Server Virtualization Spotlight

Server virtualization has become near ubiquitous in the data center. From hypervisors to hybrid clouds, keep up with the latest virtualization technology trends here with news, how-tos and analysis from ServerWatch.

The Benefits of Docker vs. Server Virtualization

While containerization may not be a substitute for full-blown hypervisor-based server virtualization, it does offer a number of key benefits.

Is KVM or Docker Faster for Server Virtualization?

A new report from IBM stacks up Linux container against KVM virtual machine performance.

Microsoft in Fighting Form vs. VMware

While Microsoft is claiming to have eaten some of VMware's lunch in the virtualization space, VMware undoubtedly will be taking some of Microsoft's dinner.

Red Hat Aims for Linux Standards for ARM Servers

The company launches a partner program with ARM, AMD and others to develop a common platform for servers powered by ARM-based chips.

Managing Windows Azure Resources Using PowerShell

Discover how the 280-plus PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Azure can help you perform advanced administration for Windows Azure-hosted resources, including VMs.

Virtual Machine Management on the Cheap for SMBs

With many SMBs becoming deeply involved in server virtualization, there's a growing need for simplified tools to manage their virtualized infrastructure.

VMware Continues Cloud and Network Virtualization Build-out

VMware reports second quarter revenue of $1.46 billion, touting the growth of its cloud products. 

Gaining Free Access to Microsoft and Windows Server Platforms

Want to try Windows Server or its development tools on the cheap? Fortunately, numerous free or inexpensive options are available -- if you know where to look.

Public Cloud Options Beyond the Obvious

While companies like Amazon and Google seem to get all the attention when it comes to talk about public and hybrid clouds, there are plenty of other viable options as well.

Installing and Activating Hyper-V Linux Integration Services

Learn how to install and activate a key set of components that can help improve the performance of Hyper-V virtual machines running Linux distributions.

Enabling UEFI on Virtual Machines

UEFI support may be becoming more and more popular, but it can still be problematic to enable on VMs. Discover how to implement UEFI on several leading VM platforms.

Four Keys to Optimizing Data Center Efficiency and App Workload Performance

Can software-driven control really increase server virtualization infrastructure efficiency by as much as 40%, and if so, how?

15 Core Hyper-V Security Best Practices

Ensuring Hyper-V environments are running securely is a major concern for many enterprises. Minimize your attack surface with these Hyper-V Security Best Practices.

Using a Physical Hard Drive with a VirtualBox VM

While it can be useful at times to directly mount or boot a physical drive on a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM), the process for doing so isn't always straightforward.

The Cloud Takes Over TechEd

The latest and most significant virtualization news at TechEd North America was actually a cloud announcement. Bet you wouldn't have predicted that a few years ago.

Taking Your Data Center to the Cloud with Ravello

With Ravello now out of beta status, there's never been a better time to seriously consider the advantages of migrating your data center test and development operations to the cloud.

VMware Log Insight 2.0 Delivers Server Virtualization Visibility

VMware updates its log visibility tool with improved connectivity for Windows Servers.

New Trends in the World of Servers and Virtualization

New and evolving virtualization and server technologies can help IT departments in their never-ending pursuit of having to deliver more with less.

Docker Re-Imagines Server Virtualization [VIDEO]

Ben Golub, CEO of Docker, explains what containers are all about and why Docker 1.0 will be a big deal.

Microsoft Looking to Lure Customers Away from VMware

The company's upgraded Virtual Machine Convertor tool adds features designed to help poach VMware-based VMs and turn them into Microsoft Hyper-V ones.

IBM Launches Power 8 Servers with a Strong Linux Focus

IBM adds KVM virtualization and Ubuntu as a supported Linux distribution, while taking aim at Intel x86.

What Does VMware's Stock Price Say About the Company's Future?

VMware's current stock market data makes it pretty clear there are some lofty expectations for the company's future prospects. What's behind the optimism?

Virtualization Vendors Making Inroads on Storage Simplicity

Products like VMware's Virtual SAN and DataCore's SANsymphony -V are helping administrators manage storage in increasingly heterogeneous hypervisor-dominated data center environments.

VMware Extends Cloud Desktop Horizon

Horizon 6 launch takes direct aim at Citrix by enabling enterprises with new virtual desktop capabilities.

Hyper-V Network Virtualization: Overview and Q&A

Discover how Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization can enable hosting providers to host customer virtual machines without requiring any changes to the physical network topology.

Google Redefines Reserved and On-Demand Cloud Instances

Google lowers pricing and creates new options for cost-effective cloud computing.

Conquering Compliance and Security Challenges in Today's Data Center

In an ever-accelerating world of highly virtualized data centers, how can security and compliance possibly keep up?

Xen 4.4 ARMs for Virtualization, Adds SPICE

The open-source Xen project continues to prosper as a Linux Foundation collaboration project.

Hyper-V Replica Resynchronization Process

Resynchronizations can become necessary when a Hyper-V Primary Server fails to properly replicate to the Replica Server. Discover what to look for and how to proceed when a Hyper-V resync is needed.

HP Tops Slow-Growing Server Market in Q4 2013: Gartner

IBM, which is selling its x86 server unit to Lenovo, saw large declines in both server revenue and shipments, the analyst firm says.

A Closer Look at VMware's Acquisition of AirWatch

What's behind the server virtualization leviathan jumping into the mobile device management market?

HP DL580 Gen8 Server Innovates with Power

With power and cooling the two most significant operating costs for servers, a more power-efficient solution can significantly impact the bottom line. In that respect, HP's new DL580 Gen8 certainly delivers.

Moving On from MCSA Windows Server 2012

Once you've mastered the MCSA Windows Server 2012 qualification, discover some of the options available for building on that newfound knowledge.

The Software Defined Data Center Emerges (Slowly)

A variety of IT trends are fueling the software defined data center, yet SDDC still lacks a central driver to propel it into the mainstream.

ConVirt Looks to Converge Hypervisor Management

If you're just dipping your toes in the waters of hypervisor heterogeneity, finding a solution for your multi-hypervisor management needs may be easier than anticipated.

VMware Grows as Cloud Services Market Set to Mature

VMware finishes 2013 on a high note as it aims for future growth.

Open Source FreeBSD 10 Takes on Virtualization

byhve debuts as the new FreeBSD virtualization hypervisor in the first major update for the server OS since early 2012.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 Gets Real

Red Hat's data center virtualization technology gets a technology infusion from OpenStack.

Working with NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012

Discover a network adapter-independent protocol from Microsoft that facilitates NIC teaming for virtual machines on Windows Server 2012.

Martin Casado on Network Virtualization

VMware chief architect for networking talks network virtualization's history, outlook, and unexpected benefits.

Microsoft Releases Linux Integration Services 3.5 for Hyper-V

The software giant continues to court Linux-based workloads with a new driver package that enables support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and 5.6.

Recapping the World of Server Virtualization in 2013

The virtualization space has seen significant changes over the past twelve months, but one key factor remains the same as we turn our attention to what 2014 might bring.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Brings the Goods, Softly but Surely

Red Hat's RHEL is quietly evolving into a powerful server virtualization offering, and the latest release has more to offer than ever before.

Taking VMware vSphere 5.5 for a Spin

Does the latest iteration of VMware's core offering deliver enough enhancements and new features to make it warrant a closer look?

HP Advances Its ConvergedSystems Portfolio

New servers debut as HP's AppSystem solutions evolve, including a new Moonshot-powered system for the delivery of hosted desktops.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2013 R2 Released

The software company's desktop virtualization and management suite is updated to support Windows 8.1 and receives file sync improvements.

HotLink's Metamorphosis into Cloud Bursting and DRaaS Solutions

Hotlink may have started out as a vendor of multi-hypervisor management systems, but now the startup is providing the vital glue needed to build more complex cloud bursting and disaster recovery solutions.

Opscode, Infochimps Team on 'Cloud for Big Data'

Infochimps uses Opscode's Enterprise Chef to empower its Cloud for Big Data platform.

Pivotal Brings Cloud Foundry PaaS into Full Release

After years of development, Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service is now ready for mass consumption as part of Pivotal One.

Checking Hyper-V Replication Health Using PowerShell Cmdlets

Our latest server tutorial reveals two handy PowerShell cmdlets available for checking Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication status and getting replication statistical data on your VMs.

Red Hat Ramps Up Virtualization and Cloud Initiatives

Can Red Hat virtualization finally capitalize on new opportunities that will help it emerge from the enormous shadow cast by VMware, Microsoft and Citrix?

VMware Grows Earnings by Moving Beyond vSphere

While there is still room for growth in server virtualization, VMware sees its future in the cloud.

VMware Showcases Cloud Management Solutions at VMworld

The software virtualization company unveils a new cloud management offering and several updated products at its VMworld 2013 event in Barcelona.

Nirvanix Shut-Down Sends Shockwaves through the Cloud Services Industry

Does Nirvanix's abrupt demise spell the end of public cloud storage services?

Understanding Hyper-V VSP/VSC and VMBUS Design

Discover the key role Hyper-V's VSP and VSC components play in improving virtual machine performance by facilitating communication between VMs and the parent partition.

Addressing the Virtualization Disconnect

With virtualization evolving faster than IT staff can learn how to master it in many cases, what good is all this new virtualization technology to your organization if no one knows how to use it?

Server Virtualization Customer Reviews: VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer and More

Our guest columnist from IT Central Station reveals what real users think of the leading virtualization products.

HP Debuts OneView for Converged Systems Management

HP takes a new approach to managing converged infrastructure.

Let the Enterprise Networking Games Begin

The war for control of the enterprise network of tomorrow is about to begin, and when it does it's going to get dirty because it's a war no one can afford to lose.

How Xen Virtualization Got Its Zen Back: LinuxCon

The open-source Xen virtualization hypervisor has undergone a transformation in recent years, revitalizing its community and generating new interest. How did it do it?

What Will Drive the Data Center of the Future?

The VMware User Group president shares valuable insight on how automation and convergence can help enterprises optimize virtualization in their data centers.

Harnessing the Power of Hyper-V Network Virtual Switches

For any virtualization administrator that's ever found Hyper-V's network virtual switch's capabilities to be a bit on the confusing side, we have the perfect server tutorial for you.

VMware Making Moves to Stay Ahead of Microsoft in Server Virtualization

With Microsoft closing in on VMware's market leadership in the server virtualization space, has VMware been nimble enough to maintain its lead?

Cisco CTO Warrior: Software-Only SDN Has ‘Limitations’

The Cisco executive’s comments reflect differences in approaches by Cisco and VMware after the virtualization vendor’s introduction of NSX.

NetApp, VMware Collaborate on Software-Defined Data Center Vision

The companies continue their partnership in delivering on a shared commitment to create more efficient and cost-effective software-defined data centers.

VMware Builds Out Virtualization for Servers, Storage, Networking

The company’s NSX virtual networking offering pulls its own technology and that from Nicira into a single solution.

A Sunny Outlook for All in Microsoft and Oracle's Cloud Partnership?

With the two companies teaming up on the cloud in what looks to be a win-win deal, who then stands to be the big loser?

VMware's Love-Hate Relationship With OpenStack

VMware is one of the leading enterprise virtualization technology vendors, but where does it stand in relation to the open-source OpenStack cloud?

Taking Stock of the State of the Server Virtualization Market

The latest report from Gartner on the server virtualization infrastructure market reveals an interesting surprise or two.

Software-Defined Data Centers Now More Than Just a Virtual Reality?

With the topic of software-defined data centers front and center among CIOs, where do SDDCs currently stand and what can we expect from them in the near future?

IBM Sheds Light on Software-Defined Environments Strategy

Big Blue is looking to create a more cohesive 'software-defined everything' world, largely by centering on OpenStack.

How Capitalism Can Help Control Your Hybrid Cloud Environment

VMTurbo's Economic Schedule Engine shows how capitalism trumps communism when it comes to the efficient allocation of resources in a hybrid cloud environment.

Open Source Xen 4.3 Advances Server Virtualization Security

Milestone marks the first release as a Linux Foundation Collaboration project, with new ARM and SDN capabilities.

Veeam Brings Backup Optimization to Virtualized Environments

Veeam is establishing a reputation for excelling at backup and replication in environments that rely on server virtualization, and it keeps piling on new features worth checking out.

Citrix Takes XenServer Open Source

XenServer 6.2 gets a new licensing model as Citrix tries to gain share.