News From VMware, Microsoft Portends a Year of Change
January 7, 2009
It would be hard to argue with the idea that 2008 was the year virtualization went mainstream. No doubt this growth trajectory will continue in the new year. Two things that surfaced in recent days that merit closer observation, as they will likely shape up into something bigger in the next few months:
For the most part, however, the focus this week appears to be on regrouping and gearing up for 2009. In that vein, here are some interesting articles worth reading as you ponder your virtualization strategy for 2009. Feel free to send links to me to any others you believe stand out for possible inclusion.
Virtual Servers Update: VMware vs. Microsoft vs. Xen: This is an updated version of a perennial classic. Although it was published nine months ago, much of the information still stands, and is worth a read for anyone considering a virtual deployment. The original is interesting as well, especially when read in context.
Helping Storage Keep Up With Server Virtualization: Enterprise Storage Forum looks at what happens when virtualize your server environment without taking storage into consideration. Hint: It's not pretty.
KVM vs. Xen vs. VMware. Is it a Hypervisor War? A look at whats going on in the open source hypervisor world.
Windows Virtualization: Get Started With Hyper-V: If you haven't yet taken Microsoft's hypervisor out for a spin, this tutorial steps you through how to get started.
Automating Software Testing with Microsoft Hyper-V: Once you're up and running, testing is key. This article explains how to automate the process for Hyper-V.
The Ins and Outs of Virtualized I/O: The impact of virtualization on I/O is a dirty little secret most of the virtualization vendors aren't willing to share. Wayne Rash exposes the truth in this article. In another article, he takes a look at what's behind the virtual memory management veil.
Achieving Agility Through Virtualization: Although this article is six months old, it raises some interesting points for those still attempting to sell senior management on the benefits of virtualization.
Where are all the Virtual Desktops? Whether its Linux or a thin-client architecture, the desktop is almost always a tougher sell than the server. Why is that, and will 2009 be the year of change?
Amy Newman is the managing editor of ServerWatch. She has been following the virtualization space since 2001.