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Wed, 28 Jun 2006
The Virtualization Game
Sparked by VMware's acquisition of Akimbi (his review of the product), Bob Roudebush has some interesting thoughts on the state of the virtualization market in his article The Virtualization Market - A Real-Life Game of RISK? He's got a number of very salient quick takes on the dev/test market, management tools, and the desktop experience. And here's another future look at how 'virtual is better than real':
via Sharing out Enterprises and SMBs virtualization market at virtualization.info, where Alessandro has further thoughts on the state of the market. See also The virtualization market towards monopoly? and The long chess game of VMware.
Tarry is also on to something with his post on VMware's Strategy: Customer Centric Innovation, but I'll wait for his follow-up for further comment.
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Virtualization Overviews at TechTarget
TechTarget always has great IT content, but is a bit of a maze of twisty passages, all alike. Here's some recent collections of good virtualization coverage.
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Tue, 27 Jun 2006
Overview of VMWare DRS - Distributed Resource Scheduler
Damian of ozvms keeps the articles coming with a short overview of Distributed Resource Scheduler, a new feature in VMware Infrastructure 3.
VMWare DRS is a new technology that will automatically move Virtual Machines around your cluster of ESX 3.0 servers to their optimal location based on complex rule sets and user defined resource pools by utilising VMotion technology. This article will provide an overview of the technology and allow you to make an informed decision on the benefits DRS can provide to you and your business.
Also check out his configuration notes for ESX 2.x on IBM HS20 blades.
Update: He's also posted a similar short overview on High Availability for VMware Infrastructure 3.
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From Mark Wilson on PlateSpin:
My problem is that I can't just wipe my hard disk and start again. The Lifebook is joined to a corporate domain and has VPN client software installed so that I can access the network from wherever I happen to be. That's where virtualisation comes in... I thought that by performing a physical to virtual (P2V) conversion, I could run my Windows XP build inside a virtual environment on a Windows Vista or Linux host.
From KV2 blog on the clean slate approach to Windows maintenance:
If you're anything like me, there's a good chance that your XP system is slow as hell and things don't work properly anymore. Sure, it used to be nice and fast when the computer was new and XP was fresh, but you just had to keep installing and uninstalling all that software, didn't you? ... There is no easy solution to the problem, but there's a way for you to reinstall Windows without losing productivity. All you need is a decent backup software such as Acronis TrueImage and some virtualization software such as VMWare Workstation.
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Mon, 26 Jun 2006
Billy Marshall on Appliances
Two recent entries from Billy Marshall:
Service Oriented Architectures, SaaS, and Virtualization are all the rage now because they give us hope that the innovation chokehold of the standard OS is about to be broken. When applications can work together on the same server quickly and easily without days, weeks, and months of integration and untold days, weeks, and months of care and feeding as part of the maintenance cycle, all of us will get more value from our software application vendors. I hope that VMTN is remarkably successful as a virtual appliance marketplace because that success will reflect the death of the innovation drag created by the "standard OS."
Virtualize ASAP, Then What? I think Billy is holding virtual appliances to a higher standard than physical appliances, but still some good thinking in this direction:
Virtual appliances will truly become an interesting form factor when application companies shoulder the burden of lifecycle management for all of the components that make the virtual appliance a complete solution. If a virtual appliance only provides the value of a snapshot in time for the system components, it is only really valid for demonstrations and trials. Fortunately, Linux and open source offer application ISVs a perfect OEM license that enables absolute control of the customer experience throughout the application lifecycle.
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Restoring an ESX 2.X Virtual Machine on VMware Server
Scott Herold pops his head up at vmguru.com for another episode of 'VMware Server to the Rescue,' entitled Restoring an ESX 2.X Virtual Machine on VMware Server:
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Fri, 23 Jun 2006
Consolidated Backup and Disaster Recovery with VMware Infrastructure 3
Damian Murdoch has collected his articles about VMware into a new blog and site, ozvms, "Australia's Premier Virtualisation Community," which will also have information on Austrialian VMware user groups.
He starts strong with two recent articles. Disaster Recovery Options with VMWare ESX Server:
A few people have asked me exactly what VMWare Consolidated Backup is and what it can do. This article will try and explain exactly that. ... VCB looks like a great product and it will only get better. Keep in mind one thing though, it is not a point and click backup and restore interface and it is not backup software. It is backup ENABLING software. The major backup software vendors are in the process of writing integration kits to work with VCB and this is where it will come into it's own.
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RTFM's Unofficial Upgrade Guide for VMware Infrastructure 3
Mike Laverick at RTFM Education has written an unofficial upgrade guide for those of us moving from ESX Server 2.x and VirtualCenter 1.x to VMware Infrastructure 3.
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Thu, 22 Jun 2006
Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host Clustering compared to ESX 3.0
Geert Baeke (
Already for a while now, Microsoft supports host clustering for Virtual Server 2005 R2. This article tries to compare these features to VMware ESX 3.0 high availability and VMotion. More and more, Microsoft is using these features in pre-sales talks with customers. If you, as a potential customer, are not aware of some of the details, you might end up thinking that Microsoft's offering is equal to VMware's. This article will show it is not. Of course, you have to match what is offered to your needs. Depending on those needs, Virtual Server 2005 R2 might be a good fit.
Geert gave the genesis of this article on Monday in this post in the VMTN Forums:
I have been to a Microsoft presentation today for a large customer that is thinking to virtualize quite a lot of servers (100s-1000s). Their mind was clearly set for ESX 3 but that was until Microsoft came along. ... When he started to talk about hot migration, the MS expert said it was the same as VMotion because memory contents is copied between the physical hosts and that VMotion was less flexible because it requires a dedicated Gb connection. :-) I thought that was quite funny.
To which Paulo Miereles had this response:
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Wed, 21 Jun 2006
Keeping up with virtual happenings...
Blogging has been light while we rolled out the new VMware Infrastructure 3 and published the Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge entries. Both of these projects offer plenty to keep you busy this summer.
In other places around the virtualization blogosphere...
After the VI3 launch, VMware's Steve Herrod gave a peek into performance gains with VI3 as well as the VMware QA process. Over at the Console, VMware's Dan Chu explains how customer demand drove VMware to add virtual lab automation, configuration management, and self-service provisioning to its software lifecycle offerings.
In the meantime, I hope you've been checking out the blogroll on your right. These experts come from all over the world, and are all long-time VMware users who have great insight into the way the virtual world is developing.
The list is getting long, so I'll stop here, but do check everybody out. The virtualization world moves so fast that these blogs are an essential tool to everyone -- business person or technologist -- trying to figure out what your options are today, what are best practices, and where the industry and technology are headed.
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