Vol. 11, #23 - Jun 5, 2006 - Issue #579
Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way
- EDITORS CORNER
- Server Virtualization Survey Results
- SunPoll Results: Desktop AV Protection
- What About Your Operational Risk Management?
- June Seminar In San Francisco: Exchange DR and HA
- Quote of the Week
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Introducing SearchServerVirtualization.com
- Open Source Virtual Computing With Xen
- Using VMware To Cement Server Consolidation
- Server Virtualization Myths And Realities Exposed
- Choosing The Right Server Virtualization Solution
- Blades: Good Fit, Bad Heat, But Nothing Ugly
- Ballmer Personally Spent Two Days Fighting Malware... No Joy
- WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
- Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way
- WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
- One Single AV Vendor? -- A Security No No
- Double-Take Software Acquires Sunbelt Europe
- On Demand Spyware Appliance Webcast Alert
- It's Hurricane Season Again!
- WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Motorola Q Puts Treo Features in RAZR Body
Kerio WinRoute Firewall: VPN simplified. Again.
Secure remote access to the network seems like a solved problem
but when it comes to managing VPNs, IT admins usually have to
choose between an overpriced, over-complicated package or an
under-performing low cost option. Kerio WinRoute Firewall turns
a regular Windows PC into a powerful SSL-based VPN Server in
minutes. Moreover, it integrates with Active Directory and costs
less than $40 per user. Continues...
Server Virtualization Survey Results
With 700+ respondents this is a big one. Laura Didio has worked
all week on the analysis of this major survey, and you will find
the Exec Summary in the Windows Server News section below, with
the title: "Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way"
SunPoll Results: Desktop AV Protection
SunPoll Results: "Which feature do you think is the most important
for desktop antivirus protection? Here are your answers:
And here is the new SunPoll:
- Protection of email: 51% 173 votes
- Protection of Instant Messaging: 4% 16 votes
- Mobile/plug-in devices protection: 6% 22 votes
- A good end-user GUI: 18% 62 votes
- Scheduled on-demand scanning: 19% 65 votes
"Does your organization plan to purchase any Tablet PCs for its users
within the next 12 to 18 months?" Vote here, bottom middle column:
What About Your Operational Risk Management?
Operational risk management is one of the fastest growing sectors of
the business world. New corporate governance and international
management standards demand stricter compliance in the assessment,
monitoring, managing and control of risk. It might be your task to
either investigate or contribute to this in your own organization,
so I decided to tell you a bit about a product I found that I like.
Only recently has it become possible to handle all operational risk
requirements under one system. Guideline Risk Technologies, which has
been developing risk management software for the past 11 years, has
now tested and successfully marketed an enterprise-wide risk management
solution that brings together all risk information under one system
and provides an easy environment to assess, manage, monitor and
control operational risk.
The system's name is RUBI, is embedded fully into an organization,
and links and shares data with other systems and databases. All risks
are revealed and highlighted. By bringing together all information,
including data not previously seen or used, new risks are spotted
and the need for separate databases is eliminated. RUBI is thus able
to watch for risk indicators and alert the responsible people in
real time. If this is something you are involved with (or know some
one that is, you should check it out (or forward the link):
June Seminar In San Francisco: Exchange DR and HA
We?d like to invite you to attend the following seminar that we are
hosting in June:
"What Every IT Manager Should Know About Protecting Microsoft
Exchange and Centralized Backup" ? Join Sunbelt and Double-Take
Software as we discuss strategies for implementing high availability,
remote availability and offsite disaster recovery solutions for
Exchange and other mission critical applications using Double-Take.
Hosted at the Microsoft office in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday,
June 27th. Register here:
Quote of the Week
"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light but bad news"
- Douglas Adams
"Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good
- Siddhartha Buddha
SearchServerVirtualization.com, the newest member of TechTarget?s
Windows network of sites, is dedicated to helping IT organizations
determine if virtualization is appropriate for their environments
and, if it is, use that technology to gain unprecedented data center
efficiency. To register for the site and receive regular updates
about server virtualization news, articles and tips sign up here.
Open Source Virtual Computing With Xen
The most common virtual computing implementations are through
commercial applications like VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server.
But for open source enthusiasts, a GNU GPL variant called Xen uses
an even more tightly integrated virtualization technique than
the commercial products. Learn more in this tip at the new
Using VMware To Cement Server Consolidation
In this interview, authors David Marshall and Wade Reynolds offer their
advice on what to do in heterogeneous environments, explain why they
believe VMware trumps Microsoft Virtual Server and give their suggestions
for useful management tools. At the new SearchServerVirtualization.com
Server Virtualization Myths And Realities Exposed
It saves money. It doesn't save money. It cuts staff. It adds staff.
What's the truth behind common vendor claims about server virtualization?
David Payne, chief technology officer at a Bloomington, Minn-based
integration company has some answers.
Choosing The Right Server Virtualization Solution
Ever wondered how you would choose the right server virtualization
platform? Andrew Kutz offers a thorough analysis and comparison of
the available options. Also at SearchServerVirtualization.com
Blades: Good Fit, Bad Heat, But Nothing Ugly
Are blades servers the best choice for virtualization? This article
examines these much-hyped servers in terms of their physical space
requirements, form and cost. SearchServerVirtualization.com
Ballmer Personally Spent Two Days Fighting Malware... No Joy
Even the Builders of Windows Find Tech Support a Challenge.
According to Jim Allchin, Ballmer spent the better part of two
days trying to rid this PC of worms, viruses, spyware, malware,
severe fragmentation, and well, you name it. Picture it: the world's
24th wealthiest person, a man worth $13.6 billion according to Forbes
magazine, sitting at a table for two days, playing tech support.
It was, Allchin says, a humbling experience. Worth reading to the end!
||WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
Server Virtualization Is Here In A Big Way
Here is the promised Executive Summary of the Sunbelt Yankee Server
Virtualization survey, by Laura Didio, Research Fellow, Application
Infrastructure and Software Platforms.
Thanks to all 700+ of you subscribers who took time out of your busy
schedules to respond to the latest joint Sunbelt Software/Yankee Group
survey on Server Virtualization timetable, usage and deployment trends
and also provide us with your anecdotal comments. As always, your
participation, including your constructive criticism in the Comments
section is much appreciated and always encouraged. Here are the results
of the poll. Once again, your participation in this survey is greatly
appreciated. As our way of saying "Thanks," anyone who filled out the
survey and who would like a free copy of the complete report, once it
is edited and published within the next 2 to 3 weeks, should send Laura
an email request at: [email protected]
Server virtualization has arrived in a big way as a mainstream technology,
with three out of four businesses or 76% of companies definitively stating
they plan to deploy the technology. The survey results indicate that for
the overwhelming majority of corporations -- from the smallest SMBs with
under 50 users to the largest multinational enterprises with 100,000+
end users -- the major question is when, not if, they will implement
virtualization in the corporate data center. Only 4% of the respondents
said they had no plans to install a virtualization solution. And of the
76% that affirmed they will deploy virtualization, a nearly two-thirds
majority -- 62% -- already have a virtualization solution in place or
are in the process of migrating, while another 21% indicated they will
install server virtualization within the next 12 months.
The reasons for the en masse migration to virtualization are readily
apparent. Virtualization accomplishes what its name implies: it lets
businesses turn a single server into multiple, virtual servers each of
which operates as its own entity running different applications or even
different operating systems in the same physical server. This saves
money and crucial space in the data center. All of which translates
into improved Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and faster Return on
And the fully half of you -- 50% of the 62% that have already deployed
server virtualization in a production environment, responded affirmatively
that you have achieved directly attributable cost reductions resulting
from server consolidation, consolidation of software licenses and reduced
management time. Once again, only 4% indicated there were no TCO
improvements and only 9% of you who are using a server virtualization
solution said you have not seen any perceptible ROI.
Most of you had near universal praise for the benefits and advantages
of virtualization, although in a few notable and isolated incidents --
3 customers to be exact -- said they have encountered problems with
lost data and server abends. One corporation indicated the problem was
so severe that they were removing the virtualization solution from their
environment. But those are exceptions.
An overwhelming 90% of you told us in your anecdotal responses that
deploying server virtualization technology was a positive experience.
And you indicated that you were able to deploy the technology very quickly
and efficiently. One-quarter or 25% said they deployed virtualization in
a production data center in one week or less; 18% said they got it up
and running within 1 to 2 weeks; another 18% indicated they spent 2 weeks
to one month deploying the technology. So a 61% majority deployed server
virtualization solutions in under one month. Nineteen percent of companies
said it took them from 1 to 2 months to deploy virtualization; 9% reported
a 3 to 6 month deployment cycle and 11% said it took them longer than
And nearly two-thirds of the user population -- 62% -- have deployed server
virtualization as a one-to-many (multiple instances on one machine)
compared with only 10% that are using server virtualization as a many-to-one
(grid or utility computing) solution. Storage virtualization is in use at
20% of corporations while the remaining 14% of organizations have implemented
it as a network virtualization technology.
Reducing infrastructure costs was the primary reason cited by 43% of
companies for installing the technology, followed by 18% of customers who
said they chose virtualization for easier, more flexible application
deployment and 15% who indicated they migrated to virtualization to
improve server utilization rates. Another 12% said their primary reason
for adopting server virtualization was driven by the need to consolidate
physical space while 10% said their goal is faster server and application
Many of you took us to task for omitting disaster recovery as a primary
driver for your server virtualization deployments. Mea culpa! This choice
was actually in the original version but inadvertently got left off due
to an editing mistake. You have our sincere apologies. However, based
on the anecdotal comments and ?write in? votes for disaster recovery,
Sunbelt and Yankee Group have ascertained that disaster recovery is on
a par or a very close second to ?reducing infrastructure costs? as the
chief reason that businesses choose to deploy server virtualization in
their data centers.
Among the other survey highlights:
Once again, your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated!
- VMWare is the clear and convincing market leader. The majority of you,
45% are deploying or plan to use VMWare?s ESX, while another 10% will
install VMWare?s GSX. That gives VMWare a total market share of 55%,
which according to the survey responses; it should easily maintain this
percentage over the next 12 to 15 months.
- Microsoft?s Virtual Server is second with 29% market share.
- All of the other server virtualization solution providers including
the open source XenSource -- XenOptimizer built into Red Hat Enterprise
Linux and Novell SuSE are very small niche market solutions which each
have only about 1% market share.
- To date, only 14% of businesses have not yet chosen a server virtualization
- Although 50% of businesses indicated they have achieved TCO cost savings
as a direct result of installing virtualization technology, only 47% of
businesses were able to quantify the amount of the cost reductions.
A 53% majority said that to date, they have either not attempted to
calculate TCO savings or are unsure of how much they saved. Of those
companies that said they did save money, 10% said they cut TCO costs
by 10% to 20%; 13% indicated they shaved their TCO costs by 20% to 30%;
another 17% said their TCO costs declined by 30% to 75% while 8%
estimated they had achieved cost savings ranging from 50% to over 75%.
||WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
One Single AV Vendor? -- A Security No No
Antivirus vendors have been around for two decades, and have a
thriving business selling AV updates to their customers. They also
cooperate, and send viruses that they have discovered to their
competitors via (confidential) industry communities. But similar
to spyware, no single AV vendor can span the full AV universe.
That means that they will sooner or later miss one and that one
could be a -big- one. Simple conclusion, you'd better have at
least two AV vendors scanning your environment for viruses. And
since email is one of the major vectors of spreading viruses, your
Exchange server definitely needs multiple antivirus engines.
Having just one AV vendor for both your email and desktops might
sound like a convenient solution, and many companies buy multi-year
contracts for this. However, using the -same- AV engine on Exchange
and the desktop is ultimately an invitation to infection. For this
reason, Sunbelt strongly recommends to replace your current AV filter
on Exchange with Sunbelt Messaging Ninja. It comes out of the box
with two award-winning AV scanners, and will give you a much more
secure antivirus setup. When you see the price for Ninja's AV you
will be even more motivated to switch AV for Exchange!
The six advantages are obvious;
To start with, get Ninja with 2-year free attachment filter here:
- One powerful, user-friendly console for all messaging security;
- More reliable as it's just one product instead of two or three;
- Less resources consumed (Ninja's plug-ins play well together);
- A state of the art attachment filter at no cost;
- Extremely attractive pricing (unlike a recent 40% increase of
yearly maintenance after a major player was acquired)
- Excellent, world-class and FAST Tech Support by Sunbelt!
Double-Take Software Acquires Sunbelt Europe
Sunbelt U.S. sister company in Europe was acquired last week.
In a move to increase its global presence, Double-TakeŽ Software
today announced the acquisition of their strategic partner, Sunbelt
System Software headquartered in Paris, France, with offices in
the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. The acquisition
will extend the customer base of Double-Take Software by leveraging
Sunbelt?s footprint across Europe, Middle East, Africa, (EMEA)
Australia, and New Zealand.
"This year has been all about building upon our strengths and this
acquisition punctuates our strong business momentum," said Dean
Goodermote, CEO, Double-Take Software. "By adding Sunbelt System
Software?s multilingual collaboration and product expertise we?ll
continue to grow our market knowledge and world-class technical
support, allowing us to maintain our leadership in this market."
Double-Take Software is best known for data protection solutions
for disaster recovery, high availability, and centralized backup
with first class professional services and training. Adding Sunbelt
System Software to the equation, Double-Take Software will provide
an established global presence thanks to a developed partner network
across the EMEA region.
"We have always endeavored to bring customers the best products,"
said Jo Murciano, CEO, founder and chairman, Sunbelt Software. "The
two companies? combined dedication and commitment to meeting customer
needs with innovation and technology makes us a natural fit within
the Double-Take Software business philosophy."
Sunbelt System Software and Double-Take Software started their
partnership in July, 1998. Since then, Sunbelt has continually
grown their business not only selling Double-Take Software products
but also by becoming experts in supporting and implementing
Double-Take Software. During this time, Sunbelt System Software
became Double-Take Software?s exclusive distributor for EMEA. They
are also one of the few Double-Take Software certified training
organizations. Over the years, they have expanded their territory
not only through direct sales but also by developing an excellent
Alex explains a bit about the relationship of Sunbelt US and Sunbelt
Europe and the details of the acquisition in his blog of May 31st:
On Demand Spyware Appliance Webcast Alert
Mi5 Networks and IT Security Expert Bob West to Discuss Anti-Spyware
Best Practice Strategies. What are the latest tactics for controlling
spyware and mitigating security and privacy, while maintaining high
levels of productivity?
Who: Bob West, renowned security expert, and Mi5 Networks' Doug
Camplejohn, CEO & Founder, will lead a Webinar on how companies
can protect against information spyware (such as keylogger, remote
access terminals (RATs), and phone-homes. West is a respected IT
security expert and the founder of Echelon One, LLC. Previously,
Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third
Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise
information security strategy.
What: A Webinar titled, "Essential Strategies for Protecting Against
the New Wave Of Spyware Threats." Some enterprises believe they
have the spyware problem covered because they have desktop
anti-spyware software in place or their Help Desk organization
isn't seeing many complaints from users - but this is a false sense
of security. Desktop anti-spyware software should be part of any
good defense-in depth strategy, but it's generally focused on
after-the-fact cleanup and should be your last line of defense,
not the first. Most spyware infections that are brought to the
attention of the Help Desk team are adware that display pop-up
ads, take over browser pages, and/or degrade a PCs performance to
the point of making it unusable. This type of spyware can affect
productivity, but is less of a security risk. The real security
risk comes from spyware that is much more difficult to detect:
keyloggers, remote access terminals, password hijackers, trojans, etc.
These types of spyware never make themselves obvious to an end-user,
and it's likely that several exist in your enterprise without
your knowledge today. In this webcast we will discuss specific
strategies on how to best protect your enterprise from the spyware
that you don't see.
When: On Demand ? Download On-Demand Webcast Now and view it at
your convenience, right here:
It's Hurricane Season Again!
Paul Robichaux, the Exchange Editor of WinITPro wrote (and he's right):
"A gentle reminder: The first day of June is the official start of the
Atlantic hurricane season. If you're near the coast and don't have an
up-to-date disaster-recovery plan, you should develop one posthaste.
It's worth remembering that large storms can strike anywhere on the
eastern coast of the United States and Canada--don't assume that
they're only a Gulf Coast problem. Even if you're not in a hurricane-
prone area, this is a good time of year to revisit your disaster-
recovery and high availability strategies and to ensure that they
reflect your business needs."
||WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Motorola Q Puts Treo Features in RAZR Body
A tech buddy of mine who contributes regularly to the Faves sent
me this write-up. Don't know where it came from but it sounds good:
"Motorolas hotly anticipated Q phone finally premiered this week,
with fanfare befitting its Bond-like good looks. Taking a cue from
the top-selling RAZR line, Motorola has flattened the phone out
as far as a broadband Windows Mobile Smartphone with a QWERTY
thumb keyboard and MiniSD slot can go. At .45 inches, it's about
half as thick as the Treo 700w, yet it has a full-color 320-by-240
pixel screen, 1.3MP camera, five-way navigator, and dedicated
function buttons. It even adds a scroll-wheel and button on the
side, for easier one-handed operation. Perhaps most importantly
for many, it's also about $200 cheaper than a Treo. The honor of
being the first provider to offer the Q falls to Verizon, and its
EV-DO version will be available online beginning May 31 for $199
with a two-year contract. The Q has Bluetooth, and while it won't
be available at launch, Verizon will soon be offering a tethering
plan to use the phone as a modem for your laptop for an extra $15
per month. The only big omission is Wi-Fi, but you should be able
add this capability through the MiniSD slot, as with the Treo 700w,
after appropriate drivers have been written by third-party vendors."
Check it out at: