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ScienceLogic Makes Updates to Its Private Cloud Management Platform

December 19th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtualized Data Centers
 

ScienceLogic, the software and service vendor which offers IT infrastructure management and monitoring systems that simplifies data center and cloud management for service providers and corporations, has made a new update to their cloud and data center management platform in order to offer the IT project managers with multitenant and real-time insight, control and visibility above the numerous private cloud environments that they are currently running or going to be running in the future.

ScienceLogic Makes Updates to Its Private Cloud Management Platform

The new platform has been developed as a method to offer the IT project managers with combined monitoring elements for the integrated stacks such as VCE Vblock, FlexPod and also the diverse underlying technologies like Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen, NetApp, EMC and, Cisco UCS, which are specifically developed to set up private clouds within enterprise IT environments. ScienceLogic has built the new platform focusing on cloud and data center management, especially to manage heterogeneous and dynamic computing environments.

The key feature updates in the new ScienceLogic product consist of:

* Dynamic visualization of the infrastructure components of Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, EMC, Xen, NetApp, and Cisco UCS concurrently and clustered logically according to function, customer or service.

* Automated correlation of the availability and health issues of the infrastructure across the hybrid or private cloud.

* Added support for Vblock and FlexPod stacks.

 

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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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“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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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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Microsoft attempts ‘kitchen sink’ approach for Windows Server 2012 update

November 6th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, web server news, Windows Server
 

IT professionals say that Microsoft could have printed “includes the kitchen sink” in the product packaging of Windows Server 2012.

According to them, Microsoft has packed much more important core abilities straight into this particular edition of their flagship OS, by a broad margin, when compared to almost any prior incarnation. A number of these abilities strengthen not just fundamental operating system features but also are developed to serve as foundations for Microsoft’s virtualization, storage and cloud techniques. And Microsoft also has a number of rapacious rivals in each one of those markets.

Microsoft attempts 'kitchen sink' approach for Windows Server 2012 update

However, it is yet to be seen if this raft of brand new technologies and features (more than 300 in number) could persuade Microsoft corporate clients to maneuver out from the cozy limits associated with Windows Server 2008 R2 and into Windows Server 2012 anytime soon. While some are all ready to upgrade their servers to Windows Server 2012, some others are stating that they are still in the process of upgrading their servers into Windows Server 2008 R2.

Eugene Lee, the senior systems administrator of a big bank in the Charlotte, North Carolina, stated that, although upgrading to Windows Server 2012 looks like a pretty exciting proposition, it is necessary to think about not only what his next server Operating System requirements are, but also the requirements of the virtualization and cloud strategies. He also stated that he would stay with the Windows Server 2008 until he investigates how the new version (Windows Server 2012) would operate with non-Windows applications and environments.

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Server virtualization – Less Hardware, More Profit

October 26th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers
 

Says Kroll Factual Data…

The Kroll Factual Data, the Information resource for lenders, employers and property managers with more than 300 employees has offered a great example about the potential savings that businesses can gain from switching to Server virtualization. The company works on delivering credit reports, business background research, risk assessment reports, employee screenings and collecting information services for its customers. The company acquired 58 other companies within the last 5 years, and those purchases resulted in a mishmash of servers.

Kroll Factual Data switchs to hyper-v

According to Kroll Factual Data, maintaining those systems was really exhausting. And most of the time it took about two weeks for the IT staff to configure a single server. They had to move all the physical servers to the data centers at the company premises and integrate them one by one in to the old system.

However, in 2008, Kroll Factual Data decided to streamline the infrastructure of its data center. And they decided to give virtualization a try. They researched the virtualization software market, evaluated and compared the available products, and finally decided that Microsoft’s Hyper-V was the best option for them.

After switching to Hyper-V virtualization, Kroll Factual Data announced that they were saving $440,000 annually, only on their energy costs. And they have stated that, since 2008, they have been able to save millions of dollars by switching to virtualization.

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Survey Shows That a Virtualized Data Centers are Gaining Popularity

October 25th, 2012    Posted in virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers
 

According to a recent report released by Aberdeen Group Inc, a provider of fact-based business intelligence research founded in 1988, the industry of Server Virtualization has passed a significant milestone in this year (2012). According to the latest report released by the leading market research firm shows that 50% of the applications are currently running on virtual environments.

Aberdeen Group Inc

According to the senior research analyst of Aberdeen Group Inc, Dick Csaplar, most of the enterprises are now feeling quite comfortable with the idea of switching to virtualized servers.

Virtualized Data CentersWith the use of virtualization, enterprises can run multiple applications on a single server. This increases the system utilization. Usual utilization target of a company is around 80%. Every organization likes to keep some room in case of an emergency. With virtualization techniques, most companies are able to raise their system utilization from around 10% – 15% range to 50% – 75% range.

Another reason why companies are moving towards virtualization is, as it increases the server efficiency, they can get by with less hardware. According to the research by Aberdeen Group Inc, companies can gain up to 15-fold reduction by switching to virtualization. So switching to virtualization ultimately affects the net profit of the company in a very positive way.

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