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Paper: Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide

יום חמישי, 10 ביולי, 2014

Microsoft has released a paper titled:"Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide". The paper which contains 53 pages helps you to understand how to design a virtualization fabric that is able to host many virtual machines in your organization. The paper is intended for Information technology (IT) professionals within medium to large organizations who are responsible for designing a virtualization fabric that supports many virtual machines.

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The paper contains the following sections:

  • Design Considerations Overview
  • Step 1 – Determine virtual machine resource requirements
  • Step 2 – Plan for virtual machine configuration
  • Step 3 – Plan for server virtualization host groups
  • Step 4 – Plan for server virtualization hosts
  • Step 5 – Plan for virtualization fabric architecture concepts
  • Step 6 – Plan for initial capability characteristics
  • Next Steps

Within the document Microsoft also makes a reference to two other very interesting documents, which provide foundational concepts that are observed across multiple virtualization fabric designs and can serve as a basis for any virtualization fabric design:

Labels: Microsoft, Paper

Gartner releases its 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

יום חמישי, 10 ביולי, 2014

Gartner has released its annual Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, again positioning VMware and Microsoft in the leaders Quadrant. Leaders in this market have a clear strategy and road map for their offerings, understand virtualization’s role in infrastructure and operations transformation, and have a clear vision with respect to cloud computing. The Magic Quadrant has been written by Gartner Analysts: Thomas J. Bittman, Mark A. Margevicius and Philip Dawson.

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

When comparing the Magic Quadrant to the 2013 version, which Gartner published in July last year, we now see that Citrix, which was in the leaders Quadrant in 2012, joined the Visionaries Quadrant in 2013 has now joined Parallels, Read Hat and Huawei in the Niche Players Quadrant. Gartner states that: "For server virtualization alone, Citrix's reduction in XenServer functionality (at the same time that Microsoft and VMware are expanding) and clear strategic positioning will make XenServer an unlikely competitor."

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It's also interesting to not that a new player has entered the Magic Quadrant, Huawei with its x86 hypervisor called FusionSphere. An upcoming product in emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China.

For more exact details on how the Magic Quadrant was created for this year, we recommend reading the reprint provided by Gartner.

Summary:

At least 70% of x86 server workloads are virtualized, the market is mature and competitive, and enterprises have viable choices. An increasing number of enterprises are evaluating both the cost benefits of competitive migrations and the benefits of deploying multiple virtualization technologies.

Labels: Citrix, Gartner, Huawei, Microsoft, Oracle, Parallels, Red Hat, VMware

Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

יום חמישי, 10 ביולי, 2014

Red Hat has released its OpenStack platform version 5. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The OpenStack Platform is build on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and uses the Icehouse release of the OpenStack cloud platform as its basis.

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Labels: IaaS, OpenStack, Red Hat, Release

Paper: HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

יום חמישי, 3 ביולי, 2014

HP has released a paper titled: "HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS". The paper which contains 15 pages provides guidance in the deployment of an OpenStack Icehouse cloud on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS using HP servers including recommendations for setting up a medium sized functional OpenStack Cloud. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

Labels: HP, IaaS, OpenStack, Paper

Release: Oracle VM 3.3

יום חמישי, 3 ביולי, 2014

Oracle has released version 3.3 of its enterprise virtualizatoin solution. The virtualization solution is available for both x86 and SPARC based processor architectures and uses the Xen hypervisor technology, supporting Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests.

Oracle VM consists of 2 main components, the Oracle VM Manager, which is a web based console used to manage Oracle VM Servers, which is a server running a version of the Xen hypervisor containing a VM agent which communicates with VM Manager.

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Version 3.3. provides the following new functionality (see release notes):

  • Web Services API (WS-API) that offers both SOAP and REST interfaces
  • Rewritten Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and Command Line Interface (CLI) to support the WS-API
  • Statistics and events model improvements
  • Support for Huge Pages
  • VM Messaging improvements
  • Reduction of number of required open network ports
  • Possibility to view the VM configuration file from the Web Interface and CLI
  • New VM console which uses JavaScript and HTML5
  • Bundled with MySQL Database Enterprise Edition
  • Migration lock functionality
  • VLAN support improvements
  • Support for additional storage types like Fibre Channel, iSCSI, ZFS volume and local disk in addtion to NFS for VM running in a SPARC server
  • Oracle VM Server Installer now handles all disk partitioning itself
  • Oracle VM Manager infrastructure changes
  • Oracle VM Server infrastructure changes

Labels: Oracle, Release

VMware releases public beta of Virtual Volumes

יום שלישי, 1 ביולי, 2014

Besides releasing the public beta 2 for vSphere 6.0 today, VMware also released a beta for Virtual Volumes (VVOLs).

Virtual Volumes allows a Virtual Machine and its disk to become a unit of storage management for a storage system by encapsulating virtual disks and virtual machine files. These files are stored natively on the storage system. VVOLs uses the vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) which makes the storage system aware of the virtual volumes and how they relate to the virtual machines. This allows for certain operations like snapshots and clones to be offloaded to the storage systems for better performance. For in-band communication with Virtual Volumes storage systems, vSphere continues to use standard SCSI and NFS protocols.

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Labels: Storage, VMware

VMware releases public beta of Virtual Volumes

יום שלישי, 1 ביולי, 2014

Besides releasing the public beta 2 for vSphere 6.0 today, VMware also released a beta for Virtual Volumes (VVOLs).

Virtual Volumes allows a Virtual Machine and its disk to become a unit of storage management for a storage system by encapsulating virtual disks and virtual machine files. These files are stored natively on the storage system. VVOLs uses the vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) which makes the storage system aware of the virtual volumes and how they relate to the virtual machines. This allows for certain operations like snapshots and clones to be offloaded to the storage systems for better performance. For in-band communication with Virtual Volumes storage systems, vSphere continues to use standard SCSI and NFS protocols.

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Labels: Storage, VMware

Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.1

יום שלישי, 1 ביולי, 2014

Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.0 which was released in December last year. Microsoft provides the Assessment and Planning Toolkit as a so called solution accelerator for free.

The MAP Toolkit uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), SMS Provider, and other technologies to collect data in your environment and inventories computer hardware, software, and operating systems in small or large IT environments without installing any agent software on the target computers. The data and analysis provided by MAP streamline the planning process for software migration, help assess device driver availability, and allow you to make hardware upgrade recommendations. The MAP Toolkit also gathers performance metrics from computers you are considering for virtualization and includes a feature to model a library of potential host and storage hardware configurations

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Labels: Microsoft, Release

VMware announces vSphere 6.0 Public Beta

יום שלישי, 1 ביולי, 2014

Today VMware opened the Public Beta Program for the upcoming vSphere 6.0.
This Beta 2 gives the possibility to virtually any customer to test the next release of VMware’s flagship product, gaining some competitive advantages on its side and providing precious feedbacks to the vSphere Team.

You can join vSphere Beta2 Program using this link: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta

After you’ve gained access to the Beta Community you’ll be able to attend to the first two scheduled webinars:

  • Introduction / Overview – Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Installation & Upgrade – Thursday, July 10, 2014

Labels: Beta, VMware, vSphere

Release: 5nine Manager 5.0 for Hyper-V

יום שלישי, 24 ביוני, 2014

5nine has released version 5.0 of its Microsoft hypervisor management solution 5nine Manager. 5nine Manager is capable of managing multiple versions of Microsoft Hyper-V hosts, and also provdes an agentless antivirus plugin for full and incremental VM and host scans. Besides that it provides features like Hyper-V logs, Application logs, an integrated Best Practices Analyzer, the ability to copy Hyper-V settings between hosts and a File Manager.

Version 5.0 provides the following new features:

  • Automated virtual machine (VM) provisioning
  • Enhanced cluster management
  • VMs Guest connection views through FreeRDP or Microsoft controls
  • Replication to enable failover of production workloads to a secondary site for disaster recovery
  • Group operations for multiple VMs
  • Applications Logs

5nine Manager for Hyper-V is provided in three editions (comparison): 5nine Manager Free Edition, 5nine Manager and 5nine Manager with AntiVirus.

Labels: 5nine, Microsoft, Release