Yearly Archives: 2011

Has VMware won the Hypervisor war? … and who cares anyway… (Hyper-V 3 & SCVMM 2012, RHEV 3, XenServer)

I’ve made it a habit to kick off every larger presentation by asking the audience to indicate adoption of virtualization in their environment. Suffice to say that even just 2 -3 years back barely 10% would indicate any serious evaluation or large scale production use outwith the VMware realm. And when I talked enthusiastically about Virtuozzo, XenServer, VirtualIron and Hyper-V the eyes of many glazed over until we came back to VMware. And it is

VDI – Success or Failure? – or – Why “VDI-bashing” is popular….

I have to admit that it is slightly irritating to fly home from ‘yet another’ client meeting and stumble across ‘yet another’ discussion (OK, let’s call it rant) about VDI on twitter or blogs. Especially when the meeting was actually a positive one that included VDI – so yes – my opinion upfront – there is such a thing as ” successful VDI” (and note that I’m absolutely not saying all projects are) There are good and

(IV) Rethinking my View of VMware’s End-User Capabilities – Is View 5 a Game Changer?

(This is Part 4 of the ‘Real-World VDI’ series – see Part 1 “Multi-Vendor Stack, Part 2 “High-End Graphics”, Part 3 “Cost” and Part 5 “Future of VDI”) The announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s end-user capabilities and vision. So what did VMware announce and why will it impact the current pattern and future directions? There are two streams: The immediate impact with the latest VMware View 5/vSphere 5 product announcement and The

(II) Real-World VDI – Advanced Graphics: DirectX, OpenGL with HDX & PCoIP

(This is Part 2 of the ‘Real-World VDI’ series – see Part 1 “Multi-Vendor Stack, Part 3 “Cost”,  Part 4 “Recent Announcements” and Part 5 “Future of VDI”) While most clients initially enthusiastically agree to address first the “low hanging fruits” of VDI, almost without exception I had the “dreaded question” come up consistently in the first meeting: “I have this user group with high-end graphics, video conferencing/3D graphics/engineering application (replace this with your graphics

vSphere 5 Announcement – The Aftermath – Or – Will Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat be quietly smiling?

#### Update 29/07/11 – VMware is making changes the initial vRAM licensing allocations for vSphere 5 #### Summary of changes are: VMware vSphere 5 Essentials will give a 24GB vRAM entitlement VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus will give a 32GB vRAM entitlement Max vRAM in Essentials / Essentials Plus will be maxed at 192GB vRAM VMware vSphere 5 Standard vRAM entitlement has changed to 32GB (assumption) VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise vRAM entitlement will be doubled

Citrix announces XenServer 6 Beta – The ‘beginning of the end’ for XenCenter?

Citrix announced the public beta for their next version of XenServer 6.0. There are various changes and new features which you can review HERE but I have listed some of the relevant ones below. Some of the key changes are around Citrix’s cloud capabilities (as expected). What strikes me is the overwhelming ‘generosity’ of promoting another vendor’s management platform as part of their own announcement. So all of us aware of the Microsoft’s SCVMM 2012

VMware or Red Hat to conquer the public cloud? – or – The balancing act of being “open”

Having just returned from the European Red Hat Partner summit and the VMware vForum where I presented, it took me a while to digest the “openness” of it all … The key messages conveyed in both events were (un?)surprisingly similar, considering that we have a major opens source software company on one side and a more traditional “business” model on the other. Being proprietary rocks… Let’s be straight – one could argue that in an

SCVMM 2012 – closing the gap to vCenter (or squaring up to vCloud Director)?

I’m currently “beta testing” both vSphere 5 and SCVMM 2012, so I was actually looking forward to today’s “best of” Microsoft Management Summit 2011 down in London, basically a short version of the recent Vegas event… I mainly wanted to see whether the excitement I’ve sensed recently dealing with Microsoft is reflected at the event and whether there were any updates on the release date/schedule… So “release is targeted for the end of the year” –