Yearly Archives: 2013

Who will Service Providers choose? Hybrid Cloud Management – Key Battle for VMware and Microsoft

Our comparison has been updated with vSphere 5.5, Windows Server / System Center 2012 R2 and related products (Cloud, Desktop Virtualization, Network Virtualization etc.) The fight for the virtualization-vendor “top spot” is certainly not fading away, if anything it has intensified and quickly expanded into strategic peripheral parts of the ecosystem.   Recent product releases from both, market leader VMware and challenger Microsoft make it clear that (while rapidly updating fundamental hypervisor and hypervisor management capabilities),

What’s new in RHEV 3.2 and Red Hat’s Cloud Infrastructure … and what will Red Hat’s “Niche” be …?

(The Virtualization Matrix has been updated with RHEV 3.2 and new cloud related content) Following public announcements at its summit in June, Red Hat made significant updates to its cloud portfolio as well as its Enterprise Virtualization platform (RHEV) available in June and July 2013. The two predominant improvements in RHEV were the full support for live storage migration and a new plugin framework that allows third parties to provide new features and actions directly into the RHEV management user interface

What’s new in XenServer 6.2 … and has Citrix finally given up on its hypervisor?

(The Virtualization Comparison  has been updated with XenServer 6.2 and associated content)   I often hear “XenServer is on it’s way out”, dead even … and looking at the 6.2 release seems to support this theory. Rather than a barrage of new features, the biggest part of the release notes it taken up by “Retired” and “Deprecated” features. Combine that with Citrix’s announcement to move XenServer (including XenCenter) to a fully open source model with the 6.2

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization RHEV 3.1 (KVM based) added to feature comparison matrix

I had recently a significant amount of requests to add Red Hat’s KVM-based Redhat Enterprise Virtualization to the Virtualization Matrix. After several long flights and weekends … here it is. With the RHEV 3.x release Red Hat had created an offering that by many of my clients is perceived to be a cost-effective “good enough” (open-source based) alternative to e.g. VMware for many use cases and has further improved on this with its 3.1 release. Red Hat is

What’s New in Hyper-V 2012 – Extensive Feature Comparison for Server 2012 and System Center 2012 added to the Virtualization Matrix

Ahead of the general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, I’ve added an extensive feature comparison of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 (100+ individual features) to the Virtualization Matrix. The matrix now includes a separate listing for each edition with virtualization / cloud related features of Windows Server 2012: Windows Server 2012 Standard Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Free Hyper-V Server + Free Management Free Hyper-V Server + System Center 2012 SP1