With 2014 coming to a close, it's time to take a look back at what had people talking over the past 12 months. As always, there was a lot of talk at the end of August surrounding VMworld, but there was also plenty to talk about throughout the year.
VMware NSX was one of the most popular topics in 2014 as users and administrators continued to learn about the offering, which is still less than two years old. VMware finally released pricing information for NSX nine months after its release. Another topic that drew attention was hyper-converged infrastructure. One reason for that is VMware's announcement of EVO:RAIL, the company's first hyper-converged infrastructure. With EVO:RAIL now in the market, administrators wanted to see where it fit in with other existing offerings like Nutanix and SimpliVity.
Here are the top tips and features posted on SearchServerVirtualization this year.
Guide through Hyper-V checkpoints safely
Hyper-V checkpoints are helpful in the sense that they can let you save a copy of a running virtual machine, but that also comes with some problems. Performance overhead can grow out of control and cripple your VM if you don't use the checkpoints properly.
VMware puts focus on software-defined data centers
When VMware announced its NSX 6.1 network virtualization platform at VMworld 2014, admins and users were paying attention. VMware continues to try to convince IT professionals to make the switch from hardware-oriented data centers to software-defined data centers.
Achieve KVM high availability while on a budget
It'd be nice if IT professionals had unlimited financial resources to work with, but that's far from the truth. A lot of small shops use KVM virtualization and this tip explains that most Linux distributions include everything you need to build a high-availability KVM cluster.
Making the move to a private cloud with Windows Azure Pack
There are a lot of positives of public cloud, but security continues to be an issue. Microsoft Windows Azure Pack offers similar benefits as public cloud but without the security risks, because it's in a private cloud in your own local data center.
Hardware and software needs for network virtualization
VMware NSX was one of the hottest topics in 2014, so it's no surprise people wanted to know more about it. This tip explores all of the hardware and software requirements -- such as support for current hypervisors and support for physical networking devices -- before users deploy the network virtualization platform.
Comparing Hyper-V network virtualization and VMware NSX
As VMware NSX gained more and more attention, users wondered how it stacked up against Microsoft's Hyper-V network virtualization. Both network virtualization platforms boast certain benefits, but this tip should help determine which is right for you. Is the perk of having multiple hypervisors supported worth the additional cost? If so, find out which offering is right for you.
Hyper-converged infrastructure product showdown
One of VMware's big announcements at VMworld 2014 was the EVO family of products. EVO:RAIL is the company's first effort at a hyper-converged infrastructure -- and it had plenty of people talking. This tip breaks down hyper-converged infrastructure offerings from VMware, Nutanix, Simplivity and more, and offers insight on which might be the best fit for your company.
IT gets some desired fixes and features in vSphere 6
The new release of vSphere won't be out until 2015, but there was plenty of hype about it this year. IT professionals are excited about new fixes, such as a revised Web Client, that will improve the product. They are also excited for new features, such as support for long-distance vMotion and cross-vCenter vMotion, two things that admins have been asking for.
The nuts and bolts of VMware EVO:RAIL
As previously mentioned, VMware's announcement of their first hyper-converged infrastructure, EVO:RAIL, garnered a lot of attention over the final months of 2014. This feature looks at everything there is to know about EVO:RAIL, including its list of hardware partners to all of the details. Since this feature was published, VMware has added Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi Data Systems to their hardware partner list.
Docker breathes life into containers in 2014
Containers regained some attention in 2014 and Docker was a main reason why. Docker brought a new focus to container virtualization, leading some IT professionals to question whether containers may replace virtual machines in cloud environments.