Archive for category Virtualization
Today I talked to a client about their private cloud architecture and pending investments. The talk hit on a lot of areas, ranging from software licensing, to vendor support, to orchestration, and finally to standardization. When we got to the topic of standardization and procurement, they couldn’t contain themselves. One member of the organization said:
We can’t even say we’re a Microsoft Exchange shop. As far as procurement is concerned, we can’t even have a standard for email.
If that sounds odd to you, then consider your investments for private cloud. Providers achieve tremendous economies of scale through high degrees (Read more...)
Heterogeneous virtualization has been a hot topic among clients and last week at the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas I presented a session on the subject. During the session, I polled the audience on their heterogeneous virtualization plans. Fifty participants responded to each polling question.
The first question I asked was about the current hypervisors that were deployed (note that the values are the number of respondents and not a percentage).
As you can see, most participants used VMware vSphere as expected, and there was a good mix of Hyper-V, XenServer, and some RHEV and Oracle VM.
It’s (Read more...)
Standardization Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or (SADD): (n) A condition in which one professes to support standardization, yet can’t help but be distracted by the newest, shiniest object – Opex costs be damned.
I’m a hypocrite. There. I said it. It’s almost therapeutic. Are you one too?
Here’s how I see it. We are all taking part in a great conspiracy. Many of us are both victors and victims in this circular history that we can’t help but repeat. End user organizations are spending way too much on IT services, and we are all at fault. Why? Let’s start with (Read more...)
Kyle Hilgendorf and I will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall at next week’s Gartner Catalyst Conference. Attendees at the conference will be able to participate in the open Q&A and white boarding session. In addition, we’re looking for folks to submit questions via Twitter as well. The topic is a good one – we’re talking about VM and cloud mobility. We spent a lot of time this year with early internal/private cloud adopters and learned a lot about problems end user organizations have with mobility. We’ll be sharing those finding not only in our Catalyst sessions, but in (Read more...)
The speaker line-up for Catalyst 2011’s user-centric computing track has been finalized and I wanted to take a moment to share it with you. A prominent CTO has called Catalyst “the most intellectual conference in all of IT,” and if you haven’t attended Catalyst before, there are plenty of great reasons to get there this year. We have extensive coverage of server- and client-virtualization, cloud computing,and many other hot topics. The rundown of sessions in the user-centric computing track is listed below. I hope to see you there!
Application Delivery in a People-Centric World
A common theme has (Read more...)
Today EMC’s Chad Sakac blogged about a significant update to Oracle’s support policy for VMware ESX environments – Oracle no longer explicitly excludes Oracle RAC from being virtualized. It should also be noted that Oracle’s support is limited to “issues that either are known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.” In other words, if it’s not a known bug, customers may be asked to reproduce problems on the bare metal.
Like Chad, this is an issue I have blogged about repeatedly over the last couple of (Read more...)
Today the Wall Street Journal reported “VMware in Talks to Buy Novell Unit.” The rumor likely comes as no surprise to those who have followed the recent VMware/Novell OEM agreement. The agreement resulted in VMware including a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) subscription with vSphere licenses. VMware and Novell first started talking about an extended partnership in June. At the time, VMware noted that it would include SUSE Linux with its vSphere hypervisor as well as train its support organization to offer SUSE Linux support. The fact that VMware was making an investment in its support organization (Read more...)
Today I was working with a client on their next generation data center architecture. They are building a highly virtualized data center with the goal of offering cloud IaaS to other departments within the organization. While talking about VM templates we discussed a favorite topic of mine – virtual hard disk structure.
For several years, I have recommended to clients that they use at least two virtual hard disk files per VM. One virtual disk file is used for the OS and application files, and a second virtual hard disk is used for paging, swap, and temp files. Alternatively, a (Read more...)
On Monday VMware announced the release of vSphere 4.1. VMware published a document describing the new features, and I also recommend checking out VMware CTO Steve Herrod’s post as well as Eric Siebert’s great vSphere 4.1 links post. I was planning to link to several good perspectives on the vSphere 4.1 release, but Siebert’s “links” post has them all and I suggest you take a look.
Granted, I’m a little late to the vSphere 4.1 discussion, but I thought I’d add my two cents nonetheless.
First, the release doesn’t feel like a ‘”.1” update. The feature additions and (Read more...)
On Tuesday at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Azure Platform Appliance. Since Azure was first announced, I had been advising clients that an on-premise Azure offering was only a matter of time. With Tuesday’s announcement, Microsoft took a first step toward an Azure platform that is capable of driving internal cloud service delivery.
To be clear, Azure isn’t available to anyone who wants it. Instead, only very large enterprises (i.e., eBay) and providers (e.g., SugarCRM, GXS, and Siemens PLM Software) have access to the “appliance” at this time. The Azure appliance isn’t (Read more...)