Posts Tagged ‘Hypervisor’

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

December 28th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V
 

Red Hat, the American software company that’s engaged in developing and distributing open-source software products to the enterprise community, has released a beta of its RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) for its loyal customers.  And this new beta release, which is the 4th minor release of RHEL6, the developers at Red Hat have set up drivers for Hyper-V, the hypervisor by Microsoft, into the distribution of Linux.

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

Even though the Hyper-V drivers were available for a while now, they did not meet up the requirements of the kernel developers’ until few months back. And probably this was why the Red Hat developers were unwilling to add them in Linux. In addition to Microsoft’s Hyper-V, they have also updated the ESX virtualization solution’s drivers of VMware.

Some Improvements have been made to the SSSD (System Security Services Daemon), which are designed in order to improve the interoperability of the system with Active Directory services of Microsoft. Red Hat also states that they have made improvements to the performance of the Parallel network file system (pNFS), yet the support agreement still excludes the use of the pNFS.

The release of RHEL 6.4 is expected between late January and early February 2013.

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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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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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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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Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

November 5th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server
 

According to the channel partners and IT shops of Microsoft and VMware, when they compare the publicly available prices of the IT giants, the figures of both should be taken together with a pinch of salt, due to the fact that both these vendors are negotiating prices in order to capture territory in the virtualization market.

In theory, comparison between the published price lists for Microsoft and VMware virtualization tools differentiate according to many factors like the scale of the virtual environment, the kind of operating system that’s been virtualized, and also on the management tools that a particular customer buys.

However, there are many theoretical nitpicks, which surround operational efficiency, VM density and also the ever-elusive notion of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

As of now, for the customers of Microsoft, the best thing to do if they want to negotiate for a better price is to enter into an EA (Enterprise Agreement) with Microsoft. And the users of virtualization can also get a hold of the ECI (Enrollment for Core Infrastructure) that delivers Microsoft System Center 2012 and Windows Server OS together, which is cheaper than licensing those two products separately.

Although the ECI prices are different from organization to organization, the prices almost always drop well underneath the list prices.

In addition, Microsoft also offers generous discounts for the organizations that are in the field of education. Some educational organizations, such as the Olin Business School in Washington University (St. Louis), have reported that they are only paying $150 for a processor, which is actually priced at $2,357. That’s more than a 93% discount. And although VMware also offers academic discounts, they never even get close to that scale.

However, VMware is up for negotiations as well. VMware will offer discounts up to 50% Large VMware shops via the ELAs (Enterprise License Agreements). And according to VMware experts, almost no one pays the list price for anything.

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

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Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

November 2nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server
 

Although Windows Server 2012 was released for general availability on the 4th of September, the virtualization shops that is looking forward to set up the latest version of Hyper-V on their stations will have to wait until Microsoft releases the SP1 to manage the Hyper-V hosts, which are running the new Operating System.

According to the documentation issued by Microsoft, the version of the System Center 2012 that is currently shipping will only support the Hyper-V hosts that are running Windows Server 2008.

Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

In the meantime, the System Center 2012 SP1 (Service Pack 1), the version that is compatible with Hyper-V 3.0 (aka Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V), is in the 2nd Community Technology Preview, which is a pre-beta version that won’t be used by most of users in production.

However, the System Center 2012 SP1 is one of the necessities to take benefit of the new features in Hyper-V 3.0 such as NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), enhanced backup support for CSVs (Cluster Shared Volumes) and enhancements in live migration.

Up till now, Microsoft has not stated a timing frame for the release candidate or the RTM (release to manufacturers) for SP1. According to the sources, even Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program or the Most Valuable Professional communities have not received any news about the release.

However, Microsoft officials stated that the exact information about Windows System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 would be revealed in the months to come.

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Admins Seem To Be Happy With the New Virtual Storage Technique of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

November 1st, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

Recently the virtual storage market has seen many changes and has expanded.

However, when backups and virtual machines eat up the storage in the virtualized environment, what every admin thinks of doing is to go for an upgrade. Although an upgrade might provide the admins with additional storage, they usually do not come very cheap. And a storage migration process can easily turn in to headaches.

Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

Microsoft has decided to improve storage features of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0. And the specialized Hyper-V vendors have developed many tools and add-ons to optimize the storage performance. And the virtualization world seems to be pretty happy about Microsoft’s decision.

According to the storage industry analyst and Microsoft MVP, Stephen Foskett, most people have been waiting for something like vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). And with the new update, the entire Windows Server world will get it.

Since Microsoft released their Windows Server 2012 back in September, most of the industry experts have been testing the new feature, functionality and the tool itself, which adds more fuel to the vSphere versus Microsoft Hyper-V fire. And as for the news we have right now, many Microsoft customers are highly enthusiastic about the storage upgrades in Windows Server 2012.

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Global Cloud Virtualization Software Market 2011-2015

October 31st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, virtualization
 

According to the forecasts by analysts at TechNavio, the actionable, competitive, strategic, and customer intelligence related market research report provider, the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market will grow at 14.98% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate), during the period from 2011 to 2015.

Microsoft Corp. with its Hyper-V

According to them, one of the main factors for this growth rate is the need to build platform-independent computing solutions. It is also said that the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market is also having a much focus on green cloud computing. It seems that the only challenge that might cause a challenge to the growth of the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market is the growing security concerns on the subject of cloud computing.

TechNavio claims that the newly released report regarding the Global Cloud Virtualization Software Market 2011-2015 has been arranged based on a thorough analysis of the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market, with inputs from many experts in the industry. The report covers the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, APAC (Asia-Pacific) region, and the Americas.

According to the report, the key vendors who are currently dominating the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market include Microsoft Corp. with its Hyper-V, Citrix Systems Inc., VMware Inc., and IBM Corp. The other vendors that share a small portion of the market are Parallels, Amazon, Red Hat Inc., and Oracle Corp.

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