VMware
Citrix

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V builds on the architecture and functions of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V by adding new features. It provides a command-line interface from the host for managing Windows or Linux OS-based VMs supporting a Hyper-V role with minimal virtualization functionality. Like Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 can be integrated with SCVMM to provide a GUI for managing the Hyper-V layer—the Microsoft Management Console (MMC)-based Hyper-V Server Manager console can also be used for GUI-based management on a client system.

Microsoft virtualization

Microsoft Virtual Server runs on top of Microsoft Windows and can be managed with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). Microsoft Hyper-V™ technology, which integrates directly into Microsoft Windows Server® 2008, offers a next-generation hypervisor-based virtualization product that is available in all Dell-supported Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions operating systems. It allows enterprises to run VMs on a single physical server.

VMware

VMware® ESX Server and vCenter—which are parts of vSphere—are available for enterprise server virtualization. The ESX Server hypervisor runs directly on the hardware and in conjunction with VirtualCenter provides the ability through VMware vMotion™ to hot-migrate or move virtual machines (VMs) from one physical server to another without interrupting the operation of the VMs.

VMware ESXi
VMware ESXi is an OS-independent hypervisor that is available for free download and provides the same functionality as VMware ESX on a 32 MB footprint. ESXi provides for upgrading to vSphere. Built on the same technology as ESX, ESXi offers simplified setup and management as well as high performance and high consolidation.

VMware Server runs on top of a host OS (either Microsoft® Windows® or Linux® OS) and provides the ability to run VMs on the system in addition to the host OS that is also running on the system. No capability to vMotion among VMware Server systems exists, but they can be managed with VirtualCenter. VMware Workstation is similar to VMware Server in that it runs on top of a host OS, but it is designed to provide robust snapshot features for developers. VMplayer is a thin virtualization product that is designed to allow a system to run or "play" VMs, but it does not provide the capability to create or modify VMs.

Dell released a Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter that allows IT admins to update firmware, bare metal deployments and manage their entire infrastructure- both physical and virtual environments.

Citrix XenServer Dell Edition

With the 64-bit open source Xen hypervisor at its core, Citrix® XenServer Dell Edition™ offers powerful virtualization that enables efficient resource consolidation, utilization, dynamic provisioning, and integrated systems management. XenServer Dell Edition provides a small footprint and is optimized to run from internal flash storage in Dell PowerEdge servers. Dell and Citrix have partnered to bring prequalified and virtualization-ready platforms for dynamic and growing data centers. Factory installed in PowerEdge servers, the XenServer host is designed to run on VMs and requires minimal configuration.


Virtualization is used generically to refer to system or server virtualization, and it broadly reflects a technology that abstracts computer resources for platforms, applications, sessions, storage, and desktops. Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers can run many virtualization products. This page provides a basic reference that introduces virtualization and the different types of virtualization products and approaches that are available for enterprise data centers.

Dell vStart Solution provides a racked, networked and configured virtualization solution that just requires power to start using it in a data center environment.

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop virtualization is in many ways different from "normal" virtualization; however, it is worth mentioning here because PCs that enterprise users work with are not the machines that do the actual computing work. Typically, these computers use software such as Citrix and provide for controlling one user context on a server in the data center with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Other software examples besides Citrix include NoMachine NX Server and RealVNC Virtual Network Computing (VNC).


Virtualization Management

When considering a virtualization strategy for your enterprise, most organizations need to consider more than just the hypervisor. Considerations on how the virtualization project will affect their Enterprise Systems Management platform, Backup, Recovery, Archive (BURA), and Disaster Recovery plans need to be brought into consideration. Below are some examples of tools and products that can assist in virtualization management, adoption and optimization.

Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter (DMPVV)
Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter allows IT admins to update firmware, bare metal deployments and manage their entire infrastructure- both physical and virtual environments.


Disaster Recovery and Data Protection

Dell Quest vRanger product family speeds VMware backup and replication while dramatically reducing storage requirements. Simplify your disaster recovery plans for vSphere with one-pass ESX / ESXi backup that includes granular restore capabilities across files, objects and applications. Improve disaster recovery plans on site or at a remote site with efficient VMware replication and easier access during data protection efforts.


Dell Quest vConverter provides image-based Hyper-V and VMware P2V to Transform Data Protection in Physical Systems to Virtual Environments. vConverter offers fast, simple and flexible conversion of; physical systems into virtual images (P2V), virtual images between hypervisor platforms (V2V) and virtual images into physical systems (V2P).


VMware Site Recovery Manager - Creates successful recovery plans by automating the recovery process and eliminating the complexity of managing and testing recovery plans.



Monitoring and Reporting

VMware vCenter Server - Provides centralized control and visibility at every level of virtual infrastructure (VM, ESX Host, VMware Datacenter).
Dell Quest vFoglight offers unmatched visibility to resolve VMware ESX and Hyper-V performance management issues and drastically reduces costs. It is also the only solution on the market that provides powerful virtual infrastructure monitoring, capacity planning, chargeback, Hyper-V and VMware management all from a single downloadable solution.


Cloud Automation (Orchestration and Self-Service)
Dell Quest Cloud Automation Platform allows customers to create flexible, robust, scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) private clouds using the Cloud Automation Platform. This solution is unmatched at reducing administrative workloads. It automates infrastructure delivery, eliminates virtual machine (VM) sprawl, and easily scales to accommodate a range of environments, from individual departments to the global enterprise. With the Quest Cloud Automation Platform, you can; take full advantage of your infrastructure with dynamic capacity management and guaranteed reservations, dramatically cut costs and eliminate downtime by ensuring just-in-time, self-service resource delivery and leverage mixed virtual/physical environments and multiple hypervisor technologies.

Optimization

Dell Quest vOptimizer Pro is the only product on the market that can reclaim over allocated virtual storage (shrink VMDKs) and perform 64K partition alignments to significantly improve VM I/O performance. vOptimizer Pro reduces the cost, time, and risk of managing virtual storage.Provides visibility of the total amount and value of over-allocated VM storage, reclaims wasted VM storage (shrinking VMDK disk files) for use by other applications and business units, automates the resizing of VMs -- either larger or smaller -- to cut administration time, prevents VM outages due to storage shortages and improves VM I/O performance by up to 15% through 64K partition block alignment.