VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 is the first hypervisor to be listed under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program, providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware.
The announcement came from VMware on 3 September 2008.
“Virtualization is now well within the IT mainstream and our relationship with Microsoft underscores how far virtualization has come by providing VMware ESX users with access to valuable support for their virtualized Microsoft applications,” said Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing, VMware. “VMware and Microsoft are working cooperatively to help ensure that our joint customers can employ the benefits of virtualization along with the peace of mind that professional product support can provide.”
Just a quick update on my earlier posts regarding ESX 3.5 on the HP ProLiant ML110 G5 and the HP Proliant ML115 G5. I have now been informed by posts on http://www.techhead.co.uk/ that the embedded NIC in these servers are now supported by VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2.
I have not tried to install ESX 3.5 Update 2 on these servers, so I can't speak from my own experience just yet, but information can be found here.
VMware has released an Express Patch to counter the problem with the original ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 which casued the server licenses to expire as of 12 August 2008. This patch and more information can be found at: http://www.vmware.com/go/esxexpresspatches
In the meantime, VMware has also re-issued the entire ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 release. They are available for download at http://www.vmware.com/download.
(C) 2008 Article from ZDNet by Dan Kusnetzky
Virtual machine overhead has been part of the folklore for quite some time. I’ve heard it described as the “virtualization tax” by those opposed to the use of this technology. In the past, they may have been right. A technology that offered consolidation, agility and yet imposed a 15% to 20% performance overhead clearly wouldn’t be the proper tool for performance sensitive workloads. VMware’s Richard McDougall (Chief Performance Architect) brought that topic up and, in my view, successfully put it to bed.
Mike Laverick from RTFM Education created some video presentations on the myths of virtualization. The videos can be viewed on RTFM's website, www.rtfm-ed.co.uk.
In the videos, Mike set the record straight of some issues that surrounds the myths of virtualization and VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and more.
The videos are made in 3 parts, however I believe only part 1 and part 2 are currently available.
I've been told about a flash video that demonstrates some of the features included in Citrix XenServer. Some of the features look very handy indeed. But, will it be good enough to give VMware a good run for their money? Well, unfortunately I am not in a position to comment on that, as I've never touched XenServer before.
Anyway, have a look at the flash video