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  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    Choosy admins choose vSphere

    In yesterday's blog post on the Hyper-V vs. VMware fight (or lack thereof), I mentioned that 76% of virtualization users named VMware as their primary platform, compared to just 13% that named ...

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    VMworld 2010 labs by the numbers

    I attended the New England VMware User Group meeting yesterday in Atkinson, N.H. The day started off with a VMworld 2010 recap, with a focus on the extremely popular labs. Here are some interesting ...

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    Hyper-V vs. VMware not much of a fight these days

    The July 2009 release of Microsoft Hyper-V R2 came with a lot of hype. Not just "Wow, this Hyper-V thing really has a chance to take off!" hype. We're talking "Is VMware the next Novell?" and "Is ...

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    Slumberland shuns VMware for Hyper-V on Cisco UCS

    While Cisco Systems' Unified Computing System is a natural fit with VMware's vSphere, a furniture retailer chose the cost savings and manageability of Hyper-V over VMware.

  • October 21, 2010 21 Oct'10

    Don't put cloud cart before virtualization horse

    It's easy to get caught up in virtualization and the cloud. But don't forget, there are companies that haven't virtualized at all.

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  • October 18, 2010 18 Oct'10

    VMware earnings: Law of Large Numbers hasn't caught up... yet

    Everything that goes up must come down. But as experts predicted prior to Monday night's VMware earnings call, there's no sign that VMware’s continued gaudy growth numbers will crash back ...

  • October 18, 2010 18 Oct'10

    VMware and the law of large numbers: How long can heady growth last?

    As VMware prepares to announce its third-quarter earnings, experts assess its short-term growth prospects and whether cloud computing can fuel company growth over the long term.

  • October 15, 2010 15 Oct'10

    Quest rolls out vRanger Standard as beta testers look elsewhere

    VRanger Standard 5.0, announced at VMworld Europe 2010, has a lower price and limited to 10 CPUs, It also lack integrated replication that's coming to vRanger Pro 5.0 in November.

  • October 14, 2010 14 Oct'10

    VMworld Europe 2010: News in brief

    Here are all the news tidbits from this year's VMware conference in Copenhagen; and other news in brief.

  • October 12, 2010 12 Oct'10

    VMware remote office licensing: a long and winding road from Norway to the UK

    A blog post caught my eye a couple of weeks ago, at vNinja.net, concerning the author's struggles to affordably license vSphere at remote "office" locations (actually shipping vessels). "After ...

  • October 12, 2010 12 Oct'10

    New VMware products add workflow, storage views to management lineup

    VMware vCloud Request Manager improves workflow and software license tracking, while a new version of vCenter CapacityIQ sees disk and I/O resources.

  • October 11, 2010 11 Oct'10

    You don’t have to deliver a cloud by Tuesday

    Even if this week’s VMworld Europe 2010 conference fleshes out further detail on VMware’s new vCloud Director offering, IT shops’ move to the cloud is a long-term strategy, say users and experts. ...

  • October 07, 2010 07 Oct'10

    Host-level backups gain steam at guest-level backups' expense

    As buying and managing backup agents for each virtual machine becomes more costly and complex, users have shifted to host-level backup tools, according to recent survey results.

  • October 07, 2010 07 Oct'10

    Virtualization projects hit in-house roadblocks

    Good news: Virtualization is getting cheaper and easier. Bad news: It's hard to get budget approval, and IT pros don't always have the skills to support virtualization projects.

  • October 06, 2010 06 Oct'10

    Marathon beats VMware to fault tolerance for SMP

    In the event of an outage, Marathon's everRun MX now keeps applications that use symmetric multiprocessing in sync for failover. But like VMware's FT, enterprises may approach it cautiously at first.

  • October 05, 2010 05 Oct'10

    SAP certifies Citrix XenServer: Virtualization news in brief

    SAP certifies XenServer; Orange has joined forces with the VCE Coalition to help businesses tap cloud computing; and other news in brief.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    The Blog Formerly Known as SearchServerVirtualization Blog?

    It took us a couple of years, but we've finally come to the realization that "SearchServerVirtualization Blog" isn't the catchiest name for a blog. It's 10 syllables long, and it doesn't exactly ...

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    Citrix's Project Cowley adds distributed virtual switch to XenServer

    Known as Project Cowley, the beta release of a XenServer 5.6 feature pack includes a new distributed virtual switch and other features to bring greater parity between XenServer and VMware.

  • September 30, 2010 30 Sep'10

    Still a long way to go on the virtualization road

    I know you're sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting for us to release the results of our "Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey." Fear not. It's coming next week. To whet ...

  • September 30, 2010 30 Sep'10

    Storage: Blinded by the virtualization light

    With all the infrastructure savings that come from virtualization, it can be easy to miss storage waste. But it's never too late to develop a storage strategy.

  • September 29, 2010 29 Sep'10

    CA Technologies to acquire Hyperformix for automated capacity planning

    Hyperformix's self-learning algorithms can handle physical, virtual and public cloud infrastructures, much like the data center management products VMware is trying to build.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: Virtustream

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Should VMware add Novell's virtualization management tools?

    As speculation swirls around a possible deal for Novell's SUSE Linux operating system, virtualization experts are also eyeing Novell's PlateSpin virtualization management tools.

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: Hyper9

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    Oracle Open World updates: Virtualization news in brief

    Oracle pre-installs Oracle VM Server on Sparc; and other news in brief.

  • September 23, 2010 23 Sep'10

    Virtual backup: Still caught between two worlds

    Most IT pros back up virtual and physical machines with separate tools -- an administrative headache. What IT shops want instead is a single point of management.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Small shops try virtualization for disaster recovery

    Thanks to server virtualization, disaster recovery isn't only for well-heeled IT shops or just for those that can afford array-based replication.

  • September 20, 2010 20 Sep'10

    What you learned at VMworld

    We recently asked readers to tell us what they learned at VMworld, and we enticed them with three prizes: TrainSignal DVDs, a Cisco Unified Computing System book and an official VMworld 2010 ...

  • September 17, 2010 17 Sep'10

    Virtualization market reacts to reported VMware-Novell deal

    Enterprise users say the reported VMware-Novell deal wouldn't be a total shock as VMware tries to round out its data center stack.

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    VMware, Novell in acquisition talks, WSJ says

    A VMware/Novell acquisition is in the works, according to The Wall Street Journal. The paper has just reported that Novell "is in advanced talks" to sell its SUSE Linux operating system business to ...

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    Talking VMworld with the VMware community

    Before VMworld, VMware's social media guru John Troyer came on our This Week in Virtualization podcast to preview the show. This week, John returned the favor and invited me on the VMware ...

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: UShareSoft

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    KVM supports live migration without shared storage

    A new Red Hat utility could solve long-standing problems with live migration of virtual machines and even enable the move to public clouds. But users remain cautious.

  • September 15, 2010 15 Sep'10

    Odds-makers: Who's buying Novell?

    The New York Post got the scoop today that Novell is selling itself in two parts: its SUSE Linux business will go to a mysterious "strategic buyer," and the rest to a private equity firm. Novell, ...

  • September 14, 2010 14 Sep'10

    VMware's vulnerabilities on Wall Street

    Our recent Spotlight on VMware series took an in-depth look at the challenges facing VMware in the server virtualization, desktop virtualization and cloud computing markets. But VMware's ...

  • September 14, 2010 14 Sep'10

    What's behind the Citrix XenServer surge?

    Research indicates that the XenServer adoption rate outpaces its competition, and users say that XenDesktop drew them to XenServer, but other factors have kept them with Citrix's hypervisor.

  • September 10, 2010 10 Sep'10

    Justin Bieber on Twitter: A selling point for virtualization?

    By Alyssa Wood, Assistant Site Editor It has come to this: the Justin Bieber Twitter page accounts for 3% of the entire Twitter server infrastructure. Considering the millions of Twitter pages out ...

  • September 10, 2010 10 Sep'10

    Virtualization pros eye low-cost HP server for home labs

    For virtualization professionals, HP's new MicroServer may be the ideal low-cost hardware for home labs. But will the entry-level server entice its target: small businesses?

  • September 09, 2010 09 Sep'10

    Overcoming virtualization turf wars

    Despite virtualization's benefits, there are still pockets of resistance in many organizations. The old way of doing things can derail your virtualization projects.

  • September 08, 2010 08 Sep'10

    Maybe HP won't resell Oracle VM after all

    Remember back in July, when Dell and Hewlett-Packard made the surprising news that they would resell Oracle VM and other Oracle software? I even wrote a clever blog post comparing the whole thing ...

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    Contest: What did you learn at VMworld?

    The VMworld 2010 conference is over, but the experience at the show will help attendees throughout the year. To that end, we're holding a contest. Just tell us what you learned at VMworld, and you ...

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    IT shops resist Oracle VM push

    Oracle's leadership wants to steer customers toward its Xen-based hypervisor, but users are forging their own path with VMware's vSphere.

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    VMworld 2010: The angst of crowds

    By now, we know the stats. A mob of 17,000-plus swarmed the Moscone Center for VMworld this week, in hands-down the busiest and most crowded of the three VMworld's I've been to so far. Couple that ...

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    VMworld 2010 photo album

    Moscone West pavilion VMworld opening keynote video -- featuring a Matrix parody. This shot shows "The Oracle", who told the narrator of the video his brain is now a "dumb terminal," and got a huge ...

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    VCloud Director: The fine print

    By Beth Pariseau, Senior News Writer SAN FRANCISCO -- After the splashy, high-level announcement of VMware’s vCloud Director on Tuesday morning, reality set in at a VMworld 2010 session by Kevin ...

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Microsoft takes its perennial shot at VMware

    It's not quite the "Poker Chip Incident" of 2008, but Microsoft made its presence known at this year's show with a full-page ad in USA Today, which was delivered directly to hotel rooms belonging ...

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Users wrestle with virtualizing Tier 1 applications

    While VMware's head is in the clouds, enterprise users are battling technical and organizational challenges to adding high-end apps to server virtualization environments.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: Twitter

    Twitter, blogs and social media helped the VMware community connect at VMworld 2010.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: Paul Maritz

    CEO Paul Maritz discussed cloud management during his VMworld 2010 keynote.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: Brocade

    The Brocade booth at VMworld 2010 drew lots of attendees with its magician doing card tricks.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: Roadside Stop

    The VMworld Roadside Stop was a place for VMworld 2010 attendees to stop and unwind.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: The end

    VMworld 2011 will take place Aug, 29 through Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: Chalk drawings

    Artists made cloud-computing-themed chalk drawings outside VMworld 2010.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010: Parties

    VMworld 2010 featured a strong social component, with many networking activities throughout the week.

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Scenes from VMworld 2010

    This slideshow captures all the different aspects of VMworld 2010, from the keynotes to the Solutions Exchange to the parties.

  • September 01, 2010 01 Sep'10

    VMware users welcome Integrien acquisition

    Users at the VMworld 2010 conference said VMware's acquisition of Integrien, a performance monitoring software company, fills an important gap in VMware's product line.

  • September 01, 2010 01 Sep'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 awards

    Big winners this year included Symantec, VKernel, VMware, Veeam, Kaviza

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    VMware acquires Integrien

    SAN FRANCISCO -- VMware is acquiring Integrien, an infrastructure management vendor. CTO Steve Herrod just made the announcement during his VMworld 2010 keynote. He didn't say much about the ...

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    VCloud Director unveiled at VMworld 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The market's worst-kept secret is a secret no longer. VMware officially announced vCloud Director at this morning's VMworld 2010 keynote. VCloud Director lets you manage multiple ...

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    VMworld 2010 by the numbers

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Rick Jackson, VMware's chief marketing officer, kicked off today's VMworld 2010 keynote and shared some interesting numbers about the show and its history: 17,021: Registered ...

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Winners slideshow

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized the best technologies on the VMworld show floor. Check out the winners of all eight categories in this slideshow.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    VCloud Director partners strut their stuff: VMworld 2010 news in brief

    VMware partners including HyTrust and HP now offer products to support VMware'svCloud Service Director; and other news in brief.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Security and virtualization

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized the best security and virtualization products at VMworld 2010.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Business continuity and data protection

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized the best business continuity and data protection products at VMworld 2010.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Public/hybrid cloud computing

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized the best public and hybrid cloud computing products at VMworld 2010.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Private cloud computing

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized the best private cloud computing products at VMworld 2010.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Best of Show

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized one product as Best of Show at VMworld 2010.

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    Best of VMworld 2010 Awards: Virtualization management

    The Best of VMworld 2010 Awards recognized the best virtualization management products on the VMworld 2010 floor.

  • August 30, 2010 30 Aug'10

    Embotics to support Hyper-V

    SAN FRANCISCO -- In IT, a trend isn't really a trend until vendors get behind it. Case in point: mixed virtual environments. We've done a lot of talking about organizations running VMware and ...

  • August 30, 2010 30 Aug'10

    Citrix to acquire VMLogix

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Citrix Systems is acquiring VMLogix. Citrix made the VMLogix acquisition announcement today, the first day of the VMworld 2010 conference. The acquisition is expected to close ...

  • August 29, 2010 29 Aug'10

    Enterprise IT responds cautiously to VMware vCloud Director

    A new cloud management offering from VMware is meant to help users create virtual data centers with self-service provisioning features. But it will take time for enterprise IT to be ready for it.

  • August 29, 2010 29 Aug'10

    HP CloudStart bundle supports Project Redwood: VMworld 2010 news in brief

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has launched the new hardware, software and services bundle CloudStart to get a private cloud up and running quickly; and other news in brief.

  • August 29, 2010 29 Aug'10

    Veeam Backup and Replication gains quick VM restore

    With vPower, Veeam users can run virtual machine instances directly from compressed backup copies during a restore to save time, but other basic features are still missing.

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    Users prefer third-party management tools over VMware management

    While VMware tries to boil the ocean with its vCenter suite, IT managers often still turn to third parties for virtualization management.

  • August 24, 2010 24 Aug'10

    SAP/Red Hat deal: Adios, KVM?

    Hot on the heels of the Intel/McAfee deal and the Dell/HP/3PAR bidding war comes more possible acquisition news: Rumor has it that SAP will acquire Red Hat. Local Tech Wire, an IT blog based in Red ...

  • August 23, 2010 23 Aug'10

    VMworld Europe already upon us?

    Even with VMworld U.S. upon us, we have already started turning our attention to VMworld Europe, which takes place Oct. 12-14 in Copenhagen, Denmark. As Mike Laverick noted recently, VMworld Europe ...

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: Netuitive

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    VMware users yearn for Cisco 1000V competition

    With advanced networking announcements coming at VMworld, users say want more competition, standardization and lower costs to link virtual and physical network management.

  • August 20, 2010 20 Aug'10

    Red Hat still catching up in virtual server management

    Recent reports indicate that Red Hat had bought virtualization management IP from Fortisphere. But with or without acquisitions, users say that Red Hat needs to step up its management game.

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    'Wire once and walk away' boosts data center efficiency

    Server virtualization, blades and converged infrastructure can improve data center efficiency by reducing cabling and management demands.

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    VMware 'vFabric' revealed as vShield enhancements

    A cryptic VMworld preview video sent industry-watchers' imaginations running wild about a new 'vFabric' offering. But it was much ado about two already previewed products: vShield Edge and App.

  • August 18, 2010 18 Aug'10

    Dell, 3PAR, and VMware's tangled partnership web

    Dell made waves this week with its announcement that it will acquire 3PAR, makers of high-end virtualized disk arrays. Waves in the storage industry, anyway -- though I found myself wondering what ...

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    Citrix joins VMware partner program

    Just when you thought virtualization vendor relationships couldn't get any more complicated, Citrix has signed up as a VMware technology alliance partner. Is this the dawn of a new era between ...

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    Some refreshing honesty on vendor relationships

    As you know, vendor relationships in the virtualization market are extremely complicated. (See: Oracle, Dell and Hewlett-Packard; VMware and server OEMs.) Making matters worse is the jargon these ...

  • August 16, 2010 16 Aug'10

    VMware Zimbra appliance released: News in brief

    Vizioncore refurbishes FlashRestore; HyTrust offers policy enforcement integration with Intel TXT

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Hypervisor death match gains new urgency for top dog VMware

    Server virtualization products from Microsoft and Citrix have given IT shops more flexibility to choose hypervisors and tools for different workloads -- at better prices.

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    VMworld 2010 band: INXS

    VMware has once again dug into the vaults for its VMworld band. This year's headliners will be '80s rockers INXS. I had some fun with VMware last year after the company tagged Foreigner as the ...

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    VMware users tepid on vSphere's storage array features

    VSphere 4.1's new storage array features could alleviate serious I/O constraints for large IT shops, but users are in no rush to retool their environments to use them.

  • August 05, 2010 05 Aug'10

    Public cloud computing levels the playing field

    Public cloud computing helps small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) realize the benefits of virtualization technology that they couldn't previously afford and helps equalize the market.

  • August 04, 2010 04 Aug'10

    Hyperic monitoring deepens ties with VMware vCenter

    Monitoring tool Hyperic now integrates with VMware vCenter. But Hyperic's strong ties to SpringSource, the creator of a Jave development platform, may signal cloud plans as well.

  • August 02, 2010 02 Aug'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: Stratus Technologies

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    Dell, HP to resell Oracle VM. Yes, really.

    Vendor lock-in is a big concern in the server virtualization market, especially as more vendors come out with converged infrastructure and virtualization-ready appliances. Vendor lock-in is also a ...

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: Uptime Software

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    VMware shops reluctantly plan the move from ESX to ESXi

    Users still on VMware's ESX hypervisor prepare to make the switch to ESXi, but not without trepidation. VSphere 4.1 is the last VMware release to support the ESX Linux-based management console.

  • July 28, 2010 28 Jul'10

    VMware volume purchasing program a boon to SMBs

    Changes to VMware's Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) will give users greater control over account management and might bring bigger discounts for small and medium-sized shops.

  • July 26, 2010 26 Jul'10

    Stealth company Actifio looks to improve virtual server DR, data protection

    Last week, I attended the New England VMware User Group (VMUG) meeting, and sat in on a presentation in the afternoon from a new company called Actifio, which recently raised an $8 million Series A ...

  • July 26, 2010 26 Jul'10

    VMware previews new vShield security features

    VMware gave user-group attendees a sneak peak of vShield App and Edge, upcoming virtualization security products that may ease security tasks and boost existing security.

  • July 22, 2010 22 Jul'10

    VMware users debate per-VM licensing

    VMware claims that per-VM licensing will cut costs for customers. But some users are leery of VMware's new pricing-and-licensing scheme.

  • July 21, 2010 21 Jul'10

    VMware reports Essentials growth, but SMB market share remains unclear

    VMware revealed on last night's earnings conference call that revenues from its low-end Essentials license SKU grew 100% from the first quarter of this year to the second. This is an interesting ...

  • July 20, 2010 20 Jul'10

    Virtualization Vendor Profile: VM6 Software

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtualization Vendor Profile. Every once in a while I’ll talk with a smaller or lesser-known company, learn about their business, discuss some industry trends, ...

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