The Virtualization Room:

March, 2007

March 30, 2007  5:10 PM

Steps along the path of enlightenment

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

It's great to see VMware finally embrace Paravirtualization. As a result of a tremendous community effort to develop a common interface between Xen and VMware, that benefited from the collaboration of VMware, IBM, Red Hat, Novell, XenSource, Intel and many contributors, the first...

March 26, 2007  3:34 PM

P2V wins, losses: VMware Converter

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

The road from physical to virtual servers isn't a freeway...yet. There some potholes that hold up P2V migrations. Here are a couple of views from those who've taken a trip with VMware Converter.

Language support issues on VMware Converter caused several P2V mishaps for Robert Sieber of...

March 24, 2007  5:42 PM

Good News from Novell – Update from BrainShare 2007

cwolf Profile: cwolf

I just returned from the Novell BrainShare 2007 conference in Salt Lake City, and I have to say that I was very excited about the amount of attention that virtualization received at the conference. Here are some of the highlights:

March 22, 2007  2:55 PM

VMTN gets a facelift.

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

From the desk of totally unimportant and frivlous items (also known as my inbox) came this timely bit of news in the VMTN Technical Newsletter:

"The new VMTN front page gives a dynamic view into the activity on the site and in...

March 22, 2007  2:54 PM

Benchmark Wars

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

And tonight on Friday Night Company-Fights:

The Undercard: AMD vs. Intel, Windows vs. Linux, and Pepsi vs. Coke.
The Main Event: XenSource vs. VMware.
Ok, here's my beef. I hate all industry wherein marketing rules over substance, and in this...

March 22, 2007  2:53 PM

VMware SAN Guide

Joseph Foran Profile: Joe Foran

Recently posted to the VMware web site is this guide to configuring your SAN for maximum virtualization efficiency (wow, that almost sounded like marketspeak... help me Obi-Wan help me!). It's an excellent resource on...

March 21, 2007  4:49 PM

Virtual machines: Lost, not found?

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

In this blog entry, I passed on system administrators' complaints about the difficulty in tracking virtual machines in their large companies. The fact that this is a problem surprised me and also surprises...

March 21, 2007  11:53 AM

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Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

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March 21, 2007  9:55 AM

VI3 videos

Ryan Shopp Ryan Shopp Profile: Ryan Shopp

Unless you live under a rock, by now you're probably heard about VI3. But have you seen it in action? This "short" (ha) 20-minute long video I found on YouTube shows you exactly what it does. It features a VMware "guru" and a virtualization "newbie" who asks every possible question you could...

March 21, 2007  9:41 AM

Server sales slip on virtualization

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

One of the overarching questions I've had since I started covering virtualization is how will it influence the kinds of server purchases IT managers make? Is it better to buy several small, slim servers, e.g., blades, or a single large and beefy one? Now we know. Virtualization is prompting IT...

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