If your an SMB shop VMware has some updated solutions that will fit your needs and now with the no vRAM (per processor) licensing model for vSphere, it should look more favorable from a financial stand point as well. Check out the list of products below and head over to the VMware information page.
VMware announced vCloud Suite 5.1 at VMworld 2012 which is their first take on the software defined datacenter. The suite is geared so customers can get the entire set of cloud infrastructure and management capabilities including virtualization, software-defined datacenter services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, application management and operations management all in one easy-to-purchase offering.
Instant VM Recovery is a new feature in PHD Virtual Backup. This feature provides a quick recovery from backup and by using this feature with PHD Motion you can recover back to a production ready state with minimal downtime if your not lucky enough to have Storage VMotion licensed with vSphere. I tried this feature out and it worked very well but I did have one minor issue while working with the beta version of PHD Virtual Backup 6.0.
PHD Virtual Backup is now at version 6 and I have my review of the new product. I have done a couple reviews on PHD Virtual Backup and Rep..
I was reading a blog post over at DoubleCould, “What VMware Didn’t Tell You About Nicira Deal” which could be read here written by Steve Jin. He writes about how VMware has a new vision and points out a few key indicators as to why.
Just received an email that the VMware Certified Professional – Infrastructure as a Service (VCP5-IaaS) certification program has started and is available for current VCP5 holders.
I just wanted to show some simple testing results from using ioTurbine. The environment consists of a HP BL460G7 blades which has a 320GB IO Accelerator from FusionIO.
Microsoft is making claims that Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 is the best virtualization platform for Windows. I have to say that they have caught my interest with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V version 3 and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012. So I have been hard at work getting deep into the products, first by updating all my lab systems. Unfortunately Windows Server 2012 is not in general release yet so all my setup and testing is being done with the release candidate and/or technical preview software. In saying this, you can’t really compare the software solutions to the current release versions of VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, etc as I may tend to do.
Installing updates, extensions, and upgrading esx is very easy with vSphere Update Manager and here is one way how it can be used to install EMC PowerPath/VE. The same process can be used to install other extensions but lets stay focused. PowerPath/VE is used to optimize storage i/o and automate path failures. It aids in making your environment more robust for those business critical applications. As I write this, I’ll assume that you vSphere Update Manager and plugin has already been installed and setup.
VMware View 5.1 was announced today along with various other End-User solutions which can be found on this page. View 5.1 is not a major release but will come with many improvements. Here is some of what we’ll have to look forward to with View 5.1.