Monday, February 22, 2010

Web Conference, Virtualization Hardware

We are holding a 15 minute webinar on choosing dedicated virtualization hardware. Some of you will have already received the invite directing you to register.

Click on the date below to register for a place and receive the calendar appointment and PDF agenda via Email. Nearer the date and time you will also receive a brief Email reminder.

Save the date: 10am, Friday 19th March 2010, to be held online.


"How Virtualization Demands Are Changing Hardware Choices, The Emergence Of A Virtualization Appliance"

Registered attendees will receive further information on the event and a full agenda. A recording of the material will be available for a period after the initial broadcast.

Updated 19-03-10 10am

A recording of the webinar (40MB) is now available. If you cannot read PowerPoint (.pps) files then please contact us for an alternative format.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Solaris vs RedHat vs Windows

Its been a while since our last Solaris/OpenSolaris post. Now, like buses, suddenly 2 come along at once. Both are related to performance, the first (this one) is about benchmarking Solaris versus other mainstream Operating Systems. The second will follow in a few days, and is about maximising Solaris performance when virtualized on XenServer.

Most people see Solaris as extremely reliable, but one misconception that many hold about Sun's OS is that it is slow. Unfortunately, few take the trouble to assess their choice of OS with an open mind, so Solaris remains a "well kept secret", known only to those who work regularly with all the major server Operating Systems.

One of our consultants has been doing some benchmarks for a client, and came up with results we published here.

Solaris x86 was almost always the best performer above Linux (RedHat), and Microsoft, on HP hardware. From 2 cores to 24 cores with a couple of exceptions, it outperformed the others on Geekbench, a CPU and Memory intensive benchmark.

Not a lot of people know that.