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Monday, September 13, 2004
GSX Server review:
Short note, interesting comment: "There are no hard limits to the number of concurrent virtual servers outside of available RAM and disk space, and I had no trouble running four to five concurrent virtual servers on a dual 2.8GHz Xeon server with 4GB of RAM. Individual server performance can definitely suffer when other virtual servers are heavily engaged, but at no time did any virtual server suffer systemic problems. For host servers running multiple processors however, there is a caveat; if Intel processors are used with hyperthreading, a guest OS can only use a single CPU thread rather than the entire CPU. On a four-CPU system, this limits each guest OS to 12.5 percent of the host OS CPU resources. Therefore, it is generally best to disable hyperthreading on VMware host servers." 11:58:24 PM
Microsoft Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT): Microsoft "announce the release candidate of the Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT). You can download the release candidate from the VSMT beta site. The release candidate includes support for migrating VMWare GSX virtual machines to Microsoft Virtual Server as well as fixes to bugs encountered with the beta build. Sign up for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit Beta.
Details: "VSMT automates the migration of an operating system and installed applications from a physical server to a server running within a virtual machine that is provided and managed by Virtual Server 2005." Primary usage scenarios involve general server consolodation, esp for legacy Windows NT systems.
Powell said what?
: "respected British journalist James Naughtie [reports that] Powell, in a conversation with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, called Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz "f ----g crazies."
Powell denies it, and Straw backs him up, but Naughtie stood his ground, telling the New York Post: "Whatever the statements issued from the two offices concerned, I stand by the quote."" 10:35:20 PM
TIME Magazine: Who Left the Door Open?
So much for homeland security. "The U.S.'s borders, rather than becoming more secure since 9/11, have grown even more porous. And the trend has accelerated in the past year. It's fair to estimate, based on a TIME investigation, that the number of illegal aliens flooding into the U.S. this year will total 3 million—enough to fill 22,000 Boeing 737-700 airliners, or 60 flights every day for a year. It will be the largest wave since 2001 and roughly triple the number of immigrants who will come to the U.S. by legal means. (No one knows how many illegals are living in the U.S., but estimates run as high as 15 million.) " 10:28:56 PM
Hurricane gets Nader on ballot in Florida:
"Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's name can appear on Florida ballots for the election, despite a court order to the contrary, Florida's elections chief told officials on Monday in a move that could help President Bush in the key swing state. The Florida Democratic Party reacted with outrage, calling the move "blatant partisan maneuvering" by Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's younger brother, and vowed to fight it. ..
Maddox noted that Tallahassee, the state capital where Davey sits, is not expected to be directly hit by the hurricane. He said the circuit court could hear the case as scheduled on Wednesday and rule immediately. In addition, the case is before the Florida Supreme Court, which could also rule at any time, he said." The state's rationale for allowing Nader's name is that the issue is before the court, which may not be able to meet as scheduled due to the hurricane (!). 10:16:50 PM
After the election, Bush will cut what he'll promise to fund: Mark Shields: "Look at the new fiscal year begins Sept. 30, that's the fiscal year that we'll be dealing with for this presidential election. The president has asked for increases in job training as he spoke of last night [in the convention], for the next fiscal year. But over the next four years, his administration and his budget calls for cuts of $1.7 billion in job training.
In other words he's going to increase it just for this year, the same thing in elementary and secondary education, he's increasing it by $834 million, but he will cut it by five and a half billion over the next four years. Those are the administration's own budget documents for 2006 through 2009..
What it says is he made promises he can't keep. The president got the biggest cheer in the hall when he said I'm going to make permanent the tax cuts. He didn't address the deficits anyway. And he said we're going to cut this runaway federal spending." 2:10:53 PM
Rebutting the fly paper thesis: Josh Marshall is on a roll this morning. "The recent run of denial on Iraq has brought back to the fore what a year ago was known as the 'fly paper' thesis. Namely, that the outbreak of chaos, terrorism and insurgency in Iraq is actually a good thing since it allows us to kill 'the terrorists' in Iraq rather than wait for them to come to our own shores. Thus the 'fly paper' analogy. ..
Logically this is nonsensical; strategically it is moronic; morally it is close to indefensible. ..
The key fallacy, as so many have pointed out, is the notion that there are a finite number of 'terrorists' who we can kill and be done with. Added to this, is the idea -- as antiquated as it is ridiculous -- that fighting 'the terrorists' in Iraq prevents them from hitting us in the United States. Have these fools heard about globalization? Can't [bin Laden] spare a couple dozen jihadis to come over here to spring another 9/11 on us? ..
As a TPM reader put it to me both hilariously and brilliantly more than a year ago, this 'fly paper' thesis is like saying we're going to build one super dirty hospital where we can fight the germs on our own terms. .. It is the classic case of dousing the fire with gasoline.
Of course that leaves untended the fact the guerillas we're blowing up in Iraq aren't the folks running the safe houses in Karachi and Peshawar who constitute the real threat. Adrift as well is the straightforward matter that turning Iraq into a killing field isn't really compatible with making it into a redoubt of democracy, prosperity and western values." 11:40:11 AM
Iraq in this election: Josh Marshall on Iraq's Sept 12 Bloody Sunday: "Iraq has quite simply become a disaster for the United States. And while people disagree over why this has happened, no thinking person can now fail to see that it has happened. ..
In the last two months, all of this has been pushed to the side of the election debate -- either by rhetorical tangles over 9/11 and terrorism, or attack politics centered on the two men's war records or lack thereof. That is the reason for the president's resurgence in the polls. It's really that simple. ..
Recently, President Bush has sought -- with real success -- to edge Iraq out of the campaign dialogue by putting the issue back on to Kerry, asking what he would do differently and how it would produce a better result. This puts Kerry in a bit of a bind because the politically-unspeakable answer here is that there are no good solutions anymore. A year ago, even six months ago, there were. Now, there really aren't. President Bush at least has a straightforward approach: denial. Pressed to come up with a soundbite-able and practical policy, Kerry is, well ... hard-pressed. (As I said, President Bush, in this way, has managed to derive political advantage from the magnitude of his own failure.) ..
The emphasis should be on the undeniable fact that though the way forward may be murky, the last person you want to lead the country down that foggy path is the guy who screwed everything up so badly in the first place. As my friend John Judis noted recently, the key to winning an election is often simply a matter of bringing to the surface of the public consciousness what voters already really know. They know Iraq is a disaster. They know it's President Bush's fault." 11:31:17 AM
Microsoft releases virtual server, sets low price: "VMware may have gotten a three-year head start on Microsoft with its server virtualization software. But Microsoft is aiming to make a splash based on price. .. Eric Berg, a Microsoft group product manager .. said Microsoft evaluates customers' needs based on workloads, focusing on three areas: software testing and development, legacy application rehosting and targeted production workloads, such as Active Directory domain controllers, networking and departmental applications.
Berg said Microsoft has a Component Object Model application programming interface that can be used to create scripts to automatically deploy new server builds and "great integration" with its server management tools, so customers don't have to buy a specific tool to manage both virtual machines and physical servers.
Tom Bittman, an analyst at Gartner Inc., predicted that VMware will keep 80% market share for the consolidation of servers to run production-ready applications. But he added that Gartner expects Virtual Server to command at least 50% of the market for test and development workloads by the end of 2005. "The price differential is going to kill [VMware] unless they change it," Bittman said. ..
Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC, said the underpinnings of what Microsoft is doing are different than what VMware is doing. He said Microsoft is using its Virtual Server technology to help customers running older stacks of applications on Windows NT 4 migrate to new hardware rather than continue to run them on separate machines. Kusnetzky said VMware's focus is to help users move to a highly virtualized environment "so they can tune what they do to their business needs" and assign IT resources as needed. " 10:58:30 AM
Microsoft Announces General Availability of Virtual Server 2005
: "Sept. 13, 2004 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability and pricing of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. .. Virtual Server 2005 Standard Edition supports up to four processors, with an estimated retail price of $499 (U.S.). Virtual Server 2005 Enterprise Edition supports up to 32 processors, with an estimated retail price of $999 (U.S.). Both versions will be available within 30 days through retail and volume licensing and will be licensed on a per-physical server basis." System images are compatible between the two editions, and with a small change to virtual PC 2004 images. Enterprise edition is available for 180-day downloadable evauation. FAQ is helpful
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Hardware: IBM, Intel Open Blade Server: " IBM and Intel jointly announced that the design specifications for the eServer BladeCenter platform would be made widely available to other vendors to encourage hardware support [and] more third-party hardware and software. The companies said they will both provide technical support to assist product development, including design guidelines and fee-based support. ..
IDC analyst Jean Bozman told TechNewsWorld that the lower-end blade server market has typically had high numbers of shipments and lower revenue figures in the overall server market, where blades accounted for an estimated 8 % of server sales in 2004. By 2006, that market share is expected to be at 18 %, with wider adoption, more solutions from more vendors and announcements such as the one from IBM and Intel, according to Bozman." 8:49:59 AM
SAVVIS offers Egenera/VMware virtual computing service:
from WSJ: IBM, EDS and others "typically employ a team of consultants to evaluate and manage a client's infrastructure. While most clients still find that less expensive than running an in-house information-technology department, the consultants don't come cheap. ..
Savvis doesn't send a team of consultants to evaluate a company's infrastructure, although it does have staff on call to help clients with questions. "I can have a new server up for you in a minute, not a month," Savvis Chairman and Chief Executive Rob McCormick says. "Now it's just a simple software command to bring someone online. We give you a slice of a big carrier-class" machine. ..
Gartner's Mr. Chamberlin [says] the cost reduction from Savvis's service could reach 70%. The consulting-heavy model used by IBM and others saves only 15% to 30%, the analyst estimates. IBM and EDS declined to comment. Savvis's low-cost model lets it consider contracts too small for IBM to bother with, contends IDC analyst Melanie Posey. "There's a certain contract level where it's not worth IBM getting out of bed." ..
The new Savvis service, unveiled earlier this month, runs tasks for all clients on the same set of powerful computers. Running everything on Savvis's own hardware and doling out resources as needed — as opposed to clients having their own dedicated machines — eliminates waste.. Savvis can activate programs that run a wide variety of applications, including e-mail, Web sites and billing software. Savvis can also activate a large-scale network, complete with software defenses against security breaches. The company guarantees that data from different clients will remain separate and secure. ..
Savvis has built a platform whose core, the processors that drive the system, doesn't care what software it is running. These so-called blade servers are made by Egenera Inc. The brains that tell the blade servers what to do reside elsewhere on the Savvis network. ..
Getting potential customers to trust Savvis to handle their critical technology infrastructure may be a tricky proposition, given its financial history. Savvis, which was split off from Bridge Information Systems Inc. in February 2000, has had $534 million in losses on $918 million in sales from that year through 2003." 8:43:15 AM