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SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

December 21st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

The Virtual storage application that converts the existing hardware of users into safe data storage systems…

SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

All businesses need reliable and secure data storage, yet not everyone can pay the heavy price of dedicated NAS (network attached storage) devices. So the best option for small and medium sized businesses is to go “virtual”.

So SoftNAS, the self titled virtual storage software for VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon EC2, from Houston, Texas based SoftNAS is going to be very good news for all the small to medium sized business owners. The software makes it possible for companies to pass by the high price of dedicated NAS hardware.

The company described the SoftNAS platform as a cloud-based, software-deployed virtual storage application, which makes use of the hardware that companies already own in order to securely store their mission-critical data.

In addition to Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi and vSphere, SoftNAS also runs on cloud environments such as Amazon EC2, stated the company.

In a press conference, Bill Hood, the CEO of SoftNAS, stated that the company’s technology would help level the playing fields for small and medium sized businesses, and big IT organizations that has huge file storage requirements.

While the beta version of SoftNAS can be downloaded through their website right now, the public commercial version will hit the markets in February 2013.

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Simplify the Move to Hyper-V with V2V Easy Converter

December 13th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

Conversions from vSphere to Hyper-V made easy with the 5nine’s free VM conversion tool.

A free tool was released by Microsoft for beta testing back at the TechEd 2012, which would assist admins of vSphere convert their Windows VMs into Hyper-V. However, now there is a better alternative, V2V Easy Converter by 5nine.

5nine has been developing paid and free tools especially for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Their Anti-Malware and v-Firewall got a good attention in many sessions at the TechEd, since it was the only firewall option for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V at that time, which used the extensible switch of new Hyper-V 3.0.

Simplify the Move to Hyper-V with V2V Easy Converter

Features offered by 5nine’s new VM converter:

  • * Converting vSphere virtual machines to Hyper-V while they are running.
  • * Support for converting guest virtual machines with shared disks and big virtual disks
  • * 10x faster than the Microsoft’s tool.

V2V Easy Converter by 5nine

In addition to Windows guests, the 5nine’s tool also supports CentOS and Ubuntu.

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Up to 50% Performance enhancement for Hyper-V with V-locity 4

December 11th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Condusiv Technologies, the software company based in Burbank, California, which offers high-performance software that optimizes virtual machines, enhances server performance, instantly restores lost files and increases the speed of slow PCs, has released the new edition of V-locity, V-locity 4.

Up to 50 percent Performance enhancement for Hyper-V with V-locity 4

The latest edition of the VM acceleration software, V-locity 4, optimizes writes and reads, which enables rapid applications and much more VMs (Virtual Machines) on one physical server, and do it without needing to add any extra storage hardware.

V-locity 4 can increase the performance of the VMs up to 50 percent without having to put up with the cost having to add additional or new storage hardware.

V-locity 4 also hugely improves the competence and efficiency of a Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtual platform by eliminating the application bottlenecks transparently and proactively at its source.

The benefits of using V-locity 4, which comes at a fraction of the cost:

  • Increase the VM density per each physical server  - up to 50 percent
  • Increase application and VM performance – up to 50 percent
  • Improve latency on active data – up to 50 percent
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“Hyper-V is cheap in some cases” – VMware

December 6th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

One of the latest online calculators indicates that the server virtualization application of VMware is much more expensive when compared to Microsoft’s Hyper-V. To the surprise of many, VMware is the source that came up with the new calculator.

The results of the new calculator are emphasized in a gloating post by Microsoft in its blog. The blog post shows that the vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus edition is 19% more costly than the Hyper-V 3.0 by Microsoft with System Center 2012, when operating 100 VMs (virtual machines) with iSCSI SAN. Some of the other configurations also seem to point out that VMware is more expensive than Hyper-V, like when running 150 virtual machines (6% more expensive than Hyper-V).

Hyper-V is cheap in some cases - VMware

While this seems to be embarrassing for the VMware, the new development could be seen as just one of the tiny parts of backbiting, which keeps going on for a while. And Microsoft has also pointed out that even when the complete vCloud Suite’s taken to account, the figures are still off.

However, most of the researchers have stated that the real overall price for both platforms, Hyper-V and VMware, is heavily dependent on the type of virtualized workload and the IT shop’s size.

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Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gets Closer to VMware

November 30th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

With the new release of Hyper-V 3.0, Microsoft has added many new features to its Hyper-V Hypervisor, consequently pushing it even closer to its main rival, VMware.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gets Closer to VMware

Microsoft’s new improvements in the product positioning, has enabled it to pitch Hyper-V as a better substitute to VMware. The thing that the virtualization world is looking at is the fact that Microsoft deciding to offer many free features to its customers with Hyper-V, which they will have to pay for if they are going for VMware.

The new features come together with the Windows Server 2012, which is much more agile when it comes to moving the workloads around, and is also more flexible. The other improvements include combining several network adapters in order to handle load balancing, the ability of using direct attached storage and hefty memory support.

In addition Microsoft has made Hyper-V cheaper, making it immensely attractive to medium and small ventures.

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Suncorp scopes Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

November 22nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, Windows Server
 

Suncorp, the Australian Second-tier general insurance, banking, life insurance and wealth management giant, has stated that it has already evaluated deploying the new Windows Server 2012 server OS and the Hyper-V 3.0 virtualization platform by Microsoft. At the same time, they will be reducing the usage of the rival technology of VMware.

Suncorp scopes Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

In an wide-ranging case study done by Microsoft, shows that the company, one of the largest banks in Australia, with more than 16,000 staff members, is using software developed by both VMware and Citrix (XenApp).

Recently, when Windows Server 2012 along with Hyper-V 3.0 came into play, the technology use of the bank started setting up a virtual environment in order to analyze the replication of its VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).

It seems that Microsoft has started to stick the new Hyper-V knife into VMware within Australia. Many big organizations such as the NSW Department of Education, Coles and ING Direct have already decided to make the switch to Hyper-V.

However, VMware has been able to stay as the leading player in Australian virtualization market for a long time and is still strongly holding its place. Recently they also abandoned the licensing model which was memory-based, as the local customers were criticizing it.

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Server virtualization vendors are trying to push the application defined data center

November 19th, 2012    Posted in virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, web server news
 

It seems that, as gaps in features are closing between the rivals in the server virtualization industry, the vendors are looking to pull apart of the server infrastructure and go beyond server memory and CPU in their control. And the IT community seems to use the “wait and see” technique about how this will all come together.

Server virtualization vendors are trying to push the application defined data center

The VMware Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure, who delivers customer-proven virtualization solutions, has started to use the term “land-grab” to refer to this infrastructure of data centers where the software or the applications will be defining the data center. This concept took the center stage at the last VMworld conference by VMware in San Francisco.

According to the VMware executives who delivered the keynote speeches at VMworld conference, in a data center infrastructure which is software defined, “all of the infrastructure will be virtualized and will be delivered like a service, while the automation will be completely controlled by the software”.

Microsoft, which uses the Hyper-V virtualization technology, is also going to introduce its very own protocol to be used for network virtualization. The protocol is dubbed NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), which, similar to VXLAN by VMware, could be used in order to overcome the limitations in VLAN scalability.

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Stage set for the virtualization showdown

November 14th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers
 

The Hyper-V 3.0, which is included as part of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012, is now in competition with its main opponent, the vSphere 5 by VMware Inc.

Hyper-V 3.0 vs vSphere 5

Many IT professionals do not see the licensing changes of Windows Server 2012 would have a huge impact on the VMware vs. Hyper-V prizefight.
Chris Steffen, the principal technical architect of Kroll Factual Data, the leading provider of independent verification services, also pointed out to the fact that VMware Inc. has always been recommending Windows Datacenter edition.

However, experts say that Microsoft is going to keep the feet of VMware to the fire as it is continually bundling up many new advancing hypervisor features to its Windows operating system.

Nevertheless, If Microsoft does succeed with its new Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V3.0, VMware Inc. might have to seriously think about changing its approach.

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Licensing feature for Hyper-V Removed from Windows Server 2012

November 12th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

Microsoft has eliminated the Enterprise edition along with the general availability of Windows Server 2012. However, the customers of Hyper-V are stating that the SKU is giving more nuisances than it was worth in the virtual environments.

IT professionals would have 2 options with the new licensing of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012: Standard or Datacenter.

Licensing feature for Hyper-V Removed from Windows Server 2012

Standard is priced at $882 / host with 2 virtual OS instances and the Datacenter edition is priced at $4,809 per 2 processors plus unlimited virtual OS instances.

However, the elimination of the Enterprise edition is a long time upcoming. Microsoft has tried to simplify the licensing process for Windows server several times in the past and had failed every single time. It seems that this time they are trying to put together an attempt to make things easier to the point that an average mortal could understand what is going on.

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Analysts Say that Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 Ultimately Provides Low Cost

November 8th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Some of the datacenter analysts state that moving existing applications and from the older versions of the Windows Server, could cost a smaller amount than trying to port those applications to the earlier versions of the Windows Server, as the new version has many improved abilities. The Program vice president, system software for International Data Corporation (IDC), Al Gillen, says that Windows Server 2012 is a non-disruptive and sequential when taken from an installed application perspective.

Analysts Say that Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Provides Ultimately Low Cost

Gillian also believes that the best technique to get on top of Windows Server 2012 would be to deploy it in the role of the hypervisor. According to him, by that way you can benefit from the new storage management, new hypervisor and the capability of rolling your existing Windows Server 2003 applications onto the latest infrastructure. So you won’t have to struggle with typical time and costs of moving the applications from the older version of Windows Server.

Gillen also added that the fact that Microsoft is planning to put an end to extended technical support for Windows Server 2003, and also planning to discontinue mainstream technical support for Windows Server 2008 in 2015, could be one of the most intimidating factors for some users to shift to Windows Server 2012 earlier rather than later.

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