Monthly Archives: May 2009

VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere is a Cloud Operating System designed especially for small IT environments with fewer than 20 physical servers, the Essentials and Essentials Plus editions of VMware vSphere 4 deliver enterprise-class capabilities in a cost-effective solution packages for organizations that want optimize and protect their IT assets with minimal up-front investment.

By adopting vSphere Essentials, customers can more effectively utilize server, network and storage resources dynamically as a single pool or “internal cloud” to protect business-critical applications and data.

Compare ESXi and vSphere

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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi is the easiest way to get started with virtualization—and it’s free-of-charge.

Consolidate your applications onto fewer servers and start saving money through reduced hardware, power, cooling and administration costs.  VMware ESXi has been optimized and tested to run even your most resource intensive applications and databases with minimal performance overhead.

Why not compare ESX v ESXi and then download a copy !

Elastic Server VM builder

Elastic Server VM builder is a great new way to build your own software appliances and virtual machines.

You can choose Fedora 10 or Ubuntu 8.04 LTS as your base OS and in a few clicks create Amazon EC2 AMI, ElasticHost, KVM, VMware, Xen VMs !

The VMware VMs that Elastic Server creates are not just for servers and seem to work fine on VMware Fusion and VMware Player with a nice separate VMDK for your swap file !

New Amazon Web Services

New Amazon Web Services

  • Amazon CloudWatch – Amazon CloudWatch is a web service that provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources
  • Auto Scaling – Auto Scaling allows you to automatically scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down according to conditions you define.
  • Elastic Load Balancing – Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances.

Eucalyptus, KVM and Ubuntu Server

Eucalyptus – Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems – is an open-source software infrastructure for implementing “cloud computing” on clusters. The current interface to Eucalyptus is compatible with Amazon’s EC2, S3, and EBS interfaces, but the infrastructure is designed to support multiple client-side interfaces. Eucalyptus is implemented using commonly available Linux tools and basic Web-service technologies making it easy to install and maintain.

The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is powered by Eucalyptus, an open source implementation for the emerging standard of EC2. This solution is designed to simplify the process of building and managing an internal cloud for businesses of any size, thereby enabling companies to create their own self-service infrastructure.