06 Nov 2008
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"Advanced Conversion Tool Helps Customers Move to Virtual Infrastructure; Provides Cost Effective Disaster Recovery for Physical Machines"

Buffalo Grove, IL, November 5th, 2008 – Vizioncore Inc., a market leader in server virtualization management, today announced the availability of vConverter 4.0, the most rapid and versatile physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) conversion tool on the market. vConverter 4.0 automates and accelerates conversions to Microsoft, Virtual Iron, VMware and XenServer environments, allowing customers to migrate workloads between platforms as part of scheduled conversion projects or for disaster recovery purposes.

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06 Nov 2008
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I found this very interesting atricle on how Virtualization and Cisco Nexus combine to eliminate blade servers. Now, personally I've never been the biggest fan of Blade servers. yes, maybe for Citrix environments, they seem to be perfect, but I've never seen the need and flexibility of them in virtualized environments.

The article below looks at why blade servers have never really made sense in Virtual Infrastructure Architectures, and I have to say I agree with all of it!

http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx?id=9114

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04 Sep 2008
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VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 is the first hypervisor to be listed under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program, providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware.

The announcement came from VMware on 3 September 2008.

“Virtualization is now well within the IT mainstream and our relationship with Microsoft underscores how far virtualization has come by providing VMware ESX users with access to valuable support for their virtualized Microsoft applications,” said Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing, VMware. “VMware and Microsoft are working cooperatively to help ensure that our joint customers can employ the benefits of virtualization along with the peace of mind that professional product support can provide.”

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20 Aug 2008
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Just a quick update on my earlier posts regarding ESX 3.5 on the HP ProLiant ML110 G5 and the HP Proliant ML115 G5. I have now been informed by posts on http://www.techhead.co.uk/ that the embedded NIC in these servers are now supported by VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2.

 I have not tried to install ESX 3.5 Update 2 on these servers, so I can't speak from my own experience just yet, but information can be found here.

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14 Aug 2008
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VMware has released an Express Patch to counter the problem with the original ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 which casued the server licenses to expire as of 12 August 2008. This patch and more information can be found at: http://www.vmware.com/go/esxexpresspatches

In the meantime, VMware has also re-issued the entire ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 release. They are available for download at http://www.vmware.com/download

 

 

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20 Jun 2008
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(C) 2008 Article from ZDNet by Dan Kusnetzky 

Virtual machine overhead has been part of the folklore for quite some time. I’ve heard it described as the “virtualization tax” by those opposed to the use of this technology. In the past, they may have been right. A technology that offered consolidation, agility and yet imposed a 15% to 20% performance overhead clearly wouldn’t be the proper tool for performance sensitive workloads. VMware’s Richard McDougall (Chief Performance Architect) brought that topic up and, in my view, successfully put it to bed.

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