Virtualization

From servers to storage and networking, virtualization is the technology that drives efficiency and convergence. Go behind the hypervisor hype and discover actionable advice and expertise here.

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Desktop Virtualization, Management, and Security

    Desktop virtualization has received more than its fair share of publicity lately. But is it simply industry rhetoric or is this attention warranted? ESG believes that in this case, all of the interest in desktop virtualization is genuine. This technology can help large organizations gain some control over existing chaotic...

    Provided By Enterprise Strategy Group

  • Case Studies // Jan 2010

    Supply Chain Management Firm Cuts Server Provisioning Time From Weeks to Minutes With a Virtualized Solution From Dell

    Super Group's IT team wanted to refresh its communications infrastructure with a cost-effective and flexible solution. The company asked Dell to help design and deploy a virtualized enterprise messaging and communications solution. As a result Virtualization Readiness Assessment (VRA) confirms the best infrastructure and Dell consultants plan and deploy a...

    Provided By Dell

  • Case Studies // Feb 2010

    University Reduces Application Update Time and Improves Stability With Virtualization

    Renowned for exceptional academic programs, Indiana University serves more than 100,000 students a year. The university's Auxiliary Information Technology (AIT) Infrastructure department has five staff who supports 1,100 desktop computers. With a complex application deployment process that often took more than a month and resulted in installation failures, AIT needed...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Case Studies // Jan 2010

    CDW Cuts Application Deployment Time, Improves Flexibility With Virtualization

    CDW provides computer hardware, software, and supplies to customers in business, government, and education markets. The company's Software Sales Business Unit has 600 sales, operations, and consultant professionals. With no IT staff dedicated to application delivery, 12 of the consultants spent time after-hours packaging and deploying applications. CDW wanted to...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    NComputing Desktop Virtualization

    By delivering all of the key components of the solution including the access device, extension protocol, and desktop virtualization software, NComputing uniquely delivers a high performance solution at the lowest cost. Your IT staff and end users don't need special training since this highly efficient solution is very easy to...

    Provided By NComputing

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Virtualization and WebSphere Virtual Enterprise Version 6.1.1

    By configuring application infrastructure virtualization in WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, one can pool together resources that are normally kept separate to accommodate the fluctuations of workload in one's environment and increase the quality of service. One can also use application infrastructure virtualization with server virtualization capabilities that are provided by the...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers: Competitive Pricing Guide

    Server virtualization offers tremendous benefits for enterprise IT organizations - server consolidation, hardware abstraction, and internal clouds deliver a high degree of operational efficiency. However, today, server virtualization is not used pervasively in the production enterprise datacenter. Some of the barriers preventing wide-spread adoption of existing proprietary virtualization solutions are...

    Provided By Red Hat

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Virtualized Storage for Mainframe Environments

    Hitachi intelligent storage control systems can be used to lower the cost of storage connected to a mainframe in an IBM z/OS environment by allowing lower cost midrange (SATA) and other open systems storage to be used for applications that have Tier 2 or Tier 3 performance and availability requirements....

    Provided By Hitachi

  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Impact of Virtualization on Data Center Physical Infrastructure

    Consolidation using virtualization is here to stay. It works - it saves money by increasing computing throughput per watt of power consumed, freeing up floor space, providing head room for growth, facilitating load migration, and disaster recover. The virtualization savings entitlement can be multiplied if power and cooling infrastructure is...

    Provided By The Green Grid

  • Case Studies // Feb 2010

    Solutions You Can Bank On

    Founded in 1949, is located in Hungary. OTP Bank wanted to cut energy consumption in its data centre and save time with the simplified deployment of 6,000 clients. With help from Dell and the Hardware Customisation service, the bank consolidated its data centre with virtualization and configured its client estate.

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    J.D. Edwards Virtualization With Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Technology

    This paper introduces and describes the benefits of J.D. Edwards virtualization using the new Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology, and how to effectively implement this new technology into a J.D. Edwards EnterpriseOne environment. This paper discusses the architecture used and describes various key scenarios such as high availability, server consolidation,...

    Provided By Xerox

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Live Migration of Virtual Machines

    In this paper the design options for migrating OSes running services with liveness constraints, focusing on data center and cluster environments are considered. The paper introduces and analyzes the concept of writable working set, and present the design, implementation and evaluation of high-performance OS migration built on top of the...

    Provided By University of Cambridge

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Virtualization: The HP Perspective

    Virtualization refers to the abstraction of IT resources from their physical hardware- or software-based constructs. It's often defined as a technique for hiding the physical characteristics of computing resources from the way in which other systems, applications, or end users interact with those resources. This includes making a single physical...

    Provided By Hewlett-Packard (HP)

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    HP Business Value of EVA Storage Virtualization

    The growth in data storage requirements continues to impact organizations of all sizes. For those organizations whose size, budgets, or technical requirements fit into what is called the midrange, the comparative business value of solution choice depends upon several factors. In addition to acquisition costs these factors include administrative costs,...

    Provided By Edison

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Evaluating Xen for Router Virtualization

    In this paper, the performance of a software IP router forwarding plane inside the Xen virtual machine monitor environment is evaluated with a view to identifying (some) design issues in Virtual Routers. Even with minimal sized packets, the Xen Dom0 privileged domain offers near native forwarding performance at the condition...

    Provided By Lancaster University

  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Network Virtualization Architecture: Proposal and Initial Prototype

    The tussle between reliability and functionality of the Internet is firmly biased on the side of reliability. New enabling technologies fail to achieve traction across the majority of ISPs. It is believed that the greatest challenge is not in finding solutions and improvements to the Internet's many problems, but in...

    Provided By Lancaster University

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Virtual Networking Features of the VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and Cisco Nexus 1000V Switches

    With the introduction of VMware ESX, many virtualization administrators are managing virtual switches inside the hypervisor. This paper will help virtualization and network administrators understand the available virtual networking features. This paper includes improvements resulting from updates VMware vSphere 4 Update 1 (including VMware ESX 4.0u1) and Cisco Nexus 1000V...

    Provided By Cisco Systems

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    5 Ways VMware vSphere Improves Backup and Recovery

    VMware's latest enterprise-level hypervisor product suite, vSphere, includes many new features and technological enhancements over its predecessor, VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). While there are several reasons to upgrade to vSphere, this white paper focuses on how VMware improved various storage technologies, how these relate to data backup and recovery, and...

    Provided By Veeam Software

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How Virtualization Cuts CDP Costs by 80%

    Continuous Data Protection (or CDP) has been used by large enterprises for some time for disaster recovery and to achieve the highest level of business continuity. CDP synchronizes tier 1 data between sites to ensure availability of the most critical enterprise applications. Until recently, CDP has been used only by...

    Provided By Veeam Software

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Best Practices: VMware Monitoring With HP Operations Manager

    When an organization chooses HP Operations Center as its Enterprise Management System (EMS), it makes substantial capital and operational investments in order to reduce downtime and keep the IT environment running smoothly. Increasingly, that environment includes VMware vSphere (or its predecessor, VMware Infrastructure). The main objective for deploying vSphere typically...

    Provided By Veeam Software

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    VMready Virtual Machine-Aware Networking

    Data Centers are undergoing monumental paradigm shifts. Servers and more importantly the services they provide are expected to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by design. Enterprise data centers previously adapted to this change by following the rule that more is better and redundant configurations never...

    Provided By BLADE Network Technologies

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro 7.5 and VMware ESX Server: Reaping the Benefits of Live Web Conferencing and Seminars in a Virtualized Environment

    Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro 7.5 offers organizations a secure, intuitive, and hassle-free way to engage in live and on-demand web conferencing, web seminars, and eLearning. Acrobat Connect Pro is an ideal solution for enterprises because it offers flexible deployment options, strong security, and an architecture based on open standards. To...

    Provided By Adobe Systems

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Exchange Virtualization Methodology: Successfully Deploying Exchange on vSphere Using Proven Methods

    Server virtualization has become a standard for many organizations to reduce capital and operational costs, increase corporate agility, and increase service availability. Early in the adoption of virtualization technology, efforts are directed towards the consolidation of underutilized servers because they addressed the most immediate business need of efficient resource use....

    Provided By EMC

  • Webcasts // Nov 2009

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange Server (Level 300)

    Virtualizing business critical applications delivers significant benefits, including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, and an agile and efficient management solution. The presenter will focus on virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft solutions. The presenter will discuss the benefits of using Microsoft virtualization technologies instead of technologies from key competitors such...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Understanding Network IO Virtualization(IOV) and Its Application in the Data Center and Network Infrastructure

    In today's network environment, servers and appliances in the data centers, as well as control plane and application layer functions in infrastructure equipment, are increasingly being built around commodity multi-core CPUs - specifically around the x86 architecture. This CPU subsystem is being virtualized for efficient use of CPUs, better isolation,...

    Provided By Netronome Systems

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Measure the Value of Server Virtualization

    Typically average server utilization rates range from 5-10%, depicting vastly underutilized processing power. Virtualization of servers addresses this problem through a methodology of dividing the resources of a computer/server (Hardware) into multiple execution environments, wherein they are executed simultaneously and are isolated from each other. In short a "Thin software...

    Provided By Mindteck

  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Technical and Commercial Comparison of Citrix XenServer and VMware

    This paper provides a technical and commercial comparison of Citrix XenServer and VMware vSphere, two of the leading server virtualization products on the market. As this comparison will illustrate, XenServer is a powerful and feature-rich alternative to VMware and distinguishes itself in number of areas - including its open architecture,...

    Provided By Citrix Systems

  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers: An Introduction to OS Virtualization and Parallels Virtuozzo Containers

    Today's IT organizations are dealing with the consequences of exploding IT infrastructure growth and complexity. While computing resources continue to increase in power, organizations are unable to fully utilize them in single application deployments and cannot change computing resource assignments easily when application or business requirements change. At the root...

    Provided By Parallels

  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Total Cost of Ownership Analysis: Parallels Virtuozzo Containers Vs Traditional Hypervisor Virtualization

    With the current economic climate, companies are looking for opportunities to control IT costs. Server consolidations have long been a source for great cost reductions, and using Parallels Virtuozzo Containers results in a much lower total cost of ownership than traditional hypervisor technologies. The lower total cost of ownership resulting...

    Provided By Parallels

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Virtualizing Server Workloads: Looking Beyond Current Assumptions

    Advances in hardware virtualization technology are making it possible to virtualize an ever-wider range of x86- based server workloads. This has moved server virtualization out of its traditional domain of test and development environments and firmly into the sphere of mission-critical enterprise applications, making it imperative to expand the definition...

    Provided By Advanced Micro Devices

  • Webcasts // Dec 2009

    TechNet Webcast: Site Recovery for Hyper-V With Citrix Essentials (Level 300)

    Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V adds new disaster recovery capabilities to Hyper-V with StorageLink Site Recovery technology. The attendee will get an up-close view of the new solution. Product experts from Citrix demonstrate how StorageLink Site Recovery brings the simple disaster recovery controls while tapping powerful, array-based remote replication services...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager for Servers

    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager delivers centralized management systems to administer and control all aspects of a virtualized infrastructure from host and guest management through to storage management and high availability. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) manager provides a rich user interface that allows an administrator to manage their virtual...

    Provided By Red Hat

  • Webcasts // Dec 2009

    TechNet Events Presents: TechNet Unleashed: The Microsoft Virtualization Tour - Live Meeting

    The presenters will highlights of Microsoft's great virtualization solutions. The presenters will go from the desktop to the enterprise, starting with VHD native boot - a new feature for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Next, the presenters will move into Windows XP mode, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V,...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Ground Station Virtualization

    This paper discusses the application of the end-to-end principle to ground station systems. It states that lower layers of systems should support the widest possible variety of services and functions. This is applied to ground stations to derive a core set of services that are used across multiple missions while...

    Provided By Stanford University

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Cloud Security Is Not (Just) Virtualization Security

    Cloud infrastructure commonly relies on virtualization. Customers provide their own VMs, and the cloud provider runs them often without knowledge of the guest OSes or their configurations. However, cloud customers also want effective and efficient security for their VMs. Cloud providers offering security-as-a-service based on VM introspection promise the best...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Optimizing Network Virtualization in Xen

    This paper reports on improvements to Xen's networking performance resulting from the re-design and the re-implementation of certain aspects of its network virtualization and better support for advanced, hardware memory management features. This design remains compatible with the basic Xen 2.0 architecture of locating device drivers in a privileged driver...

    Provided By Rice University

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Application Performance Modeling in a Virtualized Environment

    Performance models provide the ability to predict application performance for a given set of hardware resources and are used for capacity planning and resource management. Traditional performance models assume the availability of dedicated hardware for the application. With growing application deployment on virtualized hardware, hardware resources are increasingly shared across...

    Provided By Florida International University

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    The Impact of Virtualization on Network Performance of Amazon EC2 Data Center

    Cloud computing services allow users to lease computing resources from large scale data centers operated by service providers. Using cloud services, users can deploy a wide variety of applications dynamically and on-demand. Most cloud service providers use machine virtualization to provide flexible and cost-effective resource sharing. However, few studies have...

    Provided By Rice University

  • Webcasts // Mar 2010

    TechNet Webcast: Hyper-V for the VMware Administrator (Level 300)

    If one is a VMware administrator or one is considering a virtualization platform purchase, then this webcast is for them. Using demonstrations, the presenter compares Microsoft and VMware virtualization platforms and highlights the differences in the two platforms. Topics covered include Failover Clustering, the Microsoft high availability solution; live migration,...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Case Studies // Jan 2010

    Trade Union Confederation Set to Cut Server Footprint by Approximately 50 Per Cent With Virtualized Solution From Dell

    Trade union confederation ACV-CSC wanted to discover a way to combat server sprawl with a simplified server solution that would deliver more processing power while taking up less space. ACV-CSC chose virtualized Dell blade servers and Dell EqualLogic storage. The IT team uses simplified management tools, with Dell ProSupport for...

    Provided By Dell