Tag Archives: virtualization

All change. Virtualization, here we come!

Followers of the blog will know I dig virtualization. I first ran Oracle in virtualized environments over a decade ago. In my current company there is a strong virtualization presence in the Windows space. Pretty much all Windows servers, including those running MS SQL Server, are actually VMs running on a VMware farm. The UNIX/Linux side is [...]




Virtualization Presentation…

Last year I wrote a post about how I was being driven crazy by silly things people try to do with virtualization. That spawned the idea to do an “introduction to virtualization” style presentation. When I posted my abstracts for the OTN Tour of Central America I accidentally included the abstract for this presentation. It [...]




VirtualBox 3.0 and Macs and stuff…

I read today that VirtualBox 3.0 has been released. In the past this wouldn’t have been a big thing for me because I mostly use VMware Server on my Linux box, but now I’m a MacBook owner it has more interest. I refuse to pay money for the crippled VMware Fusion on Mac, so VirtualBox [...]




VMware ESX Server 4.0 Released…

I guess the Oracle-Sun news makes everything else seem pretty small scale, so the launch of VMware ESX Server 4.0 will probably go largely unnoticed. I’ve used many of the VMware offerings (Workstation, Server, GSX Server, ESX Server, ESXi, Intrastructure etc.) and seen the demos of the advanced features and they are impressive, but I [...]




Oracle, Open Source and Virtualization…

Due to other commitments, I only made it to 2 presentations today… Executive Panel: Oracle and Open Source: The session was a seeded question and answer session to highlight Oracles commitment to “Free” software downloads, Open Source and Open Standards. If you follow the subject areas, I guess you know the score. The standout points [...]




OpenWorld Unconference Session…

Update: I had to change the time slot… I’ve signed up to do an Unconference session on Wednesday 10:00 in Overlook C. The session is called, “Virtualization: What is it and why should you care?” It will be about 30 minutes presentation, then a discussion. It’s an overview session and not product-specific. Hopefully it will [...]




Sun’s xVM is here…

Sun have announced their revolutionary new product xVM. It’s an open source Xen derivative that installs on bare-metal. Wait a minute… That sounds remarkably like what Oracle did with Oracle VM, which was released about a year ago… So now we have four big players wanting a share of the market: VMware ESX (ESXi) Server [...]




Enterprise virtualization just got cheaper…

Vmware ESXi is now free: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/28/vmware_esxi_free/ Cheers Tim…




Desktop Virtualization Tools…

Some quick thoughts on the state of desktop virtualization tools… Background If you’ve been checking out my RAC articles, you’ll have probably noticed I’m a bit of a VMware fan. I originally used VMware Workstation, but switched to the free VMware Server when it was released in 2006. I don’t have much cause to complain [...]