Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hooray for Holidays

It's Holiday Season again. As holiday shoppers are heading out and families and friends are getting together, many IT professionals find themselves working. Holidays and long weekends are the haven for IT maintenance activities when the offices and servers are idle. Unless of course you're running e-commerce or healthcare related systems, then it's a time of booming system activity.

While I'll be taking the next few days off, I will be handling several work items on Saturday - patching, moving to VMware server 2.0(tested of course), and installing a shiny new Dell MD1000 array to handle the IO thirsty set of VM's I run.

It has been a busy Fall season between reviewing SAN options (more to come later), managing a CRM project, planning for a lean(er) 2009, and all the other day-to-day items. I'm certainly looking forward to a few extra days off to enjoy family, friends, hang Christmas lights, and catch up on things around the house!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ESXi or Hyper-V Server 2008

Ran across an article over at regarding Microsoft's answer to ESXi - Hyper-V Server 2008. VMWare made ESXi, the "core" of their flagship offering, available some months ago for no cost. ESXi has no service console and is strictly managed via remote management tools and also won't perform some of its bigger brother's fancy tricks, but non-the-less is the same foundation of the more pricier offerings.

Now I haven't delved into MS Server 2008 really at all, or Hyper-V for that matter - but this is a great move by MS to step upto the plate for low overhead hypervisors. The article presents a good overview of Hyper-V Server 2008 and how it compares to ESXi.

Regardless of your pick / preference, this is great for all virtualization users. Competition breeds innovation = win for consumers. For small shops, there is now one more excellent "free" virtualization option available.

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