Posts Tagged ‘hypervisor’

6WIND – From Data Plane Acceleration to Virtual Appliances

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Data Plane Acceleration with 6WIND and Intel DPDK

Data Plane Acceleration with 6WIND and Intel DPDK

6WIND is an interesting company I’ve been following for some time now, initially out of curiosity, and then out of more curiosity :-) . They first started as a networking software company claiming to solve performance challenges for software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). How you ask? They leverage the capabilities of multicore processors and Intel’s Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) to allow direct access to the data plane enabling a zero-copy mode from network to CPU! (more…)


Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX [Video]

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Check out my latest Dell Networking video on Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX. You can view it on the Dell VMware wiki site, the Dell YouTube channel, or see the video embedded below via direct link. (more…)


The Commoditization of the Hypervisor

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

HypervisorsIt’s amazing; since the introduction of hardware based virtualization made possible with processor technology such as the Intel-VT and AMD-V (see prior blog The Power of Virtualization – a competitive edge), everyone and their mother is coming out with a hypervisor. (more…)


Intel VT FlexMigration and AMD-V Extended Migration – Enabling Dynamic, Agile Data Centers

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

VMware VMotionServer virtualization/consolidation is becoming a norm and data centers and enterprises are now looking towards the horizon at how to bring dynamic, agile, and flexible capabilities to their IT infrastructure.

What I will focus on here is one specific technology that helps meet this goal called Live Migration, the capability to move active Virtual Machines (VMs) across a pool of physical servers with no downtime. If a VM is running on a server that is reaching high utilization or where resources are becoming constrained, Live Migration can migrate the active VM to a different physical server with absolutely no downtime. Now this is what I call truly dynamic and agile! (more…)


pNIC, vNIC, and vmNIC Confusion

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

pNIC, vNIC, and vmNIC ConfusionI have been using both remote desktop and vSphere Client quite often lately. Yesterday, I had a remote desktop session with a Windows Server 2003 physical server and also had vSphere Client (connected to an ESXi server) open with a console window of a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine (VM). Sometimes it’s easy to get confused, but, it’s important to remember that the vSphere Client and the remote connection to Windows Server 2003 are both using the physical NIC card adapter (pNIC). (more…)


VMware vSphere 4 Step-through

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

VMware vSphere 4VMware vSphere is an industry leading virtualization platform. Basically it is a software suite composed of applications directed towards managing datacenters through the use of virtualization technology. I’m going to briefly discuss some of the major/core components of vSphere 4. This will give you a clear idea of some of the power behind vSphere 4 and virtualization technology in general. For more information/documentation and a full list of benefits offered by vSphere 4, you should check VMware’s website. (more…)


The Power of Virtualization – a competitive edge

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

VirtualizationIn today’s world, technology and science play a huge role in competitive advantage. Those who know how to exploit the power of technology to help them meet their goals will exceed with less effort and will accomplish more with the same amount of time. Hardware-based virtualization is one of those technologies that can really have a significant impact in terms of efficiency. (more…)