eWEEK named VMware Workstation a Top Product of 2005

VMware achieved another success, as reported in the official press release:

VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that eWEEK has named VMware Workstation 5, the fifth generation of its powerful desktop virtualization software, a Top Product of 2005. This is the fifth major industry award that Workstation 5 has won since its release in April 2005. In 2005, Workstation 5 won the eWEEK Labs Analyst’s Choice, PC Magazine Editors’ Choice, Redmond Magazine Editors’ Choice and Redmond Magazine Most Valuable Product awards….

Microsoft releases WSSRA Virtual Environments for Development and Test toolkit

Microsoft just released an interesting 270-pages toolkit for virtualization:

This set of Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) documents can help large organizations and enterprises create environments for development and testing that emulate their own production environments.

WSSRA Virtual Environments for Development and Test (WSSRA-VE) is an extension of the WSSRA Implementation Guides. It describes the architectural blueprint, planning considerations, deployment practices, and operational considerations to create and support virtualized instantiation of the Windows Server System Reference Architecture. It leverages the power of Virtual Server 2005 and automated deployment and configuration tools to minimize the physical infrastructure and logistical overhead necessary to deploy emulations of various data center services…

Download it at source.

Thanks to VirtualServer.tv for the news.

VMware vmmouse driver for Xorg is now open source

Philip Langdale, a VMware employee, reports on his blog that the VMware driver responsible for mouse device handling is now open source and included in Xorg.

This means that new Linux distributions will have a fully performant mouse movement when installed inside virtual machines without having to prior install VMware Tools.

As Philip suggests, being the driver open source, it could be used to develop virtual mouse drivers for other platforms like Solaris and FreeBSD.

Microsoft to embed Windows Hypervisor in Longhorn by 2010

In a recent CRN article about Xen, Paula Rooney wrote:
It [Microsoft] announced plans this year to integrate a virtualization hypervisor directly into Release 2 of its Windows Longhorn Server operating system due in the 2009-2010 time frame.

While I don’t remember of such an announcement, actual confirmed plans for Windows Hypervisor (or whatever is going to be called) is to release it immediately after codename Longhorn Server release, which should mean around 2008.

So if Ms. Rooney is right Microsoft virtualization roadmap should be as follow:

  • 2006 – new Virtual Server (actually referred as vNext)
  • 2007 – Longhorn Server
  • 2008 – Windows Hypervisor (coming in a Service Pack format?)
  • 2010 – Longhorn Server R2 (embedding Windows Hypervisor R2?)

VMware ESX Server to get InfiniBand support and more?

In a recent interview Diane Greene, VMware President, declared that Mellanox partner is putting InfiniBand support for ESX Server.

Are we going to see this on upcoming ESX 3.0? Or the next release?

On the interview another declaration is particularly interesting:
We’ll see where it goes. We’ll certainly embrace Xen if it gets to a point where it’s something our customers want to use. But it’s a long way from being in that situation.

What this means? I’d really like to ear your comments.

Whitepaper: VMware VMotion Performances on the DELL PowerEdge 1855 Blade

DELL released this nice whitepaper about a (still) very niche VMware VirtualCenter feature: VMotion.

The VMotion migration of running VMs from one ESX Server host to another is especially useful in enterprise data centers. The scenarios where VMotion is utilized include dynamic load balancing of VMs across an ESX Server farm; graceful failover of VMs off a failing ESX Server host; and movement of VMs off
an ESX Server host to bring that host down for routine maintenance. In all cases it is desirable that any performance impact due to VMotion be negligible as seen
by the end user running applications on the VMs.

The purpose of this study is to quantify the impact on typical VMware operations of having two network connections available for each ESX Server host
running on a set of PowerEdge 1855 blades…

Download the whitepaper here.

Thanks to VMTN Blog for the news.