Podcasts: Virtual Convers

Server Consolidation



SearchServerVirtualization.com's Virtual Conversations are audio downloads of feature articles, interviews and technical advice on the latest trends and industry best practices for server virtualization. In today's program, reporter Joan Goodchild talks with industry analysts, virtualization evangelists and early adopters about the pros and cons of using virtualization technology for server consolidation. Click on the links below to download these four segments to your computer or, for when you are on the go, to your favorite MP3 player. Links to print versions of the articles are also provided.

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Virtualization, blades hot for server consolidation
By Joan Goodchild

Consolidating servers in the data center is a challenge most IT departments want to address. Virtualization and blades are two choices that are gaining momentum in the server room and data center. But which is the best option for maximizing server utilization in your enterprise? We examine the options -- and trends beyond them -- in this news feature.

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Interview: Virtualization software or blade servers?

In this in-depth interview, David Marshall, co-author of a new book on advanced server virtualization, discusses the relative merits of virtualization software versus blade servers for containing server room sprawl.


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Expert Advice: Best practices for getting started with virtualization

Erick Halter, co-author of Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise, outlines his best practices for getting started with server virtualization.


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Interview: Why server virtualization?

Advances in 64-bit computing are just one reason that IT managers are taking a hard look at virtualization technologies outside the confines of the traditional data center, says Jan Stafford, senior editor of SearchServerVirtualization.com.


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Fast guide to server consolidation and virtualization

In this 15-minute fast guide, systems integrator Bernard Golden reveals the pros and cons of using virtualization as a server consolidation strategy. He'll discuss and show charts for configurations for various server consolidation approaches, including examples of virtualization configurations.


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What is a podcast?
Podcasting is the preparation and distribution of audio (and possibly other media) files for download to digital music or multimedia players, such as the iPod. A podcast can be easily created from a digital audio file. The podcaster first saves the file as an MP3 and then uploads it to the Web site of a service provider. The MP3 file gets its own URL, which is inserted into an RSS XML document as an enclosure within an XML tag.

Once a podcast has been created, it can be registered with content aggregators, such as podcasting.net or ipodder.org, for inclusion in podcast directories. People can browse through the categories or subscribe to specific podcast RSS feeds which will download to their audio players automatically when they next connect. Although podcasts are generally audio files created for digital music players, the same technology can be used to prepare and transmit images, text, and video to any capable device.

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This was first published in June 2006

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