“It’s really a green arms race, in which they’re trying to one up each other,” John Spooner, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said to Reuters News. “The good news is they’re all working in this direction and that’s going to benefit themselves, their customers and the environment.”
In my review of Fedora 11, I took note of the distribution’s improvements around virtualization, where Fedora boasts improved facilities for creating, accessing and managing virtual machines across multiple hosts.
Hyper-V. Muglia said that the “first year of Hyper-V being out has been significantly better than I expected.” He also noted that it has been “gaining share every day.” Of course, Microsoft would have to gain a lot of share to seriously dent VMware’s dominance. That said, Microsoft’s virtualization solutions (together with those of competitor/partner Citrix) will often be the low-effort path for Microsoft shops. Hyper-V gets a big boost this fall when it gets Live Migration as part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 release. This is Microsoft’s counterpart to VMware’s VMotion (which allows running VMs to be moved to another physical server without interruption). Even Microsoft will now pretty much admit that this technology is table stakes for a serious virtualization deployment.
Data Centers In The Desert – Forbes
Building a data center in the Arizona desert sounds counterintuitive. In summer months, temperatures can soar to more than 120 degrees, which means huge cooling bills during the most expensive part of the day. And there are no cool winds blowing through as there are in the Columbia River Gorge in the Northwest, where Google is building a state-of-the-art facility.
Data center derby heats up – ComputerWorld
In this era of server consolidation and virtualization, green initiatives and cloud computing, the data center is in flux and all the major vendors are jockeying for position, galloping in with new products, strategies and alliances.