[colug-432] virtualization, clouds, and infrastructure

Shane Zatezalo lottadot at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 16:22:20 EST 2010

On Dec 15, 2010, at 3:38 PM, Scott Merrill wrote:

> [...]
> On a similar vein, how are you folks handling the management of
> virtualized servers in your environments?
> [...]
> It's not so trivial to run those virtual instances in a
> highly available fashion across a cluster of physical machines.
> [...]
> VMware makes a pretty penny with VMotion, Storage VMotion, and similar
> technology, and by providing a nice management interface to this
> issue. Alas, those management tools are Windows-only.

So RDP to them; free RDP tools for Linux/OSX abound.

> [...]
> What I want is a reliable means of keeping a number of virtual servers
> up and accessible across a number of physical boxes, such that any
> physical box can be taken offline for maintenance (for example,
> rolling reboots across physical hosts).

We went with VMWare; a 4-box cluster of ESX. So far, it has been completely reliable and everything that we thought it would be (performance, reliability, support, GUI admin tools (for those that are CLI-impaired)). That said, the key thing was that we went with VMWare because we had the resources ($$) to do it all. It's not cheap/free by any means.

I know it's not an open source sol'n, and this *is* the COLUG list, but you asked...


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