Posts Tagged ‘virtual machine’

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 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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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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A New Backup and Recovery Option for Windows Server 2012 from Unitrends

October 23rd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server
 

Unitrends, the all-in-one backup appliance for virtual, physical and cloud, and the leader in enterprise-level data protection, has revealed its support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012. Earlier this year, Unitrends released Unitrends Enterprise Backup™, the popular software-only version of its flagship recovery collection of physical appliances. According to Unitrends, at the moment, it is the only all-in-one Hyper-V 2012 Server and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V for backup, recovery appliance in the market.

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Unitrends is a company well-known for its long term Microsoft partnership. So it is known to invest heavily on engineering expertise in order to test and then validate the newest upcoming Microsoft software versions on its infrastructure.

Maria Pressley, a spokesperson at Unitrends, stated that as Microsoft decided to offer a free version of its Hyper-V Server 2012, their company also came up with a free and fully functioning version of its enterprise level backup software, which can be used to protect up to4 Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. Apart from the free edition, the backup software also has an enterprise edition.

The collection of Unitrends’ all-in-one appliances, which are scalable as well, and the other software solutions developed for backing up, archiving, disaster recovery and instant recovery, can be used to protect more than 100 different versions of operating systems, servers, storage area network, hypervisors, network-attached storage and applications.

The collection of Unitrends’ all-in-one appliances, which are scalable as well, and the other software solutions developed for backing up, archiving, disaster recovery and instant recovery, can be used to protect more than 100 different versions of operating systems, servers, storage area network, hypervisors, network-attached storage and applications.

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Veeam Announces the Release of Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5 in Q4

October 16th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

The newest version of the flagship product of Veeam Software offers support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and VMware vSphere 5.1

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The virtual infrastructure management and data protection software developer for VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments, Veeam Software, announced that the latest edition of its new flexible, reliable and fast recovery solution for virtualized applications and data, Veeam Backup & Replication, would be released for the public in the 4th quarter of this year.

The version 6.5 of the Veeam Backup & Replication will feature brand new restore capabilities for LeftHand snapshots, Microsoft Exchange, and HP StoreVirtual VSA (virtual storage appliance). In addition, it will also offer support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and VMware vSphere 5.1.

Veeam for hyper-v“The agent-less backup & replication solution of Veeam is exclusively developed for virtualization” stated Ratmir Timashev, the CEO and the President of Veeam Software. He added that even though it was considered as a niche in the past, now it has become an important feature as virtualization itself.

Features of version 6.5 of Veeam Backup & Replication:

Veeam Explorer for Exchange

The VM administrators will have the ability to check inside of the Exchange backups to locate and access unique Exchange items even without the need of an agent.

Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots

VM admins will be able to quickly restore any single or all of the VMs straightaway via SAN snapshots.

Advanced Reporting and Monitoring

The new feature will integrate capacity planning, monitoring and reporting in to a single console, making the life of VM admins much easier.

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OpenStack Folsom Released with Hyper-V Support and Network Automation

October 8th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Virtualized Networking and Block Storage gets added to the cloud platform

OpenStack, the Open Source cloud computing platform is releasing the 6th version of their platform “Folsom”, with added software-defined networking features.

The people who are working in the project have stated that the new release in improved the stability and usability of the underlying code. According to them, the amount of contributors working on the project has also increased from 65%. The new Folsom release will also add 185 new features, and most of them will be in the area of virtual networking.

OpenStack-Folsom-with-Hyper-V-Support

The brand new networking feature is code-named as Quantum. The feature will support Open vSwitch, standard Linux bridge networking, the Ryu open source network OS, NEC and Nicira through a new plug-in architecture. Because of this, the platform will be able to benefit from the SDN virtual networking.

In addition, the new Folsom release will also include updates to API quotas, IP address management, SNAT (Secure Network Address Translation), floating IPs and control Layer 2 networking.

The enhanced compute feature of the release is code named as Nova. The feature will help make it much easier for the operators to configure huge pools of VMs.

The executive director of OpenStack Foundation, Jonathan Bryce stated that the project is now moving at a faster rate than ever before.

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VPS Disk Space – Is “Enough” Really Enough??

June 29th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, vps hosting
 

VPS disk space is quite cheap, and for this reason it is worth to ensure that you purchase a VPS hosting account with sufficient disk space that would allow you to develop your website. As you expand your site, particularly if it is a site which contains static or dynamic pages or downloads that persist or even rise in number or size, an adequate disk space in order to stock your customer or visitor data will be required and also to be able to allow your visitors to have a quick and easy access to all information and features available on your website.

This is particularly the case with Windows VPS solutions powered by Hyper-V virtualization technology. The highly stable and reliable platform, chosen by the majority of the Windows VPS hosting consumers who are relying totally on Microsoft solutions, needs a VPS hosting solution with a minimum of 8 GB disk space. In addition, Microsoft advises to purchase at least 20 GB disk space for Hyper-V.

However, Parallels, which publishes the Virtuozzo platform, claims that only 500 MB of VPS disk space is enough for virtualization purposes. What is dissimilar is that when Hyper-V is used, the total operating system is found on the virtual engine while Virtuozzo utilizes software in order to match and get access to the operating system (it is compatible with either Windows or Linux) on the physical engine that hosts the VPS servers itself.

Nevertheless, Virtuozzo users or hosting providers should still be concerned about a lack of disk space. In real life, nowadays prizes and availability taken into account, the change between 500 MB and 8 or even 20 GB of disk space, in real and practical terms, is not that great. However, the most important thing is that, in order to store all the data and run all the programs that need to be hosted on the virtual disk, VPS hosting customers should have enough disk space.

For a majority of the users, starting with 40 GB is enough, but for Hyper-V users with larger or several sites are recommended a 60 GB. And it is always better to start off with excess storage, than to suffer from a crashed website later.

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