Finally, I've got a chance to try the in action. As an experiment, I've installed Windows XP inside a fully virtualized xVM domU on an OpenSolaris build 79 – please click the thumbnail to see a full screenshot.
I've just created the Sun Microsystems section on this website. A former employee of Sun and a big fan of its Solaris OS, I'm really excited to learn new virtualization solutions available and to share my findings with you.
Please visit the section: Sun Microsystems.
As always, Sun not only invests a lot of time into development of the project, but all the findings are open-sourced, and there's a hub for related projects: OpenXVM.
Kevin Lees has just posted a great article on the Virtual Strategy magazine pages, called PMP'n Virtualization – Part One
I really like the way he put most of the advantages of adopting virtualization technologies in just a fwe paragraphs, and happen to agree that such a complex set of technologies brings not only benefits, but also risks, and definitely needs a structured approach to its implementation.
Here's just a few lines from the original article, please read it in full if you're interested:
Desktop virtualization changes the way IT provides the desktop infrastructure. In addition to making the low cost, thin client desktop a tenable solution, hosting the “PC” in datacenter-resident virtual machines fundamentally changes how desktops are managed by IT.
Virtualization, specifically the speed with which virtual machines can be created and deployed, supports a faster IT response to changing business needs. The cycle time from business need recognition to business solution implementation by IT will continue to shrink as IT standardizes on virtual machine usage.
You may have noticed already, but I've started building the content up. Naturally, I'd like this first step to cover the major players in desktop virtualization, and that's how the VMware section was created.
Apart from providing general information about the company, the VMware page has a few more sections:
Let me know what you're most interested in, and I'll be sure to prioritize the future sections. I'm not new to VMware solutions, but still find quite a lot of new and exciting products and features to discover and share with you.
Last week saw Gotham Technology Group, a consultancy company, join forces with Kidaro to offer enterprise desktop virtualization solutions to their customers:
Desktop security and the complexity of managing desktop and laptop computers are major IT challenges. So far in 2007, security breaches on PCs and portable storage devices have been responsible for the loss or theft of over 6 million customer records, affecting sectors such as financial services, healthcare, government, education, and consumer goods. (source: PrivacyRights.org). According to a Gartner Research study, the 5-year TCO for a PC averages more than 10 times the original purchase price, or about $21,000 for a $2,000 system. Desktop virtualization technology provides the tools to address many of these security and management challenges.
"Our customers have struggled for years to balance productivity, security, and control in their computing environments, and they're always looking for ways to drive immediate savings," said Ken Phelan, CTO of Gotham Technology Group. "Kidaro's platform is a real breakthrough solution. It offers security and control in an operationally feasible model, without giving up mobility or requiring the procurement of new client and server machines. In many cases, customers can immediately save millions by distributing virtual desktop software instead of new employee laptops."
Kidaro's desktop virtualization platform creates a corporate-managed, encrypted workspace that encapsulates applications and resources and delivers them to any endpoint machine. Because Kidaro runs locally on laptops and desktops, it supports partially-connected and mobile users, and doesn't require expensive server farms. Kidaro's enterprise-class management framework automates the entire virtual desktop lifecycle, and enables granular policy enforcement on both corporate and third-party endpoints.
Kidaro and Gotham plan to offer a number of solutions, including:
- Secure Remote Computing
- Desktop Disaster Recovery
- Virtual Laptop on a USB
- Laptop Encryption and Data Leak Prevention
Please read the full press release by Kidaro here: Gotham Technology Group to resell Kidaro Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Platform.
Just got a invitation in my inbox today: the upcoming VMworld Europe 2008 is open for registration.
Wait no more, and register for VMworld Europe 2008 today!
As you probably know, Oracle had announced its own virtualization solution – Oracle VM – just a few days ago.
Oracle VM is based on the open-source Xen virtualization technology. Essentially, Oracle VM is a virtualization server with an integrated web-based management console.
Oracle VM offers simplified and faster installation and deployment, and promises to be three times more efficient than other server virtualization products.
Oracle VM is a fully supported solution with the following Oracle products certified to run within virtual machines:
- Oracle Database 10.2.0.3 and 11.1
- Oracle Application Server 10gR2 and 10gR3
- Oracle Enterprise Manager 10.2.0.4
- Oracle TimesTen 18.104.22.168
- Oracle Berkeley DB 4.6
- Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 and 12
- Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.0
- PeopleTools 8.49.07 and above
- Oracle's Siebel CRM 8
- Oracle's Hyperion 9.3.1
As of yesterday, the Oracle VM is available for download through eDelivery website: download Oracle VM. Both x86 32-bit and 64-bit of VM server 2.1 and VM manager 2.1 are offered.
It worked like a charm, and left positive impressions.
There are two kinds of VMware Converters: Starter Edition and Enterprise Edition.
I've used the Starter Edition, which is available as a free download. It supports only hot cloning of your desktop, which means the resulting image may be not perfect – your OS will be aware of being cloned.
Enterprise Edition comes with a boot cd which does a cold cloning, meaning you will get exactly the same image of your OS which wouldn't even suspect it was virtualized.
I liked the choice of the source and target environments for P2V conversion. Now only can you use a physical system (local and remote cloning options are available), but a number of most popular virtualization technologies and images is supported, like Microsoft Virtual PC or Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery image. And, naturally, alll the VMware own virtualization solutions can be used to convert your virtual machine from.
Destination environment also provides you with a choice between an image for VMware ESX server or a standalone virtual machine which can be used with VMware Workstation or VMware Player.
I'll play with the Converter a little more before I can write a full-scale review of it, but even at this early stage it appears to be one of the best and easy to use P2V solutions I've seen so far.
Have you tried VMware Converter yet? What do you think of it? Is there anything better? Let me know in the comments area.