Virtualization-New Encounter With Reality-1

It’s been a while; more than the time I actually take to refresh my senses (5, they say ). After all the talk about business models, I learnt that words like Resource management is just the same, be it high tech, growing Aromatic weed-s or selling carpets.

My favorite pet now is Sun Microsystems. I’m pretty sure you have heard of them in case you are reading this post, or might be not. Gartner always blames them for their poor marketing efforts and keeps pulling them in and out of their boxes, or as Fartner, Ooooooops sorry, I meant Gartner puts it; it’s all about the boxes. You’re either in or out of the boundaries (who defined space anyway’s??).

In my previous posts on SaaS and start-ups jamming with innovation, I mentioned the long tail. Every body in the software ecosystems is tripping on the FAD and trying their very best to get to the end of the tail with their offerings (By the way, we also have a TAIL, it’s called a vestigial organ or in simple words, not worth a dime-wonder how long it was before it was replaced by the more adaptable BUTT). So, they are trying to make the power of creating applications easier (You need to look at this awesome presentation by Guy Kawasaki on building a web 2.0  by clicking to my eSnips account here)and leaving it to the monkeys to search for the Long Tail fruit. Now, as I mention tails, why are men linked to Dogs?? I mean if men were dogs, what about being faithful, Duh.

Enough, let’s get to something new here. The concept of Server virtualization is steaming up and there are players leveling the field as more and more products come into the market. So, what is the score like in terms of the concepts?

There are the three main schools of thought helping turn the virtualization concept into mainstream adoption.

HARDWARE VIRTUALIZATION

This is probably the most commonly known and is designed to support multiple types of OSs on a single server. It’s about virtualizing hardware resources in order to manage and dedicate them to Virtual Machines on the server.

PARA-VIRTUALIZATION

This is more of hardware emulation and is designed to support multiple OSs on a single server.

OS VIRTUALIZATION

This is where my pet comes in through its new offering-Sun’s Solaris Containers. Its about a single OS instance, which in turn provides a more efficient architecture and a single OS per server for management and up-dates. This concept does not support multiple OSs on the same server and is mainly intended for organizations that are consolidating or deploying multiple virtual servers on a single physical server.

There a various reasons for choosing either of these and I will try running through various scenarios in my next posts. Till then.

Posted by Digvijay Singh Rathore.

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