Archive for the ‘Virtualization’ Category

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The inevitability of heterogeneous hypervisor management

March 28, 2008

j0316528.jpgMichael Warrilow at Hydrasight makes a strong case for why management tools need to support heterogeneous hypervisors. His strongest argument, in my mind, is the affinity of specific jobs to specific hypervisors. An example is Oracle’s database support only on Oracle’s version of Xen. In the realm of virtual lab management and the application lifecycle, the affinity of specific jobs to hypervisors couples with the natural heterogeneity of the production data center environment to make support for such heterogeneity a key requirement for replicating production application configurations in a virtual lab. We also believe that the ubiquity of Visual Studio as a development environment in the enterprise will result in broad deployment of Windows Server 2008 in development – which will give Hyper-V a strong initial foothold and will create new opportunities for using virtualization in unit, integration and functional testing.

What do you think?

Link: The inevitability of heterogeneous hypervisor management

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Chargeback for Virtual Infrastructure

March 4, 2008

j0433145.jpgI spoke yesterday to Cameron Sturdevant at eWeek regarding virtual labs and Surgient’s upcoming release schedule. One of the topics we got into was the struggle that IT operations teams seem to have reconciling their current chargeback mechanisms with a more dynamic virtualized environment. I suggested that RAM/hour or some other memory capacity-based approach worked best. Cameron wrote about it on his Permit/Deny blog.

Permit/Deny – – Chargeback for Virtual Infrastructure

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What would a next generation datacenter look like?

February 29, 2008

j0401818.jpgDan Kusnetzky at ZDnet talks about virtual lab management and Surgient as a precursor to lights-out fully automated datacenters.

What would a next generation datacenter look like? | ZDNet.com

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Sameer Jagtap, VP Product Management with Surgient (Video Interview)

February 28, 2008

Tarry Singh interviews Surgient’s Sameer Jagtap about the virtual lab management market, Surgient’s platform and product and other news from VMworld Europe 2008 in Cannes.

Sameer Jagtap, VP Product Management with Surgient (Video Interview) | Virtualization.com

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18 Million Reasons

February 26, 2008

j0387734.jpgOn Microsoft’s Startup Zone, Yi-Jian Ngo has a good post on why its important for both vendors and customers to focus on heterogeneous virtualization support in technology areas such as virtual lab management.

Yi-Jian Ngo : 18 Million Reasons

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Surgient Awarded Three New Patents for Advanced Management and Coordination of Virtualization

January 23, 2008

j0433145.jpgSurgient announced three new patents had been awarded. The patents cover fundamental methods of managing and coordinating virtual machines and virtualization infrastructure.

Surgient Awarded Three New Patents for Advanced Management and Coordination of Virtualization

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Your Virtualized State in 2008 – CIO.com

January 9, 2008

Laurianne McLaughlin at CIO has published the results of a survey of 300 CIOs on their use of virtualization. Lots of good data and analysis in the article (link below). Most interesting to me is the responses to the question of why people invested in virtualization:

Reasons to Virtualize Servers

Cut costs via server consolidation 81%
Improve disaster recovery and backup plans 63%
Provision computing resources to end users more quickly 55%
Offer more flexibility to the business 53%
Provide competitive advantage 13%

(Respondents chose up to three)
SOURCE: CIO Research

j0321136.jpgFrom the standpoint of virtual lab management, the fact that 55% of the respondents are trying to accelerate their ability to provision computing resources to end-users is a great sign. It maps to what customers are telling us – they are seeing tremendous returns from automating the provisioning of virtual machines for support, training, testing, proof of concept, evaluations etc. Those conversations suggest that a virtual lab environment is becoming a platform supporting a host of non-production activities that traditionally have been slow, expensive, and considered tactical distractions for the IT ops group. Putting an automated utility in place allows the operations team to spend their time on things that are strategic to the business, instead of being interrupt-driven with deployment and configuration requests.

Your Virtualized State in 2008 – CIO.com