Example cost: Virtual Private Cloud (updated)

Back in September, 2009, I had written a post with a quick overview of what a private cloud (or infrastructure) looks like and some basic costs and information, including why it is a great product (I am biased). Since then, Dell has retired the PE2900III model server and items change, this is an update for the basic configuration. Reminder graphic: […]

Example cost: Virtual Private Cloud on VMware

In the last 6 months, I have helped multiple customers achieve their dream of a virtual machine environment built for them exclusively, but with abilities to control their virtual machine setup, configuration, turn up, tear down, etc.  These dedicated infrastructure environments are in the ipHouse data center. This isn’t ‘cloud computing’ as many people think of it (thanks to Amazon […]

VMware vSphere – 1 more day of waiting!

Tomorrow, May 21st, 2009, normal people around the world will get a chance to download VMware’s newest edition of their infrastructure  ‘cloud operating system’ products named vSphere. I am very excited to see what this all entails.  I have read the documents, reviewed the upgrade steps and procedures, have read many a blog entry from those special enough to have early access. […]

Virtualization and you – the business user

Why virtualize?  Better yet, why use virtualized server services for your business? I’ll try to answer that question in this blog post, though from a service provider point of view, but I’ll try to remove my bias where feasible. Summary:  For many business needs, a virtualized server on a hosting providers infrastucture is very cost effective, very secure, and highly […]

Virtualization and the ISP (part 2)

Ah, the dreaded part 2 of the series. I ordered my test system from Dell on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008, and the box shipped on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008. I am excitedly waiting for it. The box I ordered is to test out the I/O performance for the mail server virtualization, the config is: Quad Core Xeon E5420, 2.5Ghz, 2x6MB […]

Virtualization and the ISP (part 1)

With things changing all over the marketplace, virtualization has, again, come to the forefront as the savior of the data center. And wouldn’t you know, I’d like to save my data center, at least some power and cooling needs. I have started to review how we use our servers and where we could do combining to save power, cooling, and […]