Category Archives: Everything else …

Hosting For Freelance Developers: PaaS, VPS, Cloud, And More

(This is a ‘Technical Affiliate Article’, bringing you additional in-depth technical content from our community affiliates – enjoy!) At a glance, the hosting industry may not appear exciting, but it’s grunts in data centres the world over that keep our industry going. They are, quite literally, the backbone of the Internet, and as such they

“Hmm, this is NOT correct …” – or – “How to submit a “change request” (open community feedback)

So, you came to the site and started looking at our online comparisons ….  what if you’d like us to add information, spotted a mistake or disagree with an evaluation … you might even be annoyed with us for “misrepresenting” a product – what can you do? First, let us apologize and assure you …

Upcoming New Website and Collaboration with The Virtualists.org

Guest Post By Marek Ďuriš – The Virtualists.org  I am very happy that some members of our community have stepped into a closer cooperation with virtualizationmatrix.com. This site is well known by the broad technical community and used by many technical specialists to find the best match for their designs, use and adjustments of virtualized environments. All

Deploying VMware Infrastructure on SoftLayer (public cloud) – Technical Considerations and FAQs

An update to this article is now available here (new capabilities) This article will discuss SoftLayer’s unique “private cloud” capabilities and provide a technical Q&A for deploying VMware infrastructures on the SoftLayer public cloud. After my first fair share of architectural engagements, it became clear that SoftLayer’s bare metal capabilities are resonating incredibly well with our clients. Please let me

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

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

Stateless desktops, hotels and floating rooms …

Eyes glaze over, the meaningless automatic nodding starts and you can feel the person’s mind is miles away … yes, I admit, I had several such fruitless attempts of explaining the concept and benefits of using ‘stateless versus dedicated desktops’.   The inconsistency of todays “VDI” terminology doesn’t help and that includes the description of the

Maximums and sizing guidelines for VMware View, XenDesktop (on vSphere) and Virtual Bridges VERDE

When we introduced a building block approach to our reference architecture many questions from the wider team revolved around the scaling maximums and limitations of the respective desktop virtualization solution in order to create valid configurations and correctly sized building blocks. It became quickly apparent that while e.g. in VMware’s case vSphere maximums were well

How to configure 3D and Aero for VMware View 5 – and what is the overhead of doing so? (IBM VDI RA Part 3)

As you probably know, View 5 (in conjunction with vSphere 5) introduced has a software-based GPU function that gives users basic DirectX and OpenGL capability without the use of a physical GPU (like e.g. Citrix’s HDX3D GPU-passthrough requires). Typical target use cases include Aero and low-end 3D animations, not “high-end” 3D engineering application. One of the questions

From Virtualization Management to Private Cloud – Lab Test Log: Upgrading Hyper-V cluster on IBM BladeCenter to SCVMM 2012

IMHO the only way to provide relevant coverage of vendor capabilities on Virtualizationmatrix.com is through hands-on experience with the products in client projects or lab test – finding the  time to always document this in detail is however a challenge. So initially this “test log” was not intended to be a blog but I decided