Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Virtualization

vz is on the radar screen again. We already use MS Virtual Server and run instances of XP, W2k & W2k3 for many of our production processes. We've decided to baseline the performance of our host servers as we believe that we should be able to increase memory and add guests. More on the results later.

I was reading a report on Vz from InfoTech and they mentioned a couple interesting things.

  1. The Xen open source Vz project, which just announced support for Intel VT extensions
  2. The Intel VT extension which are available on some Xeon processors
With the changes, we need to carefully consider our vz strategy. Do we want vz-over a guest OS. If so, MS-VS or VMWare GSX are great prices for us now that GSX is free!

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