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Jerry Melnick

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A couple of weeks ago Gartner released their “Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009.” Each technology is defined as, “one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.” The technologies listed have been available for quite some time – many of which were present on last year’s list – but one that continues to move up in rank is virtualization. Considering the state of the economy, we anticipate this to be an area that will continue to flourish over the next 12-24 months as virtualization technology becomes feasible for businesses of all sizes. We’ve discussed the economical (and environmental) benefits of virtualization in recent posts found here and here. So what do you think? Do you agree that virtualization is the #1 strategic technology for 2009? ... (more)

Q&A from the Windows Server 2008 webinar

Our July 30th webinar “Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 Now” was very well attended, and as expected, generated a lot of good questions. So many questions, in fact, that we weren’t able to answer them all during the live Q&A portion of the webinar. For your convenience, we’ve captured all of the questions below. Answers have been provided by our speakers, David Hanna, Infrastructure Architect at Microsoft, and Michael Bilancieri, Senior Director of Products at Marathon. The questions are grouped by topic, starting with Windows Server relat... (more)

Understanding XenServer HA

Following the XenServer HA announcement, we’ve been approached with questions like “How exactly does XenServer HA work?” and “How does XenServer HA and everRun VM work together.” Rather than respond ourselves we thought it would be best to point to a few fellow bloggers who have already answered these questions. First, here’s a good post written by Anil Madhavapeddy at Citrix discussing how the overall architecture of XenServer HA works. Second, Scott Lowe has put together a great summary of why Citrix and Marathon worked together to develop XenServer HA. If you want more detai... (more)

How Virtualization is Changing the Way We Think About Availability

Analyst firm The 451 Group has just released some very interesting findings about virtualization and availability in a recent report by Chief Analyst John Abbott. Some of the key take-aways include: • Virtual infrastructure can form the basis of fully automated availability processes. Availability becomes a default property of the virtual machine. • ‘Dial up’ levels of availability can be implemented, depending on the requirements of specific applications or departments. • If a system restore is required after a disaster, it’s usually much easier and much quicker to restore a virt... (more)

Three Steps to Better ROI from Server Virtualization

There are at least three straightforward steps that best practices companies are implementing to achieve aggressive costs savings with their server virtualization initiatives. I'll be reviewing these three steps in more detail, along with customer use cases, in a webinar on August 19th, "How to Get at least 2x Greater Cost Savings from Server Virtualization." To register for the webinar, go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/72241968 1. Expand Ratio of Virtual Machines to Physical Hosts - One of the simplest steps companies are taking to realize larger cost savings from ser... (more)