007  10:10 PM

Don’t omit the VMware Tools!



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies, VMware

So, you are very proud of yourself because you can roll out Windows virtual systems like popcorn, right? Well, don't forget to ensure that you are using the correct version of VMware tools. This is important because it provides an optimized inventory of hardware for the guest operating system. On a...


October 23, 2007  9:15 PM

Blogging live from Data Center Decisions 2007



Posted by: Akutz
Andrew Kutz, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization security, Virtualization strategies

What do you do when you are giving a session on virtualization migrations, and no one shows up? You sit down and blog about how you are giving a session on virtualization migrations and no one showed up! In all fairness, TechTarget is giving away a Mercedes-Benz right now, so I think people are...


October 1, 2007  8:47 AM

Hiring Questions in the Virtualization Age



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Uncategorized, Virtualization, Virtualization strategies

The need to hire qualified staff to design, implement and manage virtualized environments is growing, and that means hiring managers are having to shift focus towards this distruptive technology and be ready with good interview questions for their prospective hires. 1. Do you have experience...


September 11, 2007  8:36 AM

Microsoft and Citrix play the VHD card



Posted by: Alex Barrett
Microsoft, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies

At a press event on Monday, Sept. 10, Microsoft Corp. told reporters that Citrix has agreed to use its Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format as the basis of its virtualization products, including its...


August 21, 2007  8:57 AM

Citrix’s Acquisition of XenSource – Chris Wolf sounds off



Posted by: cwolf
Application virtualization, Chris Wolf, Desktop virtualization, Linux and virtualization, Microsoft, Red Hat, VDI, Virtual Iron, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies, VMware, Xen, XenSource

Chris Wolf, Burton Group senior analyst, analyzed Citrix's acquisition of XenSource in a recent Burton Group blog post. He sizes up the situation, saying:

"While having the technology is one thing, bringing it to market is an entirely separate issue. This is where the Citrix acquisition...


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