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CiRBA founder and CTO Andrew Hillier published a commentary this week entitled "Make sure virtualization isn't the next big mess" where he writes "Virtualization is gaining popularity as the leading edge solution to server sprawl in the data center. However, few have considered the potential pitfalls of large scale adoption. Virtualization offers immense opportunities for cost savings—with the proper up-front analysis and planning. Virtualization, in some cases, can create more problems than it solves. It helps IT create a fluid environment where virtual servers can be turned on or off with a few mouse clicks. This is powerful, but dangerous if you don't know the impact of each change beforehand. From a planning and execution perspective, virtualizing a small set of servers can be a relatively easy process. Those implementing a small scale solution are usually f... (more)

APC and CA Team to Deliver Green IT Management

"Energy availability and consumption is now a major consideration in ongoing IT operations support," said John Webster, senior analyst with Illuminata, an analyst firm specializing in mission-critical infrastructure. "This hardware-agnostic market pairing is exactly the sort of relationship building we need in the IT energy conservation space," he continued, referring to the teaming up of APC by Schneider Electric and CA. APC by Schneider Electric and CA have announced a partnership that will provide enterprise customers a fully integrated solution set for assessing and fully op... (more)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge orga... (more)

Broadcom Promotes its 10 gigE NIC

Broadcom is all atwitter about what it says is the industry's "first true single-chip, dual-port 10 gigabit Ethernet converged network interface controller (C-NIC)." It figures the device, sampling now and due to be in production by the end of the year, will mean it keeps its corner on the market. It does, after all, own 80% of the enterprise space, product line manager Burhan Masood said. The roughly 7W chip, the NetXtreme II BCM57710, was developed for high-volume mainstream servers whose Ethernet controllers have thitherto for been limited to 1 Gbps rates. It's supposed to be a... (more)

Operating System Virtualization Creates Multiple Isolated "Virtual Private Servers"

A hosting provider for 12 years, formerly as CFHosting.net and FusionFX.net, AHPHosting has made available an offering that uses SWSoft.com's Virtuozzo software for Virtual Private Servers (VPS) with Windows 2003 on Intel Quad Core Servers bundled with a custom software package, including the ColdFusion 8 Pro or enterprise versions with the SmarterTools.com Software Bundle. "Running a Virtuozzo VPS from AHPHosting.net is a significant improvement over standard shared hosting," states Greg Hedgepath, President of AHPHosting, Inc.  Virtualization creates a better ROI," he adds. "Sinc... (more)