• March 18, 2011 18 Mar'11

    Storage for virtualization: New vendors, new protocols

    Virtualization pros can make their lives easier by consolidating their storage vendors and considering Fibre Channel alternatives. That's according to a recent report from Forrester analyst Andrew ...

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    High availability tops virtualization concerns

    Last week's IDC Directions 2011 Boston conference was all about cloud, cloud, cloud. But if you haven't made the move "to the cloud" yet, you're probably chipping away at virtualization -- a ...

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    VMware vCenter iPad client on the way

    The long-awaited VMware vCenter iPad client should soon be available in the App Store. Macworld reports that VMware has submitted the vCenter iPad client to Apple and is just waiting for approval. ...

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    VMware VCDX hopefuls yearn for scoring transparency

    Some who have gone through the battery of testing required for VMware’s most coveted and competitive certification, VMware Certified Design Expert, say the process is too subjective.

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    VMware pitches alternative to Microsoft Exchange 2010 DAGs

    VMware says its HA capability for virtual machines combined with Symantec’s AppHA allows users to make an end-run around Microsoft support policies.

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  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    Virtualization management tools: Navigating the muddy waters

    As virtualization management becomes more complicated, choosing management tools gets tougher. Hypervisor vendors and third-party ISVs all offer their own management solutions.

  • March 16, 2011 16 Mar'11

    EMC to sell VMware? Keep dreaming!

    At this month's New England VMware User Group meeting, an attendee told me about a conversation he'd had with an EMC higher-up. The topic turned to VMware, and the EMC executive said something ...

  • March 15, 2011 15 Mar'11

    Ex-VMware execs join Abiquo

    Wendy Perilli, VMware's former director of cloud computing product marketing, has joined Abiquo. The Redwood City, Calif.-based cloud management startup announced the hire today. Perilli joined ...

  • March 11, 2011 11 Mar'11

    VMware acquires WaveMaker for Java app development: News in brief

    VMware buys Web app dev startup, integrates with Amazon; Veeam chases billion-dollar aspirations with Business View 2.0; NetEx offers free WAN optimization to VMware users.

  • March 10, 2011 10 Mar'11

    VMware's iPad app: A lesson in contradiction?

    News of the VMware View iPad client was all the rage yesterday. The constant discussion got so bad at one point that I had to close my Twitter client and take a breather (but not before I posted a ...

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    VMware View iPad client screenshots

    The VMware View Client for iPad hit Apple's App Store today. The VMware View iPad client lets users access their virtual desktops on their tablets using PC-over-IP on either WiFi or 3G networks. It ...

  • March 08, 2011 08 Mar'11

    VMware shops intrigued by vCenter Operations

    Beta testers are impressed with VMware’s new automated root-cause analysis tool, but some are still waiting to test and get pricing information on the Advanced and Enterprise editions.

  • March 04, 2011 04 Mar'11

    VMware goes back to basics at New England VMUG

    VMware's approach to management is still a problem for users. Several attendees at yesterday's New England VMware User Group meeting in Newport, R.I. said the company has too many management ...

  • March 03, 2011 03 Mar'11

    Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat still lag VMware in features

    XenServer, Hyper-V and KVM users still await feature parity with VMware’s vSphere while others work through integration issues.

  • March 02, 2011 02 Mar'11

    VMware shops grapple with VM stall

    Users report that ongoing VM stall in vSphere environments mainly arises from interoperability glitches with underlying infrastructure and finger-pointing among vendors.

  • March 01, 2011 01 Mar'11

    Is it worth virtualizing unified communications servers?

    There are few technical barriers standing the way of virtualizing unified communications environments, but there also doesn’t seem to be much market interest in doing so at the moment. Users today ...

  • February 25, 2011 25 Feb'11

    VMware changes its Hyper-V tune

    We learned yesterday that VMware will offer Hyper-V management with a new experimental vCenter plug-in, XVP Manager. This release contradicts everything VMware has said about multi-hypervisor ...

  • February 24, 2011 24 Feb'11

    VMware manages Hyper-V with new XVP 'fling'

    Speculation that VMware will support Hyper-V has become reality. A so-called "fling" that lets vCenter manage Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines (VMs) is now available for download on the VMware ...

  • February 24, 2011 24 Feb'11

    Virtualization certs valuable, others not so much

    Virtualization skills are in high demand, and their value is only going to increase. Foote Partners' IT Skills and Certifications Hot Lists Forecast report indicates that only 29 out of 225 ...

  • February 23, 2011 23 Feb'11

    VCloud Director no shoo-in for VMware Lab Manager shops

    VCloud Director has been positioned as a replacement for VMware’s test and development offering, Lab Manager. But experts say VMware has cut bait on lab management and set out for a larger catch in the cloud.

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Antivirus for virtualization: Coming out of the Dark Ages?

    Even though server virtualization continues to evolve, it seems like antivirus software for virtual infrastructures is stuck in the past. Traditionally, to protect against malware and viruses, ...

  • February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    VMware realizes cloud talk is cheap

    VMware is making the switch from a virtualization company to a cloud company, and they want customers to come along for the ride. New products and services are finally making that a possibility. ...

  • February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    Virtualization grows despite management hurdles

    Organizations are virtualizing more mission-critical applications and using more tools to manage their infrastructures. That's according to the results of Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG)'s 2010 x86 ...

  • February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    Navigating the converged infrastructure hype cycle

    Does the reality of converged infrastructure products, such as the Vblock and FlexPod, live up to the hype? Our columnist shares his hands-on experiences.

  • February 15, 2011 15 Feb'11

    Infoblox connects IP address management with vCenter

    A new product called IPAM Insight pulls in information from vCenter to give users a unified view of the Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks in virtualized environments.

  • February 14, 2011 14 Feb'11

    Sharing the love for virtualization

    Congratulations to Dave Claussen, winner of our Valentine's Day virtualization poetry contest. Here's his winning entry: Roses are red I like iced tea How long before They virtualize me? We also ...

  • February 11, 2011 11 Feb'11

    VMware killing Lab Manager

    As many users have predicted, VMware is indeed phasing out its Lab Manager product. VMware has not officially announced Lab Manager's end of life, but sources within the company said this week that ...

  • February 11, 2011 11 Feb'11

    Citrix: ‘This is the year’ of self service for virtualized enterprises

    Self-service provisioning is beginning to take hold in academic environments, and Citrix thinks enterprises will soon follow suit with the self-service portal in XenServer 5.6.

  • February 11, 2011 11 Feb'11

    VMware updates vSphere 4.1: Virtualization news in brief

    VMware releases ESXi 4.1 Update 1; Red Hat and IBM hold the virtualization performance world record; HyTrust names VMware veteran new CEO and more news in brief.

  • February 10, 2011 10 Feb'11

    VMware previews vSphere 5 at Partner Exchange

    VMware says vSphere 5, which is due out this summer, will add Storage DRS, host-based replication and network I/O control at the VM level.

  • February 10, 2011 10 Feb'11

    VMware vShield Manager design raises availability concerns

    One of the major technical kinks that has yet to be worked out in VMware’s vShield virtualization security product line is what happens when the vShield Manager appliance fails.

  • February 09, 2011 09 Feb'11

    What do Hyper-V and the VMware CTO's dog have in common?

    ORLANDO -- VMware CTO Steve Herrod was just on stage at Partner Exchange 2011, showing a demo of a pet clinic application running on VMware's Spring platform. Herrod ended the demo by showing a ...

  • February 09, 2011 09 Feb'11

    VMware to release vCenter Operations for operations management

    At Partner Exchange 2011, VMware previews a new product, vCenter Operations, for performance monitoring and capacity management.

  • February 08, 2011 08 Feb'11

    More on VMware vCloud Connector

    This morning we got the official announcement of VMware vCloud Connector, a new, free vSphere plug-in that I wrote about last week on VCloud Connector lets users view VMs ...

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    NIST issues virtualization security guidelines

    Sure, server virtualization has been around for a while and is very popular in IT. But you know a technology has really hit the big time when it gets its own national standards. The National ...

  • February 02, 2011 02 Feb'11

    VMware names co-presidents, Maritz still CEO

    Paul Maritz is no longer VMware's president. The company has named four other executives as co-presidents: Carl Eschenbach, Richard McAniff, Tod Nielsen and Mark Peek. They will all report to ...

  • February 02, 2011 02 Feb'11

    VRanger's new virtual server backup to target physical hosts

    Quest wants to make vRanger a one-stop shop for physical and virtual server backup, starting with its 5.x updates.

  • February 01, 2011 01 Feb'11

    Contest: How much do you love virtualization?

    Today's the first day of February, and that means Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Valentine's Day is a time to express your love for the things that matter most in your life. And ...

  • January 31, 2011 31 Jan'11

    VMware reports earnings, reaches out to SMBs: Virtualization news in brief

    VMware was behind a series of news nuggets, from earnings and market share results to a new SMB offering and partnerships. Elsewhere, virtualization management ISVs say they’re making hay.

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    Why tech workers can't get no satisfaction

    For the second straight year, technology professionals are feeling the effects of nearly flat wages. According to the 2011-2010 Annual Salary Survey from Dice, the average tech worker's salary ...

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    Is virtualization driving business and IT apart?

    Virtualization has charted a new course for IT, but it may have stranded the business side of your organization.

  • January 24, 2011 24 Jan'11

    VMware pushes vShield, virtualization security vision

    VMware says its vShield virtualization security products will pave the way toward cloud computing, but users said concerns such as licensing costs to ecosystem support are holding them back.

  • January 21, 2011 21 Jan'11

    VMware shop rights ship with VMTurbo performance management software

    HD Supply bumped up its IT shop’s percentage of virtualized servers by getting on board early with virtual infrastructure optimization startup VMTurbo.

  • January 20, 2011 20 Jan'11

    Will your data center disappear this year?

    Tonight, before you lock up your data center and hit the lights, take a look around. Gaze longingly at your racks of servers and bundles of cables. Listen to the sweet sounds of the machines ...

  • January 19, 2011 19 Jan'11

    Virtualization in 2010 through a newbie's eyes

    Senior News Writer Beth Pariseau, a storage industry veteran, looks back on her first year covering the server virtualization market.

  • January 19, 2011 19 Jan'11

    VKernel reports on VMware storage I/O stats

    The first major update since VKernel integrated multiple software titles into one suite last summer, version 2.2 now includes storage I/O monitoring, Active Directory integration, and visibility into VMware RDMs.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    Another hint about new VMware vStorage APIs

    A little more than a month ago, I wrote a story about some new vStorage APIs that are coming from VMware Inc. and its storage partners, code which could improve visibility into the physical storage ...

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    VMware defends PowerCLI 4.1 changes

    VMware says only customers of one third-party product by Quest are affected by changes in PowerCLI version 4.1.x.

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    Oracle rolls out VirtualBox 4.0: News in brief

    Oracle rolls out VirtualBox 4.0; Citrix invests in GlassHouse Technologies and other news in brief.

  • January 10, 2011 10 Jan'11

    Bob Muglia leaving Microsoft

    Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business and the public face of its Hyper-V push, is leaving the company. CEO Steve Ballmer announced Muglia's departure in an email to ...

  • January 10, 2011 10 Jan'11

    Microsoft vs. VMware: To the cloud!

    "Virtualization alone does not a cloud make." Seems like a pretty innocuous statement, right? Not when it's on a Microsoft billboard, and that billboard happens to be along a stretch of highway ...

  • January 06, 2011 06 Jan'11

    VMware users vexed by quiet changes in PowerCLI 4.1

    Changes to VMware PowerCLI version 4.1.x break scripts written in earlier versions of the vSphere scripting language, users say, who also feel VMware did not give them adequate warning.

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Server virtualization tops 2011 IT priorities

    IT managers still have server virtualization on the brain as they head into 2011. Server virtualization is the top priority for IT managers in 2011, according to TechTarget's 2011 IT Priorities ...

  • December 23, 2010 23 Dec'10

    Why did your virtualization implementation stall?

    Your virtualization implementation can grid to a halt without the proper planning and support. Luckily, there are ways to overcome these hurdles and get back on track.

  • December 22, 2010 22 Dec'10

    Announcing our 2011 virtualization predictions contest winner

    The winner of our 2011 virtualization predictions contest is Mike Preston, an IT pro for a school district in Ontario, Canada. Here's what he thinks the new year has in store for the virtualization ...

  • December 22, 2010 22 Dec'10

    Citrix Intellicache could fix virtual server I/O problems

    A new local caching feature for virtual desktops may also address server I/O challenges. But it will take more development before it's ready for prime time in server virtualization environments.

  • December 21, 2010 21 Dec'10

    Dilbert takes on server virtualization

    A colleague passed along yesterday's Dilbert comic strip, which has a pretty random mention of server virtualization. Check it out:

  • December 20, 2010 20 Dec'10

    Q&A: Citrix's Crosby on XenServer and the cloudy future

    XenServer is for more than XenDesktop, cloud computing is more than glorified server virtualization and security concerns about the cloud are overstated, according to Citrix CTO Simon Crosby.

  • December 20, 2010 20 Dec'10

    Top 10 server virtualization news stories of 2010

    VSphere 4.1 and XenServer 5.6 were major releases in 2010, but that's just the tip of the server virtualization news iceberg. Check out what else dominated the headlines this year.

  • December 20, 2010 20 Dec'10

    VMware licensing, vSphere 4.1 dominate server virtualization news

    The top server virtualization news stories of 2010 included VMware per-VM licensing and pricing and the release of vSphere 4.1.

  • December 16, 2010 16 Dec'10

    Paul Maritz talks Microsoft, Oracle

    Paul Maritz knows VMware has a target on its back. The VMware CEO was the latest guest on Fortune's "Connected with Adam Lashinsky," where he talked about VMware's standing in the overall IT ...

  • December 16, 2010 16 Dec'10

    2010 in review and 2011 predictions on VMware podcast

    Brian Madden, Mike Laverick, Bridget Botelho and myself were guests on yesterday's VMware Communities Roundtable podcast. We talked about some of this year's biggest virtualization news -- such as ...

  • December 16, 2010 16 Dec'10

    Vblock vs. FlexPod: What's the difference?

    VMware and Cisco now have two pre-designed IT stacks on the market, one with EMC and one with NetApp. Is there a big difference between them? And what's still missing from both?

  • December 14, 2010 14 Dec'10

    Year in review on tomorrow's VMware podcast

    A whole crew of TechTarget editors and experts will be on tomorrow's VMware Communities Roundtable show to talk about the top virtualization stories of 2010 and what we expect for 2011. I'll be ...

  • December 14, 2010 14 Dec'10

    VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform demo video

    The VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) was announced more than two years ago. Then the mobile phone virtualization product kind of fell off the face of the earth until last week, when ...

  • December 14, 2010 14 Dec'10

    VMware virtualization management plans mystify users

    At the top of users' holiday wish lists is to understand VMware's roadmap for virtualization management and virtual data center management offerings in the new year.

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    VMware's vCloud Director now a service provider offering: Virtualization news in brief

    A service provider offers VMware's vCloud Director to customers; Xiotech delivers storage management through vSphere and other news in brief.

  • December 08, 2010 08 Dec'10

    New APIs from VMware and partners promise tighter storage integration

    VMware and partners will publish new code, called VMware Aware Storage APIs (VASA), that incorporates physical data storage monitoring into vCenter and CapacityIQ, sources said.

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Juniper acquires Altor for virtualization security

    Juniper Networks acquired Altor Networks, a popular virtualization security vendor, for $95 million today. Altor makes Virtual Firewall, which took the bronze medal in the security category of ...

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Virtualization should start with disaster recovery, says Ohio agency

    How do you go from zero to 90% virtualized with 200 VMs in about six months? Plan ahead, according to one state agency, and start with disaster recovery.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Why Reflex Systems replaced its CEO

    Virtualization management ISV Reflex Systems abruptly replaced President and CEO Peter Privateer Nov. 12 with its former VP of sales and business development Preston Futrell, and with very little ...

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    WAN optimization moves virtualized DR over the goal line

    Replication was infeasible with a 10 Mbps WAN connection, and WAN optimization hardware looked like it would break the bank; that's when a NetEx virtual appliance entered the picture.

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Contest: Virtualization predictions for 2011

    Get your crystal ball out! It's time to make some virtualization predictions for 2011. Email me your predictions by Dec. 17, and we'll randomly select two winners. One will get a copy of "Grow a ...

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    VCE coalition goes on hiring spree to push Vblocks

    EMC, VMware and Cisco's VCE coalition is hiring hundreds of new technical and sales staff to boost sales of its Vblocks, which have been slow so far.

  • December 01, 2010 01 Dec'10

    VMware sneaks out free Alive VM virtualization management software

    Virtualization management software VMware acquired in August is being offered as a promotion with new purchases of enterprise vSphere licenses made after Nov. 23, leaving some users feeling left out.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    Hyper-V finds niche in Europe, survey says

    Americans and Europeans often have different tastes when it comes to football... fashion... and food. It may be time to add virtualization to that list. A new virtualization survey by the German ...

  • November 24, 2010 24 Nov'10

    Data security worries rise as virtualization spreads

    Yesterday I caught a brief but an interesting exchange between two of the people I follow on Twitter. "All my storage conversations used to push to virtualization. Now all my virt / cloud ...

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    PaaS vs. IaaS: What's Microsoft's private cloud vision?

    It's hard to avoid the obvious cliche on this one: Microsoft's private cloud messaging is getting very cloudy. Back in July, at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, all the talk was about ...

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    Quest adds Hyper-V support, automation to vFoglight 6.5

    There's a race on to beef up virtualization management and monitoring tools with automated problem remediation, but not every enterprise is ready for automation just yet.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    Novell acquired, but not by VMware

    Despite a report by the Wall Street Journal September 15 that VMware was in talks to acquire at least a piece of Novell, the majority of the company will be acquired for $2.2 billion by Attachmate, ...

  • November 19, 2010 19 Nov'10

    Microsoft challenges VMware vCloud Director with SCVMM 2012

    Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 could take on VMware's vCloud Director and its private cloud computing management vision.

  • November 18, 2010 18 Nov'10

    Closing the VM sprawl floodgates

    VM sprawl is the result of irresponsible server provisioning, so you need to implement stringent resource-allocation policies.

  • November 17, 2010 17 Nov'10

    Want to be on our advisory board?

    With this week's news that expert contributor Rick Vanover is joining Veeam Software -- congrats, Rick! -- we have an opening on our Server Virtualization Advisory Board. The users and consultants ...

  • November 17, 2010 17 Nov'10

    Users call Microsoft's bluff on VMware support for Exchange 2010

    Microsoft corporate bloggers say that VMware High Availability doesn't support database avilability groups in Exchange 2010. But virtualized Exchange users say the complaint is a marketing ploy.

  • November 12, 2010 12 Nov'10

    Hyper-V users see promise in Virsto storage management

    Users say Virsto's software is a promising tool to skirt the performance hit created by dynamic disks in Hyper-V environments. But some await tighter integration with Microsoft's SCVMM.

  • November 11, 2010 11 Nov'10

    Oracle changes its tune about RAC on VMware

    Oracle no longer explicitly excludes RAC from its support statement on VMware, but users say tech support isn't the biggest fish to fry when it comes to virtualizing Oracle apps.

  • November 09, 2010 09 Nov'10

    The preconfigured stack craze – if IT vendors build it, will users come?

    While vendors and vendor coalitions are putting together preconfigured bundles of storage, networking, virtualization and applications, industry analysts say interest among IT pros in turnkey ...

  • November 09, 2010 09 Nov'10

    Virtualization pros grapple with PCI DSS 2.0

    PCI DSS 2.0 officially acknowledges server virtualization, but PCI compliance in virtual environments is still more art than science.

  • November 08, 2010 08 Nov'10

    Why we're still resisting virtual backup best practices

    Many enterprises are putting on the brakes when it comes to VM backup and recovery. A recent report says enterprises aren't confident about the ability to back up and recover VMs -- leading many to ...

  • November 08, 2010 08 Nov'10

    VMware and partners release PCI guidance: Virtualization news in brief

    Virtualization product vendors offer guidance for PCI-compliant virtual data centers. These briefs also include news on CA's acquisition of Hyperformix and Zimbra's certification program.

  • November 04, 2010 04 Nov'10

    VMware to support Hyper-V?

    Recently uncovered code in vSphere 4.1 detects third-party guest hypervisors on the network. Is this a signal that VMware plans to support and manage Hyper-V and Xen VMs?

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    PCI DSS 2.0 standard released, but detailed virtualization guidance still unavailable

    This morning the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council, which creates standards with which anyone handling credit card data must comply, released the second version of its Data ...

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    More on the challenges of physical and virtual backups

    Today's feature by our Server Virtualization Advisory Board focuses on the backup management challenges in mixed physical-and-virtual infrastructures. Board member Jack Kaiser let his colleague ...

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Prepping for IT services? Virtualize and centralize resources

    Before even considering IT as a Service, you have to lay some groundwork. Virtualizing everything and centralizing resources are key, but is your infrastructure ready?

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Veeam Software ships Backup & Replication 5.0: News in brief

    After a preview at VMworld, Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0 finally shipped. These news briefs also contain information about Hyper-V's involvement in the OpenStack project.

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Enterprises face integration hurdles to private clouds

    Enterprises that want to offer IT as a Service face challenges that include virtualization stall, bleeding-edge infrastructure automation tools and thorny policy orchestration problems.

  • October 27, 2010 27 Oct'10

    Microsoft not the Apple of virtualization's eye

    It's not a good morning for Microsoft. Execs are waking up to reports of the company's demise from two major business publications: CNNMoney, which says Microsoft's consumer brand is "dying," and ...

  • October 26, 2010 26 Oct'10

    VMware Lab Manager users want clarity on vCloud Director

    With significant overlap between key VMware products, users see the writing on the wall for Lab Manager, Will vCloud Director take Lab Manager's place?

  • October 25, 2010 25 Oct'10

    VMware 'If Only' campaign goes after SMBs

    VMware boasts that its customers include the entire Fortune 100, 491 of the Fortune 500 and 955 of the Fortune 1000. Those are all impressive figures. But if you're a small company, you might look ...

  • October 25, 2010 25 Oct'10

    VMware vSphere Essentials Plus licenses surge, but SMBs want more

    VMware's efforts to reach out to small and medium-sized businesses have borne fruit, says the company. But SMBs want more than just vMotion from a lower-cost licensing package.