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InfoWorld Deep dive into VMware's virtual infrastructure

InfoWorld's Paul Venezia took VMware's VI3 product into the InfoWorld test lab to bang away on it.  He writes:

Our test began on a bright October morning. The first order of business was to pick a free blade in our Dell PowerEdge 1955 blade server chassis, install Windows Server 2003, join that server to the domain, and install VMware VirtualCenter Server. This installation was straightforward, with all requirement packages present on the install CD. Although there weren’t any Infrastructure 3 servers to manage yet, the groundwork was laid. Next, the first VI3 server was built on a second blade in the Dell cabinet.

Like its predecessor, VI3 is built on a Linux base, leveraging the stability and light footprint of a highly customized Red Hat operating system to provide foundation elements, but relying on a VMware kernel and VMware I/O drivers and schedulers, to squeeze the most out of the hardware. The Linux folks will immediately notice that the installer is unabashedly built on Red Hat’s Anaconda, and installation is generally as easy as booting the CD and clicking Next a few times, ensuring that the required I/O devices are discovered and configured. In the case of our Dell server, I/O was limited to one gigabit front-end NIC and one gigabit back-end NIC for iSCSI SAN interaction. Within a few minutes, the first VI3 server was booting, and the gathered geeks toasted the achievement with a brief swig of Red Bull.

With a bottom line score of 8.7 and an excellent rating, VMware's VI3 product seemed to make it through with flying colors.  The bottom line conclusion:

VI3 reinforces VMware’s standing as the leading virtualization platform vendor. Plenty of new features including iSCSI support and Distributed Resource Scheduler, as well as improved performance, will grease the wheels of server virtualization in enterprise datacenters. VI3 does have rough edges, including the absence of 10-Gig support, but overall it’s a hit.

Read this four page article to find out how they came to this conclusion.

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:02 AM by David Marshall
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