Top Server Virtualization Software – 2015 Edition

Server Virtualization Software is essential to the your business infrastructure. These tools include the interfaces and software that system adminstrators can use to set up and manage virtual servers, operating systems, networks, and storage resources. Not only must the right software have broad business applications certified stack (ERP, MRP, HR, CRM, Sales), but must also have a clear roadmap that meets IT Strategy (DRP, Backup, SDN). Most importantly, good virtualization software must have good scalability and flexibility of use.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 85,000 views of the top Server Virtualizaton Software tools by real users in 2014 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing vendors on IT Central Station.

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If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our Server Virtualization Software section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/server-virtualization-software.

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CIO’s Agenda—Hunt and Harvest in a Digital World!

Gartner’s CIO Digital Agenda requires hunting and harvesting on top of tending to current end-user demands. CIOs need to get more from existing IT infrastructure systems and processes while looking for new solutions, according to Gartner’s Group Vice President and Fellow in Executive Programs, Mark McDonald.

With over 2,000 CIOs surveyed, Mark announced results like these from a Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey and CIO agenda report on CNBC:CIO Agenda Gartner 2013

  • Hunting—occurs in situations where IT needs to be out in front—scouting and finding innovations and opportunities beyond enterprise boundaries. . .
  • Harvesting—occurs in situations where IT needs to raise business performance by actively changing business processes, extending products and services, and replicating best practices. . .  read more here.

Don’t be fooled by a duck in rabbit’s clothing or vice versa!

Problem—How can you hunt or harvest without knowing where or what to hunt and harvest? You need a place to go to find out what products and vendors support the innovation that you seek and how they do it affectively.

Follow Products and Vendors on IT Central Station

Follow the Products you currently have and the Vendors you typically use on IT Central Station. You can then explore other solutions in the same categories. Reach out and find out what others are doing by commenting and asking questions.

IT Central Station provides the framework to get real views from users of your current and potential IT needs. You can also write a review of your own, anonymously or as an Expert Reviewer.

For example, Server Virtualization for most IT Enterprises has rapidly evolved with new vendors entering the space and more promises on the horizon. Harvesting more for less must be achieved to be competitive. Here’s where to get started:

Server VirtualizationHyper-V

Oracle VM

Citrix XenServer

VMware

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Get to Class!—Server Virtualization Refresher Tips for CIOs and IT Decision Makers

CIOs and IT Decision Makers need savvy IT infrastructure planning to be cost-effective and satisfy increasing expectations for end-user experience. Guess what—or who doesn’t know this—you betta get yer Server Virtualization on!Server Virtualization Refresher

Go ahead, scratch your head. The legacy infrastructure dear to many IT folks has become more expensive than a properly managed set of virtualized platforms—as predicted by most IT enterprise analysts—and now sitting even stronger in the forefront of large and mid-sized enterprises as the way to go.

What are you waiting for? [We know you’re not waiting]

Here’s a five-point run down that we liked from the IT Solutions Blog at ConRes.

Five Refresher Tips for Server Virtualization

  1. How will your software be licensed in a virtual environment?  When you virtualize your systems, will you need new software licenses?  The answer will vary by software.  Find out in advance where you’ll need new licenses.
  2. What is the best virtualization platform for your business?  Each business has different requirements.  And with the amount of virtualization options on the market, the choices can be dizzying.  Work with a trusted IT advisor to determine the most cost-effective virtualization platform that will get the job done.
  3. Does your virtualization plan mitigate failure risk? Virtualization should reduce system risks.  But a poorly implemented virtualization plan can do just the opposite.  Server virtualization means that one physical machine can act as multiple virtual servers.  But what happens when that single machine goes down?The critical point is often the host server.  Contingency plans need to be in place should the host server fail, and the virtualized platform should be designed so that all your critical elements aren’t on the same host server.  In short, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  4. Are you overloading your host servers? Each host server can only realistically accommodate a certain number of guest machines.  While that number used to extend to 20 to 50 or even 100 virtual machines on a host, software and applications have become larger and more complex.  Now, industry experts say that 15 virtual servers per host is the likely maximum number, with most enterprises achieving a 6:1 ratio for data applications such as CRM, ERP, databases and e-mail.  It’s important to be realistic about host server capacity so you don’t overwhelm your systems.
  5. Which servers and applications can be virtualized?  Not every server or application can or should be virtualized.  For example, servers that require special hardware or run resource-intensive applications aren’t good candidates for virtualization.  And some common applications just won’t run in a virtual environment.  With a little forethought, you can figure out which applications and servers can work in a virtual environment. Good candidates for virtualization?  Older servers (to avoid upgrade costs or increases in  maintenance costs), multiprocessor servers dedicated to single-processor applications (enabling you to optimize resources), and infrequently used severs (so you can consolidate resources).

Start following top Server Virtualization Software on IT Central Station and any other Products and Vendors you want.

Here’s products you can follow now:

Server VirtualizationHyper-V

Oracle VM

Citrix XenServer

VMware

Lead in the Virtualization Strategies for your organization by following Products and Vendors at IT Central Station!

 

 

CIO.com—8 Tips and Questions for Choosing Software Vendors

In a recent post for IT Central Station’s Executive Interview Series with Diane Schwarz, we took an in-depth look at specific tech buying decisions for a specific industry. Now let’s take a look at the results of a survey of executives from a variety of industries by CIO.com.CIO.com

CIO.com asked dozens of IT executives for some answers about how to choose a software vendor.

They summarized the survey in a recent post on CIO.com and provided these eight suggested questions to ask yourselves when searching for an enterprise-level software vendor who best fits your needs.

  1. Figure out what it is you really need
  2. Check the software provider’s credentials and certificates
  3. What do other customers have to say? [Here at IT Central Station!]
  4. Can it scale?
  5. Check for hidden or additional fees.
  6. Who gets custody of your data in the case of divorce?
  7. Take a test drive.
  8. Agree to key performance indicators (KPIs) before signing a contract.

For more details about each question from CIO.com, click here.

4 More Questions to Ask Software Vendors from CIO.com

Will the software integrate easily with our existing systems? The last thing you want to find out after you have spent a lot of time and money on new software is that it doesn’t work with your legacy systems, especially when you thought it would.

How easy is it to set up and train users? “Most vendors will provide training,” notes Barbara Ware, Marketing Director, Bravepoint, a provider of business solutions. “Make sure it’s included with the implementation costs.”

How will you support me after the sale? “Do your homework and make sure the vendor has been around a while,” says Ware.

How are updates and upgrades managed? “Updates should be cloud-based for ease of installation,” says Ware. And they should not disrupt business

Check out what others are saying about these vendors and solutions on IT Central Station:

 

Cisco                   Ibm                  Vmware_logo

Quality Center   Enterprise Routers   QualityStage   VMware ESXi    Oracle Data Mining

 

 

Server Virtualization—Experts in the Field Speak Up!

VMware’s vSphere, Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Oracle VM, and other server virtualization solutions have become pretty routine for most enterprise data centers—knowing the ins and outs of solutions from specific real-user environments can help you make a good decision about your infrastructure.

As the Yelp for CIO’s according to the Wall Street Journal, IT Central Station provides the platform for real-user experts in the field to speak up about server virtualization.

Server VirtualizationFor example, David Klee writes,
At the present time, you cannot go wrong with VMware’s vSphere suite. However, competitors are rapidly closing the gap, so watch the market closely over the next few years. I implement business-critical applications on vSphere for all sizes of business almost daily, and am proud to be a virtualization enthusiast. At the moment, VMware vSphere is my hypervisor of choice – without reservation.”

As a presenter at SQL Saturday for Database Health and Performance, David certainly knows what he’s talking about.

If you’re currently using VMware’s vSphere suite, add to the reviews or comment on the existing ones. If you’re in the market to revamp your data center with some server virtualization with vSphere or the competition, take a look at all the reviews from this page or go one-by-one from the links below:

Proxmox                          Vmware_logo

Proxmox VE      Hyper-V             vSphere            Oracle VM

Join in the tech-buying revolution today and add a review or comment on an existing one!

PS. If you want to be an expert reviewer, take a look at the requirements here.

Got Server Virtualization Strategies?

You’ve heard the vendor sales stuff about Server Virtualization—a lot to consider for IT Decision Makers now—virtualized servers, hosts, and apps running around without clothes on—jeez, maybe the whole data center!Server Virtualization Software

You don’t want to pretend that you see the clothes that aren’t there, do you? Hopefully your Server Virtualization plans won’t end up like the Emperor’s new clothes. [source]

For example, look what we found on TechRepublic‘s Site for “server virtualization”—(25238 results)—and mostly sales pitches. Yikes!

Instead, you’re figuring out how to be on the leading edge in your role as CIO, CTO, decision-making VP or any other role, aren’t you? Breath in, breath out, breath in—so you can leverage the most up-to-date virtualized environment in your organization—put your clothes back on silly.

We know just how to help you see better with your Virtualization Strategies from your peers on the front lines at IT Central Station and privately.

Here’s what you can do now:

  1. Start following top Server Virtualization Software on IT Central Station and any other Products and Vendors you want, and . . .
  2. Register for our PeerPanel™ Webinar about Server Virtualization—your peers at a roundtable—on 8 January @ 9 AM EST [we don’t mind if you’re not wearing clothes for this event] Click Here to register today!

By the way, here’s some products you can follow now:

Server VirtualizationHyper-V

Oracle VM

Citrix XenServer

VMware

Lead in the Virtualization Strategies for your organization by following Products and Vendors at IT Central Station! [and attending the PeerPanel™ Webinar]

 

Hyper-V vs vSphere—Enterprise Vendor Jump Ball

In a jump ball between Hyper-V vs vSphere you end up with one solution winning over the other. However, each team has players with strengths who could win against some of the players on the other team—one solution wins in one situation and the other solution wins in another situation.HyperV vs XenServer

How do you figure out who wins overall? One way is to hear from real users of each of the solutions and find out how they use the various features of Hyper-V vs vSpheretheir implementation tips, tricks, and gotchas.

For example,  Jason says that:

“Hyper-V has made great strides since it was first released alongside Windows 2008”

Ravi says this about vShpere:

“Very stable and contributes to high uptime. Reduced our data center power and cooling costs.”

Click Hyper-V vs vSphere to see a full comparison of these solutions.

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be exactly like a real jump ball that indicates one wins over the other. What makes more sense is what’s right for you in your environment. Let go of the analyst spin, the marketing spin—the spin for vendor success in general might not be what you need.

You might want to reach out to a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station by clicking the Ask Me a Question link.

Or, you might want to add to the reviews and become an expert reviewer of these solutions and others. Vendors now listen more and more to what users are saying about their solutions and you could help them shape their roadmap.

For more information about becoming a contributor. see Become a Contributor.

Check out another virtualization software comparison here: Oracle VM vs XenServer.

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The Weekly Roundup – Oracle VM

weekly-roundupIn preparation for our Server Virtualization Round Table on January 8th, 2013, this week’s roundup looks at what people are saying about Oracle VM, a fully integrated enterprise management solution that is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. Here are a few highlights:

  • Anon359 (Developer at a small Tech Consulting Firm) says: “The product offers [a] number of benefits to the users who often use multiple platforms. Though there are some disadvantages of the product which can be fixed with some workarounds.”[…]
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Server Virtualization Software: What the Vendors Won’t Tell You

We’ve all dealt with them–vendor hosted webinars, biased promotional material and the time consuming search for quality advice about enterprise IT products. Unfortunately, for a long time this was the best way to research IT solutions. Over the last several months, many of our users have helped to change this by chiming in about various products such as Server Virtualization Software and application performance management solutions. Fortunately for the enterprise tech community, these real users are providing our community with quality and unbiased reviews of the most popularly used products.

For me written reviews are great. They allow me to get a clear overview of the Table Discusionvarious products including their advantages and disadvantages. The problem which occasionally arises is when I want more details about what a reviewer has written. For example, one of the reviewers of Hyper-V wrote that it “Lacks advanced features of virtualization platform”, but what I really want to understand is what advanced features is he talking about and does my environment actually require those features. Yes, I could easily go ahead and contact the reviewer and wait for a response, however often I have several questions about more than one review (and this isn’t to say that the reviewer didn’t do an excellent job!) This is why we at IT Central Station have decided to host a Server Virtualization Peer Panel. This will allow current users to voice their opinions, further explain their experiences and help guide IT community members who are currently considering investing in these products. Most importantly, it will allow those interested in Server Virtualization Software to ask any specific question which they may have.

The webinar, which will take place on January 8th, will include a panel of real users who will discuss the pros and cons of various solutions, tips and tricks, and the secrets they have learned along the way. Instead of the commonplace vendor webinars which are centered on making a sales pitch, we have invited real users who will provide their unbiased opinions. These real users only goal will be to share their experiences with their peers and candidly answer any questions in an open discussion environment.

Join us on January 8th for ‘Server Virtualization: A User Perspective Roundtable

In addition, early registrants will receive the free whitepaper ‘Server Virtualization Secrets – A Peek at What Users Really Think.”