The Virtualization Room

March 16, 2010  7:24 PM

Virtualization limericks for St. Patrick’s Day

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we asked our loyal readers to submit limericks about virtualization. And two lucky readers found a pot of gold at the end of their poetry rainbow: vSphere training videos from TrainSignal.

Congratulations to Kevin Davisson and Eric Stephenson. Kevin won a copy of “VMware vSphere Training“, and Eric won “VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol. 1.” Here are their limericks:

By Kevin Davisson:

One hundred-plus servers were lax
While resource utilization was max
So IT got wise
And said, “Virtualize!”
Now just 10 hosts remain in the racks!

By Eric Stephenson:

Virtualization was once dev and test
Now has become a production best
Legacy OSes have come and gone
Virtualize everything, you can’t go wrong
And physical servers are laid to rest

And here’s a limerick by Michael Caplan, who will receive a TrainSignal T-shirt:

There once was an organization
That ne’er heard of virtualization
But then they converted
Old equipment deserted
Saving money and time and frustration

March 9, 2010  8:40 PM

Virtualization ain’t goin’ out like that

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

It seems like every virtualization insider I talk to these days — vendor, analyst, admin, you name it — says the same thing.

“The hypervisor is commoditized.” “The cloud is the future.” “I’m on a horse.”

OK, they don’t say that last one (even though it’s hilarious). But they do make those first two comments a lot. And as the editor of a virtualization site, I was starting to find it disconcerting.

“But virtualization’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!” I’d think. “What about the clear ROI for virtualization projects? And all the other benefits of virtualization? How can you commoditize that? How can that not be the future? How many more rhetorical questions can I ask myself?”

Last week I attended the IDC Directions conference in Boston, which allayed most of my fears. It apparently is true that they hypervisor is commoditized and that cloud computing is the future. But virtualization, in the words of Cypress Hill, ain’t goin’ out like that.

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March 3, 2010  10:07 PM

Win vSphere training videos!

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and to celebrate, I thought I’d take this opportunity to encourage all of our readers to dye their servers green.

No dice? How about this instead: Write a virtualization-themed limerick, and you could win a vSphere training video.

We have a copy of TrainSignal’s latest video, “VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol. 1,” and a copy of “VMware vSphere Training” as well. If you want one of them, follow these rules:

  • Write an original limerick about virtualization. If you don’t know what a limerick is, click here.
  • Make sure it’s clean, because we’re going to publish them.
  • Email it to me at, along with your full name and mailing address (in case you win), by Friday, March 12.

On St. Patrick’s Day we’ll publish the best limericks and choose two winners at random.

“VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol. 1” features 18 lessons from VMware vExperts David Davis, Rick Scherer and Hal Rottenberg. Topics covered include VMware View, the Cisco Nexus 1000V and PowerCLI. “VMware vSphere Training” offers 19 videos on all aspects of vSphere.

February 16, 2010  3:30 PM

VMware vs. Microsoft on support costs

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

When you’re trying to figure out if virtualization is right for your business, or which platform to choose, it’s crucial to understand virtualization costs.

There are the obvious costs, which include software, hardware and labor. Then there’s the hidden costs: network and storage hardware upgrades, security, management and training.

In its unending pursuit to discredit all things Microsoft, VMware has brought up another important cost to consider: support.

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February 16, 2010  2:26 PM

Oracle VM to support Solaris

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Oracle is, as we say here in Boston, wicked fah behind in the virtualization market. Building a strong, integrated virtualization portfolio is the best way — and maybe the only way — for the company to catch up.

The Sun acquisition brought lots of hype about the future of Oracle-Sun virtualization. Now, after months of talk, we’re starting to see some actual work.

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February 12, 2010  7:12 PM

Novell KVM hypervisor in the works

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Novell is jumping on the KVM bandwagon.

The company is developing a KVM hypervisor called AlacrityVM, as points out. The move follows in the footsteps of Red Hat, Novell’s open source rival, which moved from Xen to KVM with its latest release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4.

KVM is still a relatively unproven enterprise technology with a very small user base. Its biggest advantage over Xen, the leader in Linux virtualization, is that it is built into the Linux kernel. And that’s just not enough of a reason to switch for most people.

The proprietary virtualization platforms, VMware and Hyper-V, are far and away the market leaders. Behind them are the Xen platforms, led by Citrix XenServer but also including Oracle VM and others.

Red Hat and Novell are even further behind. They really have nothing to lose, so they both can afford to take a shot on KVM. If the technology catches on, they can ride the wave and prosper. If not, they won’t be much worse off.

For more on Linux virtualization trends, check out this Xen vs. KVM face-off between experts Andi Mann and Sander van Vugt.

February 5, 2010  7:37 PM

What’s Citrix’s stack attack?

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

The stack wars are coming! The stack wars are coming!

Our colleagues at have some in-depth analysis of the converged hardware/software trend that is sweeping IT. Oracle got into the fray with its Sun acquisition, and now the company’s hardware and software portfolio has the potential to really shake things up.

So what does it all mean for virtualization?

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February 1, 2010  4:09 PM

Oracle-Sun Q&A with Jack Kaiser

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

This Q&A was supposed to be part of our This Week in Virtualization podcast on Oracle’s Sun acquisition and future virtualization plans, but we ran into some technical difficulties and weren’t able to include it.

Our guest was Jack Kaiser, vice president of strategic technologies for GreenPages Technology Solutions, a virtualization solutions provider in Kittery, Maine. He’s also a member of our Server Virtualization Advisory Board.

Q: Do you see a lot of Oracle or Sun virtualization products currently in your customers’ environments?

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January 28, 2010  3:50 PM

Citrix profits skyrocket; is free XenServer strategy working?

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Citrix profits increased by 47% in the fourth quarter of 2009, driving profits for the year up 7% compared to 2008.

Citrix attributed its record profits to an increased interest in desktop virtualization and the launch of XenDesktop 4. But its quarterly revenue grew by only 8% compared to Q4 in 2008, and revenue from product licenses and license renewals grew 4% and 6%, respectively.

The really big growth came from technical services and online services, which saw revenues increase by 18% and 20%, respectively.

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January 28, 2010  2:19 PM

Oracle vs. VMware feud simmering

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

2009 was the year of Microsoft vs. VMware. Is 2010 shaping up to be the year of Oracle vs. VMware?

During yesterday’s five-hour Oracle-Sun press conference, Oracle’s chief corporate architect Edward Screven took aim at VMware: “VMware is integrated with nothing. It’s a point solution.”

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