Virtualization

There's a real battle in the virtualization market as VMware positions itself as cloud computing's operating system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is gaining traction and players like Citrix and Red Hat are also a threat. Virtualization's main selling point - the ability to use more computing capacity and save on servers - resonates for obvious reasons.

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Quick glossary: Virtualization

Quick glossary: Virtualization

By reducing expensive hardware requirements and maximizing capacity, virtualization has dramatically changed enterprise IT. This list offers 20 virtualization terms and concepts that will give you a basic...

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Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0

<p> <a href="http://www.parallels.com/">Parallels</a> (formerly SWsoft) has a 'bare-metal' server hypervisor in development, but this remains in <a href="http://www.parallels.com/products/server/wl/">beta testing</a> and is only properly available for the <a href="http://www.parallels.com/products/server/mac/">Apple Mac</a>. However, it does have a hypervisor alternative, in the form of <a href="http://www.parallels.com/products/virtuozzo/">Parallels Virtuozzo Containers</a> which takes a somewhat different approach to compared to VMware, Microsoft and Citrix products, yet delivers very similar results. </p>

December 5, 2008 by in Virtualization

XenServer 5

XenServer 5

<p> The open-source <a href="http://www.xen.org/">Xen</a> hypervisor has been around for a while now, mostly notably bundled with a variety of Linux distros, but has never had much impact. Even when the software was released as a commercial product and subsequently acquired by Citrix, it failed to win many hearts or minds. That could change with the launch of <a href="http://www.citrix.co.uk/English/ps2/products/product.asp?contentID=683148&ntref=hp_nav_UK">XenServer 5</a>, which addresses many of the shortcomings of previous versions, putting the Citrix hypervisor firmly in the production-quality ranks. </p>

November 18, 2008 by in Virtualization

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi

<p> <a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/esx/esx3i.html">ESXi</a> is the latest version of VMware's industry-leading hypervisor. Although you can still buy its big brother, <a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/esx/">ESX Server</a>, ESXi is now the main front-line VMware hypervisor. Rather than choosing between ESX Server and ESXi, people should probably install ESXi and pick a suitable license. More detail on the differences between the two products are available on <a href="http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006543">VMware's web site</a>. </p>

October 17, 2008 by in Virtualization

Hyper-V

Hyper-V

<p> Microsoft released the first production version of its <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx">Hyper-V</a> hypervisor on 26 June. Supplied as part of the <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,1000001098,39348280,00.htm">Windows Server 2008</a> bundle, Hyper-V enables a single piece of server hardware to run multiple operating systems. Most people will use it to run several versions of Windows on the same server, but it could also be used to host Linux software, or just about anything else that runs on an x86-compatible CPU. However, organisations wanting to convert existing servers to run as virtual machines (VMs) or import VMs from other vendors' products will need to buy additional software. </p>

August 18, 2008 by in Virtualization

Hardcore virtualization - VMware ESX 3.5/Infrastructure - Part 1

Hardcore virtualization - VMware ESX 3.5/Infrastructure - Part 1

This will be my first in a series (an "X = X +1" sort of series) where I'll be looking at virtualization. However, rather than look at the kind of virtualization where you inxstall and OS like Windows, Mac OS or Linux and then install an application that allows you to create virtual machines, I'm going to be looking at virtualization at a much lower level using VMware's ESX 3.5 and Infrastructure applications. I'm going to start off by looking at VMware ESX and taking you through the install process.

May 29, 2008 by in Storage

VMware Workstation 6

VMware Workstation 6

Popular with professional developers and others looking to test, debug and otherwise support software applications, <a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop/workstation.html">VMWare Workstation</a> is now in its sixth release with a raft of new and enhanced features aimed at further enhancing its appeal to that market. VMware Workstation is popular with developers for several reasons, not least of which is its wide platform support, with implementations available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of both Windows (desktop or server) and Linux. It can also host a wide range of 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems including most versions of Windows and Linux, along with less popular platforms such as Sun Solaris and even, for those who still need it, Novell NetWare.

June 20, 2007 by in Virtualization

PricewaterhouseCoopers CIO: Graham Andrews

In a CIO Sessions interview, Graham Andrews, CIO of PricewaterhouseCoopers speaks to ZDNet Australia about new wireless technologies the company is deploying at the professional services firm. He also shares his vision for the changing IT landscape and how developments in virtualization and green are adding value to his organization.

November 6, 2007 in Virtualization

VMware Infrastructure 3

VMware Infrastructure 3

By extending and building on the production-quality virtualisation technology of ESX Server, VMware Infrastructure 3 further consolidates the company’s position at the top of the virtual server tree.

September 6, 2006 by in Virtualization

VMware Workstation 5

VMware Workstation 5

Just about any task involving multiple operating systems on a single computer can be accomplished using VMware Workstation 5, which adds valuable new features and also delivers performance enhancements.

May 10, 2005 by in Virtualization

VMware Workstation 4.5.2

VMware Workstation 4.5.2

VMware Workstation is a powerful virtual machine application that enables you to develop and test even the most complex networked server-class applications running on Windows, Linux or NetWare -- all on a single desktop.

November 22, 2004 by in Virtualization

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