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June 10, 2011  6:59 PM

EMC, VMware in ‘furious high gear’ over VAAI glitch

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

EMC and VMware are as close as two vendors can get, but that doesn’t make them immune to integration problems.

An issue with some versions of EMC’s Engenuity Symmetrix VMax disk array microcode and VMware vSphere’s vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) has EMC warning users of potential hits to performance and data integrity.

An unspecified but relatively small number of users have experienced performance slowdowns as a result of using EMC’s VMax arrays at certain microcode levels with VAAI, according to a blog post written yesterday by Chad Sakac, EMC’s vice president for the VMware Technical Alliance.

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May 31, 2011  8:10 PM

SCVMM 2012 beta goes to second round

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Microsoft released a second beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 to a broader audience May 26, bringing the product another step closer to general availability.

Due out in the second half of 2011, SCVMM 2012 may bring greater feature parity with VMware’s vCloud Director. New features include new administrative roles and workflows for self-service portals, which are meant to support Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), plus automated, wizard-driven provisioning of virtual machine (VM), network and storage hardware through Virtual Machine Manager.

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May 27, 2011  5:37 PM

Scenes from Citrix Synergy 2011

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

SAN FRANCISCO — What do Dilbert, teddy bears and Angry Birds have in common? They were all among the sights at this week’s Citrix Synergy 2011 conference. Here are some pictures from the show:

The Citrix Store at the show sold all kinds of merchandise, such as these teddy bears.

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May 27, 2011  5:11 PM

In real estate, as in IT, VMware goes big

Alyssa Provazza Alyssa Provazza Profile: Alyssa Provazza

Go big or go home. That’s been VMware’s strategy in the virtualization and cloud markets, so it’s no surprise the company is doing the same in real estate.

VMware is planning a massive expansion at its Palo Alto headquarters, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The company will take over an adjacent 1 million square feet of space in the Stanford Research Park, where pharmaceutical company Roche once called home. The $225 million lease agreement expires in 2045. Can you imagine what cloud will be three decades from now?

With a $30 million renovation by the end of this year, VMware’s campus will grow from 30 to 100 acres and from five to 22 buildings. The expansion will also bring new jobs — as many as 2,500. It could make VMware the largest employer in Palo Alto (outside of Stanford University), where tech and social media companies have come to dominate.

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May 26, 2011  4:12 PM

Citrix’s frustrating XenServer strategy

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

SAN FRANCISCO — Citrix Synergy was chock full of news on desktop virtualization and cloud computing this week. But if you were looking for server virtualization news, you had to do a little digging.

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton only mentioned XenServer a couple of times during his Wednesday-morning keynote, and he actually brought up Microsoft Hyper-V first, calling it “a great platform for XenDesktop.” And only one of the dozen or so press releases that Citrix issued at the show focused on XenServer — but that was about a new remote-management product, not XenServer 5.6 Feature Pack 2 or the XenServer 6.0 beta, which both came out last week.

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May 19, 2011  6:20 PM

Microsoft TechEd 2011 photos

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, which hosted TechEd 2011.

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May 19, 2011  6:16 PM

Microsoft TechEd 2011 reporter’s notebook

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ATLANTA — Thoughts collected while going up and down seven or eight escalators to get from one TechEd session to another…

VMM 2012: The beginning of the end for Virtual Server?

According to various reports around the blog- and Twittersphere from Microsoft users and partners, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 will not support Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 R2 as a virtual machine host. This has users wondering if the release of SCVMM 2012 will represent the beginning of the end for Microsoft’s original hypervisor technology.

More items from the Hyper-V wish list

Users at TechEd explored Dynamic Memory and storage integration for Hyper-V, but there were also some miscellaneous items on their wish lists:

  • “Bare metal provisioning will be nice to see in VMM 2012,” said Nathan Lasnoski, a Microsoft MVP who does field deployments of Hyper-V for clients as a systems integrator. “Right now we’ve developed an efficient pattern for doing deployments, but it will be much easier just to spin up a Hyper-V host through software.”
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May 17, 2011  12:45 PM

Microsoft moves beyond SMI-S with NetApp

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By Beth Pariseau, Senior News Writer

ATLANTA — NetApp and Cisco have issued another reference architecture in partnership with a virtualization vendor. This time it’s Microsoft.

The NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco data center architecture, announced Monday at TechEd North America, is a pre-tested reference architecture that includes Hyper-V, System Center, NetApp storage and Cisco’s Unified Computing System. A software bundle that includes the NetApp OnCommand”3.0 plug-in for Microsoft is also included.

To create that OnCommand plug-in, NetApp is using an Opalis-based workflow management system layered over several hundred custom PowerShell commandlets to communicate with System Center, rather than the Storage Management Initiative — Standard (SMI-S). Microsoft officials had said previously that SMI-S would be the basis for integration between storage partners and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012.

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May 16, 2011  2:48 PM

VMware acquires ANOTHER management company, Shavlik

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

VMware’s acquisition spree continues today with Shavlik Technologies.

Shavlik is VMware’s partner in VMware Go, a service designed to help SMBs deploy and manage virtualization more quickly and easily. The 18-year-old company built its business around security, with a focus on patch management. (Shavlik’s technology helps power VMware Update Manager, for example.)

The Shavlik acquisition makes sense given VMware’s new focus on the applications market. After all, it wouldn’t do VMware much good to buy Zimbra and SlideRocket without having some way to easily update and patch those applications. And Shavlik was the natural choice, thanks to its existing partnerships with VMware on Go, Update Manager and other initiatives.

But it sounds like Shavlik will also play a role in VMware’s increasingly complicated infrastructure management strategy.

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May 11, 2011  10:43 PM

Long-distance vMotion inches toward reality…who will use it?

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

A new product announced by VMware parent company EMC Corp. this week could lay the groundwork for live migration of virtual servers over large geographic distances. But storage is just one part of that battle and some experts question whether the cost of long-distance vMotion will be justifiable even when the technology is ready for prime time.
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