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Published: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

Last Build Date: Thu,01 February 2007 17:00:00 CST

Copyright: Copyright 2006 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
 



Comparing Microsoft Hyper-V Performance on Dell PowerEdge and HP ProLiant Servers

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization has had a shape-shifting effect on IT infrastructures, enabling administrators to encapsulate live, running workloads in virtual machines and move them transparently across pooled resources without service interruption. Until recently, however, integration of storage area networks (SANs) and virtualization platforms was restricted to basic storage protocols, limiting the coordination and intelligent use of advanced SAN features in the virtualized environment. Lack of integration between the hypervisor and the underlying storage infrastructure has typically prevented virtualized servers from taking full advantage of the data protection, backup, and performance features of enterprise-class storage. Virtualizing and consolidating physical server and storage resources into a cooperative pool of well-integrated resources that can be dynamically applied to virtual workloads are key capabilities of VMware



Designing a Scalable Architecture for VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

To help achieve the full benefits of recent technology innovations, many organizations are expanding their virtualization strategies to include storage virtualization together with server virtualization. Although this approach enables huge advances in IT flexibility, responsiveness, and efficiency, it also requires administrators to contend with an added layer of complexity that can make deploying, monitoring, and managing virtualized data center resources challenging and costly. Akorri



Integrating Virtualized Servers with VMware vStorage–Enabled Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Although virtualization technology can offer a host of key benefits in enterprise data centers, it can also bring new challenges for IT administrators. These challenges can include ensuring that the specific implementation is optimized for the data center environment, balancing workloads appropriately across available hardware resources, and protecting virtualized systems as part of an overall disaster recovery strategy. Multi-platform PlateSpin



Akorri BalancePoint: End-to-End Visibility Across Virtualized Servers and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Downtime, whether planned or unplanned, often translates into lost opportunities and increased costs—and for many enterprises today, any amount of downtime is unacceptable. Having an effective recovery strategy and a set of coherent disaster recovery plans is essential to helping avoid downtime during a crisis. The need for enhanced quality, efficiency, and predictability for disaster recovery and business continuity has increased significantly, highlighting the necessity of a well-defined set of recovery plans and regular testing. However, as the required scope of critical processes, production applications, and enterprise demands increases, sustaining the timeliness and effectiveness of a recovery plan can become increasingly difficult. For most organizations, disaster recovery is extremely labor intensive, often requiring the manual coordination of hundreds of recovery tasks. So although the importance of having an effective disaster recovery plan is clear, organizations often find it difficult to achieve the level of protection they need. Dell and VMware have partnered to offer a cost-effective, high-availability architecture based on Dell



Fast-Track Virtualization Plans with PlateSpin

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Although virtualization technology can offer a host of key benefits in enterprise data centers, it can also bring new challenges for IT administrators. These challenges can include ensuring that the specific implementation is optimized for the data center environment, balancing workloads appropriately across available hardware resources, and protecting virtualized systems as part of an overall disaster recovery strategy. Multi-platform PlateSpin



Deploying Simple, Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery with Dell and VMware

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Server virtualization technology enables organizations to achieve high levels of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in their data center operations. However, to help achieve the full benefits of server virtualization, administrators must deploy storage virtualization as well. A high-availability storage area network (SAN), for example, can help improve the overall availability of a server-based IT infrastructure. Storage must have the same scalability that virtualization brings to servers, so that both storage and servers can grow at the same pace. Virtualized storage also extends the cost benefits of virtualization by enabling increased disk utilization and reduced need for equipment purchases. Dell and Citrix have partnered to bring together storage and server technologies that help organizations further increase efficiency and cost savings when deploying virtualization. The Citrix



Simplified Management of Dell EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SANs in Citrix XenServer

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Data protection is a critical business concern. However, increasingly stringent demands are stretching the limits of traditional host-based backup and recovery methods, which often cannot meet enterprise requirements for reduced backup windows, high performance, and rapid recovery. Off-host backups, in which backup processing is offloaded to a separate system, can help reduce or eliminate the performance and availability impact of backups on production environments. The Veritas



Advancing Integration of Microsoft Hyper-V and Dell EqualLogic Virtualized SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Most leading tape drive technologies, including the popular Linear Tape-Open (LTO) format, support three primary system interfaces: SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), and Fibre Channel. Until now, organizations with an Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) typically had two options for tape backup that would not significantly reduce transfer rates: using an intermediary backup or media server to act as a buffer between the tape backup target and the iSCSI SAN, or using an external iSCSI bridge to translate between protocols. With the introduction of iSCSI-to-SAS bridge cards for Dell



Unifying Communications

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

While IT organizations often struggle to do more with less, finance departments are traditionally wary of new technology investments. This is not the case, however, at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a nonprofit organization of more than 330,000 members that sought to consolidate 250 Web and application servers onto a scalable server and storage infrastructure and improve online service availability. This case study describes how the AICPA migrated an aging infrastructure of 250 stand-alone HP servers to just five Dell



Cost-Effective and Efficient Virtualization

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Tora Trading Services is the recognized leader in electronic trading systems and liquidity access for Asia. Its TORA Compass trading platform is used by clients across Asia, the United States, and Europe, and accounts for more than 25 percent of the electronic trading flow on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Such demanding work and high availability require an efficient, scalable, and robust IT infrastructure. However, the company’s existing data centers could not meet these requirements because they depended on 1U and 2U servers that consumed significant power and management resources. This case study describes how Tora worked with Dell Infrastructure Consulting Services to migrate its trading application to three Dell



Accounting for the Future

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

While IT organizations often struggle to do more with less, finance departments are traditionally wary of new technology investments. This is not the case, however, at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a nonprofit organization of more than 330,000 members that sought to consolidate 250 Web and application servers onto a scalable server and storage infrastructure and improve online service availability. This case study describes how the AICPA migrated an aging infrastructure of 250 stand-alone HP servers to just five Dell



Optimized Desktop Infrastructure Using Dell Flexible Computing Solutions

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

IT administrators face a variety of challenges related to desktop management, including the need to enhance management, mobility, and security while efficiently carrying out asset tasks. The Dell



Highly Available Virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

In virtualized environments, high availability can be critical to avoiding lost revenue, maintaining productivity, and protecting data from system failure. Combining Microsoft® Hyper-V™ technology with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 on Dell™ platforms can help organizations create highly available virtualized systems while offering simplified management, dynamic performance, workload optimization, and reduced costs.



Flexible Computing: Advancing End-User Productivity with Centralized Control

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Supporting an increasingly distributed workforce can be a huge drain on IT resources. By enabling a customized end-user experience with server-based control of data, settings, and applications, the Dell™ Flexible Computing Solutions suite of products and services is designed to simplify management, enhance security, and lower total cost of ownership.



Extending Benefits of Virtual Remote Desktops Using VMware and Dell EqualLogic SANs

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization can offer increased scalability, reliability, and availability while helping simplify management and reduce operating costs. Now, Virtual Remote Desktop solutions based on VMware® Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and virtualized Dell™ EqualLogic™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area networks (SANs) can offer similar benefits for the desktop environment—helping reduce the traditional cost and complexity of managing physical laptops, desktops, and workstations.



How Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition Helps Protect Virtual Environments

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Protecting and restoring virtual machines (VMs) can be slow and inefficient, and can take precious server resources away from critical applications. Dell™ EqualLogic™ Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition enables administrators to quickly and easily create hypervisor-aware snapshots of VMs—helping simplify data management, enhance scalability of data protection and recovery, and increase application performance.



Best Practices for Protecting VMware Infrastructure 3 with Symantec Backup Exec

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Effectively protecting virtualized environments using traditional backup tools can be both difficult and time-consuming. Symantec® Backup Exec™ 12.5 software, part of the new Dell™ PowerVault™ DL2000 – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec, is designed to provide powerful, simplified backup and recovery for VMware® virtualized environments.



Boosting Data Center Throughput with Virtualization-Ready 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

As virtualization becomes pervasive, increasing the number of high-bandwidth network ports is not always enough to meet the bandwidth needs of enterprise data centers. To help support the I/O requirements of multiple virtual machines in server consolidation and virtualization scenarios, Dell, Intel, and Cisco have teamed up to offer organizations a virtualization-tuned 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ direct attach solution.



The Business of Success

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers and Dell EqualLogic™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network arrays help the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania quintuple computing power while simplifying management and reducing costs.



Healthy IT Infrastructure

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade and rack servers provide the foundation of a high-density virtualized infrastructure at ALERT Life Sciences Computing—supporting simplified management, high performance, and rapid deployment.



Dell TechCenter Wiki: Collaborative Resources for Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtualization, and More

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell Enterprise Technology Center (TechCenter) wiki provides a central collaborative environment offering a range of IT resources, from blogs, chats, and discussions to white papers, video demos, and links—now featuring virtualization, Microsoft® Hyper-V™ technology, and other timely topics.



Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Understanding performance can be critical when virtualizing key enterprise applications. To demonstrate how the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2005 database platform can perform in a VMware® virtualized environment, Dell engineers tested its performance when scaling virtual resources on a Dell™ PowerEdge™ server and when migrating virtual machines between physical hosts.



Automated Disaster Recovery with VMware SRM and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualized IT infrastructures can simplify management and facilitate business continuity while helping minimize power consumption and procurement costs. Virtualization also helps organizations automate disaster recovery plans. Dell EqualLogic™ PS Series arrays and VMware® Site Recovery Manager (SRM) software provide integrated, cost-effective, automated site recovery and testing for enterprise data centers.



Using QLogic 2500 Series Adapters to Optimize and Secure IT Infrastructures

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

QLogic® 2500 Series 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters are optimized for next-generation data centers built on multiprocessor, multi-core Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, including support for virtualization; dynamic power management; high levels of reliability, availability, and serviceability; flexible, powerful security; and simplified deployment.



Optimizing Network Infrastructures for Virtualization

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

To help meet the growing bandwidth demands of multi-core architectures and server virtualization, Dell, Intel, and VMware have collaborated to develop virtualization solutions built on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, Intel® Xeon® processors and 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and VMware® ESX software. Utilizing Intel Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) and VMware NetQueue technology, these solutions can enhance performance, increase flexibility, and simplify management in virtualized environments.



Best Practices for Networking in a VMware Environment

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell has used VMware® virtualization extensively to help optimize its hardware utilization, streamline provisioning processes, and increase resilience. By following the networking best practices used by Dell engineers in their own IT environment, organizations can create an efficient, resilient virtualized infrastructure.



Flexible Virtualization with EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI Storage Arrays

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

The advent of Internet SCSI (iSCSI) technology, combined with the latest in server virtualization software, can offer enhanced capabilities and benefits to enterprises of all sizes. This article provides guidance on building a virtualized infrastructure with EqualLogic® PS Series iSCSI storage arrays and VMware® virtualization software.



Facilitating Microsoft Windows Vista Migration Through Application Virtualization

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Many enterprises are considering migrating to the Microsoft® Windows Vista® OS, but have postponed doing so because of concerns about application compatibility. By enabling the creation of self-contained virtualized applications, LANDesk® Application Virtualization can help minimize risk, save time, increase user satisfaction, and reduce costs for support and regression testing during this type of migration.



Securing Virtualized Environments with McAfee IntruShield

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization technology can offer significant advantages in enterprise data centers, but can also carry its own specific security risks. McAfee® IntruShield® network security and intrusion prevention system appliances are designed to provide comprehensive defenses against a wide array of external and internal threats in virtualized environments.



Advancing Medical Treatment Efficiency

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

By deploying an IT environment built on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and VMware® virtualization software, Taiwan Adventist Hospital created a highly available IT environment that enables medical staff to focus on patients.



Real-World Education

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

By consolidating 90 percent of its physical servers onto Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers using the VMware® virtualization platform, the Ryerson University IT group is poised to react quickly to university needs.



Xen Virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

The open source Xen virtualization hypervisor included in the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5 OS provides key components to help build dynamic, scalable virtualized environments. This article describes the basic features of Xen virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and how organizations can deploy it on ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with VMware ESX Server 3

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Before virtualizing Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, organizations should understand how those virtual machines might perform. This article describes tests used to evaluate the performance and scalability of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 on a VMware® ESX Server 3 virtualization platform.



Building a Fast, Flexible Platform for Virtualization with AMD Opteron™ Processor–Based Dell PowerEdge Servers

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors help drive down total cost of ownership while accelerating business agility.



Running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Microsoft Cluster Service

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Although virtualization is becoming increasingly popular as a way to consolidate servers and storage for efficient utilization, it can also extend the impact of hardware failures to multiple critical systems. Running Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 Release 2 (R2) on a Microsoft Cluster Service platform can help mitigate this problem by providing high-availability features for virtualized clusters.



Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Performance on VMware ESX Server 3

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Before virtualizing critical systems such as Microsoft® Exchange servers, enterprises should understand how those virtual machines might perform. This article describes tests evaluating the performance and scalability of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 on a VMware® ESX Server 3 virtualization platform, and compares its performance with that of a dedicated physical server.



iSCSI: Changing the Economics of Storage; Part 2—Deploying iSCSI in Virtualized Data Centers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Integrating virtualized servers with shared storage is necessary for flexible virtual machine (VM) mobility, but can be more complicated than many enterprises expect. The second article in this ongoing series details the advantages Internet SCSI (iSCSI) offers in virtualized environments, including simplified deployment, comprehensive storage management and data protection functionality, and seamless VM mobility.



The Tangible Value of Virtualization

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Once upon a time, CIOs could solve IT problems simply by adding new servers to handle additional workloads. Today, the legacy left by this strategy haunts enterprises everywhere. Server proliferation has become a serious challenge. However, virtualization is more than just a concept—it is a concrete business strategy that can provide tangible value for companies in virtually any industry.



Achieving Balance-Sheet Business Value with Virtualized Server Solutions

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Transforming administration-intensive physical data centers into optimized, cost-effective virtualized infrastructures is not something most organizations do every day. By drawing on best practices culled from successful customer engagements around the world, Dell Infrastructure Consulting Services can help organizations maximize IT resources, simplify server management, and sustain value across the overall IT infrastructure.



Using Dell/EMC Storage Software in a VMware Virtual Environment

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

When deploying VMware® virtualization software, choosing storage with complementary software can be critical. The advanced software functionality available with Dell/EMC CX3 UltraScale™ series storage arrays is designed to provide the data mobility and resource flexibility necessary to create an integrated, highly available virtualized information infrastructure.



Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery with Virtualization and Double-Take

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization has become a key enterprise technology, one that can help IT organizations not only consolidate servers and increase efficiency, but also create robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategies. Combining a virtualized environment with Double-Take® data protection software can help dramatically increase the manageability and flexibility of data recovery for critical systems.



How Vizioncore Deploys Its Own esxRanger Professional Software for Disaster Recovery

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

When Vizioncore, a leading developer of software for the virtualization industry, needed to implement an efficient, cost-effective disaster recovery strategy, it turned to its own esxRanger Professional™ software. In conjunction with VMware® Infrastructure 3, esxRanger Professional helped Vizioncore create a reliable, easy-to-maintain disaster recovery system running on Dell™ and Dell/EMC hardware.



Enhancing Resiliency of VMware Virtual Infrastructures with EMC Layered Applications

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Combining VMware® Infrastructure 3 and EMC® layered applications provides powerful high-availability, business continuity, and disaster recovery capabilities that can help organizations create highly resilient IT infrastructures and meet stringent service-level agreements, recovery point objectives, and recovery time objectives for critical systems.



Using XenSource XenEnterprise with Dell Servers and Dell OpenManage

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Combining XenSource XenEnterprise software with Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers can provide a scalable, efficient virtualized environment in enterprise data centers. This article describes key features of XenEnterprise 3.2 and outlines how administrators can install and configure Dell OpenManage™ software to simplify management of XenEnterprise hosts.



Deploying Dell iSCSI Storage with VMware Infrastructure 3

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays are designed to provide cost-effective, easy-to-deploy shared storage for software like the VMware® Infrastructure 3 server virtualization suite. This article discusses the key features of these arrays, outlines how administrators can configure them for use with VMware software, and provides test results comparing their performance in a virtualized environment.



Using VMware Cluster Features on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The VMware® High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler features are designed to mitigate the risk of host failure while optimizing resource utilization in virtualized cluster environments. This article examines these features and describes tests that demonstrate their functionality and performance on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers in common enterprise data center scenarios.



Upgrading to VMware Infrastructure 3 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

VMware® Infrastructure 3 on ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers offers several important features and can help provide significant performance increases over previous-generation systems. Administrators can take advantage of the portability of virtual machines to easily perform a rolling upgrade to VMware Infrastructure 3, helping minimize downtime for users and applications during the transition.



Virtualization Enters the Mainstream

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Once an isolated island reserved for test and development, virtualization is unlocking untapped server, storage, and networking resources. Today, standards-based server virtualization is changing the tides with efficient cost-benefit models enabled by reduced IT infrastructure costs, simplified management, and unprecedented business response.



Virtual Tools of the Trade

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization is sweet. For this issue, we remotely connected to the Dell TechCenter lab directly from our editorial offices, and attached to an exceedingly well-stocked VM farm. Through the VMware® VirtualCenter tool, we pointed and clicked our way to the hosted VMs running the business applications, management tools, and operating systems we needed for the cover artwork.



Proactive Maintenance and Power Management with Dell OpenManage and VMware Virtualization

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Administrators can combine the Dell OpenManage systems management suite with the cluster resources of VMware Infrastructure 3 to achieve proactive maintenance that enhances service continuity along with adaptive power utilization that helps reduce data center power and cooling costs.



How to Jump-Start the Migration to Microsoft Windows Vista

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

IT groups can accelerate migration to the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ OS and 2007 Microsoft Office by using Citrix Presentation Server™ 4.5 software. Virtualizing applications allows delivery of legacy and new applications to existing clients and those running Windows Vista, while streaming applications enables local and offline operation to help eliminate compatibility issues.



Comparing Virtualization Performance: Dell PowerEdge and HP ProLiant Servers

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

To demonstrate the advantages of two-socket servers over four-socket servers for virtualization, Dell engineers tested a two-socket Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 server with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors alongside a four-socket HP ProLiant DL585 G2 server with dual-core AMD Opteron™ processors in a virtualized environment based on VMware® Infrastructure 3.



Creating Fault-Tolerant Xen Virtualization at the Network Adapter Layer

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

In development and production environments, fault tolerance at the physical network layer can be critical. Using the Linux® OS bonding driver with standardized networking configurations enables highly available, fault-tolerant physical layers for Xen guest domains.



Performance Scaling with Dell PowerEdge 2950 Servers and VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

To assess virtualization scalability and performance, Dell engineers tested two DellTM PowerEdgeTM 2950 servers with dual-core Intel® Xeon® 5160 and quad-core Intel Xeon X5355 processors alongside a previous-generation PowerEdge 2850 server with dualcore Intel Xeon processors in a virtualized environment based on VMware® Virtual Infrastructure 3. The results show that the PowerEdge 2950 servers can provide enhanced performance and host more virtual machines than the PowerEdge 2850.



Enabling Business Agility Through Virtualization

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

How an organization prepares for change often makes the difference between improving its competitive position or getting left behind.



Better Business Protection Through Virtualization

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization can help make your business protection strategy comprehensive and affordable.



The Great Virtualization Migration

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The benefits of infrastructure virtualization are many and proven. Increased operating efficiencies top the list.



Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Virtualization in the Dell Scalable Enterprise

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell scalable enterprise architecture uses industry-standard components to help simplify operations, improve resource utilization, and scale cost-effectively. Virtualization technology is advancing IT infrastructure standards by abstracting software from hardware, which can facilitate deployment and management of software in the scalable enterprise. To demonstrate this, the Dell Scalable Enterprise Technology Center deployed Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 software in a virtualized environment.



Scalable Enterprise Implementation Study: How Dell IT Uses Virtualization to Enable Test and Development

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell IT group uses a server farm running virtualization software to provide more than 1,000 test and development environments on fewer than 100 physical servers. This farm enables Dell IT to manage the test and development environments with a small team of administrators, allowing engineers and developers to focus on a wide range of internal projects and minimize time spent setting up test environments.



Using Intel® Multi-Port Server Adapters to Optimize Virtual Infrastructures

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Using virtualization to consolidate physical servers, storage, and networks; improve resource utilization; and streamline business continuity processes is an increasingly popular strategy undertaken by organizations struggling to contain IT costs. To optimize the benefits of virtualization, multi-port server adapters can be an essential hardware component that helps ensure availability, reliability, and performance within a virtual infrastructure.



Intel PRO/1000 Multi-Port Server Adapters for PCI Express: Advancing Network Capacity and Performance

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

With up to four Gigabit Ethernet connections in a single adapter, Intel® PRO/1000 multi-port server adapters for PCI Express help increase network bandwidth for slot-constrained servers.



Extending the Virtualization Infrastructure on Dell PowerEdge Servers Using VMware ESX Server 3 Advanced Features

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization, which allows several operating systems to run simultaneously on a single physical server, is a key technol-ogy for achieving a scalable enterprise. Ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers also can help improve performance and scalability in enterprise data centers, especially when combined with VMware® ESX Server™ 3 virtualization soft-ware.



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Server Virtualization in the Scalable Enterprise

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Server virtualization can help bring measurable benefits to enterprises, including simplified operations, improved re-source utilization, and cost-effective scalability to meet business demands. As this important technology evolves, Dell in-tends to continue driving standards development and delivering standards-based products that offer choice and control for enterprise IT organizations.



Virtualization Gets Real

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

A virtualized IT infrastructure can deliver significant operational and economic benefits—boosting availability while slashing cost of ownership. Dell, Intel, VMware, Altiris and EMC provide industry-leading virtualization solutions that companies use today to gain a competitive edge.






Enabling VMware ESX Server VLAN Network Configurations for the Dell PowerEdge 1855 Blade Server

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

When used in conjunction with virtual LAN (VLAN) technology, server virtualization software can help build virtual infrastructures to support the scalable enterprise. In particular, VMware



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Understanding USB-based Virtual Media in the Dell PowerEdge 1855 Blade Server

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

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Management by Contract in the Virtual Data Center

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Increased competition and globalization are forcing traditional data centers to provide more services while reducing resource costs. This article explores approaches that can enable contract management for disparate services in massive resource pools.



LAMP Performance on Dell PowerEdge 1855 Blade Servers Running VMware ESX Server

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell Scalable Enterprise Technology Center Labs team ran performance characterization and sizing tests on a Dell



Live Migration with Xen Virtualization Software

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

For enterprise planning to evaluate Xen in their own environment, this article outlines an evaluation deployment of a LAMP application stack for live migration setup on a virtual machine using Xen open source software.



Using VMware ESX Server Virtual CPU Shares in a Microsoft Outlook Web Access Environment

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell engineers explored virtual CPU resource-management options and the benefits of using a dynamic resource-allocation mechanism to help meet quality of service requirements for various Internet mail protocol scenarios. In this study, the test team ran the Microsoft



Introducing the Dell PowerEdge R805 with VMware Integrated Virtualization

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

The new Dell™ PowerEdge™ R805 server is designed and optimized specifically for virtualization. By including VMware® integrated virtualization, the PowerEdge R805 enables quick and easy deployment right out of the box, simplified management, and enhanced security, as well as diskless configuration to help reduce power costs.



An Integrated Virtualization Solution for Microsoft Exchange

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

Building a simple, flexible, resilient infrastructure can be essential to successful Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 deployments. By using a virtualized solution based on VMware® Infrastructure 3 software, Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, and Dell/EMC CX3-20 storage arrays, organizations can create a scalable and highly available Exchange implementation.



Automotive Giant Boosts Efficiency

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell Premier Pages service combined with VMware® virtualization on Dell PowerEdge servers enabled automotive supplier Magna International to take control of its IT procurement processes and streamline its server infrastructure—helping increase efficiency and reduce costs company-wide.



Best Practices for Networking in a VMware Environment

Thu, 26 June 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell has used VMware® virtualization extensively to help optimize its hardware utilization, streamline provisioning processes, and increase resilience. By following the networking best practices used by Dell engineers in their own IT environment, organizations can create an efficient, resilient virtualized infrastructure.



Best Practices for Networking in a VMware Environment

Thu, 26 June 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell has used VMware® virtualization extensively to help optimize its hardware utilization, streamline provisioning processes, and increase resilience. By following the networking best practices used by Dell engineers in their own IT environment, organizations can create an efficient, resilient virtualized infrastructure.



Simplify Migration of Legacy Servers to Virtual Machines with PlateSpin Migrate

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization has become a mainstream component of enterprise data centers, helping provide consolidation savings, workload migration capabilities, reduced deployment times, and a variety of other benefits. To help maximize these benefits, however, IT teams often seek to virtualize existing installations as well as new deployments. Consequently, migration tools have emerged as a key method of moving legacy OS images from physical servers to virtual machines (VMs).To help ease physical-to-virtual (P2V) migrations of legacy hardware to powerful virtualized environments, Dell now offers PlateSpin® Migrate for Dell workload portability software from Novell as part of its factory software options for most Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers. To successfully perform these migrations, however, administrators must next turn to planning and execution, including identifying appropriate candidate servers with consideration for the OS version, specific workload type, and acceptable downtime. This article focuses on migrating an example case-study environment of common legacy servers to virtualized 11th-generation Dell PowerEdge blade servers, outlines factors that administrators should take into account when planning a migration for typical enterprise workloads on both Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating systems, and recommends best practices for preparing and carrying out the migration using the PlateSpin Migrate Take Control and Live Transfer methods.PlateSpin Migrate, part of the PlateSpin Portability Suite, provides an efficient process for migrating legacy hardware to powerful virtualized environments, one that helps avoid the need for administrators to plan for days of server migrations and incur costly downtimes. By offering PlateSpin Migrate software with 11th-generation Dell PowerEdge servers as well as support and services to help with planning and implementation, Dell provides[...]



Meeting Economic Challenges Through Accelerated Virtualization

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

The economic downturn has left CIOs under major pressure to limit IT spending. Many enterprises have already reduced expenditure and are focusing on cost optimization and increasing output from existing resources, and the challenge for CIOs is to cut IT operating expenses while maximizing productivity to support continued expansion.Identifying and addressing hidden IT costs—without cutting deeply into investment capacity—can help organizations adjust to lean times and position themselves for ongoing success. There are a number of hidden costs with servers, including those related to power and cooling for underutilized servers, building and infrastructure for data center facilities, and systems management. By helping to optimize utilization of existing physical resources and reduce the number of physical servers that must be powered, cooled, and managed, virtualization offers a key way to reduce server total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase IT agility. Many enterprises have proceeded cautiously with virtualization to help ensure that they understand the impact it could have on their operations as well as the advantages it can provide. Consequently, even those organizations that have implemented virtualization often are not realizing its full benefits.Evaluated and refined across thousands of real-world deployments, Dell™ virtualization solutions and services offer a comprehensive approach designed to reduce TCO and maximize return on investment (ROI). Although the natural reaction to difficult economic times is to slow down projects or stop all spending, waiting on a virtualization deployment means spending more in the long run simply to maintain and manage an inefficient existing infrastructure. Investing in a streamlined, aggressively accelerated virtualization initiative and overcoming roadblocks to deployment can help increase flexibility,[...]



Protecting Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualized Environments Using Symantec Backup Exec

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

Server virtualization can offer a number of compelling benefits in enterprise data centers, including increased resource utilization, reduced hardware costs, and operational efficiencies. Despite these advantages, however, virtualized environments still raise many of the same concerns as traditional environments—and, critically, the importance of data remains the same whether it resides on a virtual machine (VM) or a non-virtualized server. Given the tools and other processes introduced by virtualization, how can organizations effectively protect the data on virtualized servers and recover it quickly when necessary? Symantec™ Backup Exec™ 12.5 software, part of the Dell™ PowerVault™ DL2000 – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec, provides industry-leading capabilities designed specifically to protect virtualized environments, including those based on Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ technology. In addition to backing up offline VMs, the Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 Agent for Microsoft Virtual Servers (AMVS) takes advantage of Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live running VMs without requiring downtime and without requiring a backup agent to reside on each VM. When recovering a VM, administrators can use the Backup Exec console to restore the entire VM or use built-in Backup Exec Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) to recover individual files and folders within a .vhd file without running a separate backup. By taking advantage of these capabilities and following best practices for using Backup Exec with Hyper-V, administrators can implement simplified, flexible, and robust backup and recovery in their virtualized environments. And because Backup Exec also incorporates comprehensive support for VMware® virtualization as well as non-virtualized environments, it offers a centralized, highly fl[...]



How to Optimize Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Deployments with F5 BIG-IP

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

Deploying and managing desktop computers, especially remote desktop computers, can be costly and time-consuming. As a result, many organizations are transitioning to a virtual desktop infrastructure for their client environments to help centralize management and reduce costs. By avoiding the burden of deploying individual desktop images, a virtual desktop infrastructure can help dramatically increase manageability while contributing to reduced total cost of ownership across the enterprise desktop environment.F5 Networks helps organizations prepare their IT environments for a successful virtual desktop infrastructure deployment by offering a range of application delivery solutions. When combined with scalable host platforms such as Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, this application delivery system helps organizations dramatically enhance the performance and availability of their virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, enabling them to take advantage of the benefits of reduced costs, simplified management, and enhanced security while still offering a robust and familiar end-user experience.Key features of F5® BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM) devices include load balancing, client connection persistence, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) processing, compression, data deduplication using the BIG-IP WebAccelerator™ module, a rapid deployment template, and flexibility to meet different service-level agreements (SLAs). BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager™ (GTM) devices enhance performance and availability through intelligent routing between data centers. Both devices are designed to work with a range of virtual desktop and application virtualization platforms, including VMware® View, Microsoft® Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), VMware ThinApp, and Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).Virtual [...]



Keeping Trim

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

Johann Borgers is the leading provider of acoustically efficient textile components for the automotive industry, with more than 4,700 employees worldwide. The company’s core administrative activities are centralized at its headquarters in Bocholt, Germany, where office-based employees need constant access to key financial and performance data as well as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. However, the seven end-of-life servers in the data center could no longer provide the reliability, availability, or performance the company required.This case study describes how Johann Borgers deployed virtualized Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2900 servers with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors along with a Dell/EMC CX3-10c storage area network (SAN) to help create a reliable, scalable, and highly available server and storage solution. Using VMware® ESX 3.5 virtualization software on the PowerEdge servers enabled the IT team to create virtual machines (VMs) running the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 OS and Citrix Presentation Server™ 4.5 software—offering its base of 120 users anytime, anywhere access to the Infor ERP and Microsoft Office applications. Dell Services teams worked with Dell partner CEMA to design and deploy the solution, and the Johann Borgers IT staff also received in-depth SAN training as part of the company’s Dell ProSupport for IT agreement.Transferring management of the local client desktop to the data center offers a single hardware and software management point for IT staff, helping provide total administrative time and cost savings of around 25 percent. The solution has also reduced running costs, cooling costs, and maintenance costs while dramatically improving the availability of critical data and the performance of key IT services. Based on its exp[...]



A Healthy Approach to Server Sprawl

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

Ideally, the business side of health care should be a secondary concern. Health care insurance provider BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBS) works hard to help both doctors and patients focus on wellness instead of where to send the bill, and relies on a deep IT infrastructure for everything from claims processing to provider payments and internal operations. However, keeping the BCBS environment running effectively and efficiently had become increasingly expensive and time-consuming.This case study describes how Dell Global Infrastructure Consulting Services helped BCBS migrate more than 100 servers to Dell™ PowerEdge™ M600 blade servers with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors in four PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosures without disrupting the business or end users. BCBS allocated three enclosures to application servers, additional virtualized hosts, and a lab manager environment, and dedicated the remaining enclosure to the next phase of the company’s virtualization strategy, implementing VMware® Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).The Dell blade servers led to immediate hardware cost savings for BCBS. The company expects to now replace its servers every five years instead of every three years, cutting hardware expenditures by 20 percent. The PowerEdge M1000e enclosure’s shared resources and remote management capabilities have helped ease administrative complexity and accelerate deployment, providing a 60 percent increase in efficiency. And the blade servers have also consolidated rack requirements by 75 percent and led the company to expect an energy savings of US$6,000 initially and as much as US$40,000 per year as expiring physical servers are converted to blades. Ultimately, the BCBS IT team feels that the benef[...]