[nSLUG] vmware for Linux virtualization on production servers

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Sat Mar 14 23:54:55 ADT 2009

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Stephen Gregory <nslug at kernelpanic.ca>wrote:

> What Joe said.
> I will add that the full power of ESX is only realised with VM Virtual
> Center, the Vmotion addon, and a SAN (fibre channel or iSCSI) or fast
> NFS to host the virtual drives. With Vmotion you can live migrate the
> virtual machines. Deploy the hardware is matched pairs and you should
> never have to shutdown the production virtual machines for hardware
> problems.
> Virtual machines can be easily converted from VMware
> Workstation/Fusion/Server to ESX. So get a couple copies of
> Workstation/Fusion or the free Server to build you virtual machines.
> The real power of VMware ESX is not the virtualization it is the
> management features of Virtual Center. None of the other
> virtualization options have management features as good as VMware.
> You can get a 30 day trial of all the VMWare software.
> In production I have Linux and Windows virtual machines on two 1U
> servers running ESX backed by a small FC SAN. In the test environment
> I have four 1U servers running ESX (with DRS and Vmotion) backed by a
> larger FC SAN. The ESX servers allow the developers to deploy any
> crazy mix of test machines.
Appreciate the remarks.  The only question being whether Redhat's Q2
or later offering will match the features of VMware.  The roadmap web site
sounds like they are attempting to cover the same feature
basis as VMware.

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