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Survey Highlights Persistent Challenges With Server Consolidation and Virtualization

Challenges Attached With Server Consolidation And Virtualization

It has been reported that there are various challenges, which are being faced by users, who are associated with virtual consolidation and virtualization. This information is given by the decision makers, who deal with IT related projects in Europe and North America. The study conducted by this commission had found that three major challenges have been experienced, which are described in the following points.

  • The first challenge is about the difficulty being faced, while evaluating the size and capacity of the server, which is needed for the support of virtual containers.
  • The second challenge is related to the difficulty, in terms of assessing and monitoring of those candidates, which are given the responsibility of dealing with application virtualization related to performance and burden of work.
  • Last challenge, but fairly not of least importance and consideration is that mostly huge and complicated performance based issues occur at crucial times. And it happens because of the strife of resources between all the containers.

Above mentioned are major challenges being faced. Initially, all of these three challenges were identified in the study called Q4 2008. In the beginning, they were not of serious nature, but now they have started to bring complex problems and are closely associated with the virtualization process, which is highly dynamic in nature. In order to bring alteration and changes in the activity of allocating resources at initial stages does require sheer attention. It is very important that performance based application is precisely and carefully monitored and viewed. In this way, it would become easier to avoid unexpected problems with the performance and would reduce contention between the allocated resources of physical nature.

Scot Adams, the Director of Product Management has said that when it comes to virtualization, then there are many benefits attached with it, as it helps in lowering the number of hardware and it also helps in reducing the consumption of power. On the other hand, it brings in some problems with it. It increases complication in the management process because the permanent relationship and contact between hardware/physical resources comes to an end. It is very important that the challenges with virtualization should be solved and sorted out, before they start troubling the entire system.

With the introduction and availability of software called capacity management, the challenges with virtualization can be sorted. This software helps in managing the workload and performance in all the environments, which are based on hybrid nature and are virtualized. In order to run the organizations in a smooth manner, it is important that the companies should start using this innovative software, which improves the efficiency throughout all those platforms, which are virtualized. In this way, it will become easier to review and observe the historical data and future analysis related to the delivering of services would also be improved. It has become very important that in today’s world, the organizations should have top notch virtualization systems. In this way, there will be no problem, even the case of increased work or data load.

Citrix-Microsoft Virtualization Alliance

What seems to be on the mind of every tech-savvy individual is the recent alliance announced by Citrix and Microsoft, aptly called V-Alliance. V-Alliance is a global initiative intended to deliver refined virtualization solutions to partners, thereby enabling them to engage in state-of-the-art virtualization opportunities at any point with pivotal customers.

Before we get down and dirty, let’s first take a look at the history between Citrix and Microsoft spanning from the years 2008-2010.

January, 2008: Citrix Systems announced an expanded alliance with Microsoft to deliver a coherent set of virtualization solutions to address desktop and server virtualization needs to ensure a continued interaction and operation between the two technologies.

February, 2009: Citrix Systems extended its collaboration with Microsoft in their server virtualization market with Project Encore, which was the harbinger for a new product, Citrix Essentials.

July 13th, 2010: Citrix Systems announced to be working with Microsoft in an expanded global partnership called V-Alliance, which aims to deliver an extensive and comprehensible set of virtualization solutions addressed to customer needs in regards to desktop and server virtualization.

“We are continually looking for ways to work with Microsoft to add value to our joint channel. V-Alliance is the latest effort to do just that. This program will give our joint partners the information and resources they need, so they may more effectively deliver the kinds of virtualization solutions that the market is looking for,” said Tom Flink, Vice president of channel and emerging products, Citrix.

And aptly stated by Ross Brown, vice president, worldwide partner sales, Microsoft , “The Microsoft-Citrix relationship which goes back more than two decades has always been about delivering solutions that enable our customers to be more productive. V-Alliance is our latest effort to ensure that our joint partners around the world are always fully equipped to deliver the broadest array of virtual computing solutions to the market that only Microsoft and Citrix can offer.”

Anyone looking to register for V-Alliance must be enrolled in the Microsoft Citrix AND Partner Network as Citrix Solution Advisor, System Integrator, ISV or LAR.

As a member, affiliated partners are privy to special sales and marketing tools, promotions, content as well as promising training offered from both Citrix and Microsoft.  System integrators and resellers who wish to take their virtualization to the next level are benefitted by the V-Alliance initiative. Registered members are also liable to receiving free training vouchers for key Citrix products as well as discounted exam vouchers issued by Microsoft.

Partners will also receive access to sales, including customer facing presentations, solution collateral, sale briefs, and much more.

Virtualization ROI Rises- Confusions about the Cloud

Virtual technology is working hard on the basic benefits that made it popular previously. It is spreading those basic benefits as well as expanding the scope. The latest version of VMware virtualization suite is the representation of a great step towards the practical cloud computing.

With virtualization it becomes much easier for a company to consolidate its inventory of servers and maintain them as it has the quality that it sometimes justifies its own cost through two or more cycles of upgrades.


The infrastructure analyst for Gartner Group Mr. Chris Wolf said that “We had one client that was able to justify a complete server hardware refresh as it could upgrade without having to buy any additional VMware server licenses”.  They were able to move from the servers with 4 cores to servers with 12 cores and were also able to run a number of VMs on fewer servers with great saving of costs.

Most of the technologies when they are implemented for the first time deliver great savings only. During the first round of virtualization the chipsets took some advantage of the virtualization but now the people are indulged in building hardware designed to leverage it and you will gradually get to know that you can get great benefits from virtualizing the things. McWilliams explained that you can get great benefits by virtualizing your things. The switches, networks and storage work in a more efficient manner.

The IDC report that was released in June stated that it was estimated that in the year 2009 the cloud-based services accounted for $16 billion of the $2-5 trillion approx in global spending on IT. The report also gave some predictions stating that the number would rise to $55.5 Billion in the year 2012 to 2014 percent of that spent on IT. The customers whose money would go to the cloud-based IT are suffering from the cloud confusion as stated by the report from the Forrester Research that was represented on 6th of July.

The reason to confusion

This confusion is also due to some vendors who call everything in their inventor as cloud. This confusion is caused mostly due to the wrong explanation of the technology and not understanding its real potential. Due to this confusion most of the companies get a blur image of cloud and fail to understand its benefits. They can actually get great benefits from the virtualization technologies on which the cloud services would be built. Bernard Golden, CEO of consultancy Hyperstratus explained this.

Golden explained that you have to start with the base level of virtualization and gradually add more layers to get full automation and control over it and can associate other things with the cloud computing. It’s too much confusing in building internal clouds as stated by many of the people. Wolf stated that there is a split in the level of adoption of basic virtual-server technology. The range of early adopter is from 60% to 100% of their servers while the late adopters range from 20% to 40%. So it is clear that you can get great benefits from virtualization.

vSphere 4.1 Sets VMware in the Lead of the Virtualization World

VMware is considered among those companies who love to struggle and keep on looking for the rooms of improvement. The aim to be the best, and as their motto says, they do not rest. The introduction of VMware vSphere is an example of their hard work in the field of virtualization. Although there remain some areas, in which the company has to work on, VMware sets out to be the best solution of virtualization in the current market.

What is new in vSphere 4.1?

Some significant functions have been included in the VMware vSphere 4.1 that makes it different from the 4.0 version. However, the core functions have tended to be the same. Practically, the latest version is like a different structure with the same base. The supporting capacity has been enhanced in the latest version. In vSphere 4.1, the supporting capacity is 3000 for virtual machines per cluster and 1000 for the vCenter server. The number of virtual machines per data center has also doubled and has reached 5000. These big numbers depict the level of development made by VMware. The new features also simplify the use of the virtualization solution.

The Storage Control

The striking feature of 4.1 is its I/O control framework. Two types of controls have been introduced. The one that is for the storage is called the Storage I/O Control. This system makes sure that the storage pathway is not congested. Furthermore, it continually monitors the data traffic between the virtual machines. These monitoring systems are essential for avoiding severe complications in the future.

The Network Control

The second framework for control is the Network I/O Control. It is designed for the allocation of bandwidth to the different virtual machines running. When the link is operating at full capacity, this can prove to be a very useful feature.

VMware pushes the limits…again

It is evident from the latest version of VMware 4.1 that VMware is striving to push the envelope and extend the limits that have been reached in the past. It has made some great developments in the field of server utilization. The constant research and development carried out by the company makes the company’s base stronger. Like mentioned earlier, there are some limitations that the company has experienced. Nevertheless, its achievements deserve appreciation.

One of the major concerns of the company is its sky rocketing licensing fee. The reporting cost is yet another point of concern for the company. Some relief is provided to the companies operating on a small scale. The large companies are an exceptional case. Because of this, the company has decreased the price of basic edition, which is called Essential Edition. A feature called vMotion is planned to be incorporated into this edition.

How to Resolve Registry Virtualization Issues in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

When you are using the virtualization feature of the operating systems of Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you might experience a situation in which you would have the file and registry virtualization issues. There are many different scenarios in which these would occur. You would not be able to locate any file or folder which you had just created. Or when you try to upgrade the application then you might experience an unexpected behavior of a particular program. In the fourth scenario the condition would be when you uninstall the application then the files of the application would be still present on the computer on which you have installed the application.

Reason for the problem

There can be different reasons for this problem. Firstly it could be due to the reason that the application tries to create the files or the folders which would be outside certain specified folders that are virtualized. The files which are created by the application and are stored in the folder of %programfiles% would be directed to some other folder than the virtual store folder of the user. It can also be due to the reason that the application uses any such file which is actually not supported for the virtualization.

Problem with installing, upgrading or using application and resolution

In the first case you can get an error message when you would be installing, upgrading or using any particular application. You would also get various error messages in which it would be written that the access to this program had been denied. Also, the application would misbehave and would not work in a manner in which it was expected to function. You might get the error message which would be like that it cannot create the folder under C:\MyApp\Temp or under C:\MyApp\Temp\output.dat. You can also get the error message which would be as “error writing to MyFile.exe”. This problem would occur if you try to do the actions such as create links in the virtualized locations, use EFS to encrypt the files, try to view compressed files or you use the command prompt for copying the .exe, .sys or the .dll file.

You should know if this is the kind of issue you are having or not. To do so you should look in the event viewer for filecreatevirtualexclude events. First click on start and then in the start search box type eventvwr, and then click on the eventvwr.exe programs list. Expand the applications and services log and then expand Microsoft, windows, Uacfilevirtualization and then select operational.

Resolving the issue

To resolve this kind of problem you should reinstall the application in the %programfiles% if it is not already present over there. Use the account of the administrator to do so. First click on the start menu then in the start search box type cmd and click on cmd.exe in the programs list. Right click cmd and run as administrator. Type MyAppsPath/MyApp and then press enter. Also, change the security settings of the folder of application. Right click on that folder and click properties. On security tab click edit then click your user account then click allow under permissions for users and then click OK.

Virtualization Redefined?

With the launch of fully fledged stable release of Windows 7, the scope of desktop virtualization has increased by a massive extent.

Desktop virtualization, and server virtualization are the buzzword today, but folks are still hesitant in getting started with virtual desktops, and need to understand their benefits to the fullest extent. When you centralize the desktop, you not just gain agility, but also added control over it, just like apps. This can especially be really helpful when you wish to hire a new employee or a small wing, and operate from remote place.

As opposed to delivering and managing a PC, which costs somewhere between $1,500-$4,500 per annum, desktop virtualization can help you in reducing costs up to 40% and maintain a desktop for as low as $700-$2,000 per annum.

However, one of the biggest concerns in adoption of this technology is the upfront cost, which is significantly higher. At the same time, there aren’t any clearly defined ROI metrics for desktop virtualization unlike server virtualization.

Well, it is as simple as that – if you’re up for the Windows 7 upgrade, you should probably consider it this way. VDIwill payback big time when you need to upgrade OS or an app next time around, because if you’ve got say 1000PC, and you try to refresh them, it is going to cost you heck a lot. On the other hand, you can spend a lower amount of money on desktop virtualization; you’ll have to refresh/manage the copy in the data center, rather than all the PCs. So, how is this multi-fold increase in cost-saving? Simply wonderful, isn’t it?

What’s more, you can even opt to pay as per the number of devices used, or you may even buy licenses on per-user basis. Hence, there will be multiple users per device in one model, while the other licensing model will involve usage of multiple devices by one user – this will be a great option for businesses that have employees who need access from various devices such as an office desktop, smartphone device like Blackberry or iPhone, a personal laptop, and another desktop located at a different place.

However, those who don’t really operate from remote places, may not find this to be a very hand option, and may be content with per device license, rather than per-user calculations. In any case, you can make good use of the new offerings from the house of Microsoft.

Furthermore, another exciting news is that unlike earlier times when one had to pay additional fee for move the OS into data centre, everything is now totally free for the existing Microsoft customers under the new subscription.

With the release of Xendesktop version 4, XenDesktop and XenApp have been blended together into one single product, and customers also have the flexibility to choose from various virtualization deployment methods such as virtual machined based VDI model server based, blade, or the most relevant one, specific to OS streaming, or 3D graphics needs. So, what do you really call all this; virtualization redefined, isn’t it?

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