VMware launces “VMware Infrastructure 3″

Today VMware has launced their new product suite VMware Infrastructure 3. The suite contains:

  • VMware ESX Server. Platform for virtualizing servers, storage and networking.
  • VMware VMFS. High-performance cluster file system for storage virtualization.
  • VMware Virtual SMP. Multi-processor support for virtual machines.
  • VMware VirtualCenter. Centralized management, automation and optimization for IT infrastructure.
  • VMware HA. Cost effective high availability for virtual machines.
  • VMware DRS. Dynamic balancing and allocation of resources for virtual machines.
  • VMware VMotion. Live migration of virtual machines without service interruption.
  • VMware Consolidated Backup. Centralized backup software for virtual machines.
  • The actual software is not available yet, but according to the VMware site it will be made available later in June.


    The VMware VI3 Site

    VMware… Almost there :-)

    Today VMware had released the Release Candidate of VirtualCenter 2.0 and an updated release candidate of ESX 3.0 This now means that both products are in the Release Candidate state and should be steaming toward general availability. As far as I can tell the beta program is now closed for customers to join, so only excisting beta participants can enjoy this update.

    Virtual Machine Orderline System made by Microsoft :-)

    Microsoft is developing their new System Center Virtual Machine Manager, one of the key new feathers of this product is a self-service provisioning system :-)

    According to the microsoft product page: Virtual infrastructure is commonly used in test and development environments where there is consistent provisioning and teardown of virtual machines for testing purposes. This task is far easier with virtual machines than with physical hardware, and Virtual Machine Manager enables delegation to end users with control and manageability by the administrator. The administrator can selectively extend the service to users, each user is associated with a limited set of physical hosts or host groups on which they can provision new virtual machines. The administrator can even setup quotas to limit physical resource over allocation to a given user and lease times to confirm proper tear down of the virtual machine. The end user is presented with a very simple web page that enables virtual machine provisioning within these controls preset by the administrator.

    Looking forward to seenig the beta :-)

    Microsoft diving deeper into Virtualization by buying Softricity

    Microsoft is really starting to take virtualization serious. Besides working on their own hypervisor, they are now also looking at application virtualization. They are in talks with Softricity to buy them, giving them an application virtualization technology that directly competes against Citrix’s Tarpon technology. According to some sources the deal is almost completed.

    CRN and some other sources are talking about this interesting take-over. Read the CRN article here

    vizioncore offers happy meal

    vizioncore, one of the companies that make additional management solutions for VMware virtualization environments released today a bundle of all their three products in one. This happy meal is called esxEssentials. It contains esxRanger (a backup solution), esxCharter (a performance monitor tool) and esxReplicator (replication tool for virtual machines). The package will set you back $899 per cpu and will allow vizioncore to upsell all their products easier to their customers.

    More information about the release you can find on http://www.vizioncore.com

    VMware TSX goes USA

    After another successful Technical Solutions eXchange in Paris last April, VMware is also now available in the USA. The American version of TSX is only available for VMware Certified Professionals that work for VMware channel partners. The event is a Techie only event and will update the attendees on the latest virtualization technologies.

    Here some examples of the technical tracks delivered at TSX USA:

  • A Practical Guide to High Availability
  • A Practical Guide to DRS
  • Implementing VMware Consolidated Backup
  • In Depth Overview of VC 2.0
  • Upgrading from ESX 2.x to ESX 3.0
  • Service Console Management in ESX Server 3.0
  • Disaster Recovery Architecture
  • ESX 3.0 and Virtual Center 2.0 Troubleshooting
  • New Storage Technologies: iSCSI, NAS and VMFS 3.0
  • Virtual Appliances
  • Desktop Solutions: VDI and ACE
  • Programming with the New SDK for Virtual Center 2.0
  • VCP Update
  • Virtualization Assessments and VMware Capacity Planner
  • More information about TSX USA here:
    http://mylearn1.vmware.com/programs/tsxna/

    NEW: Very slick Virtual Appliances

    VirtualAppliances.net have made some very slick virtual machines available. Currently they are offering a basic static webserver and a Tomcat application server on their website. The images are very light weigth. The basic webserver is only a 11mb download and the Tomcat appliance is just a 53mb download. The appliances are not just available as VMware image, but also as XEN image.

    These virtual appliances are really a very good example of what a virtual appliance should look like. They are small, very efficient, have a small footprint and are very easy to work with. When you power on the virtual machine, there is no login prompt, like a true appliance. It just points you to a website from where you can do all the configuration settings. The interface is very nice designed and works very easy.

    The Tomcat virtual appliance

    You webpages are not actually stored in the virtual machine, but you configure a form a shared storage thru the management interface that can use a NFS or Samba share. The Tomcat virtual machine is configured with 256mb of ram and provides excellent performance. And all this for free! Wow, what a great world we live in :-)

    The appliances are still in beta, but are really already looking very sharp. I am looking forward to see more of these kind of virtual appliances from this company. Hopefully they will make a nice small, secured, single purpose webserver with PHP and MySQL, that would really rock.

    Visit the virtual appliance website here

    Vizioncore releases a Free version of esxRanger and esxCharter!!

    Vizioncore just released esxBasics for ESX Server . For people who are not familiar with vizioncore products; esxRanger is a product to make and automate backups of your virtual machines and esxCharter allows you to see graphically the perfomance on your servers and virtual machines.

    According to the press release the free product includes basic versions of both vizioncore’s flagship esxRanger™ and esxCharter™, esxBasics provides a range of dynamic backup and monitoring tools for the ESX Server environment. vizioncore’s esxBasics also enables ESX Server administrators to sample vizioncore’s industry-leading applications for non-mission critical applications. As esxBasics users move toward making virtualization a strategic core platform in their datacenters, upgrading to the standard or professional versions of esxRanger and esxCharter products grant users access to a larger feature set, product updates, and technical support—all without switching from the products they’ve come to rely on.

    esxRanger UI

    Features of vizioncore’s esxBasics include:

  • esxRanger provides full image backup protection (without interfering with ongoing server operations), full restore capabilities and a centralized Windows interface. esxRanger also enables Windows scheduler support in the GUI, allowing users to schedule esxRanger to perform online dynamic backups of guest operating systems on the VMware ESX Server;
  • esxCharter provides real-time ESX Server monitoring, enabling ESX administrators to monitor in real-time how much of the CPU the VM occupies, as well as how much memory is being used on an active, swapped, or shared basis. esxCharter also offers the ‘At-a-Glance’ view, providing a real-time snapshot of the current performance and specifications of the user’s VM Server—including important service console information.
  • Download esxBasics here

    VMware ESX Server 2.5.3 released

    With this new release VMware ESX Server reaches build 22981 and adds support for a number of different Guest Operating Systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 Update 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Release 2
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 Service Pack 3
  • Be aware that when you update your ESX Server to this new version, that this is not just a small update.
    The upgrade package alone is 291MB in size and that alone should tell you something.

    This new release of VMware ESX Server contains a major overhaul of the ESX Service Console, effectively upgrading a large portion of the RPMs from a RedHat 7.2 version to a RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS version. This is good news, ofcourse, if you need to install packages in the Service Console, as it is somewhat easier to find the right packages for this newer version of RedHat. But it can certainly cause some troubles if you already installed packages in you current ESX Server, which may now become disfunctional because of the upgrade. So as always, be very carefull when upgrading to ESX Server 2.5.3 and make sure you documented all your custom changes to the Service Console carefully.

    The upgrade of the RPMs also fixes some security issues that were present in some of the older RPM’s. To get a full list of the updated RPM’s and the security issues that were addressed, you can read this pdf.

    You can download the new ESX Server Release (or the upgrade package) here.

    VMware is already running intern it’s products on Macs!

    Well I can confirm to you that VMware already has its software running in house on Mac Machines, so we only have to wait for a first public beta version. Diane Greene (The VMware boss) just publicly mentioned also that VMware is already running Mac based products in the VMware labs. Read the article here

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